Sécurité alimentaire: Prioriser les actions des PEID
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Sécurité alimentaire: Prioriser les actions des PEID

Sécurité alimentaire: Prioriser les actions des PEID Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache L’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) et la Commission de l’Océan Indien (COI) ont organisé à Maurice du 4 au 6 avril 2017 un atelier consultatif régional. Objectif : finaliser le Programme d’action mondial (GAP) sur la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition des Petits Etats Insulaires en Développement ( PIED) de la région de l’Atlantique et de l’Océan Indien : Cap-Vert, Guinée Bissau, Sao Tomé-et-Principe, Comores, Maldives, Maurice, et Seychelles. Des spécialistes régionaux se sont  réunis pendant trois jours pour fournir leurs contributions spécifiques sur les défis  de sécurité alimentaire et de nutrition auxquels sont confrontés ces pays :  la malnutrition (sous-nutrition, déficiences en micronutriments et obésité), la surface des terres agricoles limitée, l’éloignement, les environnements naturels fragiles et une vulnérabilité élevée aux impacts du changement climatique. Le Programme d’action mondial ( GAP) est structuré autour de trois axes: l’amélioration des environnements propices à la sécurité alimentaire et à la nutrition grâce à la promotion de l’engagement politique et de la gouvernance, à l’amélioration des capacités et des ressources, à la génération, la diffusion et l’utilisation des connaissances et des informations; le développement des systèmes alimentaires durables, résilients et sensibles à la nutrition basés sur les océans et les mers, l’eau douce et les ressources terrestres; et l’autonomisation des personnes et des communautés par le biais de programmes de protection sociale, d’interventions et de services communautaires ciblés pour prévenir et traiter la malnutrition sous toutes ses formes. « Malgré des niveaux de développement contrastés, nos îles sont maintenant confrontées à des défis communs, » a souligné le Secrétaire Général de la COI, Hamada Madi Boléro, dans son discours d’ouverture. D’après la FAO et la COI, cet  atelier a permis aux PEID de partager leur expérience, en priorisant les actions à  aligner sur les stratégies existantes en matière de sécurité alimentaire et de nutrition aux niveaux mondial, régional et national.  ...

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Appel à film pour la sixième édition du Festival Deauville Green Awards
Mar31

Appel à film pour la sixième édition du Festival Deauville Green Awards

Appel à film pour la sixième édition du Festival Deauville Green Awards Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Les entreprises, institutions, ONG et collectivités luttant contre les changements climatiques ont jusqu’au 28 avril pour participer au festival Deauville Green Awards. Créé il y a six ans, le festival Deauville Green Awards  a pour objectif de valoriser les films institutionnels, spots et documentaires autour du développement durable et des éco-innovations. Présenté comme la fenêtre mondiale sur l’environnement, la communication et le développement durable, le  Deauville Green Awards proposera de nombreuses projections spéciales et actions à destination des festivaliers et du grand public. Une opportunité pour tous les acteurs de l’audiovisuel, de la communication et  du développement durable et de la RSE de toute l’Europe et du monde de se retrouver. Au programme, trois compétitions : Spots de deux minutes ( Messages courts de sensibilisation), Info de 25 minutes ( Films d’information, médias audiovisuels des collectivités, entreprises, ONGS), Docu ( Documentaires, Programmes TV, Webdocs). Quatorze catégories avec comme thèmes principaux les grands enjeux environnementaux ( lutte et adaptation au changement climatique, préservation de la biodiversité), les domaines d’application écologique ( la transition énergétique, agriculture et sylviculture durables, habitat, bâtiment, urbanisme, transport, éco-mobilité…), les questions de société ( Santé et cadre de vie, Handicap, diversité, solidarité, transition démographique…). Le 29 juin 2017, lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix, le jury de professionnels  décernera les Totem d’or et d’argent aux meilleures productions de chaque catégorie et section.     Teaser des Deauville Green Awards 2017 from Deauville Green Awards on Vimeo....

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Climate and Development Agendas Are Inherently Linked
Mar26

Climate and Development Agendas Are Inherently Linked

Speaking at the opening of the President of the General Assembly High-Level Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda in New York on 23 March, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said that the sustainable development and climate change agendas are inherently linked. “By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximize the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. And when international commitments are turned into country-level action, tangible benefits are delivered to communities and the people who live there,” she said. Here is her full address: H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Let me first recognize the President of the General Assembly and the Government of Fiji for your climate leadership. Today’s special event is the latest in a long list that is your lasting legacy of leadership on this critical issue. Thank you for shining a light on vulnerability through your work in the Pacific Islands Forum and Climate Vulnerable Forum. Thank you for your bold Paris Agreement contribution of 100 per cent renewable power by 2030. Thank you for being the first to ratify the Paris Agreement. And thank you for your excellent partnership as COP 23 President in preparation of this year’s UN climate change conference. I must also express my sincere gratitude to the Secretary-General for making the connection between climate change and the sustainable development agenda and calling for an integrated approach to our challenges. Your vision of preventing future risk through stronger institutions, more resilient societies and bold action must guide every nation forward through the sometimes turbulent waters of transformative change. How far is the Paris Agreement ? One hundred and thirty-seven Member States are working towards that vision by ratifying the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This is both a crucial step towards concerted action on climate change and a step towards truly sustainable development. As the international community takes these important initial steps in this new era of implementation, we must do so with the full knowledge that the sustainable development agenda and climate change agenda are inherently linked. These challenges must be addressed in an integrated manner because there is only one on-the-ground reality. By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximize the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. And when international commitments are turned into country-level action, tangible benefits are delivered to communities and the people who live there. Implementation is the policy that meets these commitments. And we must move quickly to put this policy in place. We must bend...

