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Africa Weekly
Sustainable Development Guidance Document
Edition 1:15 - Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Editors Note: Welcome to the fifteenth issue of IISD's Africa Weekly Sustainable Development Guidance Document. The Guidance Document replaces our Linkages Africa newsletter, and we aim to provide this service on a weekly basis. If you should come across a news article or have a submission for the next issue, please send it directly to richards@iisd.org. The Africa Weekly Sustainable Development Guidance Document is an exclusive publication of IISD for the AFRICASD-L list and should not be reposted or republished to other lists/websites without the permission of IISD (you can write to Kimo Goree for permission.) If you have been forwarded this issue and would like to subscribe to AFRICASD-L, please visit: http://www.iisd.ca/email/africasd-L.htm
EVENTS IN REVIEW: 2-11 OCTOBER 2009
2 October: Climate Change: At the Governors Global Climate Summit 2, California Governor Schwarzenegger signed a Statement of Intent with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), stating that California will work with African nations to share successful policies on energy efficiency, low carbon fuels and other clean technology in the fight against climate change. African leaders at the summit announced a new continent-wide effort, called “A New Green Deal for Africa.” African nations are some of the least responsible for climate change, but they are some of the most vulnerable to its devastating impacts and least able to adapt. The Statement of Intent will support this effort under the current framework of the territorial approach to climate change. This effort is important because Africa has the opportunity to implement low carbon development strategies from the beginning – to grow green from the start. [More information]
5 October: IFAF: Mauritania: Farmers in Mauritania will receive financial help to turn milk into butter and cheese, to clean and package the vegetables they grow and to add value to other raw products under a $12 million programme unveiled by the United Nations agency tasked with eradicating rural poverty. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced that it will provide a grant of $6 million and a loan of $6 million as part of the scheme, which aims to boost food production and to lower the West African country’s dependence on food imports. [More information]
5 October: UNDP: Human Development Report:According to the 2009 Human Development Report, migration is a way for Africans to improve their lives, but most significant barriers, particularly across borders. The Report, Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development, finds that many restrictions and inequalities prevent Africans from moving. Restrictions imposed by the limited opportunities of the low-skilled to move across borders mean that money transfers, or remittances do not tend to flow directly to the poorest families, nor to the poorest countries. However, when given the chance, Africans potentially have the most to gain from seeking opportunities elsewhere. This is the latest publication in a series of global Human Development Reports, which aim to frame debate on some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity, from climate change to human rights. It is an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme. [More information]
5 October: UN-HABITAT: Gender: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has signed a milestone agreement with the Huairou Commission to strengthen the involvement of grassroots women in projects and programmes for better housing and sustainable urban development. The agreement signed on World Habitat Day strengthens areas of existing work, and also ventures into newer areas, such as information technology. A highlight of the Memorandum of Understanding is a commitment to collaborative working on the creation of a grassroots women’s web portal on human settlements. The portal will enable grassroots women’s groups to network and exchange information on strengthening policies and programmes for gender equality in towns and cities. [More information]
5 October: UNITAR: Climate Change: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) joined the Nairobi Framework, an initiative aimed at assisting developing countries especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The Nairobi Framework was initiated by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Bank Group, African Development Bank, and the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is also a new member of the initiative. [Nairobi Framework]
6 October: Uganda: CDM: The first African reforestation project to be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is being undertaken by Uganda’s National Forestry Authority, in association with local community organizations. The Nile Basin Reforestation Project will receive revenues from the World Bank BioCarbon Fund for carbon dioxide absorbed by a growing plantation of pine and mixed native tree species in the Rwoho Central Forest Reserve, grasslands that were degraded due to deforestation and erosion. The project will generate up to 700 jobs for the local population, and the plantation will help Uganda meet its growing demand for wood resources and reduce pressure on the remaining native forests in the country. “The Uganda project is the first of several projects…which can lead to strong co-benefits, including higher incomes for local communities and greater climate resilience,” commented Ellysar Baroudy, Fund Manager for the Bank’s BioCarbon Fund. Eight forestry projects have been registered under the CDM to date. [World Bank media release]
9 October: ECA: Trade: Senior officials from African countries and experts representing pan-African institutions and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) will convene next week in Addis Ababa to devise strategies to translate commitments to regional integration into concrete actions at national level. Discussions will be held under the framework of the sixth Committee on Trade, Regional Cooperation and Integration (CTRI) which is being organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 13-15 October 2009. The focus this year is on mainstreaming regional integration at the national level since many protocols and other regional integration instruments agreed upon at continental and sub-regional levels are pending ratification and implementation by member countries. [More information]
11 October: Sustainable Development: The Global Forum on Sustainable Development, held in Ouagadougou, from 9-11 October, provided an opportunity for sub-Saharan Africa to consolidate their views on the December 2009 Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen. The Forum, entitled ‘Climate Change: What Opportunities For Sustainable Development?’ was organized by the Government of Burkina Faso in partnership with the United Nations, including UNDP, and the African Union (AU). [More information]

