“Southern Africa could create 78,000 new jobs in less than 20 years”- Thelma Munhequete
Déc19

“Southern Africa could create 78,000 new jobs in less than 20 years”- Thelma Munhequete

Southern Africa could create 78,000 new jobs in less than 20 years By Thelma Munhequete*   I have attended the global Gender Climate Alliance Innovation Forum, on the sideline of COP22,  the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Marrakech, Morocco last november. The event was supported by different UN Agencies, organizations and stakeholders. 200 participants from different countries attended the two days event. Different experience and action where shared. Mary Robinson from the Mary Robinson Foundation, addressed the need of bigger and great Dialogues among Women  globally, Regionally and at a country level. Participants  have concentrated efforts to   improve gender balance and increase the participation of women in all UNFCCC processes. The Forum addressed key questions:  Where  Are We?  Where  Are We Going? What topics? How  can we integrate gender into urban climate policy? These are my thoughts. Where Are We? Gender in the communities is a relatively new topic in Mozambique. But it  has not received much attention although it is acknowledged that women and the youth are the most vulnerable groups in the communities. In its response to ensure social safety and protection of the citizens, the Government of Mozambique introduced measures through departments. This is further supported by Policy Frameworks and Legal instruments. As Country Executive Director of Africa Foundation which works  in southern Africa Countries, both in Mozambique and Zambia,  I  shared my experience in Mozambique. The lack   of data  is the main obstacle to integrate climate change, gender mainstream and the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) simultaneously, in order to reduce poverty, promote food security and further gender equality in my country. Climate change is affecting the youth. In most  cases, the youth helps the family. The decrease in water pressure reduces the reliability of the water borehole in the villages. During drought,people move with their livestock for grazing and so require water. These additional challenges compromise the health condition of the youth as well as the education. It is critical to assess the viability of scaling up successful local solutions as well as identifying new solutions for them. Where  Are We Going? The associated lack of food, water and income is already visible and it’s reaching social consequences such adoption of risky behaviours consuming of alcohol abuse, criminal activities (Poaching), theft and corruption that lead to family breakdowns. We have embraced the principles of gender equality and empowerment of women and youth . Through our affiliation to the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), we  aim to mainstream gender in all  projects. We adopted the Global Environment Facility’s Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) to guide our gender action plan which forms part...

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Crowding the private sector into Africa’s climate action
Déc12

Crowding the private sector into Africa’s climate action

Crowding the private sector into Africa’s climate action It is in the enlightened self-interest of African private sector to begin to mobilise investment capital for Africa’s climate action LAGOS, Nigeria, December 12, 2016/ — The global community for climate action was spooked by the November 8 election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. The US President-elect had earned the sobriquet of “climate denier,” for his claim that climate change is a hoax. However, there is cautious optimism that his presidency will not overturn the global agenda on climate change. Hopefully, his views on climate change will change and align with reality when he settles into the Oval Office. Policymakers also believe that global climate agreements cannot be reversed easily. In the meantime, stakeholders are pressing on with formulating strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations’ agency on climate change held on November 7 – 18 in Marrakech, Morocco. At the climate talks, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Pakistan and seven other countries ratified the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. A total of 111 countries, including the United States, China and Member Countries of the European Union ratified the agreement by the time COP 22 concluded. Since the Paris accord entered into force on November 4th, quite earlier than anticipated, global action against climate change has effectively shifted to strategic programming. Therefore, in Marrakech, Canada, Germany, Mexico and the United States published their plans to significantly decarbonize their economies by 2050. A group of 47 developing nations also committed to running entirely on renewable energy sources “as rapidly as possible.” Some of the plans are already gaining traction. Investments in renewable energy totalled $286 billion in 2015. This surpassed by 3% the previous high of renewable energy investment achieved in 2011. Data gleaned from Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016, a joint publication by United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg, further revealed that last year, coal and gas-fired electricity generation drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. The trend in renewable energy investment is a mixed bag, even in developing countries. China alone accounted for 55% of total investment last year; Africa’s share was less than 5%. As climate change mitigation is being driven by investment in green energy, Africa is already taking the familiar position at the back seat on the ‘green energy train’. This was not unanticipated by climate policymakers. Although China is the clear leader in investment in renewables, other developing countries, in particular the low-income countries, are...

