AU

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Oceans, Wildlife, Protected Areas [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: During the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, many speakers highlighted their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda and discussed global challenges, including international security, terrorism and Ebola. At the same time, several countries stressed the importance of environmental sustainability and shared their visions and achievements on biodiversity, including oceans, wildlife, forests and protected areas (PAs).

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CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links [viewed]

CGIAR25 September 2014: The first CGIAR Development Dialogues held in New York, US, focused on the role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, landscapes, and food systems with regard to climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting followed CGIAR's announcement at the Climate Summit 2014 to dedicate at least 60% of its annual budget to climate-smart agriculture.

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Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds [viewed]

african-risk-capacity22 September 2014: In order to leverage available capital for climate change adaptation, African States are set to announce the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a multi-year funding mechanism that will issue climate change catastrophe bonds. The bonds, to be issued in 2016, will provide additional financing to participating countries to enhance adaptation investments, in case extreme heat, droughts, floods or cyclones increase in frequency and intensity in Africa.

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

unga6924 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage [viewed]

UNGA15 September 2014: UN Member States discussed the human rights and development impacts of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) and how to end child marriage within a generation, during the first-ever panel discussion on child marriage organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Circulating the summary of key messages from the discussion, UNGA President John Ashe said the event had helped to raise awareness of the harmful impact of CEFM on its victims, the development costs to society at large, and the need for increased international and national action to end the practice.

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Event: Africa and a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The African Union, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), UN Women and Saferworld, is organizing an event on ‘Africa and a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda: Tools for Measuring Peace, Governance and Rule of Law'.  

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Event: Conference on Land Policy in Africa [viewed]

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

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UNECA, LPI Host Workshop on an African Farmers' Dialogue Platform [viewed]

uneca-lpi4 September 2014: A workshop organized by the Capacity Development Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) brought together representatives of continental and regional farmers' organizations with the aim of establishing a dialogue platform in support of the African Union (AU) Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa.

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Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation [viewed]

africanunionlogo29 August 2014: The Second Africa Drylands Week focused on the role of sustainable land management in the context of Africa's Year of Agriculture and Food Security, with participants addressing achievements in, and challenges to, drylands development.

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UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS [viewed]

UNECA28 August 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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