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Implementing climate policies by developed countries-SBI
Fév14

Implementing climate policies by developed countries-SBI

Implementing climate policies by developed countries-SBI  By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   18 developed countries will present their achievements in implementing climate policies next May in Bonn, during the forty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation ( SBI). According to the UNFCCC, the implementation updates involve an important preparatory stage, which includes an online question and answer period among Governments.  To this end, actions and inputs from all Parties are needed in the next few months and can be submitted via the ‘MA Portal’. Among the 18 countries that will present updates are the United States of America, France and the Russian Federation are (full list of countries can be found here)....

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Wind: to become the largest source of renewable energy in the US-Report
Fév14

Wind: to become the largest source of renewable energy in the US-Report

Wind: to become the largest source of renewable energy in the US-Report By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   According to a new report released recently by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) based in Washington, wind surpassed hydropower dams and will become the largest source of renewable electric capacity in the U.S . This report, “the U.S. Wind Industry Quarterly Market Report”, is a snapshot view of U.S. wind industry activity and trends, including new wind capacity installed, wind projects under construction and in the advanced stages of development. “American wind power is now the #1 source of renewable capacity, thanks to more than 100,000 wind workers across all 50 states,” said Tom Kiernan, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO. “Growing this made-in-the-USA clean energy resource helps rural communities pay for new roads, bridges, and schools, while bringing back manufacturing jobs to the Rust Belt. With our two-thirds cost reduction over the last seven years, household brands like General Motors, Walmart, and more are buying low-cost wind energy to cut costs and power their businesses. American wind power is on track to double our output over the next five years, and supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity by 2020,” he added. The report  indicated that at the close of 2016, the American wind fleet totaled 82,183 MW, enough to power 24 million average American homes. And with the addition of North Carolina’s first utility-scale wind farm announced earlier recently, there are now more than 52,000 individual wind turbines in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. Over 100,000 American workers now manufacture, construct, and maintain the U.S. wind turbine fleet according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In total, wind supports more American jobs than nuclear, natural gas, coal, or hydroelectric power plants. Who are the beneficiaries? According to the report, Rural and Rust Belt America are among the greatest beneficiaries of wind power development. Wind projects in these areas often become the largest contributors to the property tax base, helping to improve schools, roads and other public services. Of the $13.8 billion invested by the U.S. wind industry last year, $10.5 billion was invested in low-income counties, emphasized the report. Wind: the new solution Wind is a new drought-resistant cash crop for farmers and ranchers who host wind turbines on their land, explained the report.  Nationwide, wind projects provide private landowners with more than $245 million in land lease payments annually. Texas landowners receive more than $60 million of that, in many cases helping to keep farms and ranches in their families. And it is also  less costly: it often provides the least expensive energy available. Wind power can bring costs...

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To Bonn and Beyond
Fév14

To Bonn and Beyond

To Bonn and Beyond Message from the Incoming COP 23 President Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama   Maintaining  the momentum of the Paris Agreement Bula vinaka! Wherever you are the world, I convey my warmest greetings, along with the greetings of the Fijian people. Fiji assumes the Presidency of COP 23 determined to maintain the momentum of the 2015 Paris Agreement and the concerted effort to reduce carbon emissions and lower the global temperature, which was reinforced at COP 22 in Marrakesh. To use a sporting analogy so beloved in our islands, the global community cannot afford to drop the ball on the decisive response agreed to in Paris to address the crisis of global warming that we all face, wherever we live on the planet. That ball is being passed to Fiji and I intend, as the first incoming COP president from a Small Island Developing State, to run with it as hard as I can. We must again approach this year’s deliberations in Bonn as a team – every nation playing its part to combat the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and changing weather patterns associated with climate change. And I will be doing everything possible to keep the team that was assembled in Paris together and totally focused on the best possible outcome. “Our concerns are the concerns of the entire world” I intend to act as COP President on behalf of all 7.5 billion people on the planet. But I bring a particular perspective to these negotiations on behalf of some of those who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change – Pacific Islanders and the residents of other SIDS countries and low-lying areas of the world. Our concerns are the concerns of the entire world, given the scale of this crisis. We must work together as a global community to increase the proportion of finance available for climate adaptation and resilience building. We need a greater effort to develop products and models to attract private sector participation in the area of adaptation finance. To this end, I will be engaging closely with governments, NGOs, charitable foundations, civil society and the business community. I appeal to the entire world to support Fiji’s effort to continue building the global consensus to confront the greatest challenge of our age. We owe it not only to ourselves but to future generations to tackle this issue head on before it is too late. And I will be counting on that support all the way to Bonn and beyond....

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