Capacity Building & Education

Event: ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy and Investment High-Level Forum [viewed]

This Forum will focus on, inter alia: investment opportunities arising from Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans of members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ways to mobilize funds for the implementation of Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans; and public and private sector financing instruments for project implementation. The Forum is also expected to launch the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy 4 All (SE4All) Network, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Project and Financial Navigator in West Africa.

The Forum will: bring together high-level policy and decision makers, project promoters, investors and international partners to discuss relevant interlinkages between an enabling environment and project development and to identify concrete investment opportunities; facilitate matchmaking for investment ready projects; and provide a platform for discussions on next steps to overcome existing barriers to sustainable energy investments in the ECOWAS region.

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the CTI Private Financing Advisory Network, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) are jointly organizing the event. The event is being supported by the Spanish Agency for international Development Cooperation, the Austrian Development Cooperation, the European Union, the UN Agency for International Development, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and IRENA.  

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Event: Regional Workshop on Enhancing Capacities for the Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste Through Regional Delivery in Africa [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region in Nigeria (BCCC-Africa), with funding by the European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE). It seeks to train national officials from 30 African countries who are responsible and/or involved in the e-waste management process at the national level, specifically in the issued related to the Basel Convention.  

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First Phase of ELD Research Culminates in Synthesis Report on the Value of Land [viewed]

ELD-pm-report15 September 2015: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative launched a synthesis report, titled ‘Value for Land: Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management,' as well as an accompanying summary for policy and decision makers at a special event in Brussels, Belgium, on 15 September 2015. The reports draw on ELD case studies carried out in five African and Middle Eastern countries, as well as regional and global analyses.

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WFC XIV Concludes Setting out a 2050 Vision for Forests [viewed]

Panelists-for-the-Innovation-and-Investment Forum11 September 2015: Held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the fourteenth World Forestry Congress (XIV WFC) concluded with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing a decisive role for food security, improved livelihoods and in the fight against climate change. The meeting also issued messages to the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Côte d'Ivoire Submits INDC [viewed]

cote_d'ivoire11 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Côte d'Ivoire is the 61st Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces two greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets: the first, 28% below a business as usual (BAU) reference scenario by 2030, is based on the reduction efforts contained in the strategic sectoral development plans with the support of technical partners and financiers; the second, an additional 8% for a total 36% reduction, is subject to capacity building, technology development and transfer, and financial support that is new, additional and easily accessible.

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Event: International Ozone Day 2015 [viewed]

International Ozone Day is the annual event that commemorates the date of the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This year's theme, "30 Years of Healing Ozone Together," is a special commemoration of the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, the framework agreement which the Montreal Protocol complements. The Ozone Secretariat will conduct a "Precious Ozone" digital campaign emphasizing the successes achieved under the ozone protection regime and highlighting the importance of protecting life on Earth from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Campaign tools will include special posters, logos and banners, animations and internet tools designed to help everyone, from children to policymakers, understand the issues related to protection of the ozone layer.  

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Algeria, Colombia Submit INDCs [viewed]

algeria_colombia7 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria and Colombia are the 58th and 59th Parties, respectively, to formally submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Algeria's INDC includes a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7-22% below a business as usual (BAU) reference level by 2030. In its INDC, Colombia puts forward a unilateral, unconditional GHG reduction target of 20% compared to BAU by 2030, as well as a conditional 30% reduction target.

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UNDP Executive Board Discusses Post-2015, COP 21 Support [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board discussed UNDP's support for the post-2015 and financing for development (FfD) processes and for the climate negotiations, with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stressing the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable, and for finding synergies between development and environment finance and between humanitarian and development finance.

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Wildlife Crime Prevention Gains Traction through Patrols, an Arrest and Dialogue [viewed]

apec_interpol_unepSeptember 2015: Anti-corruption authorities, customs bureaus and law enforcement agencies from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members addressed illegal wildlife trafficking in the Asia-Pacific at the Pathfinder Dialogue II on 'Strengthening the Fight against Corruption and Illicit Trade'

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UN-REDD/IIED Brief Explores the Potential of a Green Economy Approach to Africa's Forest Sector [viewed]

growing_a_green_economy_africaAugust 2015: A brief produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in partnership with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) indicates that scaling up interventions focused on sustainability across Africa could help meet increased demand for timber while enabling sustainable forest management, as long as they are accompanied by actions to create an enabling environment.

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