Africa

Event: Anglophone African Regional "Writeshop" [viewed]

This "writeshop" is being organized to support developing country researchers in their efforts to produce publications on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. The workshop will address topics that are relevant to climate change adaptation and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Papers selected for the writeshop should focus on the themes of enabling environments, governance and ecosystem services. Applications are due on 31 December 2010.  

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World Bank, UNDP, Denmark and AOSIS to Support Renewable Energy in SIDS [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Government of Denmark, the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to support island countries in scaling up their renewable energy efforts and shift to greater energy efficiency.

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UN/ISDR and ECCAS to Strengthen DRR and Climate Adaptation Cooperation [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UN/ISDR) has entered into an agreement with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to strengthen collaboration on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Adaptation of Cork Oak Landscapes [viewed]

November 2010: The latest newsletter of the Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at cork oak landscapes and their adaptation to climate change.

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South Africa Confirms Durban for COP 17, Launches Website [viewed]

29 November 2010: The Government of South Africa has announced that the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17) and the seventh Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7) will take place in 2011 in Durban, South Africa.

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Africa, EU Adopt Tripoli Declaration [viewed]

30 November 2010: The Third Africa-EU Summit, held in Tripoli, Libya, from 29-30 November 2010, concluded with the adoption of the Tripoli Declaration, in which African and European leaders commit to make their partnership more responsive. 

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DSD/DESA Announces Special Journal Issue on Transport [viewed]

November 2010: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has announced that the November 2010 special issue on transport of Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal has been published.

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FAO MICCA Project Produces Analysis of AFOLU Database [viewed]

November 2010: The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a paper titled "Agriculture, forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) mitigation project database: an assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in the carbon markets."

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UNCTAD LDC Report Highlights Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published "The Least Developed Countries Report 2010" which, among other issues, highlights the vulnerability of LDCs to climate impacts. For example, the report indicates that the LDC small island developing states (SIDS) and LDCs in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of storms and are also the least able to cope with the social and economic fallout from climate-related incidents.

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ACP Fisheries Ministers Adopt Action Plan [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second meeting of the fisheries ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States, which took place in Mahe, Seychelles, from 24-25 November 2010, adopted a resolution addressing climate change and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, among other issues.

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