AU

African Union

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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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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Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit Identifies Adaptation Solutions for Africa [viewed]

acris29 April 2015: The first Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS I), hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC), among others, was held under the theme ‘Africa towards resilient infrastructure development.' The event aimed to introduce African Union (AU) member States to practical solutions that can address the effects of climate change on infrastructure, agriculture, food security and other key sectors.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Strengthening Cooperation between UN, Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations [viewed]

United Nations4 May 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa convened a high-level thematic debate focusing on strengthening cooperation between the UN, regional and sub-regional organizations. Delegates discussed how to strengthen strategic partnerships, as well as how regional and sub-regional organizations can be engaged and mobilized to play an effective role in the implementation of a transformative post-2015 development agenda. The event resulted in a negotiated declaration on strengthening cooperation between the UN, regional and sub-regional organizations, which was negotiated ahead of the debate and was expected to be adopted by the Assembly on 5 May 2015.

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GEF, UNEP, FAO Update on Projects in Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal [viewed]

gef_unep_fao28 April 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have provided updates on projects carried out in Burundi, Rwanda and Senegal addressing: natural resources management; agricultural practices and the preservation of wood resources; and mountain gorilla and wetland restoration efforts.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference Calls for Africa-wide Strategy [viewed]

Illegal_Wildlife_Trade_conference30 April 2015: African States gathered in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, for the International Conference on the Illegal Exploitation and Illicit Trade in African Wildlife, have called for greater coordinated intelligence and law enforcement, involving communities in Africa, and working with transit and destination markets outside the continent.

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Africa to Develop Common Position on Urban Agenda [viewed]

UNECA AU31 March 2015: Participants discussed development challenges related to Africa's rapid urbanization, during a High-level Panel organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The panel also considered recommendations on urbanization and structural transformation in line with Africa's Agenda 2063.

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African Finance Ministers Address FfD, Data Revolution, Climate Change [viewed]

UNECA AU31 March 2015: The Eighth Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Specialised Technical Committee of Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development agreed on a ministerial statement that addresses progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and support for the post-2015 development agenda, financing for development (FfD), the data revolution and climate change, among other issues. The meeting convened under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development.'

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World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Addresses Land Tenure for Shared Prosperity [viewed]

World20bank20logoa27 March 2015: The 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty met under the theme ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.' It highlighted that while land tenure affects asset distribution between men and women, generations and social groups, land-use patterns will have significant implications for socioeconomic outcomes at the household, community and/or landscape levels.

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UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position [viewed]

UNECA24 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted a regional consultation for high-level political and Central Bank representatives, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to discuss: financing the post-2015 development agenda; Africa's progress since the Monterrey Consensus; climate financing; international private financial flows; international public finance and sovereign debt; trade, partnerships, technology and innovation; systemic issues; and monitoring, data and follow up, among other issues. The results of the consultation will be included as part of a Common African Position for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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