Africa

Tunisia to Establish National DRR Platform [viewed]

31 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Government of Tunisia has committed to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), bringing the total number of national platforms worldwide to 82.

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FAO Releases First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa [viewed]

FAO30 August 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the “First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa.” Accompanying strong economic growth and expansion of urban centers in Africa, FAO notes the strong potential contribution of urban gardening to food security, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.

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Workshop Focuses on Agricultural Statistics for Policy Making in Africa [viewed]

29 August 2012: A workshop on "Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development – Africa Action Plan" highlighted the importance of ensuring the availability of statistics and data sets on the agriculture and rural sectors in the face of emerging development issues such as food vs. biofuels, climate change, environmental degradation and food security.

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World Bank Releases Water Partnership Programme 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

World Bank22 August 2012: The World Bank has published the 2011 Annual Report of the Water Partnership Programme (WPP), which highlights WPP impacts on: World Bank lending; climate change effects on water access; sustainable water availability; and achieving green growth.

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ITTO Annual Report for 2011 Highlights REDD+ Activities [viewed]

August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2011, outlining the organization's activities during the UN International Year of Forests, which was also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ITTO.

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CBD REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter Focuses on Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

CBDAugust 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the July-August issue of its "REDD+ & Biodiversity E-Newsletter." The newsletter aims to inform CBD National Focal Points and CBD partners about biodiversity aspects in relation to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: CGE Training Workshop for the Africa Region on Mitigation Assessment [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is holding a hands-on training workshop for the Africa region on mitigation assessment.  

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UNECA Expert Group Meeting Urges Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development Policies [viewed]

27 August 2012: A recently-held UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) expert group meeting on “Climate Change and the Rural Economy in Southern Africa,” met to address, inter alia, strengthening capacity for developing adaptation and mitigation strategies. The meeting concluded with a call to member States to continue mainstreaming climate change into their rural development policies.

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UNISDR Grants RISK Award to Beira, Mozambique [viewed]

27 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has granted the first RISK Award to the flood-prone coastal city of Beira, Mozambique. The €100,000 project implementation award is the result of a collaboration between UNISDR, the Munich Re Foundation and the Global Risk Forum, Davos.

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GCF Inaugural Board Meeting Elects Co-Chairs, Agrees on Process for Selecting Host [viewed]

25 August 2012: The first Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) considered the work plan of the Board, and initiated the work towards the operationalization of the Fund. Key outcomes of the meeting include the election of the Board's Co-Chairs and adoption of a decision on how to conduct the process to select the host country of the Fund.

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