Africa

ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Previews Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

19 October 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released the October edition of the UN-REDD Newsletter, previewing the ninth Policy Board meeting to be held on 26-27 October 2012, in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo.

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AfDB Publishes First CIF Report [viewed]

AfDB18 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its first semi-annual report on the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in Africa, titled “CIF in Action.” The report highlights projects and investment plans in 15 African countries and the Middle East and North African region (MENA) that aim to support transformations in clean technology, climate-resilient development, increased energy access through renewable energy and sustainable management of forests.

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African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

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ITU Publishes Case Study on the Role of ICTs in Addressing Climate Change in Ghana [viewed]

September 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a report titled “Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: The Case of Ghana,” which focuses on the question: How can developing countries effectively integrate ICT tools within climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies?

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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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