Africa

EU, Liberia Conclude Bilateral Forest Agreement [viewed]

9 May 2011: The EU and Liberia have concluded a bilateral agreement to certify the legal origin of imported wood products into the EU.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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UNEP Releases Report on Importance of Green Economy for LDCs [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) have released a report titled “Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries.” 

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PROFOR Newsletter Highlights Agricultural Practices to Lock Carbon and Enhance Food Security [viewed]

May 2011: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "PROFOR Update," which highlights PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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ILO Releases Report on Employment in LDCs [viewed]

April 2011: In preparation for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9-13 May 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report titled "Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries."

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Event: An Investment Forum: Mobilizing Private Investment in Trees and Landscape Restoration in Africa [viewed]

This event is co-organized by PROFOR, the World Bank, IUCN, Ecoagriculture Partners, Terrafrica and the World Agrofrestry Centre to generate greater interest in agroforestry and other landscape approaches, particularly from the private sector. It aims to illustrate that investing in degraded landscapes holds the promise of a 'triple win' by improving rural livelihoods, increasing resilience in the face of climate extremes, and mitigating climate change.  

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World Economic Forum for Africa Calls for United African Stance on Climate Change [viewed]

6 May 2011: African Leaders from South Africa, Gabon and Kenya, who gathered at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, have pledged to take a united stance at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, in December 2011, with a view to achieving a legally binding agreement on climate change that will succeed the Kyoto Protocol. The first commitment period under the Protocol ends in 2012.

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IFAD Presents Rural Poverty Report 2011 in South Africa [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Rural Poverty Report 2011, the flagship report of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that is subtitled "New realities, new challenges: new opportunities for tomorrow's generation," was presented for the first time in Africa at a high-level event in Cape Town, South Africa, on 3 May 2011, prior to the World Economic Forum's Africa meeting.

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African Development Ministerial Discusses Climate Change, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, which convened in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, addressed economic development, climate change and low-carbon growth, and sustainable development in Africa.

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BRICS Leaders Adopt Sanya Declaration [viewed]

14 April 2011: The Third BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) Leaders' meeting was held in Sanya, China, on 14 April 2011, under the theme "Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity.” Participants discussed growth and development, and energy and climate change, among other issues.

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