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Latest News - 16 December 2014
MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015
Read More: MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015
15_December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life. continued...
Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant
Read More: Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant
15_December 2014: Ethiopia will receive US$1.1 million from the Climate for Development in Africa (Clim-Dev Africa) Special Fund (CDSF) to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilient adaptation and development, making it the first African country to benefit from the CDSF. continued...
WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress
Read More: WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress
10_December 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its December 2014 newsletter, featuring high-level endorsements of the initiative in Botswana, in-depth sessions on country-level national capital accounting (NCA) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and NCA reporting in partner countries. continued...
Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation
Read More: Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation
8_December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement. continued...
Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris
Read More: Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris
14_December 2014: The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015. continued...
COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal
Read More: COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal
11_December 2014: The Government of Peru has launched the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (Nazca) Climate Action Portal to increase the visibility of climate actions being undertaken by cities, regions, companies and investors. The portal was developed with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and launched on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. continued...
Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy
Read More: Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy
11_December 2014: The Third Arab Water Forum closed with a reminder to all participants that “regional realities” and innovative solutions must be part of the regional input to addressing global water challenges, in a call by Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, at the forum in Cairo, Egypt. continued...
COP 20 Africa Day Highlights African Concerns at Climate Negotiations
Read More: COP 20 Africa Day Highlights African Concerns at Climate Negotiations
10_December 2014: Africa Day at the Lima Climate Change Conference provided a platform and opportunity to critically examine the implications of the post-2015 climate change agreement for the continent and how to enhance the involvement of women and youth in climate change adaptation. The day included a high-level event on 'Africa in a Post-2015 New Climate Change Agreement.' continued...
PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20
Read More: PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20
5_December 2014: In 2015, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will launch an electronic tool (e-tool) to accompany its 'Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.' During the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which developed the Guidance and the e-tool, held consultations with potential users of the tool to garner feedback in the lead-up to its launch. continued...
IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook
Read More: IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook
December_2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released the second edition of the 'IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs),' which guides policy makers and NAMA developers as they seek to use NAMAs to deploy renewable energy and mitigate climate change. The guidance offered is supported by case studies from Tunisia, Chile and Mexico. continued...
INTERPOL's Infra Terra Leads to Arrest of Suspected Ivory Smuggler
Read More: INTERPOL's Infra Terra Leads to Arrest of Suspected Ivory Smuggler
10_December 2014: INTERPOL has announced that a suspected illegal ivory trader sought by its 'Operation Infra Terra - International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest' was arrested in Zambia. The arrest follows INTERPOL's public appeal to help locate individuals wanted for environmental crimes. continued...
ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants
Read More: ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants
December_2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. continued...
WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy
Read More: WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy
10_December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability. continued...
African Group of Negotiators, AMCEN Discuss Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance Priorities
Read More: African Group of Negotiators, AMCEN Discuss Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance Priorities
10_December 2014: Representatives of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) presented the status of climate change negotiations and discussed African priorities on adaptation, mitigation and finance at a high-level ministerial briefing of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The briefing took place on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. continued...
UNESCO-IHE Wins Africa Leadership Award for eSOS Smart Toilet
Read More: UNESCO-IHE Wins Africa Leadership Award for eSOS Smart Toilet
10_December 2014: The Africa Leadership Awards awarded the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) the Africa Water Leadership Award 2014 in the category ‘Most Innovative New Technology of the Year' for its emergency Sanitation Operation System (eSOS) Smart Toilet at a ceremony in Mauritius. continued...
African Water Facility Celebrates 10 Years with €1.2 billion
Read More: African Water Facility Celebrates 10 Years with €1.2 billion
4_December 2014: On the occasion of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the African Water Facility (AWF), donors pledged €1.2 billion for follow-up water management projects. The funding is expected to support climate-smart water projects, improved sanitation and resilience building in the face of climate change. continued...
Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General
Read More: Trade Barriers Become Development Barriers, Says UNCTAD Secretary General
2_December 2014: UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has welcomed the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, describing it as a “landmark deal on trade” in an Op-ed. The WTO General Council adopted the Trade Facilitation Protocol of Amendment on 27 November 2014, a step that allows implementation to begin and makes the Facility operational. continued...
UNEP Report Series Link Mangroves, Carbon and Finance
Read More: UNEP Report Series Link Mangroves, Carbon and Finance
9_December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a set of reports highlighting the extraordinary value of mangroves, including as carbon stores. The reports also note that mangroves, which are disappearing faster than terrestrial forests, are not yet fully benefiting from carbon financing. continued...
African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Read More: African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation
8_December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened almost 300 policymakers, ecosystems experts and civil society representatives for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Horn of Africa Adaptive and Responsive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts.' Participants shared their experiences and challenges faced in scaling ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) practices, with a view to finding replicable successes, targeted ecological actions and other avenues for addressing climate change disaster impacts in Africa. continued...
Alliance Aims to Expand Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa
Read More: Alliance Aims to Expand Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa
8_December 2014: As part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Vision 25 x 25, which aims to reach 25 million African farm households by 2025, the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) initiative will ensure that six million smallholders in Africa are practicing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) within the next seven years. continued...
IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign
Read More: IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign
8_December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a campaign ‘Recipes for Change' to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries, and how small-scale farmers can adapt. A series of Recipes for Change online videos will share recipes from rural communities, being prepared in the homes of rural families and using local ingredients that are threatened by climate change. continued...
GEF Considers Experience Gained in Adaptation and Way Forward
Read More: GEF Considers Experience Gained in Adaptation and Way Forward
8_December 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) organized a side event titled 'What Do We Know About Adaptation? Perspectives on the UNFCCC Adaptation Experience and the Way Ahead' at the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, Gambia and Tuvalu shared their adaptation experiences as part of a broader discussion on project implementation successes and challenges, difficulties in sustaining support and the future of financial mechanisms and adaptation funds. continued...
IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Read More: IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding
26_November 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council. The meeting took place on 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 15 Dec - 17 Dec
Global Atlas Training Session: MENA Region Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt 17 Dec
Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) New York City, US 12 Jan - 16 Jan
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 12 Jan - 17 Jan
2015 Zaragoza Conference Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain 15 Jan - 17 Jan
CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture' Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Jan
Fifth Session of the IRENA Assembly Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 Jan - 18 Jan
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session New York City, US 19 Jan - 21 Jan
World Future Energy Summit 2015 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 19 Jan - 22 Jan
15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Jan - 23 Jan
Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ New York City, US 20 Jan - 23 Jan
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 3-1) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 13 Feb
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session New York City, US 17 Feb - 20 Feb
IPCC 41 Nairobi, Kenya 24 Feb - 27 Feb
 
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