Africa

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Receives REDD Readiness Preparation Proposals [viewed]

January 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has received five REDD Readiness Preparation Proposals (R-PP) and four draft R-PPs from FCPF participant countries during the course of January 2011.

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UN Secretary-General at AU Summit: "The World Can Meet its Environmental Challenge" [viewed]

30 January 2011: Speaking at a side event on “Drylands and Pastoral Populations” held during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that, although the first Earth Summit had provided vision for achieving the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development, the world has yet to see comprehensive, coherent action and results on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.

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NEPAD Meeting Focuses on Programme Delivery [viewed]

29 January 2011: The 24th meeting of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) took place on the margins of the 16th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011.

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IITA Coordinates Release of Improved Soybean Varieties [viewed]

21 January 2011: Malawi and Nigeria have released three new soybean varieties developed by national research institutes in coordination with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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GEF CEO Endorses Energy Efficiency Projects in Climate Change Focal Area [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed several GEF projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval. 

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Adaptation Fund Calls for Comments on Proposed Projects [viewed]

27 January 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat has posted proposals on its website for projects from Uruguay, Ecuador, Eritrea, Solomon Islands and Tanzania.

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Adaptation Fund's First Direct Access Project Launches in Senegal [viewed]

25 January 2011: The Adaptation Fund's first project to use its direct access financing mechanism, which allows countries to access the fund without the use of multilateral development institutions as intermediaries, launched in Senegal on 21 January 2011.

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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CIAT, CCAFS and ICRAF Release Film on Climate Change Adaptation Experiences in Kenya [viewed]

17 January 2011: The third film in the "Two Degrees Up" series, which identifies climate change challenges facing agricultural producers, focuses on challenges in Kenya.

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UNIDO Director-General Discusses Energy Projects [viewed]

14 January 2011: Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), visited the Singimi Falls in Palima, Sierra Leone, to inspect the proposed site of a 10MW hydropower dam that will serve locals, a university and private companies.

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