Pillar 4: Environmental sustainability natural resources management and disaster risk management

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:

The influence of the Sendai Framework on the SDG framework

Geneva: Key references to the recent Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction are contained in the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda, which will be formally adopted by world leaders in New York this September.

Africa's Sendai Framework starts moving

Yaounde: International moves to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction got underway, with African countries starting the process. Four dozen African countries gathered in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé for three days of talks, along with the African Union, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities and a host of other international organizations.

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.

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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