Africa

UNDP's Annual Report Outlines “The Sustainable Future We Want” [viewed]

UNDP19 June 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its 2011-2012 Annual Report, “The Sustainable Future We Want,” which outlines UNDP's field programmes and its contributions to raising awareness and changing policy.

read more »

Event: Connecting for Climate: Technology, Creativity and Action [viewed]

At this event the World Bank will celebrate the winning entries in the second annual "Apps for Climate" competition. The "Apps for Climate" is a creative way to encourage innovative, cutting-edge ways to use open climate data. The event will also see the launch of the joint project between Connect4Climate and MTV called "Voices4Climate," a new global competition in search of the world's most powerful climate stories told through photos, videos, and music videos. Winning entries will be featured at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC at the end of 2012. Connect4Climate (C4C) is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, and the Italian Ministry for the Environment. The goal of C4C is to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world, with an initial focus on Africa.  

read more »

Agriculture and Rural Development Day Issues Communiqué to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Fourth Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) convened on 18 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). ARDD aimed to promote concrete steps towards sustainable food systems, and to put agriculture at the core of sustainable development policies. The main message conveyed was that while agriculture is affected by climate change, it has a key role to play in addressing it.

read more »

Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for City Day [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for City Day, on 22 June 2012. The event included three panel events on: local leadership driving global change; cities spurring change - tools and techniques for integrated urban planning; and a sustainable future for our children - the FRUSATO movement. A closing session addressed lessons learned and next steps following Rio+20.

read more »

Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia Kicks Off [viewed]

21 June 2012: The First Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) Ministerial Conference met to mobilize financial support for implementation of the targeted activities of the RIMES Master Plan, which aims to increase capacity for dealing with natural hazards and extreme weather events.

read more »

UNHCR, UNU Highlight Climate Change's Contribution to Human Displacement [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN University (UNU) released a report titled “Climate Change, Vulnerability and Human Mobility: Perspectives of Refugees from the East and Horn of Africa” on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The report illustrates the role of climate change in increasing human vulnerability and driving people from their homes and across borders, potentially into areas of conflict.

read more »

Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

read more »

SPREP, IOC, CCCCC to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Commonwealth Secretariat has announced that three regional organizations, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), have agreed to cooperate on steps to deal with the effects of climate change. 

read more »

Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Sessions included: mainstreaming gender in the three Rio Conventions; linking research, policy and practice for gender-responsive action in forestry; political leadership and gender; and a celebration of women's leadership in sustainable development. A special event on the economics of sustainable development also took place.

read more »

Multilateral Development Banks Commit to the Rio+20 Agenda for Inclusive Green Growth [viewed]

19 June 2012: On the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) six of the world's major multilateral development banks (MDBs) released a joint statement, which indicates their commitment to work together to support global transformation in line with the Rio+20 agreements.

read more »