Africa

African Leaders Issue Declaration Against Wildlife Crime [viewed]

conf-labff-brazzaMay 2015: Following a meeting on illegal trade in wild fauna and flora held in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo, African leaders issued a strong declaration urging coordinated regional and international action against wildlife crime.

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Practical Action, EUEI PDF Launch Market Analysis Framework for Energy Access at SE4ALL Forum [viewed]

practical_action_eueipdf19 May 2015: Practical Action and the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) launched a new framework for analyzing energy market systems during a side event at the Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum in New York, US. The methodology is aimed at supporting development professionals in designing effective interventions for energy market development and increased energy access, and focuses initially on decentralized markets.

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ILO Warns Against Insecurity in Employment Market [viewed]

ILO18 May 2015: Warning against “widespread insecurity in the global employment market,” the International Labour Organization (ILO) has published a report that indicates that 75% of workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts in informal jobs. The report, titled ‘World Employment and Social Outlook 2015: The Changing Nature of Jobs,' which represents 84% of the global workforce, also underscores that women are disproportionately among those in temporary and part-time employment.

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World Bank Introduces RISE Tool at SE4ALL Forum [viewed]

World Bank18 May 2015: Presenting at a parallel session on finance at the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, the World Bank described an indicator-based tool that it has developed to increase investment in economically and environmentally sustainable energy. The tool, dubbed 'Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE),' is being piloted in 17 countries and will eventually be rolled out in more than 100 countries.

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UNEP en.lighten Outlines Steps to Universal Lighting Access in Africa [viewed]

UNEP18 May 2015: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, titled 'Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy: Guidance Note for Governments in Africa,' outlines effective policies for bringing non-fuel-based lighting, such as modern solar lighting, to off-grid areas of the continent, where currently 600 million people lack access to grid electricity. The report highlights the economic and health benefits of bringing lighting access to off-grid communities using energy sources other than fossil fuels.

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2015 Global Land Forum Focuses on Africa, Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

global_land_forum16 May 2015: The 2015 Global Land Forum (GLF), which met under the theme ‘Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action,' brought together practitioners, land users, activists, policymakers and researchers from around the world to debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance. The Forum aimed to contribute to international goals related to poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including those within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalMay 2015: Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems.

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Pew Reports Clean Energy Investment Shifting to Developing Countries [viewed]

PEW19 May 2015: The Clean Energy Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report highlighting global trends in electricity investment. The report, titled 'Power Shifts—Emerging Clean Energy Markets,' finds that investment in electricity infrastructure is shifting from industrialized countries to the developing world and from fossil fuels to clean energy. The report projects that renewables will account for 54% of new global power capacity over the next 15 years.

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UNDP Launches EnergyPlus Guidelines [viewed]

UNDP18 May 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a toolkit for planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating energy access programmes that promote productive energy uses for improved livelihoods. The report, titled ‘The EnergyPlus Guidelines,' was released at a UNDP-organized session on Energy for Productive Uses held at the Second SE4ALL Forum, taking place 18-21 May 2015 in New York City, US.

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Spain Signs CMS Raptors MoU [viewed]

CMS4 May 2015: Spain signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), developed under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), on 4 May 2015, bringing the number of Signatories to 52.

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