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What’s next for climate action ? -Patricia Espinoza
Nov25

What’s next for climate action ? -Patricia Espinoza

What’s next for climate action ? -Patricia Espinoza Shortly after the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, the UN’s top climate change official Patricia Espinosa visited Norway, where she met with government and local leaders and gave a speech at the 2016 Zero Emission Conference in Oslo. Hosted by the Norwegian NGO ZERO, the conference was designed to show that it is possible to create a thriving, modern society without the use of fossil fuels or fossil based materials, and with zero greenhouse gas emissions. In her speech, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa summed up the central outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, along with outlining the next steps for international, national and local climate action, and addressed the issue of what specifically Norway can do to help implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  Her speech     The Marrakech InsightsFirst, I saw unparalleled political will to act on climate change. The momentum that carried us from hundreds of thousands of people in the streets at the People’s Climate March in 2014… to an ambitious agreement in Paris last year has not diminished.Political will brought the Paris Agreement into force just days before this year’s conference in Marrakech, setting a tone for the meeting and allowing us to hold the historic first Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement. Second, Marrakech featured close cooperation to advance critical issues, which can be seen in the conference outcomes. Governments took a crucial step towards writing the rules of the Paris Agreement. They outlined the finance, technology and capacity building support that enables the developing world to move to low-emission development and build resilience. Marrakech featured long-term de-carbonization plans from major emitters and medium-income countries.* The Marrakech Action Proclamation unites nations in the determination to implement the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.This is all very positive and shows that governments are willing to work together. It also sends a strong signal that we have unstoppable global momentum on climate change and sustainable development. Third and finally, Marrakech shined a light on movement in markets and in the private sector. And it highlighted climate actions by local governments. The business leaders action In markets, we see a transformation to low-emission. The clean energy market is growing and now it makes more sense to choose renewable energy over all others. Investors are moving to cleaner, greener assets to secure stable returns. Throughout the private sector, we see high efficiency operations, sustainable supply chains and products that reduce consumer’s climate footprint. Local governments Local governments are moving in the...

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Marrakech Action Proclamation for  Our Climate And Sustainable Development
Nov20

Marrakech Action Proclamation for Our Climate And Sustainable Development

                                   Marrakech Action Proclamation                                         For  Our Climate And Sustainable Development   Head of State gathered in Marrakech  for the UN Climate Conference on Climate Change. Their signed a statement to signal  a shift towards a new era of implementation and action on climate and sustainable development. Few sentences to keep in mind. Opinion by Heads of State   How they will  respond to climate change? “Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond. We welcome the Paris Agreement, adopted under the Convention, its rapid entry into force, with its ambitious goals, its inclusive nature and its reflection of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances, and we affirm our commitment to its full implementation.” “Indeed, this year, we have seen extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide, and in many multilateral fora. This momentum is irreversible – it is being driven not only by governments, but by science, business and global action of all types at all levels.Our task now is to rapidly build on that momentum, together, moving forward purposefully to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to foster adaptation efforts, thereby benefiting and supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority. We call for strong solidarity with those countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and underscore the need to support efforts aimed to enhance their adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability.We call for all Parties to strengthen and support efforts to eradicate poverty, ensure food security and to take stringent action to deal with climate change challenges in agriculture.We call for urgently raising ambition and strengthening cooperation amongst ourselves to close the gap between current emissions trajectories and the pathway needed to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.” Climate Finance: Crucial “We call for an increase in the volume, flow and access to finance for climate projects, alongside improved capacity and technology, including from developed to developing countries. We the Developed Country Parties reaffirm our USD $100 billion mobilization goal.                                                                                      We, unanimously, call for further climate action and support, well in advance of 2020, taking into account the specific needs and special circumstances of developing countries, the least developed countries and those particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.” The Doha Amendment* “We who are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol encourage the ratification of the Doha Amendment.  We, collectively, call on all non-state actors to join us for immediate...

