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Latest News - 21 October 2014
CIFOR Reveals REDD+ Knowledge Gap in Central Africa
Read More: CIFOR Reveals REDD+ Knowledge Gap in Central Africa
20_October 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has exposed what it says is a significant gap in knowledge on the links between climate change and forests in Central Africa. Despite tropical forests being an important source and sink for greenhouse gasses (GHGs), CIFOR has released a study documenting that stakeholders in the region still lack a solid understanding of concepts such as REDD+ and climate change adaptation. continued...
West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS
Read More: West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS
25_September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter. continued...
GWP Southern Africa Workshop Discusses Water Security, Climate Change
Read More: GWP Southern Africa Workshop Discusses Water Security, Climate Change
12_September 2014: Participants discussed water security and management within the context of climate change at the Sixth Water, Climate and Development Programme for Africa (WACDEP) Technical Coordination Workshop. The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SAf) hosted the workshop, which aimed to share knowledge and lessons learned from WACDEP implementation. continued...
UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for Post-2015 Negotiations
Read More: UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for Post-2015 Negotiations
17_October 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly informed UN Member States that he has appointed David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, as co-facilitators "to lead open, inclusive, and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, including the organization and modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations and the remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda." continued...
CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
Read More: CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
17_October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. continued...
Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee
Read More: Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee
17_October 2014: Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance. continued...
Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability
Read More: Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability
13_October 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC), T.C.A. Anant and P. Cuneo, have invited National Statistical Offices to participate in a survey on national practices on broader measures of progress to complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and related indicator availability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets. The FOC Group will report the results to the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), in 2015. continued...
ARE, AEEP Publish Report on Best Practices for Clean Energy Access in Africa
Read More: ARE, AEEP Publish Report on Best Practices for Clean Energy Access in Africa
October_2014: The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) have launched a publication showcasing successful examples of access to sustainable energy and services in Africa. The report, titled ‘Best Practices for Clean Energy Access in Africa' and published in October 2014, showcases innovative and affordable rural electrification solutions through 20 case studies from different countries in the region. continued...
Malawi Develops Primary School Climate Change Curriculum
Read More: Malawi Develops Primary School Climate Change Curriculum
September_2014: The Government of Malawi has published a 'Climate Change Sourcebook for Primary School Teachers' in support of its National Climate Change Learning Strategy, developed under the One UN Climate Change Learning (UN CC:Learn) Partnership. The Sourcebook, 22,300 of which have been distributed thus far, promotes integrating climate change education into schools with the goal of shifting an entire young generation of Malawians toward climate-friendly practices, attitudes and behavior. continued...
Italy-Africa Ministerial Discusses Sustainable Energy Future
Read More: Italy-Africa Ministerial Discusses Sustainable Energy Future
14_October 2014: A two-day conference, titled ‘Italy-Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' was hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The event engaged high-level officials from Italy, the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa to discuss, among other issues, off-grid renewables, renewable energy technologies, electricity infrastructure and natural-resource-based development. continued...
AfDB Approves 10 Million Euro Investment in Agroforestry
Read More: AfDB Approves 10 Million Euro Investment in Agroforestry
8_October_2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a 10 million Euro investment in agroforestry through the Moringa Private Equity Fund. The fund will be used to support projects that combine tree plantations with agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa. continued...
UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade
Read More: UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade
October_2014: The September edition of the 'UN Chronicle,' the magazine of the UN, is dedicated to the topics of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on causes and possible solutions. continued...
FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa
Read More: FAO Journal Explores Agroforestry and Urban Food Security Links in Africa
October_2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Volume 28, Issue 2 of its 'Nature & Faune Journal,' which focuses on 'Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa's Urban Food and Nutrition Equation.' continued...
ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership
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15_October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia. continued...
September 2014 Water Finance Update
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September_2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought. continued...
UNICEF Combats Ebola on Global Handwashing Day
Read More: UNICEF Combats Ebola on Global Handwashing Day
15_October 2014: Global Handwashing Day underscored that handwashing with soap is the most effective way of preventing diarrheal and acute respiratory disease, while the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) emphasized handwashing as critical in the battle against Ebola in West Africa. Most activities around the world focused on promoting handwashing to school children, such as through attempts to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for most people washing their hands at the same time. continued...
MONUSCO Cites LRA in Garamba National Park Poaching
Read More: MONUSCO Cites LRA in Garamba National Park Poaching
13_October 2014: During a visit to the Garamba National Park, the head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) called for increased national and international efforts to preserve the Park's wildlife. Despite intensified anti-poaching efforts, more than 60 elephants have been killed in the park since April 2014. continued...
AU, UN Leaders Support African Development Priorities
Read More: AU, UN Leaders Support African Development Priorities
13_October 2014: African Union (AU) and UN leaders discussed the future development agenda for Africa in a high-level discussion on 'The Africa We Want: Support of the UN Systems to the African Union's Agenda 2063.' The discussion focused on Africa's development priorities, the support of the UN system, and the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
Read More: Wetlands International Highlights Ecosystem Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction
22_September 2014: Wetlands International has released a book, titled ‘Downstream Voices,' which presents stories from the Mahanadi delta, India, the inner Niger delta, Mali, and the Senegal River, Senegal. Authored by Fred Pearce, these stories highlight the journeys of communities dependent on these ecosystems. continued...
Liberia and Norway Partner to Halt Deforestation
Read More: Liberia and Norway Partner to Halt Deforestation
23_September 2014: Following the New York Declaration on Forests agreed to at Climate Summit 2014, Liberia and Norway announced a six-year US$150 million partnership to end deforestation in Liberia by 2020. continued...
EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products
Read More: EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products
September_2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 21 Oct - 24 Oct
First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF) Arusha, Tanzania 22 Oct - 24 Oct
Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 23 Oct - 24 Oct
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
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
 
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