Africa

Connect4Climate Recognizes 19 Young Climate Activists [viewed]

1 March 2013: The World Bank has announced that 19 awards were granted to young individuals from 14 countries as part of the Voices4Climate competition, which was organized by the Connect4Climate in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica. The competition selected photographs, videos, videos, and music about climate change.

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Frankfurt School Provides Update on Market Study in Africa and New Financial Institutions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

1 March 2013: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released the second volume of its newsletter, including articles on: the Sustainable Energy Planning in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus project; a market study for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP); and the selection of new Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF) partners in Asia.

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World Bank Grants "Green Team" Award to Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 February 2013: The World Bank has granted the "Green Team Award" to the Sahel and West Africa Program in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP/GGWI),  in recognition of its work in 12 African countries to address land degradation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as biodiversity and forests.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Systems Approach to Clean Energy [viewed]

27 February 2013: In a keynote address delivered at the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated that the system-wide integration of clean and efficient energy technologies is essential in the transition to a sustainable and secure energy future.

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SE4ALL Video Calls for Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency [viewed]

27 February 2013: As part of the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the UN has released a public service announcement video on CNN International and YouTube featuring former US Vice President Al Gore, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Kandeh Yumkella.

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Conflict-Affected and Fragile States Call for New Goals in Dili Consensus [viewed]

26 February 2012: Member countries of the g7+ group, Pacific Island countries and Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) adopted a consensus statement at the close of the International Conference on Development for All, in Dili, Timor-Leste, calling for new goals to be adopted in the post-2015 development framework.

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Event: Right Here Right Now [viewed]

The Connect4Climate event "Right Here Right Now" aims to celebrate youth's engagement in climate change action. With a keynote address by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the event will launch the Africa charity CD, "C4C special edition Rhythms del Mundo," which features live performances by Kenyan rappers TS1, award-winning Malian musician Rokia Traore, and a live DJ set by MTVs Izzy Lawrence. Other event participants include: Sustainable Development Network Vice President Rachel Kyte; External Affairs Vice President Cyril Muller; Africa Vice President Makhtar Diop; Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii; Italian Minister of the Environment Corrado Clini; and Nobel Prize Laureate Betty Williams. Launched by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the GEF in collaboration with over 150 knowledge partners in September 2011, Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global partnership programme dedicated to climate change communication. The event will be streamlined live at the website: connect4climate.org  

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Delhi Clean Energy Conference Discusses Clean Energy Progress and Cooperation in Emerging Economies [viewed]

25 February 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has reported on the outcomes of the Delhi Clean Energy Conference, which showcased clean energy progress in emerging economies and initiated the development of a South-South-North Knowledge and Collaboration Partnership in Clean Energy.

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IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda [viewed]

January 2013: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published three reports on climate risk management (CRM) in Kenya, Niger and Uganda, as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Climate Risk Management (CRM) Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP). The reports illustrate how different communities in high-risk countries may have to adapt to a changing climate across a range of sectors.

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WMO's Voluntary Cooperation Programme Reports on 2012 Activities [viewed]

WMO25 February 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued the January-December 2012 newsletter from its Voluntary Cooperation Programme (VCP) and Development and Regional Activities Department. The publication details, among other activities, new funding agreements to support climate service systems in West Africa, Haiti, Peru and Ethiopia, and summarizes the outcomes of past partnerships, including on drafting meteorology bills, installing automatic weather stations and updating a meteorological service strategic plan.

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