Africa

Sweden Pledges €7.5 million to African Climate for Development Programme [viewed]

15 June 2012: At a high level roundtable held on 25 April 2012, in Stockholm, the Swedish Government pledged €7.5 million to a fund of the Climate for Development in Africa Program (ClimDev-Africa). 

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Event: Across the Regions: SIDS Solutions for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Indian Ocean Commission (COI), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), is organizing this high-level panel discussion on the sidelines of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event aims to highlight the sustainable development concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). The event will also see the launch of a joint initiative to explore new ways to support climate resilient and low carbon economies, across the three sub-regions, through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Green Growth in Africa, Traditional Knowledge [viewed]

14 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) continued on 14 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in parallel with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), convening for Africa Day and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (ILCs) Day.

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UNESCO IOC Takes Stock of West African Coastal Adaptation Project [viewed]

13 June 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has convened a seminar to analyze the results of a project titled Adaptation to Climate Change in Coastal zones of West Africa (ACCC), discuss ways to fill gaps identified during the project, and agree on future action.

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AfDB Holds Training on Climate Change, Energy and Transport [viewed]

12 June 2012: Supported by International Development UEA and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UK), the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a staff  training course on climate change, energy and transport.

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Releases June to August Rainfall Statement [viewed]

WMO30 May 2012: The 31st Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACO 31) concluded with a statement on the June to August rainfall season. The statement indicates an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal rainfall for the June to August rainfall season in areas of the northern sector of the Greater Horn of Africa. For the rest of the Greater Horn of Africa, the June to August period is expected to remain generally dry during the season.

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UNU Project on Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Africa Holds Kick-Off Meeting [viewed]

11 June 2012: A five-year research project on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach (CECAR-Africa) held a kick-off meeting to formally commence its operational phase. CECAR-Africa focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date [viewed]

After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.7 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a Work Program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the GEF's new Chairperson and CEO.

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UNFCCC Launches 2012 CDM African Radio Contest [viewed]

6 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest 2012 on the theme “Changing Lives,” with the aim of raising awareness of the CDM's benefits in Africa.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion to Address Cross-Cutting Themes at UNCSD [viewed]

June 2012: Occurring in parallel to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) from 13-24 June 2012, the Rio Conventions Pavilion will focus on, inter alia, indigenous peoples and local communities (ILCs), ecosystem-based adaptation, oceans, land, and financing for sustainable development.

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