Intergovernmental Organization

AfDB Assesses Soft Infrastructure Needs of Africa's Energy Sector [viewed]

AfDB20 November 2014: A report released by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI) outlines the state of regional electricity markets in Africa and approaches to capacity development for boosting the financial and technical performance of the sector. ONRI published the report to aid development organizations, such as its parent institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB), as they seek to complement physical infrastructure investments with capacity-building.

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Regional Review Urges Bold Action for Gender Equality in Africa [viewed]

UNWOMEN19 November 2014: Ministers from African countries adopted a Declaration calling for achieving gender equality by 2030, at the Ninth Regional Conference on Women. The Declaration aligns with the gender equality goals contained in Africa's Agenda 2063.

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Event: Exploiting Opportunities in Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification in Kenya: Private and Development Sector Dialogue Forum [viewed]

The Alliance for Rural Electrification, Practical Action and the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum are organizing a forum for local, regional and international public and non-state stakeholders to discuss Kenya's strategy and priority actions in support of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Forum will contribute to boosting renewable energy, rural electrification and clean cooking in Kenya. Organizers foresee engaging the private sector and civil society and attracting donor investments. The event is taking place under the auspices of a structured political dialogue between Africa and the EU, established by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Secretariat and the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF).  

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Reports Highlight Forest Governance Progress, Challenges in Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia and Laos PDR [viewed]

Chathamhousetraffic21 November 2014: The implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia and between the EU and Ghana has resulted in improvements in forest governance and a decline in illegal logging, according to research conducted by TRAFFIC and published through a series of Chatham House reports.

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day [viewed]

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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CIFOR Examines Social Safeguards in REDD+ [viewed]

CIFOR18 November 2014: A study conducted by researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) demonstrates the importance of urgent action to address the social aspects of REDD+. The study covers Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania, and focuses on social safeguards, which are expected to be a topic of discussion at the upcoming UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima, Peru.

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Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects [viewed]

NCC - NCDNovember 2014: The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) have convened two workshops to discuss developments in the application of natural capital accounting concepts in decision-making. Key outcomes at the workshops, attended by members of the business and finance communities, included pilot projects on mapping capital risks, and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions.

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IWMI Launches Book on Developing Water-Related SDGs [viewed]

IWMI logo20 October 2014: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a book, titled ‘On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' which highlights that framing water-related SDGs in a water security context provides a more comprehensive framework than the human-needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa Launches Investment Guiding Principles [viewed]

UNECA14 November 2014: The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), which met under the theme ‘The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth,' aimed to: strengthen advocacy for comprehensive land policy, and build capacity through improved access to knowledge and information; help create a platform for presenting research activities and networking opportunities; and focus the attention of relevant stakeholders on the issues and status of land policy development and implementation in Africa.

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Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP13 November 2014: Participants at a meeting hosted by the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources, Lazaro Nyalandu, and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), have signed the Arusha Declaration. The Declaration calls for urgent action and announces the creation of bilateral agreements between Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia to address wildlife crime.

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