Africa

Event: Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) [viewed]

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Uganda Accedes to the Gorilla Agreement [viewed]

CMS17 July 2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced that Uganda has deposited its instrument of accession to the Gorilla Agreement.

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IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands" [viewed]

IRENAJuly 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report that demonstrates how deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce fossil-fuel import dependence and create business and employment opportunities. The report, titled ‘Renewable Islands: Settings for Success,' looks at how islands around the world have attracted investments in cost-effective renewable energy resources.

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World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

World Bank - GEF17 July 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources.

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ITTO Highlights Growth in China's Timber Processing Machinery Industry [viewed]

Itto16 July 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which discusses the growth of China's forest machinery industry to an annual value of US$2 billion in 2013. The report notes that a majority of timber processing machinery is exported to Europe and North America.

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Major Economies Forum Focuses on Finance, Nationally-Determined Contributions [viewed]

major-economies12 July 2014: Seventeen of the world's largest economies met for the 19th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate. This iteration of the MEF focused on reaching the political consensus needed for a successful outcome at the 20th session of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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UNGA High-Level Debate Discusses Investment in Africa [viewed]

UNGA17 July 2014: Participants recognized Africa's promising growth potential at a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Thematic Debate on the role of investment in the region. The debate focused on ‘Promotion of investment in Africa and its catalytic role in achieving Africa's development objectives, including those of the New Partnership, particularly the eradication of poverty and the achievement of inclusive and sustained economic growth and development.'

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Benin, Togo Establish Mono River Basin Authority [viewed]

togo-benin15 July 2014: The Governments of Benin and Togo approved the constituting instrument of the Mono River Basin Authority (MBA) at a ministerial meeting held on 4 July 2014, in Cotonou, Benin. This ministerial was preceded by an expert meeting on 2-3 July, which analyzed and submitted the documents for ministerial approval.

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UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda [viewed]

UNEP15 July 2014: Studies by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyzing the relationship between ecosystem inputs, and agricultural yields and farm incomes in India and Uganda have found significant potential for improving food security through shifts in cropping patterns and use of water and energy saving technologies. The findings aim to strengthen the two countries' capacities to address their increasing food security deficits and decline in ecosystem services.

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