Event: 18th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission [viewed]

The 18th session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission will convene alongside the second African Forestry and Wildlife Week and will consider the theme "The Importance of Governance and Benefit Sharing in the Sustainable Management of African Forests, Trees and Wildlife". It is expected that the session will underscore the importance of good governance in natural resource management as well as emphasize the need to include all stakeholders in decision making, implementation and benefit sharing for sustainable forest and wildlife resource management.  

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UN CC:Learn Selects Pilot Countries for Climate Change Learning [viewed]

3 August 2011: The UN CC:Learn Steering Group has announced the selection of Benin, Uganda and the Dominican Republic to participate in the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn's “Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development,” aimed at supporting countries to develop a strategic approach to climate change learning.

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South African Ministers Outline Priorities for Durban [viewed]

2 August 2011: In a press briefing, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and incoming President of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, together with South African Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, described South Africa's preparations to ensure it hosts an international event that meets UN requirements as well as their priorities for the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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Second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Calls for Proposals [viewed]

2 August 2011: The Private Financing Advisory Network of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI PFAN) has opened a call for proposals from the Africa region for the second Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-2) Business Plan Competition.

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UN Greening the Blue Reports on World Bank Cycling Initiative [viewed]

2 August 2011: UN Greening the Blue has reported that the World Bank has instituted a Bike to Work Day, in an effort to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to encourage environmentally friendly methods of commuting in Washington DC, US, where the World Bank headquarters are located.

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IEA Report Examines Energy Efficiency Policies in Conjunction with Carbon Pricing [viewed]

1 August 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published an information paper examining whether there is a need for energy efficiency policies in economies that have carbon pricing in place and the potential for interaction between the two kinds of policies. The report concludes that, although carbon pricing is a prerequisite for least‐cost carbon mitigation strategies, there is still a need for energy efficiency policies, as carbon pricing is not enough to overcome all the barriers to cost‐effective energy efficiency actions.

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World Bank Institute Calls on Young African Activists to Participate in Youth Parliament [viewed]

World Bank1 August 2011: The World Bank Institute has called for applications by youth leaders, between 18-30 years old, from Commonwealth countries in Africa and working on environment or climate change issues, to join a special session on climate change of the Youth Parliament.

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Workshop Builds UN Country Team Capacity in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, held an Asia-Pacific regional workshop to advance work on integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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OECD Update Highlights Biotechnologies for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

28 July 2011: The 22nd issue of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Biotechnology Update provides up-to-date information on OECD activities related to biotechnology, including applications of biotechnology for green growth and sustainable development, and climate change adaptation.

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Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting Discusses Climate, Environment and Energy [viewed]

26 July 2011: The second Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, and included reports from the working groups on climate and environment, and on energy.

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