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African Union

AU, UN Leaders Support African Development Priorities [viewed]

unga6913 October 2014: African Union (AU) and UN leaders discussed the future development agenda for Africa in a high-level discussion on 'The Africa We Want: Support of the UN Systems to the African Union's Agenda 2063.' The discussion focused on Africa's development priorities, the support of the UN system, and the post-2015 development agenda.

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Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

UNECA10 October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

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OECD-AUC Forum Advances Regional Cooperation [viewed]

BannerForumAfrica7 October 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and African Union Commission (AUC) signed an agreement on dialogue on a pan-African agenda of integration and transformation. The signing took place at the 14th International Economic Forum on Africa, which was organized for the first time jointly by the OECD Development Centre and the AUC. The Forum also saw the launch of the OECD Development Centre's ‘Africa Action Plan' on partnerships and activities with member countries and institutions in the region.

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Africa RECs Discuss Role of Agenda 2063 in Development [viewed]

africanunionlogo1 October 2014: The African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) gave a briefing on their role in consolidating peace, security, governance and development in the context of the African Union's (AU) Agenda 2063. Participants discussed economic progress, challenges across Africa and the region's long-term future. The Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA), Permanent Observer Mission of the AU to the UN, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa co-organized the meeting, which took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 1 October 2014.

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AUC Calls for Peace, Security and Rule of Law in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

African Union Comission26 September 2014: The African Union Commission (AUC), with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Saferworld, held an event on incorporating peace and security into the post-2015 development agenda. Titled ‘Africa and a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda: Tools for Measuring Peace, Governance and Rule of Law,' the event took place on 26 September 2014, at the AU Mission to the UN in New York, US.

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Event: 14th International Economic Forum on Africa [viewed]

This annual event hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) focuses on the performance of African economies and related future challenges. The 2014 event, organized by the OECD Development Centre and the African Union (AU) under the theme 'By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth,' will specifically address the pan-African agenda of economic and social transformation, assessing its progress in light of global trade patterns, future demographic challenges and the implications of the Ebola crisis. The event will include high-level participants from government, the private sector, academia and civil society. In addition to three thematic sessions, on Africa's economic transformation, access to global and regional markets, and the urban-rural divide, the event will see the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the OECD and 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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