AU

African Union

AfDB Assesses Soft Infrastructure Needs of Africa's Energy Sector [viewed]

AfDB20 November 2014: A report released by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI) outlines the state of regional electricity markets in Africa and approaches to capacity development for boosting the financial and technical performance of the sector. ONRI published the report to aid development organizations, such as its parent institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB), as they seek to complement physical infrastructure investments with capacity-building.

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Regional Review Urges Bold Action for Gender Equality in Africa [viewed]

UNWOMEN19 November 2014: Ministers from African countries adopted a Declaration calling for achieving gender equality by 2030, at the Ninth Regional Conference on Women. The Declaration aligns with the gender equality goals contained in Africa's Agenda 2063.

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UN Highlights ISID on Africa Industrialization Day [viewed]

UN logo20 November 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) hosted a High-level panel discussion on 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security' to commemorate Africa Industrialization Day 2014.

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Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa Launches Investment Guiding Principles [viewed]

UNECA14 November 2014: The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), which met under the theme ‘The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth,' aimed to: strengthen advocacy for comprehensive land policy, and build capacity through improved access to knowledge and information; help create a platform for presenting research activities and networking opportunities; and focus the attention of relevant stakeholders on the issues and status of land policy development and implementation in Africa.

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African Civil Society Assesses Progress on Beijing Platform for Action [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants at an African civil society forum discussed the Beijing Platform for Action's 12 critical areas of concern, noting achievements in economic, political and social aspects, but recognizing that progress has been slow, and noting fatigue among those leading the women's movement. The forum was organized by UN Women, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMENT) and IPAS, as part of the Beijing 20-year review process (Beijing+20).

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Event: African Regional Conference on Beijing+20 Review [viewed]

The African Regional Conference on the Beijing+20 Review will discuss progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Program of Action. Participants will also discuss a regional report prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which analyzes information submitted by 51 African Member States on their national reviews of their progress in implementing the Beijing Program of Action. The recommendations of the meetings will contribute to the global review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The meeting will include an expert segment, from 17-18 November, and a ministerial segment, on 19 November. UN Women, UNECA and the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing the meeting as part of the Beijing+20 regional review process.  

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Event: Africa Industrialization Day 2014 - NY [viewed]

The 2014 commemoration of Africa Industrialization Day will take place under the theme, 'Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID): African Agro Industry for Food Security.' The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Office of the Permanent Observer of the African Union (AU) will host a High-level panel discussion on the theme.  

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First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes [viewed]

amrf27 October 2014: The First African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF) addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda.

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UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit [viewed]

wb.un27 October 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims.

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FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification [viewed]

FAO EU22 October 2014: The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the ‘Action Against Desertification' programme in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The €41 million programme aims to enhance sustainable land management (SLM) and restore degraded lands and drylands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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