Africa

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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UNFCCC Releases LDCs' and Japan's Submissions on a Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

23 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the submissions received on a framework for various approaches. The document contains the submissions of Gambia, for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and Japan. These submissions are additional to the 14 contained in document FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4 and Add.1 and 2.

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UN-HABITAT Supports Flood Risk Management in Uganda [viewed]

UN-HABITAT23 August 2012: As part of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Kampala Integrated Flood Management project, Ugandan students are participating in a pilot meteorological data collection project. Their data collection activities are part of a larger effort to gauge Kampala's flood risk, and implement an integrated flood management (IFM) strategy and action plan.

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REEEP Calls for Clean Energy Projects with Growth Potential [viewed]

23 August 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has released a Call for Proposals for its ninth programme cycle, focusing specifically on projects with large potential for clean energy growth. As the maximum amount of funding per project is limited to €150,000, REEEP will give preference to projects that can provide proof of co-funding from other sources.

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Services Releases Bulletin on Vulnerability of African Glaciers [viewed]

UNEP22 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released a bulletin on the current status of African glaciers. The bulletin focuses on the glaciers' vulnerability to climate change.

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Cartagena Dialogue Discusses Expectations Ahead of Bangkok and Doha [viewed]

20 July 2012: The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action (Cartagena Dialogue) met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss key questions ahead of the upcoming informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc working groups (AWGs) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 30 August to 5 September 2012, and the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012.

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UN-REDD Highlights National Progress on REDD+ in Ecuador and Indonesia [viewed]

23 August 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN‐REDD Programme) has released the August edition of its newsletter, which reports on the launch by Ecuador of its national UN-REDD programme and a workshop held in Indonesia to solicit the views of stakeholders on the potential co-benefits of REDD+.

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WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought [viewed]

21 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have announced plans to help countries improve their drought risk management and develop effective, long-term solutions.

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