Africa

UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions [viewed]

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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Global Soil Week Side Event Discusses Benefits of Sustainable Rangeland Management [viewed]

eld-iucn-fao22 April 2015: A side event convened by partner organizations involved in the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) at the 3rd Global Soil Week reviewed preliminary economic valuations conducted in Mali, Jordan and Sudan that quantified the economic costs and benefits of ecosystem services derived from implementing sustainable management practices such as agroforestry, restoration and planned grazing management at the landscape level.

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Public and Private Sectors Progress REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 April 2015: New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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OECD Advances Reforms on Policy Framework for Investment [viewed]

OECD20 April 2015: A one-day meeting of the World Bank Group and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) concluded with a renewed commitment to reforming the investment climate, as the OECD's process for updating its Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) nears completion.

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

spring_201520 April 2015: At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting.

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Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies17 April 2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so.

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Heads of MDBs Commit to “Do More” to Transform Development Finance, Achieve SDGs [viewed]

heads_of_mdbs16 April 2015: In a joint statement, the heads of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) support a comprehensive approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while stating that the “resources needed to implement such an ambitious agenda far surpass current development financial flows.” The multilateral development banks (MDBs) note that they “could and should do more,” and state their willingness to generate needed financial resources and help the international community to achieve the SDGs' transformative vision.

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UN Crime Congress Calls for Justice for All, Action on Wildlife, Forest Crime [viewed]

crime_congress19 April 2015: Participants unanimously adopted the Doha Declaration at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, stressing justice for all as critical to the success of the post-2015 development agenda and to fighting criminal activities, terrorism and violence globally. In addition to making recommendations to be submitted to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice convening in May 2015, the Congress lent special focus to the issues of wildlife and forest crime.

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African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

AfricaCarbonForum15 April 2015: Intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement will be essential for durable African economies, according to remarks made by UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley at the Seventh Africa Carbon Forum. Speaking on the outcomes needed for a successful Paris Climate Change Conference, Kinley told African countries gathered at the Forum that "INDCs are each country's opportunity to express their development priorities."

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