Africa

AU Commission's December Newsletter Focuses on Cancun [viewed]

February 2011: The African Union Commission (AUC) has released its December 2010 newsletter, titled "AUC News," which focuses on activities and events of the African Group during the Cancun Climate Change Conference, as well as reports on other high-level meetings held in the African region.

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Event: Fourth CGE Meeting [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) aims to improve the process of preparation of national communications from non-Annex I parties.  

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GEO Releases January Issue of GEO News [viewed]

20 January 2011: The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) has released the January issue of its newsletter, "GEO News," which includes an article on creating a bioenergy atlas of Africa.

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Event: GEF Central Africa Constituency Workshop [viewed]

The GEF Central Africa Region Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. The ECW will include participants from Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe.  

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GEF Approves Sustainable Transport Project for Major African Cities [viewed]

4 February 2011: The GEF approved a US$2.85 million project to address transport challenges of three major cities in East Africa, in Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Kampala.

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CCAFS Releases Draft Report on Initial Site Selection for Research [viewed]

4 February 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a draft report titled "Initial Sites in the CCAFS Regions: East Africa, West Africa and Indo-Gangetic Plains," which selects field sites in areas that are becoming drier and wetter for continued research on climate threats to agriculture and food security.

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AU Summit Focuses on Unity and Integration through Shared Values [viewed]

31 January 2011: The 16th Summit of the African Union (AU), which took place from 24-31 January 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme "Towards greater unity and integration through shared values," considered, among other pressing issues, the impact of climate change and international cooperation.

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ILO Releases Issue 70 of World of Work Magazine [viewed]

January 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released Issue 70 of its magazine "World of Work," which is subtitled "Promoting a Recovery: Focused on Jobs," and features articles on green jobs in the construction sector.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases 12th Meeting Report [viewed]

2 February 2011: The Board of the Adaptation Fund has released the report of its 12th meeting, which convened from 14-15 December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico. The meeting also included the third meetings of the Project and Programme Review Committee and the Ethics and Finance Committee of the Adaptation Fund Board.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Visits East Africa [viewed]

1 February 2011: During an official three-day visit to Kenya and Somalia, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos noted that Kenya's humanitarian challenges, caused by drought and rapid urbanization, can be addressed by sustainable recovery of livelihoods and restoring local coping mechanisms to deal with climate change-induced disasters.

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