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Africa Africa News / 2 February 2016
January 2016 Climate Finance Update
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February_2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management. continued...
January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
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February_2016: During the month of January, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank released reports related to financing and deploying clean energy. continued...
AU Reflects on Contribution to Post-2015 Agenda, SDG Implementation
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31_January 2016: Africa is the only region of the world with a common position on every aspect of the post-2015 development agenda, the 'Common African Position' (CAP), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, told African leaders at the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly. Sirleaf delivered a final report in her capacity as Chair of the High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government of the AU on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, stressing the universal nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their applicability to all people everywhere. continued...
AU Assembly Addresses Human Rights, 2030 Agenda, Illegal Trade in Wildlife
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31_January 2016: African Heads of State, leaders and other stakeholders discussed the implementation of Africa's Agenda 2063 and ways to advance human rights, particularly women's rights, during the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, which convened under the theme, ‘2016: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women.' continued...
Sri Lanka Destroys Confiscated Ivory
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26_January 2016: Sri Lanka destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia. The country said it was sending a strong message by destroying the haul: more than 350 tusks weighing about 1.5 tonnes were displayed in the capital before being fed into a crusher and sent to an industrial furnace. continued...
Liberia, Somalia Launch "Domestication" of 2030 Agenda
Read More: Liberia, Somalia Launch "Domestication" of 2030 Agenda
26_January 2016: The Governments of Liberia and Somalia held national launches of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, announcing plans to implement the agenda domestically and align it with national plans. In Liberia, officials discussed key steps in "domesticating" and mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda, stressing the importance of a bottom-up, decentralized approach to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into local and national development plans. The Somalia event addressed the implications of the SDGs for the country, and the government's aim to facilitate early engagement and implementation. continued...
UN Prepares 'Agenda for Humanity'
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25_January 2016: An 'Agenda for Humanity' will outline five core responsibilities of UN Member States, as part of a report being launched ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), said UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordination Stephen O'Brien in a briefing in New York. continued...
E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action
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22_January 2016: The E15 Initiative, organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), released a series of papers on policy options for responding to critical global challenges, along with recommendations for reshaping the global trade and investment system. According to the Initiative, further work is needed to gain clarity on national actions that countries must take to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. continued...
European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal
Read More: European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal
14_January 2016: With support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the European Timber Trade Federation has launched a one-stop, online information platform designed to enhance and facilitate legal trade in timber. The platform is focused primarily on tropical species. continued...
PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015
Read More: PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015
January_2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC). continued...
UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland
Read More: UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland
27_January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid. continued...
UN Highlights "Slow-Onset Disaster" in Ethiopia, Calls for Political Solution to Syrian Crisis
Read More: UN Highlights "Slow-Onset Disaster" in Ethiopia, Calls for Political Solution to Syrian Crisis
26_January 2016: UN agencies called for substantial humanitarian financing as the Syrian crisis and exodus of migrants into Europe continue, and severe drought conditions threaten the food supply of 10.2 million people in Ethiopia. continued...
Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Group for Every Woman Every Child
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20_January 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) who will help provide leadership for women's, children's and adolescents' health during the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile, and Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, will co-chair the Group. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland, and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, are alternate Co-Chairs. continued...
WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño
Read More: WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño
22_January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa Nairobi, Kenya 25 Jan - 4 Feb
Expert Group Meeting on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1 Feb - 3 Feb
African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session Nairobi Area, Kenya 1 Feb - 5 Feb
16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 2 Feb - 4 Feb
Africa Regional Consultations in Preparation for Mercury INC 7 Lusaka, Zambia 2 Feb - 4 Feb
Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 2 Feb - 5 Feb
54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development New York City, US 3 Feb - 12 Feb
Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS) Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso 7 Feb - 14 Feb
Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 11 Feb
Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 9 Feb - 12 Feb
UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation New York City, US 11 Feb
Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 16 Feb
International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 17 Feb
2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU San Jose, Costa Rica 15 Feb - 19 Feb
2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency Gaborone, South-East, Botswana 16 Feb - 19 Feb
 
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