Africa

African Sustainable Transport Forum Outcome Document Released [viewed]

astf15 December 2014: Following the inaugural conference of the African Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF), an outcome document has been published that summarizes the ASTF's ministerial session and the ASTF Action Framework. The Framework includes 13 actions and an institutional structure for the ASTF Secretariat. It also presents a roadmap for sustainable transport in Africa, based on a harmonization of priority action areas identified by conference participants.

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Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant [viewed]

AU UNECA AFDB15 December 2014: Ethiopia will receive US$1.1 million from the Climate for Development in Africa (Clim-Dev Africa) Special Fund (CDSF) to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilient adaptation and development, making it the first African country to benefit from the CDSF.

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Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation [viewed]

UNEP8 December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement.

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COP 20 Event Highlights Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Human Resilience [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: The Royal Society and BirdLife International organized an event on 'Building Human Resilience: Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Policy and Practice' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event presented an assessment of interventions that can increase resilience to weather-related hazards and discussed fundamental elements to enhancing resilience, with a particular focus on the role of EbA.

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UNF Event Reviews Energy Access Initiatives and Progress [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: The goal of universal energy access by 2030 is "ambitious but achievable," according to a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the UN Foundation (UNF) and Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Nigeria. The event, titled 'Achieving Universal Energy Access: A Development Imperative in Addressing Climate Change,' outlined key issues around energy access and highlighted UNF efforts on the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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COP 20 Event Discusses Climate Finance Readiness [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: At the event 'Tools for Climate Finance Readiness: Building Capacity to Support Increased Finance Flows,' adelphi and Transparency International (TI) facilitated a discussion on various approaches to capacity building, such as through e-learning courses; social media; local media, civil society and youth training; programmes in financial planning, access to finance, delivering finance, and monitoring and reporting; and policy incentives.

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COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Participants focused on the linkages between adaptation and sustainable land and ecosystem management as well as monitoring progress in these areas at an event organized by the Government of China and supported by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The side event, titled 'Building a Common Indicator on Land-Based Adaptation for Reporting on the Rio Conventions,' was co-convened with the Governments of Costa Rica, France, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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GCF COP 20 Event Considers 2015 Prospects [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat organized an event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference to raise awareness on priorities for the GCF Board and Secretariat in 2015, as well as support for country actions. The event, titled 'GCF Outlook - Prospects for the GCF in 2015,' was also an opportunity to address concerns among parties about potential inaccessibility of funds, especially for middle-income small island developing States (SIDS).

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COP 20 Africa Day Highlights African Concerns at Climate Negotiations [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Africa Day at the Lima Climate Change Conference provided a platform and opportunity to critically examine the implications of the post-2015 climate change agreement for the continent and how to enhance the involvement of women and youth in climate change adaptation. The day included a high-level event on 'Africa in a Post-2015 New Climate Change Agreement.'

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PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20 [viewed]

PROVIA5 December 2014: In 2015, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will launch an electronic tool (e-tool) to accompany its 'Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.' During the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which developed the Guidance and the e-tool, held consultations with potential users of the tool to garner feedback in the lead-up to its launch.

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