Intergovernmental Organization

Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth [viewed]

United Nations24 February 2015: Africa's revenue from the extractive industries and other natural resources revenue is expected to be a key source of development financing for the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, according to participants at the High Level Expert Group Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the AU Agenda 2063, titled 'Enhancing the Management of Africa's Extractive Industries.' The meeting addressed managing Africa's extractive industries to harness their potential for sustainable development, inclusive growth and structural economic transformation.

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Event: 2015 Global Forum on Development [viewed]

The Global Forum on Development, which will focus on the theme ‘Post-2015 Financing for Sustainable Development,' will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss how different streams of finance work together, in advance of the third UN Financing for Development (FfD) Conference, which will take place in July 2015. Participants will discuss: how developing countries interpret the global policy agenda on the ground; how to realistically track goals and their financing; national constraints that affect development finance policy and practice; and the role of the private sector, foundations, institutional investors and other non-state actors in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

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Southern African Utilities Develop Efficient Lighting, Appliances and Equipment Roadmap [viewed]

unep-energy-sapp20 February 2015: Fifty participants from the public and private sector participated in the workshop SADC Regional Action Plan for Leapfrogging to Efficient Lighting, Appliances and Equipment. The workshop was jointly organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Department of Energy of South Africa (DoE) and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).

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Africa Conference Reaffirms Need for Meteorological, Hydrological Services [viewed]

wmo_au18 February 2015: The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3) adopted the Praia Ministerial Declaration, reaffirming the need to support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) with adequate resources and institutional frameworks. The African Ministers responsible for meteorology also endorsed plans for a Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for Central Africa.

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Norden, IISD Highlight Mitigation Potential of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

logos_nordic_iisd_gsi10 February 2015: Low oil prices offer an opportunity for countries to remove consumer fossil-fuel subsidies, argues a report by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). GSI has also launched a free model for estimating the impact of fossil-fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) on countries' greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

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Event: EU-SDC Programme on Land Governance in Africa Launch [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Niger, will organize a series of events to launch the European Union-Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (EU-SDC) Programme on Land Governance in Africa. The Programme aims to promote the integrated implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) in 10 countries: Angola, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Swaziland. The Programme will support these countries' efforts to mainstream the VGGT and F&G in their policy, legal and institutional processes through awareness raising, capacity development, technical facilitation, strengthening of partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation. The programme of events will include: the launch of the EU-SDC Programme and multi-stakeholder awareness raising workshop on VGGT and F&G on 24 February; the First capitalization meeting on 25-26 February; and training on VGGT and F&G on 27 February 2015. The events will bring together about 30 participants representing the EU, SDC, FAO, LPI, coordinators of implementing organizations, and representatives of government land agencies from the ten countries.  

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Event: High-Level Conference on the Data Revolution in Africa [viewed]

This high level conference will take place under the theme, ‘Setting the scene for a sustainable development agenda powered by Data Revolution in Africa'. It will address topics related to: areas in Africa that lack data; the role of “African” data in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); adoption of data revolution principles and national level implementation; the balance between comparable data for monitoring development goals and data that can contribute to local level change; harmonization of national statistical data; and the role of data in contributing to Agenda 2063. The conference is expected to result in the adoption of a set of principles to power the data revolution in Africa and an African Data revolution road map with short, medium and long-term action plans. The high level conference will be preceded by a two-day technical session with working groups and breakout sessions, from 27-28 March. The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) serve as the co-organizers.  

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Report Highlights Actions to Limit Disaster Risk in ACP Countries [viewed]

logo-acpc-small12 February 2015: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has published a study that provides a comprehensive view of the risks faced across its member countries and efforts to reduce them. The ‘ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge,' reveals that disaster risk in ACP countries is higher than in other regions, with 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean among the 20 most-at-risk in the world.

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IRENA Explores Infrastructure for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor [viewed]

IRENAFebruary 2015: A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) assesses the infrastructure of Eastern and Southern Africa for the generation and transmission of renewable electricity from the perspective of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC) initiative, which promotes the development of clean, indigenous and cost-effective renewable power options across Africa.

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IRENA Report Stresses Off-grid Renewable Energy for Universal Electricity Access [viewed]

IRENAFebruary 2015: A market-based approach to the deployment of off-grid renewable energy is essential for achieving the goal of universal electricity access, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The publication presents the conclusions of the Second International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC 2014) and the results of a survey conducted among more than 400 stakeholders from South and South-East Asia.

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