Africa

Event: First Regional Forum on the ECOWAS Solar Energy Initiative [viewed]

Organized by the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) together with the Senegalese Government, the Regional Forum on the ECOWAS Solar Energy Initiative (ESEI) will hold its first regional workshop to discuss the development of a regional strategy for large-scale solar energy deployment across West Africa. The strategy will be executed under the guidance of ECREEE in cooperation with the ECOWAS member States. The workshop will bring together representatives from West African Ministries of Energy and Environment, as well as international experts.  

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Fifth BASIC Meeting Focuses on Preparations for Cancun [viewed]

11 October 2010: The fifth ministerial meeting on climate change of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) was held in Tianjin, China, from 10-11 October 2010, and focused on issues related to the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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AfDB, UNITAR Collaborate to Provide Climate Change Reporting Training [viewed]

8 October 2010: About 40 African journalists attended a training workshop on climate change reporting that was held from 8-10 October 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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UNEP Holds “Play for the Planet Initiative” [viewed]

8 October 2010: The Children and Youth programme of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organized its annual Play for the Planet Initiative from 8-10 October 2010, with the aim of educating young people about environmental protection.

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Event: Fifth BASIC Group Meeting [viewed]

The fifth ministerial meeting on climate change of Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) will be held in Tianjin, China, from 10-11 October 2010.  

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EIB and AfDB Fund First Large-Scale Wind Project in Africa [viewed]

7 October 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed to provide EUR 45 million to design, build and operate onshore wind farms on four islands in the Cape Verde archipelago.

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UNEP Completes GEO-5 Regional Consultations [viewed]

5 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has completed its scheduled regional consultations for GEO-5. The consultations were convened in Washington DC, US (September 2), Panama City, Panama (September 6-7), Ottawa, Canada (September 9), Bangkok, Thailand (September 16-17), Nairobi, Kenya (September 20-21), Geneva, Switzerland (September 23-24) and Bahrain (October 4-5).

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI Documents for Cancun [viewed]

30 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published several documents for consideration by the 33rd session of Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Cancun, Mexico, from 30 November-4 December 2010.

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Event: Regional Forum to Update the Strategic Action Programme on Lake Tanganyika [viewed]

The forum is organized by the Secretariat of the Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), and attended by experts in environmental management and fisheries, government officials of the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia, as well as professionals from a range of local, regional and international research institutes and NGOs, including ICRAF, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the WWF. Participants will update the Strategic Action Programme in recognition of new threats, such as climate change and biological invasions, that have emerged since its adoption.  

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Director of the ACP Observatory on Migration Focuses on South-South Migration and MDGs [viewed]

28 September 2010: The Director of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Observatory on Migration, Laurent de Boeck, stated that improved management of South-South migration can contribute positively to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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