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Africa Africa News / 24 May 2016
IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement
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20_May_2016: A draft political declaration has been released for endorsement during the midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The text was negotiated by UN Member States in informal meetings led by the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultations on the preparatory process, Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium and Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin, and agreed ad referendum. The declaration is under "silent procedure" until 24 May 2016, at 12 pm EST. continued...
International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development
Read More: International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development
22_May_2016: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated globally on 22 May 2016 on the theme 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods.' continued...
High-Level Climate Change Appointments Announced
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20_May_2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced three high-level appointments in the field of climate change: Patricia Espinosa Cantellano (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; and Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya) as Special Envoys of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate. continued...
UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report
Read More: UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report
20_May_2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies six "emerging issues of environmental concern" in its 2016 Frontiers Report, released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). For each issue, the report provides examples of ways to address it, including through innovating and rethinking policy interventions, devising new solutions and adapting existing practices. UNEA-2 is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016. continued...
UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments
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19_May_2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa. continued...
UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges
Read More: UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges
23_May_2016: The second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) opened on 23 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the overarching theme of 'Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' The UNEA-2 outcome will include a global call to action to address critical environmental challenges, which will be conveyed to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) set to meet in July 2016 in New York, US. continued...
First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands
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13_May_2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years. continued...
Bioversity International Coproduces Special Issue on ABS and Family Farming
Read More: Bioversity International Coproduces Special Issue on ABS and Family Farming
2_May_2016: A special issue of 'Farming Matters,' produced in collaboration with Bioversity International, shares examples of access and benefit-sharing (ABS) systems from several countries, exploring the interface between formal and informal systems, challenges, and relevance for family farmers. continued...
UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation
Read More: UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation
May_2016:_A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 16 May - 26 May
World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul, Turkey 23 May - 24 May
2016 AFDB Annual Meetings Lusaka, Zambia 23 May - 27 May
Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement New York City, US 23 May - 27 May
Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly Nairobi, Kenya 23 May - 27 May
Fifth Meeting of the HLG for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda Budapest, Hungary 25 May - 26 May
Least Developed Country (LDC) Civil Society Forum Antalya, Turkey 26 May - 28 May
Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action Antalya, Turkey 27 May - 29 May
Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) Amman, Jordan 29 May - 30 May
Tenth Meeting of Open-ended Working Group of Basel Convention (OEWG 10) Nairobi, Kenya 30 May - 2 Jun
International Training Course on Combating Desertification Konya, Nigde, Turkey 30 May - 5 Jun
Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting San Jose, Costa Rica 31 May - 1 Jun
3rd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt 1 Jun - 2 Jun
Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) San Francisco, CA, US 1 Jun - 2 Jun
World Environment Day 2016 worldwide 5 Jun
 
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