Africa

Commonwealth Leaders of Micro-States Discuss Challenges in Delivering Sustainable Development [viewed]

CommonWealth Secretariat26 April 2013: The Commonwealth Secretariat hosted representatives of very small States in a meeting on the specific challenges that micro-States face in delivering sustainable development. Discussions focused on governance, policy and public administration in micro-States.

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Event: Workshop on Information, Awareness, the Role and Place of Parliamentarians in the REDD+ Process in Central Africa [viewed]

The Workshop on Information, Awareness, the Role and Place of Parliamentarians in the REDD+ Process in Central Africa will convene in Ebolowa, Ethiopia.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Workshops on Safeguards, Gender and the Green Economy [viewed]

Un-redd29 April 2013: The April edition of the newsletter of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) highlights progress on the national REDD+ Readiness Roadmap in Bangladesh and the establishment of a national REDD+ taskforce in Cambodia.

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Study Explores Adaptation of Pine Forestry to Climate Change [viewed]

Bioversity International30 April 2013: A recent publication by a group of research institutions, including Bioversity International, documents the results of multi-site trials on pine species that aim to better understand options for choosing optimal species for forestry in the face of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on REDD+ [viewed]

UNFCCC26 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of 11 views presented by parties (FCCC/SB/2013/MISC.3) on issues related to activities described in paragraph 70 of decision 1/CP.16 (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries- REDD+). Three submissions from NGOs were posted on the UNFCCC website.

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EIB Improves Water Security and Sanitation in Seychelles [viewed]

Eib 226 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Bank highlighted a case study on financing water and sanitation in Seychelles, funded through debt financing by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), as well as grants from the European Development Fund and the African Water Facility (AWF).

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COMIFAC-FAO Workshop Plans for Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin [viewed]

FAO - COMIFAC26 April 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened a regional workshop to plan for the implementation of national forest monitoring in the Congo Basin.

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UN Chronicle Examines Water Cooperation [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2013: The first issue of the 2013 UN Chronicle has been released with a focus on the theme of water cooperation. Articles in the magazine address water cooperation in the context of cross-cutting issues such as development goals, women and agriculture, integrated water resources management (IWRM), and private sector involvement.

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Guest Article #95: The New CILSS Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Platform [viewed]

The Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel; CILSS in French) was created in 1973, after the devastating droughts that hit the region. CILSS currently has 13 member States: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Bissau Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC25 April 203: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing 11 parties' views, as well as submissions by four UN organizations and one intergovernmental organization, on the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.2).

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