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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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African Forum Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Framework [viewed]

UNECA AU26 August 2014: African stakeholders have identified key elements for an accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda. Participants at ‘Building an Accountability Framework for the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa' highlighted the need for post-2015 accountability to be based on a set of core principles with bold goals and targets, and a plan for means of implementation (MOI), while also ensuring that the framework is bottom-up and people-centered.

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Event: Land Policy Initiative Experts' Group Meeting [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is organizing an Experts' Group Meeting (EGM) to revise and validate the LPI's draft communications and advocacy strategy. The LPI developed the draft strategy to: increase awareness and understanding by stakeholders of its objectives; and better position itself as a key driver on land issues in Africa. The validation meeting is expected to: review and discuss the draft strategy to ensure it is in line with the LPI's strategic objectives; provide technical inputs to enrich the draft document for finalization; recommend additional ways to make the strategy more relevant and effective; and propose follow-up actions and partnerships to more effectively implement the strategy. The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  

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First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security [viewed]

us.africa.summit6 August 2014: The US-Africa Summit, which brought together over 50 Heads of State from Africa and US President Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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Event: 4th AfricaSan Conference [viewed]

The 4th AfricaSan Conference, hosted by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Government of Senegal, will address water supply and sanitation issues in Africa.  

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Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) [viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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LPI EGM Discusses Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, and Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNECA7 July 2014: The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework and the implementation plan for piloting the Framework, an area that is highlighted in the African Union (AU) Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges.

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FAO, UNECA Sign MoU on Land Governance in Africa [viewed]

fao-uneca27 June 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on collaboration in land policies and governance of tenure. The MoU aims to enhance equitable access to and security of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in African countries.

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