Africa

Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6 [viewed]

GEF16 April 2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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Meeting on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Develops Communiqué [viewed]

global-partnership16 April 2014: Delegates to the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation adopted a communiqué, titled ‘Building Towards An Inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda,' agreeing to advance cooperation on various concrete commitments, including aid to strengthen countries' own tax systems.

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs [viewed]

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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Pepsi and Coke Announce Support for Responsible Governance of Land Tenure [viewed]

fao-pepsi-coke15 April 2014: In a land policy that states its commitment to “doing business the right way,” PepsiCo has announced its support for the 'Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure' and its recognition of its obligations to respect and protect the rights of local people. The Guidelines, which were initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), promote equitable access and secure ownership rights to fisheries, forests and land, with the aim of eradicating poverty and hunger, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities [viewed]

World BankLEDS15 April 2014: Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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WHO/UNICEF JMP Launches 2014 Data Update on Water Supply and Sanitation [viewed]

jmp11 April 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) / UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation recently launched a redesigned website, which contains newly released documents including the ‘2014 Update - Progress on Drinking-Water and Sanitation,' ‘A Snapshot on Progress - 2014 Update,' and ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Post 2015.'

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for African Countries on the Clearing-House Mechanism [viewed]

The objective of this workshop organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is to build capacity and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain effective national clearing-house mechanisms, in line with COP Decision X/15 and in support of the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

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Event: 16th Africa Energy Forum [viewed]

The 16th Africa Energy Forum (AEF) will gather governments and business leaders in the energy sector to collaborate on improving energy infrastructure in Africa. Sessions will cover, among other topics, overcoming financing and other challenges, technological developments, and improving investment attractiveness of African infrastructure projects.  

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IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings Emphasize Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

worldbank_imf13 April 2014: The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) brought together officials, academics, practitioners, and journalists from around the world for a series of meetings and events, many of which held climate change and sustainable development in special focus.

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UN Secretary-General, Global Leaders Urge Action on Education [viewed]

un-worldbank10 April 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other global leaders launched the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Access, which aims to get 57 million children in school, and calls for "four zeros": zero exclusion from education; zero discrimination against girls; zero child labor; and zero child marriage. The Coalition was established in response to reports that the world is off track in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of getting all children into education by 2015.

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