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

Africa sounds the alarm over crucial climate summit

London:  The world’s least-developed countries have accused richer nations of failing to provide financial backing for a strong new global climate treaty.  With little negotiating time left ahead of the UN climate summit in Paris later this year, diplomats from nearly 200 countries meeting in Bonn have reportedly made little progress, raising the possibility of a last-minute diplomatic fiasco, as happened in Copenhagen in 2009.

Silver lining in climate crisis for Africa

Johannesburg: The critically important United Nations climate change summit in Paris approaches, much is being made of the risks climate change poses to poor countries in Africa, and rightly so. Vulnerable families are simply not equipped to deal with a changing climate. There is a danger that gains in human development will be reversed as the climate crisis gathers pace. And yet, the biggest collective challenge is also an opportunity for an African-led transformation.

Oxfam: G7 emissions have 'savage impact' on African crops

A report released Saturday by Oxfam shows the G7 countries' continued reliance on coal is on track to cost the world $450 billion (405 billion euros) a year by the end of the century. Climate change and food security are expected to feature high on the agenda when leaders from the world's seven most economically powerful nations - the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada - meet Sunday for talks at Elmau palace in the southern German state of Bavaria.

Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness: Southern African consultation

The African Union Commission has started regional consultations with AU Member States to develop the African Humanitarian Common Position. The first meeting took place for the Southern Africa region in Midrand, South Africa from 27-29 May 2015. The objective of the three days consultation meeting was to stimulate discussion among Member States on the emerging issues concerning the global humanitarian landscape, as well as identify issues specific to their region that can be highlighted in the Common African Position which aims at reforming and strengthen the humanitarian system.

Strengthening climate and disaster resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

Geneva: The World Meteorological Organization, African Development Bank and World Bank Group have launched an initiative to support the modernization and strengthening of Sub-Saharan African meteorological and hydrological services. These services are key to strengthening resilience to extreme weather events and enabling economic development.

ECA Committee on Sustainable Development

Addis Ababa: The next High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council) will be held in New York from 26 June to 8 July 2015, under the theme “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development after 2015”, which the agenda will mirror.

SADC states discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation

Gaborone: Over 40 technocrats from SADC Member States drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Lands, the academia and private sector recently met for a three day workshop at Protea Hotel Centurion in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop came at an opportune time when countries across the globe have committed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.

Secretary-General appoints High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing

New York: One of the most important challenges facing the humanitarian system today is the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.  Over the last decade, the demand for humanitarian aid has risen dramatically. The number of people in need has more than doubled since 2004 to over 100 million today, and current humanitarian funding requirements for 2015 stand at $19.1 billion, up from $3.4 billion in 2004.

AfDB: Panelists call for strong Paris agreement, climate finance justice for Africa

Abidjan: Panelists at high-level event on climate change on Tuesday have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, sufficient to fulfill Africa’s development aspirations.  This is in addition to the need to have adequate, predictable, sustainable climate finance resources to address Africa’s challenges in transitioning to low-carbon development, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development. 

Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness

The objective of the consultative meeting (27- 29 May 2015) is to stimulate discussion among Member States on the emerging issues concerning the global and regional humanitarian landscape, in so doing undertake a “Political Process” for reform to strengthen the humanitarian response. The outcomes of regional consultations will be consolidated into a Common Africa Position to be presented at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 2016.


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