The fiftieth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will take place in Bonn from Monday 17 to Thursday 27 June 2019. According to Paul Watkinson - Chair of the SBSTA, despite the outputs of the many technical meetings held since 1995, the fact is that we remain far from stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

The 2030 Agenda calls for integrated and transformative policies to tackle development challenges. The promotion of more and better jobs is a central element that cuts across many of the Sustainable Development Goals with SDG 8 at its core.

A side event during the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) highlighted the global challenge of marine plastic litter and microplastics. UNEA4 was convened from 11 to 15 March 2019, under the theme; “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.”

Last month, Kikandwa Environment Association (KEA) a rural farmers’ organization, in partnership with Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development organized a one-day training workshop for farmers in Kasejjere and Nakwaya (Kikandwa Sub county). The workshop was also attended by the Kikandwa sub county speaker and his Deputy, the Agriculture officer, Local Councilors, and opinion leaders.

Uganda’s Lakes Albert and Kyoga, and River Nile have since 2013 been invaded by a new aquatic weed termed as the ‘Kariba Weed’ (Salvinia Molesta). The cover and spread of the Kariba weed has reached
alarming levels continuously affecting fish breeding and nursery grounds, water quality and quantity that in turn effect drinking water supply, hydro power generation, tourism and water transport.

After two weeks of climate change talks (COP24) in Katowice (Poland), officials from nearly 200 nations reached an agreement on a set of rules to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. The Agreement aims to deliver the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global temperature rises to less than 2 degree Celsius.

Seven East African Civil Society Organizations and Partners (the East African SusWatch Network, TaTEDO, SusWatch Kenya, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development, INFORSE East Africa, SustainableEnergy, DaCCA Programme Partners) have raised policy recommendations to COP24, that highlight the importance of the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report and the Talanoa Dialogue in raising ambition for climate action in East Africa and globally, as well as finalizing the NDC guidelines and other rules needed to make the Paris agreement operational.

The Seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–VII) took place from 10th to 12th October 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya with a strong call for Africa to prepare and speak with one voice when it goes to the next UN climate change talks (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. The theme of the event was Climate change and development in Africa: policies and actions for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement for resilient economies in Africa

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, is due to release its Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C on Monday 8 October, after meeting to consider and approve the report in Incheon, Republic of Korea, starting from Monday 1 October. Representatives of the IPCC’s 195 member governments will work with scientists from the IPCC from 1 to 5 October to finalize the Summary for Policymakers of the report.

Below is an overview of key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the evaluation of the two projects for which the Danish NGO, SustainableEnergy (SE), has received funding from the Danish government’s climate envelope through CISU:
1. Accelerating the Implementation of Regional Policies on Clean Energy in West Africa (ACE), cooperating with CSO networks with the following focal points: ENDA Energie in Senegal, CEAS-Burkina in Burkina Faso and Mali Folkcenter Nyeeta in Mali. The project period runs from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018.


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