Africa

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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UNGA Elects Non-Permanent Members of UNSC [viewed]

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28 June 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden to serve on the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2017. Following five rounds of voting, Italy and the Netherlands proposed sharing the fifth open seat, with Italy serving in 2017 and the Netherlands in 2018. The UNGA is considering this proposal.

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UNICEF Report: Invest in Equity as a Strategic Imperative [viewed]

a_fair_chance28 June 2016: Unless the world focuses more on the most disadvantaged children, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, according to a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report. ‘The State of the World's Children' 2016 highlights progress in getting children into school, alleviating poverty and halving under-five mortality rates, but it stresses that this progress has been "neither even nor fair.”

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South African Ratification Brings Ban Amendment Closer to Entry into Force [viewed]

Basel Covention24 June 2016: South Africa has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, becoming the 87th Party to the Convention to do so and bringing the Amendment closer to entry into force. The instrument was filed on 24 June 2016 with the UN Secretary-General in his capacity as depository for the Convention.

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Field Perspectives Highlighted for QCPR Negotiations [viewed]

Unitar24 June 2016: UN Member States and representatives of the UN system discussed the Delivery as One (DaO) approach, the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) process, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system, and the simplification and the harmonization efforts for business practices, during the fourth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016. Titled ‘Perspectives from the field,' the module discussed the operational implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: African Economic Conference 2016 [viewed]

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.  

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WAVES Publishes Briefs Explaining NCA and Convenes Workshop in Africa [viewed]

wavesJune 2016: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership has released a series of briefs explaining natural capital accounting (NCA) for forest, land and water resources. The briefs review how the accounts are produced, summarize their potential benefits and provide examples from WAVES Partnership countries. In addition, the Partnership recently supported a workshop to help African countries that are parties to the Gaborone Declaration to establish NCA priorities and accounts.

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Event: Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Morocco, Norway and Philippines Submit VNR Input [viewed]

hlpf27 June 2016: Morocco, Norway and the Philippines have submitted their executive summaries and other contributions in preparation for the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Morocco reports on its national consultation process to translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the national context. Norway highlights a process it has put in place to follow-up on the SDGs. The Philippines outlines actions on SDG monitoring and indicators.

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Officials Explain Proposed Global Compacts on Refugees, Migrants [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial24 June 2016: UN Member States discussed proposals for a 'global compact on responsibility sharing for refugees' and a 'global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration,' which are outlined in the UN Secretary-General's report, 'In safety and dignity: addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.' Karen Abuzayd, UN Special Adviser on the High-Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM), said the global compacts would allow UN Member States to express a common resolve to improve refugees' and migrants' situations, without involving new legal commitments.

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