Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC

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Rwanda hosts continental workshop on climate change

Kigali: Starting today, Rwanda will be hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop, that aims at strengthening Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS) as a tool for pre-2020 and post-2020 climate change action. Organised by UNFCCC and the Ministry of Natural Resources, the workshop is expected to attract over 70 climate change experts across Africa and representatives from international organisations as well as the private sector.

UNEP executive director welcomes President Obama's clean power plan

Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner today released the following statement:

Nigeria to balance GHG emission cuts with development peculiarities

Lagos: Nigeria seems in no haste to unveil its climate pledge with just four months to go before the U.N. Climate Conference scheduled for December in Paris. However, unlike Gabon, Morocco, Ethiopia and Kenya – the only African nations yet to submit their commitments – Nigeria has just commissioned a committee of experts to draw up targets and responses for its “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs).

Zimbabwe’s climate change ambitions may be too tall

Bulawayo: With the U.N. Climate Change conference later this year in Paris fast approaching, Zimbabwe’s climate change commitments face the slow progress on an issue that continues to stalk other developing countries – climate finance.

Kenya’s climate change bill aims to promote low carbon growth

Nairobi: Alexander Muyekhi, a construction worker from Ebubayi village in the heart of Vihiga County in Western Kenya, and his school-going children can now enjoy a tiny solar kit supplied by the British-based Azuri Technologies to light their house and play their small FM radio. This has saved the family from use of kerosene tin-lamps, which are dim and produce unfriendly smoke, but many other residents in the village – and elsewhere in the country – are not so lucky because they cannot afford the 1000 shillings (10 dollars

Climate-smart agriculture platform launched in Kampala

Kampala: Experts from the Eastern Africa sub-region have launched a new climate-smart agriculture platform that will aid in scaling up climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices in the region.

Re-imagining African agriculture in the face of climate change

Nairobi: Over 1,200 experts, policy makers and participants today adopted the Nairobi Action Agenda on Ecosystem based Adaptation for food security and formed the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), which re-imagines a system of agriculture for the continent that would be beneficial both economically and environmentally.

Small islands need partnerships to battle climate change, address ‘unique vulnerabilities,’ says Ban

New York: The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.

Mozambique seeks south-south knowledge in tackling deforestation, greenhouse emissions

Maputo: Technical leaders from Mozambique, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Zambia, Gabon, India and Brazil, who serve as counterparts to the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund (BioCF), Forest Investment Program (FIP) and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), convened in Mozambique for an international workshop under the theme: Jurisdictional Integrated Landscape Management Program.

Partnering with Africa on food security and climate change adaptation

Washington: A key pillar of the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, released in 2012, is promoting opportunity and development. The Obama Administration has prioritized investing in Africa’s greatest resource – its people – to sustain and expand inclusive economic growth, opportunity, and the realization of human rights for this and future generations. The United States is investing substantial resources in 42 different countries in Africa, each with a unique set of development programs that include African-led and African-managed projects.

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