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Senior UN climate change official envisages ‘good agreement’ at upcoming Pairs conference
26 August 2015, 7:45 am

New York: The climate change agreement world leaders are expected to sign in December “has to take us to a less than 2 degree global warming path because that is the ultimate test of the whole package that will come out of Paris,” according to Janos Pasztor, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue. “Our expectation is that there will be a good agreement signed,” Mr.




Have the MDGs affected developing country policies and spending?
21 August 2015, 10:18 am

One of the many baffling aspects of the post-2015/Sustainable Development Goal process is how little research there has been on the impact of their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals. That may sound odd, given how often we hear ‘the MDGs are on/off track’ on poverty, health, education etc, but saying ‘the MDG for poverty reduction has been achieved five years ahead of schedule’ is not at all the same as saying ‘the MDGs caused that poverty reduction’ – a classic case of confusing correlation with causation.




SADC's Protocol on gender, development - a review
21 August 2015, 8:37 am

Harare:  "Botswana to Chair Review of SADC". "The people of Southern Africa will not judge us by the adoption of key strategic documents, but rather by the outcomes achieved, following implementation." These words, spoken by the incoming chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana at the just ended 35th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Gaborone, are notable for two reasons.




Tracking intended nationally determined contributions: what are the implications for greenhouse gas emissions in 2030?
21 August 2015, 8:20 am

London: We may not be on an emissions pathway to avoid dangerous climate change just yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re on track for failure. A paper we published earlier this week confirms our previous finding that a global deal on climate change due in Paris this December is unlikely to be consistent with limiting global warming




Miguel Arias Cañete: briefing on the state of climate change negotiations
21 August 2015, 8:06 am

Brussels: Let me now turn to the main topic of my intervention today, which is to update you about climate talks ahead of the Paris conference. In just over 100 days, we will meet in Paris for one of the most important events of the year: the adoption of a new global climate change agreement. The Paris conference is a historic milestone: a unique opportunity to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon, climate-resilient global economy.




DRC, Djibouti submit their climate action plans
19 August 2015, 4:54 pm

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) comes well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December this year. This INDC and all ot




How Africa can show the world the way to a low-carbon future: 10 facts, 10 actions
19 August 2015, 4:19 pm

Africa’s energy challenges are immense. Power shortages diminish the region’s growth by 2-4 percent a year, holding back efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty. In addition, despite a decade of growth, the power generation gap between Africa and other regions is widening.




Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change
19 August 2015, 4:08 pm

Preamble: God – Whom we know as Allah – has created the universe in all its diversity, richness and vitality: the stars, the sun and moon, the earth and all its communities of living beings. All these reflect and manifest the boundless glory and mercy of their Creator. All created beings by nature serve and glorify their Maker, all bow to their Lord’s will.




SA's water security in peril
18 August 2015, 9:25 am

Cape Town:  African economies lose up to 25 percent of GDP through floods and droughts in a continent where 35 percent of people do not have access to safe drinking water, according to Unesco’s African regional hydrologist Abou Amani. Amani, who gave the keynote address at the Third ChinAfrica Water Forum Conference in the city yesterday, warned this GDP loss was set to increase by five percent because of the future impacts of global climate change.




Expert taskforce reports on extreme weather and food supplies
18 August 2015, 9:15 am

London:  An independent expert taskforce from the UK and USA has outlined key recommendations to safeguard against threats to food supplies in a new report for the Global Food Security programme.  The report highlights an increasing risk to global food supply disruptions and price spikes that could result from extreme weather events – such as heatwaves, droughts and floods – and offers new recommendations for mitigation.




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Third International Policy Conference on the African Child - 'Child Poverty in Africa'
African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Venue: United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: 12-13 May 2008
ARC briefing note on the outcomes of the 10th African Union Summit
The tenth African Union (AU) Summit took place at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 25 January to 2 February 2008.
South African Journal of International Affairs: Call for Papers
February 2008
The South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA) is published biannually by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
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