Africa

Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

UNECA10 October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

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BASIC Ministers Prepare for Lima [viewed]

South African Flag10 October 2014: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 19th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: issues relating to the UNFCCC negotiations; matters relating to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); and key topics emerging from the negotiations and informal consultations.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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Event: Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition [viewed]

This expert group meeting on fuel price reform and renewable energy energy transitions, taking place from 29-31 October 2014, is organized by the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshop will specifically focus on fuel pricing reform as a measure necessary for the transition to renewable energy, and complements a UNOSD workshop series on 'Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Transitions'. The workshop also builds on work by the organizing partners to build a network of fuel price regulators, and will benefit policymakers from approximately 20 African and Asian countries. Themes covered are: technical issues associated to energy policy; energy transition and political economy of reforms; and reform lessons and work plan building.  

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World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: A study by the World Bank finds evidence of a positive relationship between fuel prices, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth and job creation, and encourages the governments of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cut energy subsidies in order to build dynamic, employment-intensive economies. The study, titled ‘Corrosive Subsidies,' also projects economic growth in the MENA transition countries to be hampered by macroeconomic imbalances and unfinished subsidy reform.

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UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc6 October 2014: A workshop by the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and partners on scenario-guided policy analysis concluded that there is a need for increased integration between plans for agricultural development and environmental management. The workshop, which focused on the future of development, food security and the environment under climate change in East Africa, meant to identify important future policy questions for the region guided by research, and more specifically, modeling.

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Water Economists Address Efficiency and Water Conservation [viewed]

World Bank29 September 2014: The 11th meeting of the International Water and Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC), hosted by the World Bank, discussed the latest research on the economics of water management, focusing on the theme “Efficiency and Water Conservation.”

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Policy Update #16: UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate [viewed]

“dear matafele peinam… they're marching for you, baby they're marching for us because we deserve to do more than just survive we deserve to thrive.” (Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist speaking at the opening of the 2014 Climate Summit)

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World Habitat Day Raises Awareness on Slum Voices [viewed]

UN-HABITAT6 October 2014: The world marked World Habitat Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Voices from the Slums,' on 6 October 2014. The theme aimed to highlight the voices of the urban poor, and raise awareness on the hardships of slum living and ways to improve slum living conditions.

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Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its substantive work, on 7 October 2014, with a statement from Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, a keynote address from Janet Gornick, and the start of the Committee's general debate. The debate continues on 8-9 October.

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