Africa

January 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-CDB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-IRENA-SE4ALL-World Bank31 January 2015: In the first month of 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and the World Bank financed projects, published reports and undertook various other activities related to sustainable energy.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Capacity Building [viewed]

unredd2 February 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the February/March 2015 edition of its newsletter, which focuses on building the capacity of developing countries to design and implement REDD+ programmes.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release February Session Scenario Note [viewed]

UNFCCC29 January 2015: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released their scenario note for the eighth part of the Group's second session (ADP 2-8), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-13 February 2015. In the note (ADP.2015.1.InformalNote), the Co-Chairs indicate that the session's objective will be to deliver, by the session's close, the draft negotiating text for an anticipated 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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Event: Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) [viewed]

The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) 23 participating governments will send energy ministers and representatives to Mexico for the group's sixth meeting, to be hosted by the Government of Mexico. The meeting will assess progress achieved since the body's founding five years ago and consider the best next steps for transitioning to a global clean energy economy. According to the meeting organizers, CEM6 will be a "decision-making meeting," where the participating government ministers will decide on a plan for how the forum can be more ambitious and effective. Member governments will also have the opportunity to demonstrate how they are advancing national clean energy goals and how the CEM can contribute to a successful Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.  

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Event: Webinar on Increasing Awareness of Soil Biodiversity and Carbon [viewed]

This webinar, titled “Learning from wetlands – the case for dry soils,” is being convened by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and Wetlands International. It aims to build knowledge and expand the understanding of policy and scientific issues related to reducing emissions from soil carbon based on lessons learned from peatlands and other wetlands. The webinar will address topics, such as: building scientific knowledge on soil carbon; establishing policy and regulatory frameworks; and implementing projects and programmes for reducing emissions. The webinar is targeted towards Focal Points, national biodiversity managers, sustainable land management (SLM) experts and other technical specialists in Africa. Outcomes include the identification of priority actions to enhance the consideration of soil biodiversity and carbon for implementing the CBD. Those who are interested should register before 6 February 2015.  

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Event: South Takes Action: 2015 Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions [viewed]

This conference will facilitate South-led initiatives on climate change, connecting government, business, civil society and social enterprise leaders from the global South for "a different kind of debate on climate - a debate led by the South, for the benefit of the whole world". The Climate South Initiatives hopes to give voice to those not typically heard at climate change conferences, to engage youth in the process, and to encourage collaboration on solutions, rather than negotiation. Developing and emerging economies will share their knowledge and expertise, focusing on areas for South-South cooperation. The expected outcome is a declaration outlining the joint measures that will support climate change leadership in the global South; the document will also give input to the climate change negotiations planned for November/December 2015 in Paris, France.  

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Policy Update #17: Human Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The issues of human security and conflict in relation to climate change have evolved to a place where they now constitute a recognized and important component in the climate change conversation, and are being addressed in a diverse range of fora through meetings, reports and changes in policy.

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AfDB Climate Change Committee Shares Knowledge on COP 20 Outcomes [viewed]

AfDB22 January 2015: The Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a knowledge-sharing seminar at the AfDB's headquarters in Abidjan, Nigeria, to discuss the outcomes of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. The CCCC also addressed expectations for COP 21 to be held in Paris, France, from 30 November - 11 December 2015.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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