ANNOUNCEMENTS
African Ministers' Council on Water - South African Gouvernment (Watter Affairs) - African Union
The Second African Water Week: 9-13 November 2009:
Concretizing action to implement African commitments on Water and Sanitation: “Sprint to the Finish”


The African Ministers’ Council on Water, in keeping with its decision to institutionalize the annual African Water Week, is pleased to announce that the 2nd Africa Water Week (AWW2) will be held at the Gallagher--Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa from 9-13 November 2009. During the AWW2, the 2nd Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference (PANAFCON II) will take place on the 11 November, 2009 at the same venue. The Water Week and Conference will be both unique and innovative in character as the main focus will be on implementation and partnership as Africa sprints towards the 2015 MDG targets.

Firstly, it will bring together through a strong unity of purpose, African countries and UN agencies, civil society groups, the private sector and development cooperation partners, to address the critical issue of water and sanitation, which is a key to sustainable development on the continent. Secondly, it is in direct response to the Sharm El Sheikh Commitments on water and sanitation adopted by the African union Heads of State and Government (Egypt, July 2008).

These events owe a lot to the close cooperation between the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), development partners, the UN family of organizations, Global Partnerships, civil society networks and private Sector initiatives active in the region.

The presence at the events of the development partners of AMCOW, the Private Sector, trade unions, research institutions, women and youth organizations and civil society to join African Water Ministers will help to send a strong message of solidarity within the region, reinforcing the international solidarity with and commitment to Africa. AMCOW welcomes any substantive role your institutions may want to play. Both the 2nd African Water Week and PANAFCON II provide opportunities for launching initiatives and/or programmes which significantly contribute to implementation efforts of the Sharm El Sheikh Commitments on water and sanitation.

Participating agencies and individuals are welcome to take advantage of the exhibition facilities of the Conference, which should be formally registered online.

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
18-25 October: Thirteenth World Forestry Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina. [More information]
19-23 October: The Special Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, Kampala, Uganda. [More information]
19-23 October: LDC Workshop on Implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action, Dar-es-Salaam. [More information]
27-30 October: Sixth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-6), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [Information note]
10-11 November: Fourth International Conference of the Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences: impacts of climate change on natural resources, Ismailia, Egypt. [More information]
11-13 November: 4th African Economic Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [More information]
16-18 November: World Summit on Food Security, Rome, Italy. [More information]
The Africa Weekly Sustainable Development Guidance Document is a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) <info@iisd.ca>, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin © <enb@iisd.org>. This issue was compiled and edited by Tallash Kantai and Richard Sherman. The Guidance Document is part of IISD Reporting Service’s African Regional Coverage (ARC) Project in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Office for Africa (UNEP ROA) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Director of IISD Reporting Services is Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI <kimo@iisd.org>. The Programme Manager of the African Regional Coverage Project is Richard Sherman <rsherman@iisd.org>. Funding for the Africa Weekly Sustainable Development Guidance Document has been provided by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Development Research Centre, Canada, through the African Regional Coverage Project for IISD Reporting Service’s coverage of African regional meetings. IISD can be contacted at 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0Y4, Canada; tel: +1-204-958-7700; fax: +1-204-958-7710. The opinions expressed in the Guidance Document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD. Electronic versions of the Guidance Document are sent to the electronic distribution list (in HTML format) and can be found on the Linkages WWW-server at <http://www.iisd.ca/africa/>. For information on the ARC, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <kimo@iisd.org>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11A, New York, New York 10022, United States of America.
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