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Latest News - 2 September 2014
UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Processes for Participation
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1_September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, which highlights stakeholder engagement and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cote d'Ivoire. continued...
Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation
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29_August_2014: The Second Africa Drylands Week focused on the role of sustainable land management in the context of Africa's Year of Agriculture and Food Security, with participants addressing achievements in, and challenges to, drylands development. continued...
GWP Assesses Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture
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29_August_2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Committee (TEC) Background Paper, titled 'Groundwater Governance and Irrigated Agriculture,' which presents an approach to: reform perverse subsidies and policies; build governance and rule enforcement capacities; and introduce various administrative investments. continued...
UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS
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28_August_2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS. continued...
African Forum Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Framework
Read More: African Forum Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Framework
26_August_2014: African stakeholders have identified key elements for an accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda. Participants at ‘Building an Accountability Framework for the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa' highlighted the need for post-2015 accountability to be based on a set of core principles with bold goals and targets, and a plan for means of implementation (MOI), while also ensuring that the framework is bottom-up and people-centered. continued...
UN-REDD Discusses Legal Protection of Indigenous Rights in the DRC
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25_August_2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a summary of 'Legal reforms to support indigenous peoples' rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' The brief presents progress on the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). continued...
CIFOR Report Highlights Importance of NTFP for Remote Communities
Read More: CIFOR Report Highlights Importance of NTFP for Remote Communities
August_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) published a comparative analysis on the use of non-timber forest products (NTFP) in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. The report summarizes the relationship between resilience and NTFP, the contribution of such products to rural livelihoods, and their importance for food and nutrition security. continued...
ILO Highlights Partnership with Mauritius on Green Economy
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26_August_2014: In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Labour Organization (ILO) is showcasing its partnership with Mauritius on the green economy as an example of how to increase resilience and tackle climate change in SIDS. continued...
BNEF Reports on 2014 Spike in Renewables Growth in Africa
Read More: BNEF Reports on 2014 Spike in Renewables Growth in Africa
21_August_2014: Sub-Saharan Africa is set to add a total of 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of electric power capacity from renewable energy sources in 2014, excluding hydropower, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF has announced that this figure is larger than the total combined renewables capacity added from 2000-2013 in the region. continued...
UNIDO Nigerian Summit Reflects on MDGs, Inclusive Growth
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19_August_2014: Participants reviewed the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria at a Presidential Summit organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Nigeria. The session also discussed job creation, inclusive growth and human capital as catalysts for equitable, sustainable economic growth in Nigeria, and recognized eradicating poverty as critical for sustainable development. continued...
Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs
Read More: Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs
21_July_2014: “Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Africa Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 25 Aug - 12 Sep
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
Seminar on Earth Observations in Support of Sustainable Water Management Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden 4 Sep
GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa Bujumbura, Burundi 4 Sep - 5 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
HABITAT III - First PrepCom New York City, US 17 Sep - 18 Sep
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa Harare, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe 21 Sep - 23 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 22 Sep - 6 Oct
2014 Climate Summit New York City, US 23 Sep
 
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