Africa

Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

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SPREP, IOC, CCCCC to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Commonwealth Secretariat has announced that three regional organizations, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), have agreed to cooperate on steps to deal with the effects of climate change. 

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Sessions included: mainstreaming gender in the three Rio Conventions; linking research, policy and practice for gender-responsive action in forestry; political leadership and gender; and a celebration of women's leadership in sustainable development. A special event on the economics of sustainable development also took place.

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Multilateral Development Banks Commit to the Rio+20 Agenda for Inclusive Green Growth [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) six of the world's major multilateral development banks (MDBs) released a joint statement, which indicates their commitment to work together to support global transformation in line with the Rio+20 agreements.

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Rio Pavilion Hosts Financing Sustainable Development Day [viewed]

19 June 2012: On its seventh day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Financing Sustainable Development Day. The event consisted of two sessions on natural capital solutions, namely: protected areas meeting global environmental challenges; and natural capital in Africa, Asia and Latin America - partnerships, policies and investments.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

15 June 20120: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) focused on the theme of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Four panels addressed: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation; economic valuation of land (EVL); the Bonn Challenges; and coastal climate change solutions.

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IEA Chief Stresses Positive Impacts of Achieving Universal Energy Access [viewed]

IEA14 June 2012: In an article published in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), underlines that making access to modern energy services universal would have no real negative impact on energy security or climate change globally, but rather would radically improve the lives of billions of energy poor.

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AfDB, CIF Launch Climate Resilience Projects in Niger and Mozambique [viewed]

15 June 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has approved two projects under its Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) with co-financing and support by the African Development Bank (AfDB), aiming to improve climate forecasting and communication in Niger, and building resilience of agricultural production systems in Mozambique.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Publishes May Update of ACP-CD4CDM Project [viewed]

UNEP Risoe25 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has published an update of the ACP-CD4CDM Project, highlighting Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) capacity building and implementation activities carried out in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

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Multilateral Development Banks Discuss Methodology for Tracking Adaptation Finance [viewed]

AfDB15 June 2012: Representatives of the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) met on the margins of the UN Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, to discuss a joint methodology for climate adaptation financing tracking, including the concept of adaptation to be adopted, a set of high level principles and a roadmap to finalize the methodology.

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