Africa

AfDB Climate Change Committee Shares Knowledge on COP 20 Outcomes [viewed]

AfDB22 January 2015: The Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a knowledge-sharing seminar at the AfDB's headquarters in Abidjan, Nigeria, to discuss the outcomes of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. The CCCC also addressed expectations for COP 21 to be held in Paris, France, from 30 November - 11 December 2015.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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ILO Report Predicts Rising Unemployment, Widening Inequalities [viewed]

ILO22 January 2015: Inequalities are predicted to widen as a result of rising unemployment and a slowing global economy, according to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015.' The report cautions that rising inequality undermines trust in governments and contributes to a high risk of social unrest, particularly in locations where youth unemployment is high.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts [viewed]

FAO16 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened an expert meeting on criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) to discuss progress in the implementation of the project, ‘Strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice.'

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UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM [viewed]

UnffJanuary 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide.

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OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

OECD_NEW2 December 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Environment Working Paper, titled ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation: Methodological Approaches,' which examines methodological approaches that can be used for monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation initiatives at the project and programme level.

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Event: Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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COMIFAC Council of Ministers Welcomes Regional Successes [viewed]

COMIFAC16 January 2014: The eighth meeting of the Council of Ministers to the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) met to provide advice and guidance to members and partners as well as the Executive Secretariat, approve the COMIFAC budget, and consider strategic directions.

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