Africa

May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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African Group of Negotiators Discuss Approach for Climate Negotiations at ACPC Workshop [viewed]

UNECA20 May 2014: African negotiators discussed approaches for closing the emissions gap and achieving binding commitments on climate change at a workshop hosted by the Africa Climate Policy Center (ACPC) for the African Group of Negotiators (AGN). Participants agreed that a lack of capacity continues to hinder Africa's ability to respond to climate change, including to implement projects, develop policies and access climate funds, and requested the ACPC to compile a narrative of UNFCCC decisions relevant to Africa from 1997 to the present to support them in their negotiation process.

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Event: Second Task Force Meeting and Bureau Meeting of AMCOMET [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will hold its Second Task Force Meeting on 26-28 May 2014, back to back with its Second Bureau Meeting on 29-30 May 2014, both in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Task Force and Bureau will discuss: the constitution and rules of procedures; the African Regional Space Programme; the draft Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; and the feasibility of establishing a regional climate centre in Central Africa. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of the African Union (AU), hosts the AMCOMET Secretariat, which is helping facilitate the meetings.  

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GEF Council Considers 2020 Strategy, GEF-6 [viewed]

gefcouncilmeeting27 May 2014: The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly. The Council considered, inter alia, the long term strategy for the GEF, co-financing policy, the GEF-5 Work Program, and the Work program and budget of the GEF Independent Evaluation office. Agenda items specific to the sixth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) included a proposal for the System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) for GEF-6, implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme, and a summary of the negotiations of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.

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WFP Dakar Office Reduces Emissions, Lowers Costs [viewed]

World Food Programme27 May 2014: As part of the UN campaign 'Greening the Blue,' the World Food Programme's (WFP) regional bureau in Dakar, Senegal, undertook a campaign to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The WFP office saved US$18,000 and reduced emissions by 24% over the period 2010-2012.

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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AfDB Annual Meetings Discuss Next 50 Years in Africa [viewed]

AfDB23 May 2014: Governors adopted a number of resolutions and approved programmes and initiatives at the 49th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Meetings took place under the theme, ‘The Next 50 Years: The Africa We Want.' The Annual Meeting took place from 19-23 May 2014, in Kigali, Rwanda.

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CCAFS, IPRI Workshop Features Gender and Climate Change Research [viewed]

CCAFS-IFPRI19 May 2014: Men and women in Kenya and Uganda are adapting to climate change at different speeds, according to preliminary findings presented by researchers at a workshop organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Event: Climate Finance and Investment Forum in West Africa [viewed]

The UN Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement (BOAD) are jointly organizing a Climate Finance and Investment Forum in West Africa. The objective of the event is to facilitate and enhance the finance of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in the region. The two-day event will include plenaries on: International Climate Finance and the UNFCCC Framework; Climate Finance Instruments: Opportunities for Africa; Public Financial Institutions and Climate Finance; Presentation from Regional Climate Change Projects; Role of a Private Financial Institution in Enabling Sustainable Development; Examining the Opportunities in Emerging African Investment Funds; Clean Energy Finance: The Case Study of South Africa; and Renewable Energy Project Finance.  

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