AU

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The 6th Session of the African Regional Platform and the 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will: review progress made domestically in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR; discuss and agree on follow-up actions to accelerate implementation; and focus on aligning the Programme of Action for implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy with the Sendai Framework. Participants will discuss: monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation; opportunities for learning and exchanging experiences, successes and challenges in applying disaster risk management (DRM) of risk knowledge; progress made on preparedness, recovery and reconstruction under the 'build-back- better' approach; and risk-informed development. Outcomes will include: the Africa Programme of Action to implement the Sendai Framework in Africa; the Mauritius Declaration on implementation of the Africa Programme of Action; and an 'Africa Position' that will be presented at the 5th session of the Global Platform for DRR, which will convene from 22-26 May 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. Outcomes will also be submitted to the African Union (AU) Policy Organs for consideration and adoption during the AU Summit in January 2017. This meeting will also commemorate the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day. Representatives of African countries, stakeholder groups and development and humanitarian partners will attend the meeting. This event is being organized by the AU Commission, with support from the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), and hosted by the Government Mauritius with support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.  

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Event: Sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development [viewed]

The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development (TICAD VI) will focus on the theme, ‘Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development Agenda: TICAD Partnership for Prosperity'. The conference will address six key areas from the TICAD-V Yokohama Declaration and Action Plan: boosting economic growth; accelerating infrastructure and capacity development; empowering farms as mainstream economic actors; promoting sustainable and resilient growth; creating inclusive society for growth; and consolidating peace, stability, democracy and good governance. The conference will also address three thematic focus areas on new and emerging challenges, with a focus on Africa's priorities as articulated in Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: promoting structural economic transformation through economic diversification and industrialization; promoting resilient health system for quality of life; and promoting social stability for shared prosperity. Over 6,000 participants, including African Heads of State and Government, are expected to attend the Conference, which will result in a Nairobi Declaration outlining commitments towards Africa's development. The African Union Commission (AUC), UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA) and the Government of Japan are organizing the conference. This meeting marks the first time TICAD has been held in Africa since its inception in 1993.  

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African Union Summit Reviews Progress on Gender Equality, Women's Land Rights [viewed]

au_eca_afdb17 July 2016: The 27th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened on the theme 'Women's Rights, Human Rights,' recognized Algeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia as the best-performing countries in promoting women's rights and gender equality across the political, social and economic arenas. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Land Policy Initiative launched a campaign to achieve 30% documented allocation of land by African women by 2025.

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Mitigation Update: Southeast Asian Forest, European Transport Emissions Increasing, Cities and Businesses Scale-up Action [viewed]

july_mitigation_update4 July 2016: According to expert participants at a workshop in Paris, France, on 21 June, opportunities posed by solutions that cut across multiple energy end-use sectors are key to redefining climate ambition under the Paris Agreement's objective to keep global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and aiming at 1.5°C. This Mitigation Update highlights recently-published information on emissions and solutions, as well as numerous events related to mitigation, in a variety of key sectors, such as forests, transport, cities, private companies and finance.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Projects Stable Food Prices, Highlights Need to Eradicate Hunger [viewed]

oecd_fao4 July 2016: The 'OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025,' published jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), forecasts relatively stable food prices over the coming decade amid slowing growth in the demand for food and continued improvements in productivity.

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UN Security Council Identifies Obstacles, Solutions on Women, Peace, Security [viewed]

unsc15 June 2016: Inconsistent levels of political will, resourcing, accountability, dedicated gender expertise and attitudinal change are the obstacles to women's meaningful inclusion in efforts to prevent and resolve conflict, the UN Security Council noted in a Presidential Statement on 'Women and peace and security.'

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African Countries Accelerate Efforts to Optimize Value from Extractive Sector [viewed]

uneca_amv6 June 2016: More than 30 private sector institutions operating in 15 countries agreed to contribute to the African Mining Vision (AMV) compact, as part of efforts to ensure that the mineral resources sector plays a transformative role in achieving sustainable development on the continent. The compact was launched at an event co-hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), held from 1-2 June 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Energy Outlook: Clean Energy Investments, RE Employment Increasing, Cities Unlock Mitigation Potential [viewed]

unfccc_wb_irena_iea2 June 2016: Energy-related news of the past few weeks reported here indicate that regional development banks' investments in clean energy are increasing. Other recent developments show that: renewables are currently firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy; energy efficiency (EE) action in urban environments helps cities transition to sustainable energy systems; and employment in renewable energy (RE) is on the rise. Events, initiatives and publications described in this update contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDGs 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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