Call for Participation for Agriculture, Gender, and Land in Africa

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments by

From March 5th, 2014 until March 7th, 2014, a group of agriculture and investment-minded international organizations will co-host a conference entitled Agricultural Investment, Gender, and Land in Africa. The conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, and its objective is to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the implications of [...]

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UNEP Releases Africa’s Adaptation Gap Report

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments by

On November 19th, 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme released a report entitled Africa’s Adaptation Gap. Building off of the recent Global Emissions Gap Report 2013, Africa’s Adaptation Gap goes into detail about the African-specific consequences of a global failure to keep warming below 2 degrees centigrade. The report argues that the outlook for Africa, [...]

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Agriculture in Africa

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments by

“If potential were edible, Africa would have the best-fed people on Earth.” So said the Economist magazine blog on September 4th, 2013, in an article entitled “Cold Comfort Farms.” In it, the author reminds us of many of the roadblocks, political and otherwise, that prevent African farmers from growing wealthy off the fat of the [...]

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert: Satellite Imagery to Identify Environmental Hotspots and “Hopespots”

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published a bulletin for July 2013 titled “From Hotspots to Hopespots: Connecting local changes to global audiences.” The bulletin details the use of satellite imagery to measure and communicate environmental changes. The bulletin describes the importance of environmental “hotspots”–areas that are susceptible to environmental [...]

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UNEP and Achim Steiner Participate in the 7th World Environmental Education Congress

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments by

On June 12, 2013, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, delivered an address to the opening plenary session of the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in Marrakesh, Morocco.  The Congress–a joint effort of the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, the WEEC Permanent Secretariat, and the Kingdom of Morocco–brought together [...]

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UN General Assembly Creates High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments by

On July 9, 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution on the high-level political forum on sustainable development. The high-level political forum resolution followed up on a recommendation in the outcome document of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The forum, which will meet for the first time in [...]

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