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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight [viewed]

climate_finance_april_20161 May 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Event: First Great Green Wall Global Conference [viewed]

Since its inception in 2007, the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) has evolved into a pan-African sustainable landscape program to address land degradation and desertification, boost food, environmental and economic security, and support communities' adaptation to climate change. The First Conference on the GGWSSI will gather representatives from more than 20 Sahelian countries and partners to discuss the further scaling-up of implementation based on commitments made at the Paris Climate Change Conference with a view to: develop a “road map for transformational action on 
the ground,” including a Great Green Wall results framework; confirm political commitments in support of the initiative; strengthen the GGWSSI Community of 
Practice; and set new strategic directions for GGWSSI 
communication and knowledge management. The Conference will be organized around three days of technical sessions to exchange and share knowledge about programs and projects in support of the Great Green Wall, and a one-day high-level segment bringing together African Ministers and development partners. Practical interactive seminars will also take place on innovation, communication and knowledge services. Coordinated and sponsored by diverse partner organizations, the conference will draw on experiences from ongoing Great Green Wall projects, including: the World Bank and Global Environment Facility (GEF) supported Sahel and West Africa Program (SAWAP); the AAD programme, which is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and funded by the partnership programme between the EU and Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP-EU); and the Front Local Environnemental pour une Union Verte (FLEUVE), an EU-funded Great Green Wall project coordinated by the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).  

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Event: Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) (SDEP2) [viewed]

The Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) will be hosted jointly by the Italian Government, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union Commission (EC). The two day Forum will be split into day one, 16 May being a technical thematic stakeholder day deepening on Energy Access, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Energy Security, and day two, 17 May will be dedicated to high level delegates and stakeholders. The Forum will build on the First Stakeholder meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2012. It envisages participation of African and European Ministers, AU and EU Commissioners, and more than 300 other high-level participants representing policy-makers, regional institutions, international organisations, the banking & finance industry, the private sector, academia, the civil society and the media. The conference is expected to result in an Africa-EU Energy Stakeholder Forum Communiqué, launch a “Mapping of Initiatives and Programmes in Africa Report”, release of an “Intermediate AEEP Status Report”, and develop a stakeholders' call-for-action.  

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High-Level Officials Find Synergies in 2030 Agenda, Agenda 2063 [viewed]

osaa_au_gov_swedeen20 April 2016: Participants at a high-level forum discussed the implementation of Africa's long-term global strategy, Agenda 2063, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining synergies and complementarities between the two agendas, as well as challenges in their implementation. Conclusions from the forum on ‘The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond' are expected to feed into the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN General Assembly, taking place on 21 April 2016.

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African Environment Ministers Table Regional Priorities Ahead of UNEA-2 [viewed]

Amcen119 April 2016: Ministers of Environment and other high-level representatives from 45 African countries agreed to accelerate action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife at the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Participants also finalized a set of resolutions reflecting the region's priorities to be tabled at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in May 2016.

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Event: Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) [viewed]

The sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will address the theme 'Agenda 2030 and Paris Agreement: From policy to implementation in Africa'. The session opens with a two-day meeting of the expert group, followed by the ministerial segment on 18 and 19 April 2016. The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for ministers and experts to deliberate on how to move forward with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as to assess the implications for Africa of the Paris agreement on Climate Change, especially in relation to the swift implementation of the African initiatives on Renewable Energy and Adaptation. Established in December 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt, AMCEN's mandate includes advocating for environmental protection in Africa and ensuring that: basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner; social and economic development is realized at all levels; and agricultural activities and practices meet the food security needs of the region. Regular sessions of AMCEN have been convened every second year since its inception. In addition, several special sessions have been convened in between regular sessions to consider specific issues of concern.  

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FAO Conference Discusses Policy Framework for Integrating Africa's Agricultural Production Targets with the SDGs [viewed]

fao_au8 April 2016: A report, titled ‘Boosting Africa's Soils: From the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers to a Sustainable Soil Management Framework for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2030,' explores how various regional plans for enhancing agricultural productivity can take “better consideration of the approaches and needs of African farmers under the umbrella of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the policy document was discussed at a high-level session on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC29), which took place from 4-8 April, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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Event: High-level Forum: The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond [viewed]

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Government of Sweden and the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing a High-level Forum on ‘Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Forum will bring together high-level speakers and participants to focus on the synergies and complementarity of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will address three themes: towards transformative economic growth and regional integration in Africa, including sustainable and decent work for youth (SDGs 8 and 9); empowering African Women and gender (SDG 5); and consolidating peace and security in Africa (SDG 16). The event will take place during the week of the High-level Ceremony of the Paris Agreement and the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs.  

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African Ministers Call for Integrated Monitoring of SDGs, Agenda 2063 [viewed]

UNECA AU5 April 2016: African ministers reaffirmed the importance of aligning Africa's Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including in national development plans, at the Ninth Joint Annual African Union (AU) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The meeting adopted 17 resolutions that support Africa's implementation of the SDGs.

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