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Latest News - 28 October 2014
First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes
Read More: First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes
27_October 2014: The First African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF) addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda. continued...
UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit
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27_October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims. continued...
Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate
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23_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication. continued...
CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition
Read More: CMS Announces Winners of World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition
16_October 2014: The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014 photo competition held under the campaign theme 'Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism' has concluded. Winners were picked from 37 photos of migratory birds taken in 22 different countries. continued...
ICLEI CBC Launches Project on Conservation in African Urban Environments
Read More: ICLEI CBC Launches Project on Conservation in African Urban Environments
17_October 2014: At an event on the margins of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and partners, including the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), launched 'Urban Natural Assets for Africa' (UNA Africa). The project, which will support local implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in sub-Saharan African cities, will be implemented under the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS). continued...
Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
Read More: Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
10_October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance. continued...
G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change
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26_September 2014: The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues. continued...
Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism
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September_2014: The Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include a reference, in his forthcoming synthesis report, to the importance of a review mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
Read More: OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
23_October 2014: Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty. continued...
FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
Read More: FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
22_October 2014: The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the ‘Action Against Desertification' programme in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The €41 million programme aims to enhance sustainable land management (SLM) and restore degraded lands and drylands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. continued...
CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management
Read More: CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management
21_October 2014: Mandated by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat will be cooperating with the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management to prepare technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and prepare an analysis of the impacts of 'subsistence use' of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, as well as support Parties in developing and implementing integrated sustainable wildlife management programmes. continued...
ADF 9 Recommends Policies to Address Poverty, Attract Financing
Read More: ADF 9 Recommends Policies to Address Poverty, Attract Financing
16_October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Ninth African Development Forum (ADF IX) agreed the Marrakech Consensus, which outlines recommendations on fiscal policies and regulatory frameworks to address poverty and attract and deploy capital. The Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Innovative Financing for Africa's Transformation,' focused on: domestic resource mobilization, including for Africa's structural transformation; illicit financial flows (IFFs), private equity, partnerships and climate financing for Africa's adaptation and mitigation needs. continued...
LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing
Read More: LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing
22_October 2014: The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, which was initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions. continued...
CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests
Read More: CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests
22_October 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened a partners meeting to discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central Africa. The meeting focused mostly on REDD+, community forestry, agriculture and climate change, impacts of climate change on mangroves, and mitigation in arid areas, with participants concluding that while significant attention has been paid to REDD+ in Central Africa, the discourse needs to be expanded to include other ecosystems beyond tropical forests. continued...
CIFOR Supports Environmental Reporting in Zambia
Read More: CIFOR Supports Environmental Reporting in Zambia
22_October 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) convened a workshop for newspaper editors from Zambia in order to identify concrete actions to improve the number and quality of stories on climate change, forests and the environment. continued...
Central African Countries Agree to Regional SE4ALL Vision
Read More: Central African Countries Agree to Regional SE4ALL Vision
21_October 2014: Central African countries have come together to back a regional policy on universal energy access and to promote social and economic development under the UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. In committing to a SE4ALL Action Agenda, countries will focus on doubling the share of renewables and the rate of energy efficiency improvement, as well as ensuring access to modern energy services for their populations. continued...
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
Read More: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
21_October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013. continued...
Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
Read More: Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
16_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues. continued...
Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing
Read More: Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing
15_October 2014: The World Bank announced that Seychelles has become the first African country to gain access to the Bank's contingency financing to help build resilience and better respond to natural disasters, such as cyclones, flooding and landslides. The financing will allow Seychelles to access a reserve of US$7 million in the aftermath of any natural disaster declared an emergency by the government. continued...
Mitigation Partnership Hosts African Regional Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs
Read More: Mitigation Partnership Hosts African Regional Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs
17_October 2014: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measuring, reporting and verification) hosted a workshop on preparing biennial update reports (BURs) for African countries. The 'African Regional Workshop: Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs,' organized in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, was the second such experience-sharing event for African Parties preparing national communications under the UNFCCC. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 26 Oct - 30 Oct
Global Dialogue on Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 27 Oct - 28 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014 Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) Arusha, Tanzania 27 Oct - 2 Nov
First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport Nairobi, Kenya 28 Oct - 30 Oct
First Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Southern and East Africa Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 29 Oct
Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition Nairobi, Kenya 29 Oct - 31 Oct
Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 Beijing, China 29 Oct - 31 Oct
42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 2 Nov - 3 Nov
CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov
Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) Vienna, Wien, Austria 3 Nov - 5 Nov
WINDaba Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa 3 Nov - 5 Nov
Gender, Water and Development Conference 2014 East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa 3 Nov - 7 Nov
 
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