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IPCC-41 Discusses Future Work, Measures to Involve Experts from Developing Countries[viewed]

The 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41) addressed issues related to the future work of the IPCC, including consideration of the recommendations by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, and a decision on size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau.

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February 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During February 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Citi corporation reported on funding and new financial instruments. IDB, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate resilience, green growth and carbon pricing, and reported on a regional event in Asia.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links[viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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IGAD, LPI and Partners Launch Regional Land Governance Projects in Africa[viewed]

Two regional projects on integrated approaches to improved land governance in Africa supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other partners, kicked off in February 2015.

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Report Reveals Forest Cover Loss in Congo Basin[viewed]

The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) released the 'State of the Forest Report' for the Congo Basin highlighting the ongoing loss of biodiversity and forest cover in the region.

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Event: Seventh Africa Carbon Forum[viewed]

The Seventh Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will focus on finance, development and investment opportunities related to climate change and of interest to project developers and policymakers.

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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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UNEP Assesses Adaptation Finance Gap in Africa[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report titled ‘Africa's Adaptation Gap 2: Bridging the gap – mobilizing sources,' which assesses a range of possible options for closing the adaptation finance gap on the continent.

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Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth[viewed]

Africa's revenue from the extractive industries and other natural resources revenue is expected to be a key source of development financing for the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, according to participants at the High Level Expert Group Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, titled ‘Enhancing the Management of Africa's Extractive Industries.' The meeting addressed managing Africa's extractive industries to harness their potential for sustainable development, inclusive growth and structural economic transformation.

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World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management[viewed]

A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures.

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