Africa

INTERPOL Highlights Operation Worthy II Outcomes and Tiger Crime Strategy [viewed]

interpol21 December 2015: INTERPOL announced that Operation Worthy II, supported by its Project Wisdom, resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade in Africa. The Operation took place from January to October 2015 across 11 African countries.

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Governance of Tenure Newsletter Highlights Civil Society Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The December 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Governance of Tenure newsletter features a discussion of a training programme for civil society organizations (CSOs) to enhance their use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines). Launched in 2014 and co-implemented by FAO and FIAN International, with financial support from Belgium, the programme has developed and tested a modular framework to enhance the capacities of CSOs in Guatemala, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Senegal and South Africa.

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Event: Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) [viewed]

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is organizing this conference, which is hosted by the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), on the theme, 'Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability'. The conference will focus on boosting agricultural productivity in Africa, based on irrigation and drainage. Keynote speeches will address: the farm and science interface under climate change; improving agricultural water management in Africa; and Water-Food-Energy nexus challenges at the farm. The conference, which takes place in Aswan City, Egypt, comprises technical sessions, an exhibition and book fair, and a one-day post-conference study tour.  

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Event: 2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU [viewed]

The 2nd meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Migratory Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will review proposals to amend the MOU, the programme of work, partnerships and national reporting, among other issues. Two additional meetings will be held at the same venue on the margins of MOS2. From 12-13 February, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee to the MOU will be held. On 14 February, an informal, open-ended meeting of the Intersessional Working Group of the MOU, to advance discussions on the draft Rules of Procedure (open to all MOU Signatories) will be held.  

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants [viewed]

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

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UNFCCC COP 21 Adopts Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iisd12 December 2015: On 12 December 2015, in Paris, France, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1), a universal, legally-binding agreement to take effect from 2020. Commenting on the new Agreement, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, stated, "The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort."

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop21_day1110 December 2015: Negotiations continued on the draft outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference on Thursday, 10 December, with COP 21 President Laurent Fabius introducing a revised draft text in the evening. Fabius said there are “open options” on the most complex issues of differentiation, finance and ambition, and asked delegates to examine the document with a "new perspective,” keeping the final agreement in mind, suggesting “we are extremely close to the finish line.” Following a second night of negotiations, delegates were told on Friday that the sixth meeting of the Comité de Paris would convene Saturday morning, 12 December, during which a final draft of the proposed Paris Outcome would be presented.

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