Africa

IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research [viewed]

iita_ucla15 July 2015: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have established a new research facility in Cameroon, the Congo Basin Institute, which aims to address challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases with focus on the Congo Basin.

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IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development [viewed]

gsi-fffsr 14 July 2015: Reforming fossil-fuel subsidies can free up funds for investing in sustainable development and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, according to a high-level side event held at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants also underlined that current low international energy prices create a window of opportunity for fossil-fuel subsidy reform.

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Event: Africa's Global Drive to Apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

Africa's launch of a global drive to apply the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year international roadmap that seeks to make the world safer from natural and man-made hazards, will bring together representatives from over 40 governments, Africa's Regional Economic Communities, the African Union, the UN and other international organizations. The goal of the meeting is to align Africa's existing programmes with the Sendai Framework, making it the first intergovernmental meeting to put the Framework into action since its adoption in March 2015 at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.  

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Programme to Build DRR in Sub-Saharan Africa Announced at Margins of FfD3 [viewed]

UNISDR14 July 2015: An €80-million funding package has been unveiled to support disaster risk management across Sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year ‘Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities' programme was announced on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The European Union is helping to fund the programme, while the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is one of the partners that will help to implement it.

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UNEP, CIFOR Publications Focus on REDD+ in Tanzania [viewed]

forests_ecosystemsJuly 2015: A report undertaken by the Tanzania Forest Services, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) under the UN-REDD Programme, provides an economic rationale for Tanzania to invest in more sustainable use and conservation of its forest assets. Tanzania is the also focus of a publication by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which outlines the rules and choices to be addressed by participatory countries in REDD+ activities and shows potential technical problems and related options.

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Event: African Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a capacity-building workshop for the African region on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). The workshop aims to strengthen the use of NAMAs as a tool for pre-2020 and post-2020 climate change action. Regional mitigation experts from international organizations and the private sector will present on designing and implementing NAMAs, as well as support programmes, and participants will share experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Discussions will focus on challenges and issues faced, financial engineering and investment strategies for leveraging multi-source financing, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), sustainable development co-benefits, and the NAMA Registry.  

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Discuss COP 21 Position [viewed]

uneca-gcca1 July 2015: UNFCCC Parties from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered for a Joint Policy Discussion geared toward finding a common position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), scheduled to take place in November-December 2015, in Paris, France. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), co-host of the Discussion with the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), participants unanimously expressed concern about the difficulty of adaptation in the current state of climate politics and finance.

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GCF Set to Review First Project Proposals [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new10 July 2015: The 10th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) decided on policies and procedures that will enable a review of the Fund's first project proposals at the GCF Board's 11th meeting, with an eye on making financing decisions ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Board also accredited 13 new partner institutions, and launched a US$200 million pilot programme for enhancing direct access to the GCF.

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MDBs Adopt Principles for Tracking Climate Adaptation Finance [viewed]

mdbs_png9 July 2015: Six multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) have released a document titled 'Common Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Finance Tracking,' which outlines the approach the banks have agreed to take in measuring adaptation finance commitments and flows. The common approach is expected to improve consistency in reporting and consequently boost confidence that funds are flowing to vulnerable societies dealing with climate change impacts.

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