Africa

UNDP Executive Board Discusses Post-2015, COP 21 Support [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board discussed UNDP's support for the post-2015 and financing for development (FfD) processes and for the climate negotiations, with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stressing the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable, and for finding synergies between development and environment finance and between humanitarian and development finance.

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UN-REDD/IIED Brief Explores the Potential of a Green Economy Approach to Africa's Forest Sector [viewed]

growing_a_green_economy_africaAugust 2015: A brief produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in partnership with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) indicates that scaling up interventions focused on sustainability across Africa could help meet increased demand for timber while enabling sustainable forest management, as long as they are accompanied by actions to create an enabling environment.

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Central African States Consult Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

eccas27 August 2015: The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) held an extraordinary meeting on climate change that concluded with the adoption of a ministerial declaration outlining a common position for Central Africa ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which is scheduled to take place from 30 November - 11 December 2015 in Paris, France.

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DESA Publishes Special Studies on Post-2015 Summit Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summitAugust 2015: Background papers have been made available for each of the six themes for the interactive dialogues during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The six themes were agreed during the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda, on 22 May 2015. The papers, also listed as special studies, are published on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform managed by the Division for Sustainable Development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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Leadership Development Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming DRR and Adaptation in Southern Africa [viewed]

undp_unisdr28 August 2015: The 5th Leadership Development Forum (LDF) on Mainstreaming Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MADRiD), which focused on sub-regional leadership development in southern Africa, aimed to improve understanding of the nature, scope and importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation into national development planning and budgetary processes; and increase social demand and political commitment for integrating DRR and adaptation into economic and social planning processes.

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Researchers Developing Mutant Plant Varieties to Address Climate Change-Related Problems [viewed]

iaea_fao28 August 2015: Researchers from Afghanistan, Mauritius and Pakistan are developing new plant breeds that can withstand harsh climatic conditions such as erratic rains, droughts, disease and relentless heat, and help keep their countries' crops growing strong in the face of climate change.

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August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Sustainable Energy1 September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects [viewed]

IttoAugust 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter, titled 'Tropical Forest Update,' which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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