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

Rural smallholder farmers have big potential to reduce agriculture's carbon footprint

New York: Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, finds a new study released today by one of the agricultural agencies of the United Nations system.

Climate geopolitics: an opportunity for Africa to become a trailblazer?

Johannesburg:  Ahead of the UN Conference of Parties (COP 21) meeting in December 2015, which it is hoped will deliver a universal, legally binding climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol by 2020, Paris is hosting an International Scientific Conference (ISC) from 7–10 JulyThis four-day, science-based forum focuses on a ‘Common Future under Climate Change’ and gives the inter

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.

'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.

World Energy Outlook Special Report 2015: energy and climate change

The world is moving towards a crucial climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). The negotiations there will be based on national pledges, formally known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, with the goal of setting the world on a sustainable path.

Africa's moment to lead on climate

Washington: Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity today. To avoid catastrophe, we must dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of our modern energy systems, which have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries.

Surprising citizens' views on climate change

Bonn:  Almost 80 per cent of citizens across the globe are very concerned about the impacts of climate change, but close to 70 per cent also see action to combat it as an opportunity to improve their quality of life. These are among the findings of the largest ever citizen consultation on climate change carried out by the more than 100 partners of the World Wide Views Alliance in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21), taking place this December.

The year 2015 is decisive for Africa’s sustainable development plans

Addis Ababa:  “This is a momentous opportunity that the Africa region must seize to pave the way for its meaningful participation in the global institutional architecture for sustainable development,” declared Mr. Abdalla Hamdok, ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary as he opened the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development conference in Addis Ababa.

PACJA: statement on the Bonn climate talks

We, the African civil society organisations participating in the Bonn Climate Change Conference, are gravely concerned about the progress of negotiations and wish to express our utmost disillusionment on the mistrust reigning the corridors of the new World Conference Centre here in Bonn.

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