Africa

July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience. Among major developments the World Bank outlined their increased infrastructure investment, including in WASH services, and the AfDB launched the Kigali Action Plan (KAP) to mobilize finance to achieve the WASH-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), targeting countries in Africa that are not on track to achieve the targets by 2015.

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HDR 2014 Identifies Climate Change as Critical Development Challenge [viewed]

UNDP24 July 2014: Addressing vulnerabilities is critical to ensure equitable and sustainable human development, according to the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR). The report, titled ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,' considers factors that contribute risks to human development and ways to strengthen resilience.

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CIFOR Draws Links between Forests and Food Security [viewed]

CIFORJuly 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a factsheet on the links between 'Forests, Food Security and Nutrition,' in the context of a growing global population and rising demand for food.

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Event: First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

This conference is part of the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, a high-level platform for discussion and policy decision making. The Forum aims to integrate sustainable transport into Africa's development and planning processes and increase funding to sustainable transport programmes in Africa, with the broader aim of improving access to transport, reducing air pollution and climate emissions, and improving road safety and health. The Forum also aims to share experiences from demonstration and pilot projects and foster South-South exchanges. The Forum intends to hold Ministerial conferences bi-annually, with Sub-Regional conferences in the interim years. The Forum is a partnership among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the World Bank. UNEP hosts the Forum Secretariat.  

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Event: Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future [viewed]

This conference, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme, 'Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' will explore prospects for investment in power generation, and the development of renewable energy and transmission networks. The conference will encourage the engagement of the Italian and African private sectors in the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, and the strengthening of African energy markets. The 'Africa Report,' part of the International Energy Agency's 'World Energy Outlook,' will also be presented. The conference is part of the Italy-Africa Initiative, a programme launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2013 to strengthen relations between Italy and Africa.  

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Event: Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Africa [viewed]

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Africa region will take place from 17-21 November.  

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Event: 4th AfricaSan Conference [viewed]

The 4th AfricaSan Conference, hosted by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Government of Senegal, will address water supply and sanitation issues in Africa.  

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2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability [viewed]

UNDP24 July 2014: The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) finds that reducing poverty, as well as vulnerability to falling into poverty, must be a central objective of the post-2015 development agenda. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero;' it is also about staying there,” according to the report. ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, Japan, on 24 July 2014, by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, and HDR Director Khalid Malik.

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UNESCO-IHE Consortium Supports 'Water Wise' Development in Kenya [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE17 July 2014: A public-private-partnership of Dutch, Kenyan and German partners to develop and conserve the Mara River Basin, the Mau Mara Serengeti (MaMaSe) Sustainable Water Initiative, was launched to support “water-wise” sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation in the Mara-Serengeti in Kenya.

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FAO Steering Committee Discusses ITPGR Action Plan for Near East and North Africa [viewed]

FAO13 July 2014: Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the first meeting of the Steering Committee discussed the implementation of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Action Plan for the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

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