Africa

Africa Transport Forum, Africities Discuss Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

afdb_unhabitatDecember 2015: Participants at two conferences in Africa discussed the importance of sustainable urbanization for the continent. The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Africa Transport Forum 2015 stressed the role of green, inclusive transport in stimulating Africa's sustainable development and ensuring sustainable urbanization. Participants at the Africities Summit presented a common urban agenda ahead of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), making Africa the first region to do so.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Negotiations Continue; Side Events Consider Renewable Energy and Cities [viewed]

cop213 December 2015: On Thursday, 3 December, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) contact group continued consideration of the negotiating text of the agreement and associated decisions. Spin-off groups, contact groups and informal consultations continued throughout the day.

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LPAA Transport Event Launches Electro-Mobility Declaration, Freight Action Plan, Other Initiatives [viewed]

lpaa3 December 2015: Participants at the ‘Focus on Transport' event launched ten transport-climate action initiatives and agreed on the 'Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change & Call to Action.' The event convened as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPPA) at the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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COP 21 Land Day Addresses SDG and Rio Conventions Linkages to Climate Resilience [viewed]

UNCCD logoRio Conventions Pavilion2 December 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and various partners organized Land Day as part of the programme of the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The discussions took place under the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a Solution to Climate Change.'

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Paris Climate Change Conference Considers Reports from Funds, Side Events Consider Land, Farmers, INDCs [viewed]

cop21_iisdrs2 December 2015: On Wednesday, 2 December, African parties to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) endorsed Morocco to host COP 22. Also during the COP plenary, the Strategic Climate Fund reported that, for the first time, it has provided two draft compiled texts on guidance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Coalition Announces US$80 Million for Climate Risk Early Warning Systems [viewed]

cop212 December 2015: A coalition of countries and international organizations including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) launched the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, in order to: strengthen support for early warning systems in vulnerable countries; protect and shelter populations exposed to extreme climate events; and mobilize additional financing.

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Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Other Commitments Announced [viewed]

unfccc_cop212 December 2015: National and local governments, river basin organizations, civil society and businesses announced the creation of coalitions and initiatives related to water and climate change at an event on ‘Water Resilience' under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which is convening at the Paris Climate Change Conference. These initiatives include: the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation, MegaCities Coalition on Water; Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change; Adaptation of the West African coastal areas; and Maritime Regions in Action against Climate Change.

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December Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC2 December 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Argentina, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 57.

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Policy Update #25: Balancing Urgency and Integrity in Climate Finance: The Green Climate Fund's Daunting Task [viewed]

November 2015 began with an historic meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), where the Board of this new international financial institution (IFI) approved the funding for its very first projects and programmes, totaling US$168 million and allocating an additional US$195 million over time. November ended with the first day of negotiations at the much anticipated Paris Climate Change Conference, where finance for mitigation and adaptation is expected to be a contentious issue as governments work toward a new global climate agreement. Climate finance has been named one of the pillars underlying a successful outcome in Paris by the French Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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