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The Africa Environment Day was designated by the then Organization of the African Unity (OAU) Council of Ministers in their Seventy-Sixth Ordinary Session, which took place in Durban, South Africa in July 2002, adopted Decision CM/Dec.685 (LXXVI) calling on all Member States to commemorate March 03 every year as the Africa Environment Day. This Decision was the recognition of the numerous environmental challenges confronting the African continent, which over the years have been further aggravated by loss of Biological Diversity, Climate Change and Desertification.

Wishing you the best of 2011! We would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of your endeavors in 2011. This Ebulletin covers the period December 2010 to January 2011 as we were not able to send out the December 2010 issue on time. 2011 promises numerous challenges and opportunities. Poverty, decreased opportunities for the poor due to human and natural factors ‘crept in’ with us from 2010.

East African Governments ‘snub’ UN General Assembly to recognise access to water and sanitation as a human right “….At current rates, some parts of Africa are at least a century away from providing safe water and sanitation to all. A “water apartheid” has descended across the world — dividing rich from poor, included from excluded. Efforts to redress this disparity are failing. Dedicating $15 billion a year to the water and sanitation millennium goals could bring $38 billion a year in global economic benefits. That’s a pretty good rate of return in today’s financial climate.

September to Remember?: The Case of Sustainable Development from the MDGs Summit The UN Secretary-General published his Keeping the Promise report on 12 February 2010. After numerous revisions, the final draft, entitled Keeping the Promise – United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals was approved by the general assembly on 10 September 2010 and by the High-Level MDG Summit on 22 September 2010.

UN Climate Conference Negotiations: Multilateral Efforts Failing? Following the bleak outcome (Accord) from Copenhagen last year, the 2010 UNFCCC climate conference took place December, 29 2010 in Cancun (Mexico) up to December 10, 2010. 2010 is already rivaling 1998 as the hottest year since records were kept. And there have been so many natural disasters in 2010; some of them like the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan and the landslides in Eastern Uganda are linked to climate change.

EAC Food security Action Plan: Increase agriculture budget and halt large scale ‘land acquisitions’ “Agriculture operates within complex systems and is multifunctional in its nature.

EAC Food security Action Plan: Increase agriculture budget and halt large scale ‘land acquisitions’ “Agriculture operates within complex systems and is multifunctional in its nature.

Wishing you the best of 2011! We would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of your endeavors in 2011. This Ebulletin covers the period December 2010 to January 2011 as we were not able to send out the December 2010 issue on time. 2011 promises numerous challenges and opportunities. Poverty, decreased opportunities for the poor due to human and natural factors ‘crept in’ with us from 2010.

UN Review Summit on MDGs in September 2010: Some sustainability Issues for Africa From September 20 to 22, 2010, a special review summit on the Millennium Development Goals will convene in New York. With just five years left to achieve the MDGs, the summit is an opportunity to re-energise the global MDG effort and agree on a concrete action plan to accelerate progress towards meeting the Goals by their target date of 2015.

World Environment Day 2010: Declining biodiversity in Lake Victoria and the potential for Civil Society action under LVEMPII The theme of the World Environment Day (WED) 2010 is “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet. A world without biodiversity is a very bleak prospect. Millions of people and millions of species all share the same planet, and only together can we enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. Our health, well-being and sustainable future depend on this intricate, delicate web of ecosystems and life.

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