Africa

Event: Inception Workshop and First Steering Committee FFEM Project on REDD+ in the Mediterranean [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Plan Bleu and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM). FFEM has provided support of Euro 1.3 million primarily to support opportunities for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) in the Mediterranean through engagement with pilot sites. The inception workshop will consider pilot sites that are proposed in Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. It will also consider synergies with the III Mediterranean Forest Week and with the UN-REDD Programme. The workshop will conclude with a plan of action to be launched by the next steering committee in April 2013.  

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en.Lighten Initiative Installs Solar LED Streetlights in Nairobi [viewed]

5 July 2012: The en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) has installed eight solar LED street lights along UN Avenue in Nairobi, Kenya. Undertaken in partnership with Phillips and the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority, the pilot initiative aims to highlight the benefits of sustainable energy sources and alternatives to expensive, less efficient traditional lighting.

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UNISDR Announces Five DRR Parliamentarian Champions [viewed]

3 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that five parliamentarians, from Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia, Senegal and the East African Legislative Assembly, have been named as parliamentary champions for their ongoing commitment to promoting legislation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Over $50 Million for Seven Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund29 June 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board approved a grant of $10 million to the Planning Institute of Jamaica to protect livelihoods and food security through the direct access financing pathway of the Adaptation Fund.

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UN-Energy Newsletter Reviews SE4ALL Progress, Green Industry Platform, FAO's Bioenergy Tool [viewed]

UN-Energy30 June 2012: The June 2012 edition of the UN-Energy Newsletter has been published, focusing on the launch of the Green Industry Platform at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tools on Bioenergy and Food Security; strengthening public private partnerships (PPPs) to accelerate global electricity deployment; and global solar opportunity tool. 

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ECOWAS Agrees on Principles of Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a regional workshop at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) from 25-27 June in Dakar, Senegal, during which the main aims and components of a regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policy of ECOWAS were agreed by directors of the region's Ministries of Energy.

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UN-REDD Calls for Comments on Country Needs Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has issued a call for comments on the report of a global workshop on country needs assessment (CNA) for readiness for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Connect4Climate, MTV Launch Multi-media "Voices4Climate" Competition [viewed]

28 June 2012: Connect4Climate (C4C) and MTV are launching "Voices4Climate," a new global photo, video, and music video competition focused on highlighting the voices of youth on the issue of climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Country Needs Assessment Workshop [viewed]

27 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the June edition of its newsletter, which reports on a workshop it hosted to present the preliminary findings of a country needs assessment to national REDD+ focal points from more than 20 partner countries, along with representatives from civil society, donor countries, the UNFCCC and the Programme's Independent Advisory Group.

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World Bank Assesses Role of ICT in Building Resilience to Climate Change-induced Disasters [viewed]

World Bank27 June 2012: A new World Bank report on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), cities, and natural disasters in Africa, titled "Municipal ICT Capacity and its Impact on the Climate-Change Affected Urban Poor: The Case of Mozambique," highlights the role of ICT to prevent the effects of climate change-induced emergencies in Africa. 

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