Africa

European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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UNFCCC Workshop Considers Options and Ways for Increasing Ambition [viewed]

21 May 2012: The Workshop on increasing the level of ambition under paragraph 8 of decision 1/CP.17 aimed to consider options and ways for increasing ambition and possible further actions to bridge the gap between the sum of current pledges to curb emissions and what is required by 2020 to limit global average temperature increase to 2ºC.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Governance, Tenure and Corruption [viewed]

23 May 2012: The May issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter contains several articles on governance, tenure and anti-corruption measures related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submission on Financing Results-Based Actions on REDD+ [viewed]

21 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the joint submission from Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe, which contains their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16, paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.2).

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G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy [viewed]

19 May 2012: The G-8 Summit at Camp David recognized the need for universal access to environmentally sound, sustainable, secure and affordable sources of energy to ensure global economic growth and address climate change.

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UNITAR, UNDP and South Africa Hold Training of Trainers Workshop on Climate Change [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the South African Department for International Relations and Cooperation, held an event to train climate change experts on the means and methodologies to train others.

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Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth [viewed]

18 May 2012: The fourth Africa Water Week was organized around the theme “Water for Growth in Africa,” and aimed to identify ways to reinforce and build on progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation, as well as Africa Water Vision 2025. The conference also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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UNFCCC Releases African Group's Submission on Support to the National Adaptation Plan Process [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a submission from Swaziland, on behalf of the African States, containing information on support to the national adaptation plan process in the least developed countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.2/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on Financing Results-based Action on REDD+ [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by Malawi and Brazil on their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions for REDD+ (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development [viewed]

16 May 2012: The in-session workshop on equitable access to sustainable development took place in Bonn, Germany, during the UN Climate Change Conference. The workshop aimed to enhance Parties' understanding of ensuring equitable access to sustainable development and its possible operationalization, particularly in the context of identifying the timeframe for the peaking of global emissions and the global goal for emission reductions in 2050.

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