Africa

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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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on GHGs from Coastal and Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

18 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two submissions from parties containing their views on specific themes to be addressed at the research dialogue, including information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) from coastal and marine ecosystems (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.2/Add.1).

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Initiatives to Combat Desertification [viewed]

18 April 2012: In a recent opinion piece, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), calls for action at the local, national and global levels "to give farmers the lead, and promote sustainable land use and re-greening initiatives." He also suggests that the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) should make this a top priority.

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ECOWAS Regional Bioenergy Forum Adopts Regional Bioenergy Strategy Framework [viewed]

April 2012: Participants at the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) Regional Bioenergy Forum, which took place from 19-22 March in Bakamo, Mali, focused on a range of issues related to moving from traditional bioenergy to developing access to modern bioenergy.

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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Opens [viewed]

18 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum, a trade fair and knowledge-sharing event focusing on carbon investments in Africa, opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum's agenda includes a review of progress on UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) procedures that benefit African countries in accessing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and the future of the CDM and the climate regime.

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