Africa

UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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AfDB Approves Regional Fragility Strategy [viewed]

AfDB19 June 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) will implement a strategy for addressing fragility and building resilience in Africa for the period 2014-2019. The strategy takes a regional approach to fragility, focusing on fragile situations, rather than fragile States. Its conceptual approach recognizes that fragility can have spillover effects, jeopardizing the development of whole regions.

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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Releases 2013 Lighthouse Activities Report [viewed]

UNFCCCJune 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released its 2013 report on the 'Lighthouse Activities' selected by its Momentum for Change initiative to showcase game-changing climate change actions. The 17 activities selected are making progress in three focus areas: Urban Poor; Women for Results; and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Highlights Climate, Desertification Links [viewed]

world_day_to_combat_desertification_201417 June 2014: To commemorate the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2014, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organized, and the World Bank hosted, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), TerrAfrica and Connect4Climate, a day-long 'Global Observance Event' on ecosystem-based adaptation under the theme, 'Land Belongs to the Future – Let's Climate Proof it.' The event fostered high-level discussions on common solutions to the interlinked challenges of climate change and desertification.

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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UNEP Builds Refrigeration Capacity in African Countries to Increase Climate and Ozone Co-Benefits [viewed]

UNEP15 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened a meeting of African ozone officers from 11-13 June, in Kigali, Rwanda, to build capacity in safe refrigeration and air-conditioning practices to increase ozone and climate co-benefits. The workshop provided training to technicians in the field of refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC), with the aim of ensuring safe handling and servicing of RAC equipment as part of the move towards alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFCs).

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UNCCD Publishes Report on Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

land-bases-adaptationJune 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a report, 'Land-Based Adaptation and Resilience: Powered by Nature,' which highlights the connections between land degradation, natural resource and food security, and climate change.

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UN-REDD Reflects on Five Years of Support for REDD+ [viewed]

undp-fao-unepJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD), after five years of support for REDD+ readiness, has reviewed the evolution of the REDD+ landscape. The review focuses, in particular, on the five thematic areas of UN-REDD: measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), governance, stakeholder engagement, safeguards and multiple benefits, and the green economy.

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AMCOMET to Link WMO, African Space Programmes [viewed]

amcomet30 May 2014: At its Second Bureau Meeting, the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) decided to link the African Space Programme with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Space Programme. AMCOMET also agreed on an updated Implementation and Resource Mobilization Plan and initiated the establishment of a Regional Climate Center in Central Africa.

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