Africa

UNCCD Invites Applications for African Journalists Workshop [viewed]

April 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is organizing a series of regional media workshops on desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and has recently called for applications from African journalists specialized in the environment.

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FIP Pilot Country Meeting Evaluates REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

23 April 2012: The third meeting of pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) addressed: developing innovative approaches to invest in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+); working with the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities; and sharing views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor REDD+ investment results.

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UNFCCC Releases Note of GEF Support for Non-Annex I Parties National Communications [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing information on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CCC/SBI/2012/INF.7).

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ILO, Munich RE Foundation Highlight Innovations in Microinsurance [viewed]

ILO10 April 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Munich RE Foundation have released the second volume of "Microinsurance Compendium, Protecting the Poor," which highlights that the number of microinsured people has reached almost 500 million. The report emphasizes the role of microinsurance in poverty alleviation when combined with social protection, risk prevention, mitigation, and vulnerability reduction.

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UN Releases Third Annual Carbon Neutrality Report [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in its capacity as secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has released the UN's third annual “Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN” report, which details the UN's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2010, as well as ongoing efforts to reduce them.

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UNDP's Baobab Coalition Journal Highlights Training of Climate Journalists [viewed]

April 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released January-April 2012 issue of The Baobab Coalition Journal, a publication that reports on the community activities and efforts carried out under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). The issue features articles on training of climate journalists, a climate data management workshop, AAP activities in Morocco, and recent publications available on the programme.

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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Highlights Potential for Green Economic Development in Africa [viewed]

20 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum underscored the potential of the African continent in advancing efforts to combat climate change and ensure green economic development in the future.

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UNISDR Reports on DRR and Adaptation Writeshops [viewed]

19 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on the four writeshops, which were co-convened with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and conducted since 2010 in Thailand, Ghana, Costa Rica and Barbados. UNISDR underlines that they have helped increase the body of published literature on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Eighth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

18 April 2012: The March/April issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter provides updates on progress in implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in a number of countries.

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Zambia Reflects on Hosting PPCR Pilot Country Meetings [viewed]

16 April 2012: David Kaluba, Chief Economist for Zambia's Ministry of Finance and National Development, has offered insights on his country's experience in hosting a Pilot Countries Meeting for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience (PPCR), highlighting that country meetings provide an opportunity to see sustainable development challenges first hand. 

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