Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC

Paris: Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC

Advancing Africa’s position on global climate finance

Unblocking the climate finance negotiations will unlock a new global agreement on climate change in Paris later this year. Developing countries need to see tangible commitment to providing the finance needed to combat the negative effects of climate change. As global emissions continue to increase, so does the cost of managing the impact. Africa’s Group of Negotiators (AGN) is positioned to take the lead, consistently presenting common positions for 54 countries. A breakthrough necessitates focus on a key issue that will yield win–win outcomes.

The future of disaster risk reduction and resilience in Africa

Addis Ababa: Africa is confronted by a range of natural and human-induced hazards and associated risks and disasters. Poverty, climate change, livelihood insecurity, and unplanned urbanization are among the drivers of risk influencing the level of resilience of people, communities, countries, and assets and amplifying the impacts of disasters on the continent. Despite global and regional efforts to address disasters and disaster risks, the human and economic costs of disasters have been increasing.

First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar

New York: Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month.

UNSG: Failure to constrain climate change will create ‘climate chaos’

New York: Welcoming what he called a “gratifying shift” in the climate change dialogue, the President of Kiribati today urged the international community to ponder ways to further contribute to that positive development, as the General Assembly held a high-level event to provide impetus towards reaching a universal and ambitious agreement in Paris in December.

Seizing the Blue Economy approach in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Mahe:  I am delighted to be here today, to address the opening of this important convention in a year that is critical to humanity's sustainable development aspirations. Please allow me to take a moment to thank the Government of Seychelles for hosting this gathering. As a Small Island Developing State, and therefore one of 52 nations at the forefront of the battle to adapt to climate change and adopt a new Blue Economy approach, there could perhaps be no more appropriate location for the discussions that will take place over the next few days.

BASIC Ministerial: statement on climate change

New York:  Statement issued after the 20th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held at United Nations Headquarters: 

Climate change journalists prepare for post-2015 SDGs reporting

Lusaka: Thirty journalists from across Africa who specialize on environmental issues participated in a two day training in Lusaka, Zambia on Climate Change Reporting in the framework of Post- 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. The training which was opened by Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya was aimed at enhancing the capacity of media to report on the key issues around climate change from a factual and analytical basis.

AU Summit: Decision on Africa's engagements in the global climate negotiations

Decision on Africa's engagements in the global climate negotiations:  The Assembly: 

1. TAKES NOTE of the Report of the Coordinator of the Committee of the African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt on climate change action in Africa and preparation for Global Climate events in 2015; and ENDORSES the recommendations contained therein;

'Africa's agriculture to lose much to global climate change'

Dar es Salam:  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment Report (AR5) has provided an alarming report showing that Africa’s agricultural sector will lose USD 311m/- every year worth of effects from the global climate change.   The losses, according to the report, will include a decrease of 19 percent in maize yields, 68 percent in beans and decrease in crops yields by 18 percent for Southern Africa and up to 22 percent across sub-Saharan Africa.  The report also indicates that the disease burden is likely to increase especially for malaria and cholera.

African nations pledge greater women’s involvement in agriculture programs

Nairobi: Sub-Saharan African countries will promote greater involvement of women in agriculture to enhance food security, rural incomes and ecological sustainability.  During a forum to discuss a regional framework on gender inclusion in the agriculture sector, policymakers and gender specialists from the region said in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Monday that governments have prioritized enactment of new policies and laws to promote women’s involvement in agriculture value chains.

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