Africa

UN Secretary-General Outlines Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw8 January 2015: In an informal briefing to UN Member States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated his priorities for 2015, and discussed UN efforts in the areas of development, peace and security, and human rights. He also highlighted four main moments for action in 2015, as well as needs within the UN's development system.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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CIFOR Identifies Obstacles to Carbon Accounting for Charcoal [viewed]

CIFOR12 January 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a report examining data needs for estimating the contribution of charcoal production and consumption to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The study focuses on Zambia but notes that charcoal is used for cooking by millions of people across Africa.

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CIFOR Supports DRC Efforts to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

CIFORJanuary 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview of the Forests and Climate Change in the Congo (FCCC) project, which aims to support the efforts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in capacity building and applied research to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, and thereby mitigate climate change.

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Event: Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, will aim to promote a new regulatory framework for the region and is expected to result in the adoption of a declaration on the regional implementation of this framework. Topics of discussion will include: market access liberalization; air carrier ownership and control; consumer protection; air transport connectivity enhancement; taxes and charges; regulatory responses for passengers; and the cost of regulatory differences. The event will be organized in partnership with the Civil Aviation of Madagascar.  

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Event: 3rd Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology [viewed]

The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), organized by the the African Union Commission (AUC), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Government of Cape Verde, will comprise two segments: an expert segment from 10-12 February 2015; and a ministerial segment from 13-14 February 2015. The conference will seek to, inter alia: review and endorse the Draft Implementation Plan of the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; consider and adopt the AMCOMET Constitution and Rules of Procedures; and review progress made in the establishment of a Regional Climate Centre in Central Africa and the feasibility of developing an African Regional Space Programme.  

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Event: Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from non-Annex I Parties will hold the Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) for the Africa region from 23-25 February 2015, in Bonn, Germany.  

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December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-GEF-WB-CIFDecember 2014: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved finance for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Guest Article #123: The Challenge of Africa's Transformation: Issues of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Two years ago, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a very important milestone for agriculture and food security on the continent, the African Union (AU) declared 2014 the year of agriculture. Today, African economies continue to grow at an average rate of 5.3%. Despite this growth, the current wealth generated has not spread to the poor majority whose livelihoods depend mainly on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and fishing.

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