Africa

WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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UNFCCC, BOAD to Establish CDM Support Office in Togo [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat and the West African Development Bank (BOAD) have signed a partnership agreement to establish a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) support office in Lomé, Togo, to support the development of CDM projects in the region.

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UN-REDD Policy Brief Explores Multiple Benefits from REDD+ [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released a policy brief on achieving benefits beyond carbon sequestration from investments in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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First South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum Warns of Low Precipitation Forecasts [viewed]

11 October 2012: The first South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF) was co-organized by Météo France, the Indian Ocean Commission (projet Acclimate) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This first Forum built the capacity of meteorologists on the methods and tools used to develop seasonal climate outlooks, and tailoring them to the challenges faced by islands. 

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World Risk Report 2012 Highlights Global Disaster Risk Hotspots [viewed]

11 October 2012: The World Risk Report 2012, published by the Alliance Development Works (Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft) in collaboration with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature Conservancy, focuses on the theme of environmental degradation and disasters, assessing disaster risk based on information from 173 countries.

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First Temporary African CDM Forestry Credits Issued [viewed]

9 October 2012: The Humbo Ethiopia Assisted Natural Regeneration Project has been awarded Africa's first temporary Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) for reforestation through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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IFAD Launches Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme [viewed]

4 October 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a new programme to channel climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers in an effort to leverage a greater impact on climate change resilience through IFAD's new annual investments of approximately $1 billion.

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Tanzania Develops Tool to Assess the Costs of REDD+ Projects [viewed]

5 October 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has announced that Tanzania has released a report on estimating cost elements of REDD+ (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).

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First NAMA Submissions Received [viewed]

1 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that it has received the first submissions of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) for the future NAMA Registry. The submissions, from Mali and Ethiopia, have been compiled in a temporary website.

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