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Africa Africa News / 30 June 2015
BASIC Ministers Outline Views on Paris Agreement
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28_June_2015: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 20th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: the outcomes of the previous sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); the upcoming sessions of the ADP; and the elements of the expected Paris Agreement. continued...
CBFP Partners Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sustainable Management of Forests
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20_June_2015: The 15th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened from 15-19 June 2015, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the theme ‘Ecosystems of the Congo Basin: Valuing Natural Capital, Green Growth and Regional Development.' The meeting included a ministerial conference on wildlife conservation in Africa and an extraordinary session on future commitments by CBFP partners. The European Union will assume the role of CBFP Facilitator after a transition period in early 2016. continued...
Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft
Read More: Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft
25_June_2015: UN Member States and civil society provided their reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, at the sixth session of intergovernmental negotiations in the process. The zero draft was issued by Co-Facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, on 2 June. continued...
Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade
Read More: Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade
26_June_2015: The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community. continued...
Nairobi Convention COP 8 Focuses on Western Indian Ocean's Marine and Coastal Environment Conservation
Read More: Nairobi Convention COP 8 Focuses on Western Indian Ocean's Marine and Coastal Environment Conservation
24_June_2015: The 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region convened under the theme, ‘Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years.' continued...
UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime
Read More: UNCTAD Report Calls for Reform of Global International Investment Regime
24_June_2015: In its annual review of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the need to harmonize the “global patchwork” of over 3,300 international investment agreements and to direct investment flows toward inclusive and sustainable development. continued...
UNDP Administrator Highlights "The Future Africa Wants"
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22_June_2015: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called for UNDP to be “proactive, responsive and entrepreneurial” in meeting the needs of African countries, in her remarks to the 2015 UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Cluster Meeting. Clark discussed progress and challenges in achieving the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063, and outlined five priorities for achieving "African emergence" and the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
Publication Highlights Insights on Sustainable Management of Mountain Soils
Read More: Publication Highlights Insights on Sustainable Management of Mountain Soils
23_June_2015: ‘Understanding Mountain Soils,' a joint publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the University of Turin, offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils as a contribution to the International Year of Soils 2015. The publication was launched on the opening day of the GSP Plenary Assembly in Rome, Italy. continued...
Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime
Read More: Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime
18_June_2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises. continued...
African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report
Read More: African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report
9_June_2015: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the first report, titled ‘Payment for Environmental Services: A promising tool for natural resources management in Africa,' of an AfDB-Climate Investment Funds (CIF) knowledge series that will gather and share initial lessons in implementing and financing green and inclusive growth projects in Africa. continued...
UN-REDD Reports on 2014 Activities
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June_2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released its 'Sixth Consolidated Annual Progress Report,' which covers the Programme's achievements in 2014. Overall, the report notes that in 2014, 56 countries participated as partner countries with US$47.8 million in funding allocated to activities in 2014. continued...
PFII Calls for Justice, Land Rights for Indigenous Peoples in Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: PFII Calls for Justice, Land Rights for Indigenous Peoples in Post-2015 Agenda
June_2015: The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) released the report of its 14th session, recommending that commitments made at the September 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda, especially the agreed actions on: data disaggregation; land rights; traditional knowledge; free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); and access to justice. continued...
UNICEF Report Concludes MDGs “Not Ambitious Enough” for Children Most in Need
Read More: UNICEF Report Concludes MDGs “Not Ambitious Enough” for Children Most in Need
23_June_2015: A report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on the achievement of child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has concluded that, despite significant achievements, unequal opportunities have resulted for millions of children who die before they turn five, live in poverty, lack access to schooling and suffer from chronic malnutrition. In future efforts to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report recommends focusing on the most disadvantaged of children and those who have been left behind. continued...
UNEP Report Assesses Ecosystem Services in Western Indian Ocean
Read More: UNEP Report Assesses Ecosystem Services in Western Indian Ocean
23_June_2015: Ecosystem services in the Western Indian Ocean region are valued at US$25 billion annually, according to a 'Regional State of the Coast Report' by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines threats to the region's coral reefs, fisheries and oceans, including urbanization and unsustainable fishing and extraction practices. UNEP released the report at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Nairobi Convention, which is taking place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Convention. continued...
World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer
Read More: World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer
18_June_2015: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the period 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives. continued...
WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience
Read More: WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience
17_June_2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). continued...
IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development
Read More: IFAD Calls for Leveraging Migrant Remittances to Promote Rural Development
15_June_2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published a report on remittances from migrant workers based in Europe, calling for measures to ensure that the money helps families in developing countries build a better future. Titled ‘Sending Money Home: European flows and markets,' the report recommends measures to increase the financial resilience of remittance recipients, such as improving access to associated financial services, and lowering the transaction costs of financial transfers, which they estimate could free up around US$34 billion for development in rural areas. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Third High-level Political Forum New York City, US 26 Jun - 8 Jul
10th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund Songdo, Republic of Korea 6 Jul - 9 Jul
ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review New York City, US 9 Jul - 10 Jul
VII BRICS Summit Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation 9 Jul - 10 Jul
Caux Dialogue on Land and Security Caux, Vaud, Switzerland 10 Jul - 14 Jul
Civil Society Organization Financing for Development Forum Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 11 Jul - 12 Jul
Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 13 Jul - 16 Jul
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop Yeosu, South Jeolla (Cholla-Namdo), Republic of Korea 13 Jul - 17 Jul
Third Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development Forum Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 14 Jul
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions New York City, US 20 Jul - 31 Jul
2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2) Nairobi, Kenya 30 Jul - 31 Jul
Africa Weeks for the Animals Across Africa 1 Aug - 16 Aug
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples US (worldwide) 9 Aug
South Takes Action: 2015 Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon 29 Aug
CITES AC28 Tel Aviv, Israel 30 Aug - 3 Sep
 
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