Africa

Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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CBFP Partners Discuss Forest Protection, Climate Change and the Green Economy [viewed]

cbfp23 October 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has released the report of its fourteenth partners meeting, which highlights opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable land use practices under changing climatic conditions in the Congo Basin.

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UN-REDD Explores Reference Level Setting [viewed]

unredd31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a report on approaches for establishing 'Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels' (FREL/FRLs), which are relevant for climate change mitigation efforts such as REDD+.

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EU-Sponsored Workshop Explores Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

better9 October 2014: The ‘Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together through Renewable Energies' (BETTER) project, co-funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, organized an EU stakeholder workshop to discuss research outcomes, potential cooperation mechanisms, policy conclusions, action plans and a roadmap beyond 2020.

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GLISPA Highlights SIDS Conference Commitments [viewed]

glipsa-pubOctober 2014: In the latest issue of its 'Event Spotlight' newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa. The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

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Event: AFRICEF-3 Financing Forum [viewed]

The third cycle of the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-3), organized by the Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN), and aimed at investors, will showcase ten promising clean energy investment opportunities in Africa, selected through a CTI PFAN business plan competition. Projects featured cover hydroelectric, biogas, biomass, biofuel and solar energy, waste-to-energy and energy efficiency, and are to be implemented in Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The CTI PFAN Africa Climate Change Investor Forum, focusing on climate change adaptation projects, will take place on 12 November at the same venue.  

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Event: Africa Climate Change Investor Forum [viewed]

The Africa Climate Change Investor Forum, organized by the Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN), and targeted primarily at investors and financiers, will provide opportunities for networking and accessing investment-ready climate change adaptation projects, and learning about the market for climate change investment and financing in Africa. The Forum, which will take place on 12 November, will comprise interactive investor panels, a business plan competition and a display of ten promising climate change investment opportunities in Africa selected by CTI PFAN. The forum will feature projects raising financing for climate change technology deployment from various sectors and from countries across Africa. The 3rd cycle of CTI PFAN's Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-3) will take place on 13 November at the same venue.  

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CIFOR Links Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Cameroon's Forests [viewed]

CIFOR30 October 2014: Making links between climate change mitigation and adaptation, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report from Cameroon revealing that the impacts of climate change may negatively affect REDD+ outcomes.

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African Countries Adopt Sustainable Transport Framework [viewed]

africa-sustinable-transport30 October 2014: Senior officials representing over 42 African countries have adopted a framework for a transition to sustainable transport, with a view to curbing air pollution, boosting the use of sustainable fuels and improving road safety. The roadmap aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of low-emission non-motorized transport, and increasing the quality of public transport and investment in clean technologies.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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