Africa

UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Adaptation of Agriculture Sector [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released a report on an in-session workshop on the current state of scientific knowledge on means of enhancing the adaptation of agriculture to climate change impacts, while promoting rural development, sustainable development and productivity of agricultural systems and food security, particularly in developing countries.

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UNIDO, GEF, UNEP and FAO Publications Assess Biofuels Sustainability [viewed]

unido-unep-gef-fao12 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced the release of two publications that investigate the social, environmental and economic sustainability of biofuels production, with the aim of promoting investment in increased biofuels production.

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UNITAR, Switzerland Renew Implementation of UN CC:Learn [viewed]

UN CClearn6 March 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have agreed to a new, three-year phase of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn). The agreement was signed by Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR, which serves as UN CC:Learn's Secretariat, and the Swiss Government, which provides funding for the Partnership.

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TEC Adopts 2014-2015 Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC7 March 2014: The eighth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 8) discussed, inter alia, ongoing work of the TEC and elaboration of the 2014-2015 TEC workplan. Delegates also elected Gabriel Blanco (Argentina) as TEC Chair, and Kunihiko Shimada as TEC Vice-Chair for 2014.

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African Countries Share Knowledge on GHG Inventories, Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

unredd-lecbp7 March 2014: The UN-REDD Programme and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP), in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, convened a workshop to discuss building capacities for national forest monitoring systems for REDD+ and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems in African countries.

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WMO-Backed Forum Introduces User-Friendly Climate Services in Mozambique [viewed]

WMO6 March 2014: A pilot National Climate Outlook Forum (NCOF) convened in Mozambique as part of a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) initiative to introduce user-friendly climate services and increase resilience to extreme events and climate change. 

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Event: Fourth EU-Africa Summit [viewed]

The Fourth European Union (EU)-Africa Summit will take place under the theme 'Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace'. The Summit is an opportunity to review the EU-Africa partnership, including the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, and to highlight achievements, results and areas for further cooperation, such as on the post-2015 development framework. Participants will discuss: climate change; investment, including ways to create jobs and stimulate growth; migration, including legal and illegal migrant flows between the two continents; peace and security, including how to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security; and education and training. The Summit is expected to adopt a declaration on EU-Africa relations.  

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CARIAA Targeting Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaa7 March 2014: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has launched a research programme on climate change adaptation that is to be conducted by four consortia. The research will focus on three climate change “hotspots”—sensitive regions inhabited by large numbers of people: semi-arid regions; deltas; and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.

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CIF-Climate Policy Initiative Publications Share Concentrated Solar Power Experiences [viewed]

cif-cpiMarch 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) released two publications from a one-year collaborative project that aims to achieve low carbon and climate resilient development. The publications share lessons learned from concentrated solar power (CSP) development experiences.

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GGBP Assesses Green Growth Best Practices [viewed]

ggbp4 March 2014: The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a ‘Synthesis of Key Findings,' a global assessment of best practice in green growth planning and implementation.

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