Africa

Event: Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on Natural Hazards, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move [viewed]

This Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation on 'Natural Hazards, Climate Change, and Cross-border Displacement in the Greater Horn of Africa: Protecting People on the Move' will explore the issue of cross-border displacement as a result of disasters in the region. The event is being hosted by the Government of Kenya and will bring together representatives of governments, regional organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), UN agencies, Red Cross Societies, community- and faith-based organizations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders working on issues related to displacement, disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management, climate change adaptation, human rights and migration. The Consultation will begin with a technical workshop, followed by a dialogue on the workshop's outcomes and agreement for follow-up. The objectives of the Consultation are to: increase knowledge regarding displacement and human mobility dynamics in the region; identify challenges related to disasters and displacement; and develop concrete outcomes to enhance the region's preparedness and response to these challenges. An outcome document is expected to identify common displacement challenges in the context of disasters and climate change in region and recommendations on how to address them. The Nansen Initiative is a State-led consultative process intended to build consensus on developing a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced across international borders by natural disasters, including those linked to the impacts of climate change. In 2015, outcomes from the five Nansen Initiative regional consultations will be jointly addressed during a global intergovernmental meeting, where elements of a proposed “protection agenda” addressing cross-border displacement in the context of disasters will be discussed.  

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ICRAF Partners for Agroforestry in Africa and Asia [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)14 May 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced a national partnership in Indonesia and a regional partnership in Africa. The partnerships aim to, respectively, provide farmers and communities with access to ICRAF research and support the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. 

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Event: Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa Region [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications will hold the Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) for the Africa Region from 18-20 August 2014, in Malawi.  

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Meteorological Institutions and Farmers Use Climate Information Produced Via CCAFS Tools [viewed]

CCAFSMay 2014: The national meteorological services of ten African countries have collected historic data and monitored climate and weather information using participatory tools and approaches developed by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). These tools have helped deliver climate information at a small enough scale for smallholder farmers to use in agricultural planning.

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Major Economies Forum Calls for Urgent Climate Action [viewed]

major-economies9 May 2014: The Mexican Government hosted the 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), welcoming 90 delegates from 23 countries to a discussion intended to support progress in climate change negotiations and encourage the adoption of clean energy that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Event: Africa Regional Workshop [viewed]

The Africa Regional Workshop of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is expected to take place from 30 June - 1 July 2014, in Windhoek, Namibia, immediately prior to the Africa Carbon Forum.  

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OWG 11 Expands List of Goals and Targets [viewed]

owg9 May 2014: Participants in the 11th session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) considered a list of 16 “focus areas” and approximately 150 potential targets, as contained in the working document for the session.

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CEB Spring Session Focuses on Post-2015, Climate, Education [viewed]

United Nations9 May 2014: The UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Spring Session 2014 focused on how the UN system can support Member States in the transition to the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also discussed implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), financing for sustainable development, climate change and water, among other issues.

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Event: Sixth Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will take place from 2-4 July 2014, in Windhoek, Namibia. The Forum will: inform attendees of developments in carbon markets; provide a venue for connecting carbon project developers and investors; showcase lessons from completed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa; feature presentations on public and private sector strategies for promoting CDM benefits in Africa; and encourage networking and discussions among technical experts, project developers and carbon buyers. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank, and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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