Africa

AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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FAO Documents Adaptation Interventions in Mozambique [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report that details its role as coordinator of the largest component of a UN Joint Programme (UNJP) that builds the resilience of community and ecosystems to climate change and diversification of livelihood options in Mozambique. The programme was initiated based on the recognition that Southern Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, including droughts, floods, and rainfall variability.

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AfDB's Climate Finance Newsletter Focuses on Pioneering Green Growth [viewed]

AfDBMay 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the March-April issue of its Climate Finance Newsletter. This issue underscores that the AfDB is currently preparing its Long Term Strategy, which will cover the period from 2013-2022 and will aim to support Africa's transformation into a stable, competitive, integrated and greener continent.

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FAO Assists Tanzania in Monitoring Soil Carbon [viewed]

FAO16 May 2012: Highlighting the need for more robust estimates of carbon stock changes related to forests, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) reported on work on forest soil carbon carried out in Tanzania.

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First Africa Human Development Report Explores Food Security, Links to Gender and Environment [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first Africa Human Development Report (HDR), titled "Towards a Food Secure Future." The report finds that African governments' bias toward investing in towns rather than rural areas, and men rather than women, are the key factors explaining Africa's food insecurity.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on ADP Workplan [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released six submissions from Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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ESMAP's Annual Report Highlights Progress on Energy Poverty and Realignment of Focus Areas [viewed]

April 2012: The annual report of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank indicates that, in 2011, the Program built on lessons learned by realigning focus areas and strengthening operational functions.

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UN-HABITAT Report on the State of Arab Cities Focuses on Urban Transition [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released the 2012 edition of its regional report the State of Arab Cities on the theme “Challenges of Urban Transition.” The report notes that, although urban slums are decreasing and urban innovations are being introduced, the region still faces major challenges, including high youth unemployment rates and climate change.

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FAO Note Provides Overview of Agriculture in UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

FAO9 May 2012: Ahead of the first UNFCCC climate change negotiations since the Durban Climate Change Conference concluded in South Africa at the end of 2011, the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a note that aims to help participants follow the UNFCCC agenda items relevant to agriculture.

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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