Africa

Fifth BRICS Summit Discusses Partnership for Development in Africa [viewed]

27 March 2013: Representatives from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met in Durban, South Africa, on 27 March 2013, at the Fifth BRICS Summit, which addressed the theme “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization.” The Summit concluded with the adoption of the eThekwini Declaration, which considers a range of international issues, including the global economy, sustainable development, climate change and trade.

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AfDB, British High Commission Host Workshop on Geothermal Development in Tanzania [viewed]

AfDB14 March 2013: The Government of Tanzania has hosted a workshop to identify pathways to an effective legal and regulatory framework to support the development of geothermal energy in the country. The workshop, co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and British High Commission, convened government officials, private developers, geothermal resource survey specialists, development partners, lawyers and civil society representatives from 13-14 March 2013 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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Workshop Supports Youth Involvement in REDD+ [viewed]

25 March 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) hosted a meeting of the Reseau des Jeunes pour les Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (REJEFAC), from 3-4 March in Douala, Cameroon to improve youth engagement in the sustainable management of forests.

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UN CC:Learn Supports Development of Climate Change Learning Strategy in Malawi [viewed]

UN CC:Learn19 March 2013: The Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MoEPD) and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management (MoECCM) of Malawi co-organized a workshop in the framework of the national UN CC:Learn Project, to review and validate this country's National Climate Change Learning Strategy.

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IPC-IG Collects Evidence on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

26 March 2013: During a month-long e-discussion on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and the role of South-South cooperation in agricultural development in Africa, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) invited participants to share real-life examples to strengthen the evidence base on climate-smart agriculture, particularly in the context of Brazil-Africa agricultural cooperation.

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GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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FAO Releases Videos on Forests [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a series of videos on forests in Algeria, Tanzania and the Mediterranean region in celebration of the first International Day of Forests, held 21 March 2013.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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FAO Releases Report on the State of Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled “State of Mediterranean Forests 2013,” which details the social and environmental changes affecting forests in the Mediterranean region, as well as the contributions that forests make to agriculture, water, energy, tourism and other economic sectors.

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ECOWAS, SEAD Start Activities under Partnership for Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards [viewed]

14 March 2013: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative have begun implementing activities under a partnership to develop a regional system of energy efficiency standards and labels for appliances.

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