Africa

AfDB Climate Finance Newsletter Reports on CIF Projects [viewed]

AfDBMarch 2013: The January-February issue of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Finance newsletter highlights the publication of a report, titled "Financing Change: The AfDB and CIF for a Climate-Smart Africa," which documents the Bank's work in implementing its Climate Investment Funds (CIF) portfolio.

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Event: TICAD V [viewed]

The Fifth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD V) is being convened under the theme "Hand in Hand for a More Dynamic Africa". Discussions are expected to be focused around four main topics: economic growth; achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); consolidation of peace/ good governance; and climate change. TICAD V is organized by Government of Japan, the UN Office of the Special Advisor to Africa, the World Bank, and the African Union (AU).  

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UNDP Launches 2013 Human Development Report on “Rise of the South” [viewed]

UNDP14 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.”

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WIPO Conference Discusses Intellectual Property Policies in Africa [viewed]

13 March 2013: African Ministers for science and technology from approximately 20 countries, along with researchers and entrepreneurs, attended the "African Conference on the Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property Policies to Foster Innovation, Value Creation and Competitiveness" to discuss how developing countries can boost their national innovation strategies and address key global challenges such as health, food security and climate change.

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ICRAF Policy Brief Addresses Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

March 2013: A policy brief by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), titled "Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture," focuses on the constraints that are preventing women from participating in smallholder carbon and climate-smart activities.

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ICRAF Opens New West Africa Office in Sierra Leone [viewed]

March 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has opened a new office in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to support the Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa Project (BIODEV).

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World Bank Report Addresses Deforestation Drivers in the Congo Basin [viewed]

8 March 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a World Bank report, titled "Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin," which examines the link between economic development and deforestation in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Republic of Congo.

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UNDP, GEF Progam Tackles Drought Adaptation, Climate Change in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe [viewed]

UNDP - GEF11 March 2013: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are addressing drought-adaptation and climate change through an ongoing UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) program, titled “Coping with Drought and Climate Change.” The three-year program aims to increase the use of drought-adaptation farming techniques and coping mechanisms and to facilitate sharing of experience and knowledge among the four countries.

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Like-Minded Developing Countries Urge Ambitious Mitigation Commitments by Developed Countries [viewed]

1 March 2013: Members of the the Like-Minded Developing Countries in Climate Change (LMDC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1 March 2013, to discuss the outcomes of the 18th session of Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18). The meeting was attended by representatives of Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Mali, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Venezuela.

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ClimDev-Africa Highlights Commitment to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

7 March 2013: Participants at the Fourth Session of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative reiterated their commitment to tackling climate change impacts in Africa, and recognized a need for the three lead partners, the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), to work as one in implementing its 2013 work plan.

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