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Africa Africa News / 26 April 2016
Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy
Read More: Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy
25_April_2016: Over the past few days, announcements supporting carbon pricing and clean energy have been made. Ten leaders have issued a joint vision statement laying out the goal of doubling the percentage of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions covered by explicit carbon pricing to 25% by 2020, and of doubling it again to achieve 50% coverage within the next decade. In separate news, over 25 countries have pledged to unleash a potential investment flow of up to US$1 trillion into solar assets. And for its part, the New Development Bank has announced it will provide US$811 million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in Brazil, China, India and South Africa. continued...
Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2
Read More: Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2
22_April_2016: Participants at the Preparatory Meeting for the Third Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD-3) and the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) agreed to establish an Arab institutional framework for sustainable development. The framework includes a regional follow-up and review mechanism, a financing strategy and a mechanism for technological cooperation. Recommendations from the meeting will be submitted to AFSD-3, UNEA-2, and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). continued...
IPOA Draft Outcome Revised
Read More: IPOA Draft Outcome Revised
19_April_2016: The co-facilitators for the preparatory process on the high-level mid-term review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA) have revised the draft outcome document, to incorporate views expressed at the preparatory meeting of experts in March 2016. The revised draft will serve as the basis for informal consultations, beginning in New York, US, on 25 April 2016. Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium, and Jean-Francis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of Benin, serve as co-facilitators. continued...
CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate
Read More: CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate
14_April_2016: The third Science Forum of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR Consortium discussed pathways through which agricultural research can support the inclusive development of rural economies under conditions of climate change. continued...
Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration
Read More: Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration
April_2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts. continued...
175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day
Read More: 175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day
22_April_2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement. continued...
IMO Approves Mandatory Fuel Consumption Data Collection for Ships
Read More: IMO Approves Mandatory Fuel Consumption Data Collection for Ships
22_April_2016: In a step toward determining what possible climate change actions are needed from the international shipping sector, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved a mandatory system for collecting data on ships' fuel consumption. Ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or more will have to record and report their consumption for every type of fuel they use to their flag State at the end of the calendar year. The flag State will determine whether the reporting meets requirements, issue a Statement of Compliance to the ship and transfer the data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database. continued...
UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water
Read More: UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water
21_April_2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of ten Heads of State and Government and two Special Advisors to the High-Level Panel on Water, which was first announced in January 2016. The presidents of Mauritius and Mexico serve as Panel co-chairs, with the prime ministers of Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan and Netherlands, and the presidents of Hungary, Senegal, South Africa and Tajikistan also on the Panel. continued...
G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Call for Scaling Up Climate Financing
Read More: G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Call for Scaling Up Climate Financing
15_April_2016: A communiqué issued by the Group of Twenty (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting calls for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to continue scaling up its operations, and stresses the importance of monitoring and transparency of climate finance. In the communiqué, the ministers and governors also give further guidance to the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) for its July 2016 report and reaffirm their commitment to rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. continued...
High-level Event Highlights Imperative of SDG Implementation
Read More: High-level Event Highlights Imperative of SDG Implementation
21_April_2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with high-level officials from approximately 136 UN Member States making statements on taking action at the country level, and interactive dialogues addressing ‘financing poverty eradication and sustainable development' and ‘technology and data for SDGs.' continued...
Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight
Read More: Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight
21_April_2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts. continued...
FfD Forum Adopts Intergovernmental Conclusions
Read More: FfD Forum Adopts Intergovernmental Conclusions
20_April_2016: UN Member States concluded the inaugural session of the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum by adopting a brief set of intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations, through which they express strong commitment to the “full” implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). continued...
High-Level Officials Find Synergies in 2030 Agenda, Agenda 2063
Read More: High-Level Officials Find Synergies in 2030 Agenda, Agenda 2063
20_April_2016: Participants at a high-level forum discussed the implementation of Africa's long-term global strategy, Agenda 2063, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining synergies and complementarities between the two agendas, as well as challenges in their implementation. Conclusions from the forum on ‘The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond' are expected to feed into the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN General Assembly, taking place on 21 April 2016. continued...
Agencies Highlight Food Security and Migration Data as Challenges to Humanitarian Action
Read More: Agencies Highlight Food Security and Migration Data as Challenges to Humanitarian Action
8_April_2016: Intergovernmental and UN agencies are highlighting food security and data on migration as challenges that must be addressed in the lead-up to the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. continued...
FfD Forum Continues with Discussion of AAAA Action Areas, Global Infrastructure Forum
Read More: FfD Forum Continues with Discussion of AAAA Action Areas, Global Infrastructure Forum
19_April_2016: On the second day of the inaugural Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), participants discussed action areas and other components of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) including the global framework for financing sustainable development, domestic and international public resources, and domestic and international private business and finance. A panel discussion on the Global Infrastructure Forum also took place. continued...
African Environment Ministers Table Regional Priorities Ahead of UNEA-2
Read More: African Environment Ministers Table Regional Priorities Ahead of UNEA-2
19_April_2016: Ministers of Environment and other high-level representatives from 45 African countries agreed to accelerate action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife at the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Participants also finalized a set of resolutions reflecting the region's priorities to be tabled at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in May 2016. continued...
MDBs Commit to Better Infrastructure Delivery at First Global Forum
Read More: MDBs Commit to Better Infrastructure Delivery at First Global Forum
16_April_2016: The heads of nine multilateral development banks (MDBs), UN high-level officials, ministers, development partners and representatives of the G20, G24 and G77 gathered to discuss ways of enhancing multilateral collaborative mechanisms to improve infrastructure delivery globally, during the inaugural Global Infrastructure Forum 2016 (GIF). A Chair's Statement was issued following the meeting, setting out next steps in collaboration. continued...
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement
Read More: Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement
15_April_2016: Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the OIC's 13th Islamic Summit. In the Conference's Final Communiqué, participants supported actions to address climate change and implement the SDGs, among others. continued...
Vulnerable Countries Urge Financial Responses to Climate Change Consistent with 1.5°C Limit
Read More: Vulnerable Countries Urge Financial Responses to Climate Change Consistent with 1.5°C Limit
14_April_2016: Finance ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group consisting of 43 developing countries 'systemically' vulnerable to climate change have agreed to advance climate change responses through financial action compatible with the goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, calling for swifter progress towards the developed countries' commitment of US$100 billion annually. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
UNFF AHEG1 New York City, US 25 Apr - 27 Apr
CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation Montreal, Quebec, Canada 25 Apr - 6 May
Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) Aswan City, Egypt 26 Apr - 28 Apr
ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016 New York City, US 2 May - 4 May
First Great Green Wall Global Conference Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal 2 May - 7 May
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility PC21 Washington D.C., US 3 May - 5 May
33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33) Rome, Lazio, Italy 9 May - 13 May
15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues New York City, US 9 May - 20 May
World Migratory Bird Day 2016 worldwide 10 May
Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) (SDEP2) Milan, Lombardia, Italy 16 May - 17 May
Women Deliver 2016 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 16 May - 19 May
44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 16 May - 26 May
UNEP Science-Policy Forum Nairobi, Kenya 19 May - 20 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 worldwide 22 May
World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul, Turkey 23 May - 24 May
 
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