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Africa Africa News / 1 September 2015
August 2015 Climate Finance Update
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1_September 2015: During August 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund reported on climate finance developments, including new funding, project lessons and institutional developments. The World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) and the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) released publications and event news. continued...
August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
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1_September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events. continued...
CITES AC28 Opens in Israel
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30_August_2015: The twenty-eighth meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has commenced in Tel Aviv, Israel. Avi Gabbay, Minister of Environmental Protection, Israel, welcomed participants, highlighting that this was the first time a CITES body had met in Israel. continued...
World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement
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28_August_2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France. continued...
Forum Addresses South-South, Triangular Cooperation in Post-2015 Implementation
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26_August_2015: Governments and stakeholders discussed South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the context of the post-2015 development agenda during a High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum. The Forum was organized under the auspices of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and its Global South-South Development Expo Secretariat (GSSD Expo), in collaboration with the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), UN system institutions and other partners. continued...
UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda
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24_August_2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria. continued...
FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity
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24_August_2015: UN agencies highlighted their work in improving water productivity for agricultural development at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, including the improvement of water infrastructure for smallholders, and the use of satellite data in planning and management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an open-access data portal to help countries better analyze water productivity and plan agricultural development, while the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to irrigation improvements. continued...
COMIFAC, Rainforest Alliance Review VPA/FLEGT Process in Congo Basin
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16_August_2015: The Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and the Rainforest Alliance have published a review of forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) and voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) concluded between Congo Basin countries and the EU, highlighting achievements and remaining challenges. continued...
ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects
Read More: ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects
August_2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter, titled 'Tropical Forest Update,' which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
CITES AC28 Tel Aviv, Israel 30 Aug - 3 Sep
Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament New York City, US 31 Aug - 2 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
Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV Montevideo, Uruguay 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
Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Rome, Lazio, Italy 8 Sep - 11 Sep
Wildlife Forum Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa 9 Sep
International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015 worldwide 12 Sep
CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 14 Sep - 17 Sep
Opening of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) New York City, US 15 Sep
Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly New York City, US 25 Sep
UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda New York City, US 25 Sep - 27 Sep
 
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