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Africa Africa News / 28 July 2015
UNGA Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda
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27_July_2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has endorsed the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The endorsement occurred during an UNGA plenary meeting where delegates adopted resolution A/69/L.82 titled ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development,' which includes the AAAA as an annex. continued...
Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'
Read More: Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'
26_July_2015: The revised draft of the outcome document for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was released on 26 July 2015, ahead of the second week of the final negotiation session on the agenda. Co-Facilitators David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya write in their covering letter to UN Member States that the draft takes account of the wide range of views expressed during the first week, held on 20-24 July. continued...
Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation
Read More: Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation
23_July_2015: African Governments gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 20-23 July 2015, to launch a global drive to apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Representatives from 37 African Governments agreed to work together towards substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards. continued...
Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement
Read More: Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement
19_July_2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive." continued...
New Development Bank Opens for Business
Read More: New Development Bank Opens for Business
21_July_2015: The New Development Bank (NDB), formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, a multilateral development bank (MDB) operated by the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa), has begun its operations. The NDB will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, and each country will be assigned one vote, while no country will hold veto power. continued...
FAO Expands Collaboration on SFM with Iran
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14_June_2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has put forest-related issues in the Near East and North Africa region in focus with the organization of an expert meeting on the development of sustainability indicators for forests, rangelands and forest-like ecosystems in the region, and with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on sustainable forest management (SFM) with Iran. continued...
UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities
Read More: UNESCO Reports on Climate Change Education Activities
21_July_2015: A report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reviews the organization's recent work to support education policymakers and educators of teachers to incorporate climate change into their curriculum. The report, titled 'Not Just Hot Air: Putting Climate Change Education into Practice,' presents results and lessons learned from country pilots in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Tuvalu and South Africa. continued...
CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations
Read More: CGIAR Dryland Systems Annual Report Highlights “Development Impact” of Rural Innovations
16_July_2015: The 2014 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, titled ‘Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World,' outlines its contribution to shaping “thinking and practice” on agricultural livelihood systems, and notes that this resulted in “real development impact” during the year. continued...
IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research
Read More: IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research
15_July_2015: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR Consortium, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have established a new research facility in Cameroon, the Congo Basin Institute, which aims to address challenges of food and water security, climate change, biodiversity loss, public health and emerging diseases with focus on the Congo Basin. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions New York City, US 20 Jul - 31 Jul
2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2) Nairobi, Kenya 30 Jul - 31 Jul
2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2) Nairobi, Kenya 30 Jul - 31 Jul
Africa Weeks for the Animals Across Africa 1 Aug - 16 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples US (worldwide) 9 Aug
African Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Kigali, Rwanda 17 Aug - 19 Aug
World Water Week 2015 Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden 23 Aug - 28 Aug
South Takes Action: 2015 Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon 29 Aug
CITES AC28 Tel Aviv, Israel 30 Aug - 3 Sep
ADP 2-10 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 31 Aug - 4 Sep
Africa Climate Talks: East/Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean SIDS Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 3 Sep - 5 Sep
Fourteenth World Forestry Congress Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 7 Sep - 11 Sep
International Forests and Water Dialogue Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 8 Sep - 9 Sep
Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 8 Sep - 9 Sep
Wildlife Forum Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 9 Sep
 
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