Africa

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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Addis Ababa Declaration Supports Global Framework on Climate Services [viewed]

WMO30 September 2012: The African Union Commission (AUC), African regional economic communities and Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have declared their support for the Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS), a UN initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which aims to strengthen and expand the provision of climate services.

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Leaders Express Hope for Climate Action at UNFCCC COP18 [viewed]

1 October 2012: On the final day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), world leaders called for urgent action to address climate change while expressing hope for progress at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, taking place in November-December this year.

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African Water Facility Grant to Bolster Zambian Water, Food Security [viewed]

AfDB26 September 2012: A €950,000 grant from the African Water Facility has been approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB) for developing an updated framework for the construction of multi-purpose dams in Zambia, which are expected to increase water security.

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