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

Draft African Union strategy on climate change

The African Union has played a key role in ensuring that Africa takes a united stand in global negotiations and evolving mechanisms. The African Group of Negotiators in the UNFCCC processes, inputs from relevant STCs, the work of the CAHOSCC and AMCEN have all been brought into a coherent AU framework. The African Heads of State and Government, having appreciated the gravity of the climate change challenge unfolding in the continent, made a number of seminal decisions to help Member States deal effectively, efficiently and equitably with the risks posed by climate change.

New UNEP report lays out financial reforms needed to harness multi-trillion investments

Nairobi: Harnessing the global financial system to deliver climate security, reduce the risks of high carbon assets, and scale up capital for the low carbon transition is possible, but will only happen with a comprehensive, system-wide approach to financing - including the $37 trillion of energy infrastructure - in the next two decades.

AfDB taps BRIC states for agriculture funds

Nairobi: The African Development Bank is seeking support from Brazil, China and India to promote its 2015-2019 investment strategy in agriculture infrastructure projects, its director of agriculture Chiji Ojukwuo said on Friday.  He said the three who are members of BRICS which brings together five major emerging economies have proved to be key players in Africa's development plan and AfDB views them as new strategic bilateral partners. Other members of BRICS are Russia and South Africa.

African Economic Outlook 2015

Abidjan: With Africa’s population set to triple by 2050, modernising local economies will be vital to make the continent more competitive and to increase people’s living standards, according to the African Economic Outlook 2015, released at the African Development Bank Group’s 50th Annual Meetings.

Nepad urges African countries to embrace climate smart agriculture

Lusaka: African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a practice of agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience and adaptation, as well as contributing towards reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

UN tasks Africa on climate change impact on food security

Abuja: The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana, says African governments and other stakeholders must take steps to mitigate climate change impact on food security. This is contained in a statement issued by Ms Praise Nutakor, Communications Associate of the institute, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Action on sustainability a 'moral and historical duty'

New York: The world is facing complex challenges regarding the future of sustainable energy which demand comprehensive and immediate solutions, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today as he delivered remarks to the General Assembly's Global Energy Ministerial Meeting.

The impact of climate change on the achievement of the post-2015 sustainable development goals

This year, governments will agree Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period to 2030, and a new global climate agreement, to take effect from 2020. Together, these could set the course for environmental sustainability and human well-being this century. The agreements together offer a once-in-a generation opportunity to end extreme poverty, create climate resilience and avoid dangerous levels of climate change by committing to zero net carbon emissions.

AGENDA 2063: The Africa we want

We, the people of Africa and her Diaspora, united in diversity, young and old, men and women, girls and boys from all walks of life, deeply conscious of history, express our deep appreciation to all generations of Pan-Africanists. In particular, to the founders of the Organisation of African Unity for having bequeathed us an Africa with exemplary successes in the fight against slavery, colonialism and apartheid.

Join hands to tackle climate change, EA ministries told

Nairobi: Ministries of agriculture, environment and trade in East Africa need to harmonise their policies to effectively deal with issues of climate change, food security and trade. This has become even more important in view of the on-going negotiations at both the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Both these negotiations include issues related to food security and agriculture.

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