Intergovernmental Organization

African Leaders Issue Declaration Against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

conf-labff-brazzaMay 2015: Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime.

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Practical Action, EUEI PDF Launch Market Analysis Framework for Energy Access at SE4ALL Forum [viewed]

practical_action_eueipdf19 May 2015: Practical Action and the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) launched a new framework for analyzing energy market systems during a side event at the Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum in New York, US. The methodology is aimed at supporting development professionals in designing effective interventions for energy market development and increased energy access, and focuses initially on decentralized markets.

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UNEP en.lighten Outlines Steps to Universal Lighting Access in Africa [viewed]

UNEP18 May 2015: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, titled 'Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy: Guidance Note for Governments in Africa,' outlines effective policies for bringing non-fuel-based lighting, such as modern solar lighting, to off-grid areas of the continent, where currently 600 million people lack access to grid electricity. The report highlights the economic and health benefits of bringing lighting access to off-grid communities using energy sources other than fossil fuels.

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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress [viewed]

progress_toward_sustainable_energy18 May 2015: According to the second edition of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Global Tracking Framework, the world has made more rapid progress on sustainable energy during 2010-2012 than the period from 1990-2010, measured in the first edition of the Framework. The report cautions, however, that efforts must further accelerate to achieve SE4ALL's three goals of: doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix; doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement; and ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030.

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Event: Validation Workshop for the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access [viewed]

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Department of Social Affairs and Gender and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (ECREEE) are organizing this event to review, improve and validate the ECOWAS policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access in the context of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and Beijing Platform for Action. The event will feature a technical session to present and review the policy; a learning and experience exchange session on operationalizing the policy; and presentations on gender mainstreaming and energy access in ECOWAS member States. Intended outputs include an endorsed and validated draft of the policy; validated situation analysis report; and preliminary draft implementation strategy. Participants will include energy and gender experts from the Ministries of Energy in the ECOWAS region, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and research institutions, development partners, and representatives of other relevant stakeholder institutions. The event is being organized in partnership with the Government of Senegal, African Development Bank (AfDB) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  

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Global Land Forum 2015 Opens with Africa Day [viewed]

global_land_forum12 May 2015: The 2015 Global Land Forum opened in Dakar, Senegal, with a day dedicated to showcasing responsible land governance practices in Africa. Highlighting Senegal's land governance reform process that seeks to contribute to the country's efforts to achieve food security, Amadou Kanouté, Executive Director of the host organization, CICODEV (Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development), expressed hope that the Forum will provide an impetus for joint land reform efforts across all regions in Africa.

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Land Policy Initiative Approves First-Ever Joint Regional Work Plan [viewed]

LPI11 May 2015: For the first time since its inception in 2006, The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) has approved a consolidated annual work plan to be jointly implemented with the Secretariats of four regional economic communities and other partners in Africa.

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CCAFS Reports on Advances in Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS7 May 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published its 2014 annual report, titled ‘Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally,' on advancing the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers' fields and global initiatives, as well as through collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers.

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Mediterranean Forum Calls for Public-Private Partnerships on Sustainable Food Production and Regional Trade [viewed]

food_security_barcelona_may20156 May 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) jointly organized a two-day event, titled 'Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region,' which sought to develop a sustainable approach to food production and trade in the region.

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