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UN-Habitat, United Nations Capital Investment Fund (UNCDF), and ellaimpacta Alliance Announce Women-led Cities

Achieving gender equality in political and public life is not only essential for upholding women's human rights, but also plays a pivotal role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UN-Habitat, UNCDF, and ellaimpacta Alliance Announce Women-led Cities, a Global Initiative to Accelerate Gender Equality and Increase Opportunities for Women Across Cities Women-Led Cities Will Advance the Achievement of SDGs in Cities and Directly Tackle Gender Inequality Through an Unprecedented Transformational Partnership Between Women Business Leaders and Women Mayors Worldwide.…

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    • Worker install solar panels in the brand new health center funded by Sweden in Funhalouro District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique Credit: UNCDF/Milton Zango
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Sweden commits US$ 19 million to finance adaptation in climate vulnerable Mozambique, with United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Such small-scale yet big impact investments can be transformative for communities on the climate change frontline

Across Mozambique, Sweden is working with the UN Capital Development Fund to make adaptation to the impacts of climate change a reality. The Government of Sweden has signed an agreement to deliver US$19 million over five years in climate finance to Mozambique, one of the most climate-vulnerable nations in the…

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The Women for Water and Peace Project (W4WP) Provides Assistance to Women Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Impacted by Limited Access to Water

The counsellors talked about the necessity for a cooling-off period between victims and their abusers, as well as how to deal with gender-based violence

The Women for Water and Peace Project builds on UNCDF’s Blue Peace Initiative, and close consultations with local NGOs to understand water-related community conflict issues, and especially their impact on women and girls who mostly have had to be subjected to sexual abuse in order to be able to access…

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    • The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) event to highlight solutions for accessing climate finance with Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)
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The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) event to highlight solutions for accessing climate finance with Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)

Leaders from the LDCs say their countries as especially vulnerable and disproportionally affected by the negative impacts of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters

The upcoming LDC5 is a once every ten-year conference to raise support and action on the priorities of the world’s Least Developed Countries, which includes tackling climate change and building resilience. The Doha Programme of Action lays out the LDC’s six key priorities for the coming decade and the Local Climate Adaptive…

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    • United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and government begin design of Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) in Madagascar
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United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and government begin design of Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) in Madagascar

Absolute poverty levels in the world’s fourth largest island are rising and some 1.6 million people of the island’s population of 25.6 million are in need of urgent assistance and food

Adaptation to the impacts of climate change has developed into a humanitarian crisis in Madagascar, as changing rainfall patterns and an increased number of cyclones have seen lush greenery replaced by red deserts. In a bid to find durable adaptation solutions, UN Capital Development Fund is working with the Government…

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    • Coffee with a human face: A union that improves livelihoods for Ugandan farmers
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Coffee with a human face: A union that improves livelihoods for Ugandan farmers

Ugandan coffee beans are fine in taste, because of their low acidity, mild flavor and pleasant aroma

The coffee industry is an ever-growing market globally. Cafés around the world are always looking for the best coffee bean. An exotic coffee bean that is healthy, rich in taste, affordable and marketable, is always in demand. So, it is only natural that coffee buyers would look for produce that…

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A new United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) training course uses Local Climate Adaptive Living (LoCAL) experience to reinforce climate negotiation strategies and tactics

The self-paced course ‘International Climate Change Negotiations: Leveraging LoCAL Experience in Support of Climate Change Negotiations’ is available online

Climate negotiations organised through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are the primary platform for countries to define long-term cooperative action for addressing climate change and its impacts. A free online course published today guides participants towards a solid understanding of this complex negotiating environment, looking closely at…

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Inclusive Digital Economies Scorecard (IDES) Community of Practice meeting

The community of practice saw 70 participants across 15 countries from Asia, Africa and the Pacific commit to learning and supporting one another for digital transformation and inclusiveness

The practitioners of the Inclusive Digital Economies Scorecard (IDES), a policy tool developed by the UNCDF to assist governments in setting priorities for digital transformation, participated in the first-of-its-kind community of practice meet-up at Livingstone, Zambia. The community of practice saw 70 participants across 15 countries from Asia, Africa and…

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Inclusive Digital Economy Scorecard (IDES) Community of Practice meeting

Over 30 government representatives from 15 countries met in Livingstone, Zambia in November 2022 to establish and be part of the IDES Community of Practice design

The Inclusive Digital Economy Scorecard (IDES) has been implemented in 31 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, with national governments using the tool in a variety of ways. Countries like Zambia, Solomon Islands, and Sierra Leone use it to inform their National Digital Economy Strategies and/or National Financial Inclusion…

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Ecotaxes on polluting goods channelled to eco-friendly community adaptation in Benin

In Benin, imports of items deemed to have a high negative impact on the environment are subject to an ecotax

Moussoula Gado, 47, couldn’t afford a small petrol generator so she used to struggle carrying heavy buckets of water on her head from a nearby reservoir battling, usually unsuccessfully, to keep her crops alive through the increasingly long dry season in Komdè village, Ouaké Commune in north-western Benin. A new…