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Africa Weekly
Sustainable Development Guidance Document
Edition 1:1 - Thursday, 11 June 2009
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28 May: Pan African Parliament elections: The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) elected a new  Idriss Ndele Moussa, from Chad as its new President. The PAP also elected four Vice-Presidents;  Bethel Amadi, Nigeria (for Western African); Mary Mugyenyi, Uganda (for Eastern African);  Laroussi Hammi, Algeria, ( for Northern Africa); and Joram Gumbo, Zimbabwe (for Southern African).
28 May: AfDB Clean Energy Fund:   The African Development Bank Group's (AfDB) Board of Director's approved a ZAR 100 million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first specialized private equity fund focused on the acceleration and deployment of clean energy and sustainable technologies across southern Africa. [AfDB News]
29 May: AMCEN Special Session:   African Ministers attending the third special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) on Climate Change, which convened from 25-29 May 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, adopted the Nairobi Declaration. The Declaration highlights major challenges and opportunities in the negotiations for a more equitable climate regime, and provides African countries with a platform to make a strong case for support at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, in December 2009. [UNEP Press Release] [UNFCCC Executive Secretary’s Speech]
4 June: Health Finance:  The International Financial Committee, African Development Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the German development finance institution DEG have established a private equity fund that will invest in Africa's health sector. [Press Release]
8 June: AU-ECA: The second Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of  Economy and Finance and Economic Commission for Africa (ECA_ Conference of Ministers of Finance,  Planning and Economic Development, took place in Cairo, Egypt from 6-7 June 2009.  The meeting was proceeded by an Expert group meeting, which prepared recommendations for inclusion in the Ministerial Statement, adopted at the conclusion of the meeting. [More information]
9 June: COMESA: The thirteenth Summit of the Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Summit, held in Zimbabwe, from 8-9 June, launched the COMESA Customs Union and the COMESA Regional Payment and Settlement System. [More Information]

AU/ECA: Progress Report on Climate Change and Development [Report]
African Partnership Forum: Climate challenges to Africa: from Bali to Copenhagen [Report]
Africa Progress Panel: Climate Change: A Call to Action for Africa Leaders [Report]
ACP-EU: Joint ACP-EU Declaration on Climate change and Development [Declaration]

ECA: Proposed Programme of Work and Priorities for the Biennium 2010-2011 [Programme of Work]
ECA: Overview of Economic and Social Conditions in Africa in 2008 [Report]
ECA:  The Economic Report on Africa 2009 [Report]
AU/ECA: Report of the Committee of Experts of the second Joint Meeting of the AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. [Report]
OSAA: Recovering from Global Crisis: Towards an Action Plan for Africa and the Least Developed Countries [Concept note]
UNDP: Africa must seek to turn the global economic crisis into a historic opportunity by Eugene Owusu, Senior Advisor, Strategic Africa Partnerships, UNDP Brussels [More Information]

IIED: Small and medium forest enterprises in Ethiopia [Report]

UN: United Nations system support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Report of the Secretary-General. [Report]
ECA: Report on the United Nations System-wide Support to the African Union and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development Programme: the Regional Coordination Mechanism [Report]

10 June: Twelfth Meeting of the Africa Partnership Forum:  Rome, Italy [More Information]
10-12 June:  World Economic Forum on Africa: Cape Town, South Africa [More Information]
15-17 June: Thematic Joint Meeting of the Ozone Officers Network of English & French-Speaking West Africa: Abuja, Nigeria. [More Information]
15-19 June: Stockholm Convention Regional Meeting: Nairobi, Kenya. [More Information]
16-18 June: Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction:
Geneva, Switzerland. [More Information]
22-24 June: High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation: Nairobi, Kenya
24-26 June: African Regional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [More Information]
25 June: Recovering from Global Crisis: Towards an Action Plan for Africa and the Least Developed Countries:  ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ, New York. [More Information]
29-30 June: Second session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. [More Information]

The thirteenth  Ordinary African Union Summit takes place in Sirte, Libya from 24 June to 3 July. The Summit includes the following meetings:  eighteenth Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives   Committee (24-26 June); fifteenth Ordinary Session of the Executive Council (28-30 June); and AU Assembly (1-3 July). The theme is: “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security.” In addition the meeting is expected to address the following proposals: accession of the African Union Commission to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: For a rapid accession to better serve African interests (Chad); and establishment of the African Agency for the Protection of  Territorial and Economic Waters of African Countries (Libya). [More Information]

The Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health Program (Ecohealth of  Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Canada) is pleased to announce a call for concept notes on food, health and adaptation to climate change. Concept notes should entail research and capacity building activities that use ecosystem approaches to human health to help understand and address health vulnerabilities related to food and nutritional security or food safety arising from climate change and climate variability in eastern and southern Africa. Deadline for submission of concept notes: 30 June 2009, at midnight (Canadian EST). [Call for Proposals]

The African Weekly Sustainable Development Guidance Documents is a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) <>, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin © <>. This issue was written and editied by 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 <>. The Programme Manager of the African Regional Coverage Project is Richard Sherman <>. Funding for the African Weekly Sustainable Development Guidance Documents 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 <>. For information on the ARC, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11A, New York, New York 10022, US.
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