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AU Reflects on Contribution to Post-2015 Agenda, SDG Implementation [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: Africa is the only region of the world with a common position on every aspect of the post-2015 development agenda, the 'Common African Position' (CAP), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, told African leaders at the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly. Sirleaf delivered a final report in her capacity as Chair of the High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government of the AU on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, stressing the universal nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their applicability to all people everywhere.

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AU Assembly Addresses Human Rights, 2030 Agenda, Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: African Heads of State, leaders and other stakeholders discussed the implementation of Africa's Agenda 2063 and ways to advance human rights, particularly women's rights, during the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, which convened under the theme, ‘2016: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women.'

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Fifty African Countries and China to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade, Strengthen Cooperation on Environment​ [viewed]

focac8 December 2015: Fifty African countries and China agreed to scale up their response to wildlife crime and trafficking at the Sixth Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The FOCAC Johannesburg Action Plan 2016-2018 commits the countries to work closely to tackle illegal trade in wildlife.

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NEPAD with Partners Launch African Resilient Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

nepad_wb_wri6 December 2015: Launched at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, France, by the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative will be implemented in partnership with the World Bank and World Resources Institute (WRI) through forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate-smart agriculture, and rangeland management.

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Energy Day Launches Major Initiatives on Renewables, Efficiency and Access [viewed]

s4all_irena_lpaa7 December 2015: A number of major cooperative initiatives on renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency were announced during Energy Day at the Paris Climate Change Conference. Hundreds of participants from governments, businesses and financial institutions participated in the event held as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus on Energy.

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Africa Transport Forum, Africities Discuss Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

afdb_unhabitatDecember 2015: Participants at two conferences in Africa discussed the importance of sustainable urbanization for the continent. The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Africa Transport Forum 2015 stressed the role of green, inclusive transport in stimulating Africa's sustainable development and ensuring sustainable urbanization. Participants at the Africities Summit presented a common urban agenda ahead of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), making Africa the first region to do so.

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African Decision Makers Discuss Risk Management and Financing for Resilience [viewed]

ur20 November 2015: The first 'Understanding Risk and Finance Conference for Africa' provided a forum for African decision makers to discuss strategies and approaches to mitigate the socioeconomic, fiscal, and financial impacts of disasters, including those of climate change.

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Africa Industrialization Day Focuses on SMEs, ISID [viewed]

UNIDO24 November 2015: Africa Industrialization Day 2015 took place on the theme, ‘SMEs for Poverty Eradication and Job Creation for Women and Youth,' with events at UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and around the world.

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UN Secretary-General Suggests Steps for Reforming UN Peace Operations [viewed]

unga7012 October 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged immediate action to strengthen the UN's peace operations, and called on the 193 Member States of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to coordinate efforts so as to “let our actions speak louder than our words,” at the UNGA's debate on 'Strengthening of the United Nations system' and the Report of the Secretary-General on this topic (A/70/357). The meeting also served as the discussion of the report of the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which Ban appointed in 2014. The Panel submitted its report to Ban in June 2015.

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CCDA-V Delegates Consider Progress on UNFCCC Objectives, Africa's Role [viewed]

ccda-v30 October 2015: The 5th Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) concluded with delegates stressing that developing homegrown climate information and policy frameworks will be important for responding to Africa's needs and strengthening governance practices, and that domestic resource mobilization is necessary to scale up proven green development strategies and innovations.

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