Intergovernmental Organization

July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience. Among major developments the World Bank outlined their increased infrastructure investment, including in WASH services, and the AfDB launched the Kigali Action Plan (KAP) to mobilize finance to achieve the WASH-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targeting countries in Africa that are not on track to achieve the targets by 2015.

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CIFOR Draws Links between Forests and Food Security [viewed]

CIFORJuly 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a factsheet on the links between 'Forests, Food Security and Nutrition,' in the context of a growing global population and rising demand for food.

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Event: Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme, 'Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' will explore prospects for investment in power generation, and the development of renewable energy and transmission networks. The conference will encourage the engagement of the Italian and African private sectors in the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, and the strengthening of African energy markets. The 'Africa Report,' part of the International Energy Agency's 'World Energy Outlook,' will also be presented. The conference is part of the Italy-Africa Initiative, a programme launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2013 to strengthen relations between Italy and Africa.  

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Event: 4th AfricaSan Conference [viewed]

The 4th AfricaSan Conference, hosted by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Government of Senegal, will address water supply and sanitation issues in Africa.  

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Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) [viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands" [viewed]

IRENAJuly 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report that demonstrates how deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce fossil-fuel import dependence and create business and employment opportunities. The report, titled ‘Renewable Islands: Settings for Success,' looks at how islands around the world have attracted investments in cost-effective renewable energy resources.

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UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda [viewed]

UNEP15 July 2014: Studies by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyzing the relationship between ecosystem inputs, and agricultural yields and farm incomes in India and Uganda have found significant potential for improving food security through shifts in cropping patterns and use of water and energy saving technologies. The findings aim to strengthen the two countries' capacities to address their increasing food security deficits and decline in ecosystem services.

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LPI EGM Discusses Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, and Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNECA7 July 2014: The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework and the implementation plan for piloting the Framework, an area that is highlighted in the African Union (AU) Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges.

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FAO, UNECA Sign MoU on Land Governance in Africa [viewed]

fao-uneca27 June 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on collaboration in land policies and governance of tenure. The MoU aims to enhance equitable access to and security of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in African countries.

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Arab Forum Launches Renewable Energy Strategy [viewed]

Flag_of_the_Arab_League-irena-rcree23 June 2014: The League of Arab States, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) have launched a renewable energy implementation roadmap study for the Arab region. The study proposes both country-specific and regional actions to support the development of the region's vast renewable energy potential through 2030.

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