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COP 22-  Knowledge and Learning: Strategies for Managing Climate Change
Nov05

COP 22- Knowledge and Learning: Strategies for Managing Climate Change

COP 22-  Knowledge and Learning: Strategies for Managing Climate Change By Olumide Idowu   Education: the key Many Africans are aware that some changes occur in the environment year in and year out but they need to understand  such change: increased disease, food shortages, and extreme flooding at various localities during certain periods of the year. Yet there have been no efforts to reduce the occurrences or avert them altogether. It is urgent to educate the public of the signs of climate change as well as management and prevention strategies. Many of us are aware that climate change is severely affecting livelihoods in Africa through changes in rainfall patterns. About seventy percent of the farmers expressed that their crops were washed away by floods, eliminating their yields for consumption or sale. In some part of West African countries the fishermen were not spared since they could not catch as much fish as they used to and the environment was not conducive for human life since all the debris washed away by water or flood was deposited at various places. About 70 percent of them at various fishing ports lamented that they suffer this disaster yearly but do not have the solution to their problems. According to Zack [1], Knowledge Management consists of a series of strategies and practice used in an organization to identify, create, distribute and enable adoption of insights and experiences. Such insights and experiences consist of knowledge integrated into or embodied in organizational theories and practice [2]. For many years, researchers have explored local knowledge about environmental change and increasingly over the past decade, local knowledge in relation to climate change specifically. They know much more about the content of the different types of knowledge that are important for responding to climate change-from modeling future rainfall changes in a particular country to how to get the most out of an agricultural environment in highly variable conditions. However, they still do not know how to translate these different forms of knowledge into practice and make them accessible to policymakers, front-line staff (such as agricultural extension officers or health workers), and people in poor communities on the ground. They also have a poor grasp of strategies for bringing together people from different backgrounds and starting points, so that they can reconcile what they know. Bringing together different perspectives is important for both the quality and legitimacy of decisions about adaptation [3]. In African schools, practical demonstrations are needed in order for children to actively use their acquired knowledge and skills to improve society. Teachers should also demonstrate the importance of agriculture in the growth of the nation. In...

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دخول اتفاق باريس حيز التنفيذ: احتفال وعودة إلى الواقع ( COP 22)
Nov04

دخول اتفاق باريس حيز التنفيذ: احتفال وعودة إلى الواقع ( COP 22)

    دخول اتفاق باريس حيز التنفيذ: احتفال وعودة إلى الواقع ( COP 22)   بقلم باتريسيا سبينوزا الأمينة التنفيذية للاتفاقية الإطار للأمم المتحدة حول التغيرات المناخية و صلاح الدين مزوار، الرئيس المقبل للدورة الثانية والعشرين لمؤتمر الأطراف للأمم المتحدة حول التغيرات المناخية (COP22) ووزير الخارجية والتعاون للمملكة المغربية   مراكش، المغرب – على الإنسانية أن تنظر إلى يوم 4 نونبر 2016 على أنه اليوم الذي وضعت فيه بلدان العالم حاجزا أمام كارثة |مناخية محققة، لتسير بعزم نحو مستقبل مستدام.   إن اتفاق باريس حول التغيرات المناخية، الذي هو نتاج مفاوضات حول المناخ هي الأكثر تعقيداً وشمولا وحساسية، قد دخل اليوم حيز التنفيذ.   ولاريب في أن اتفاق باريس يشكل نقطة تحول في تاريخ الجهد المشترك، لأنه يجسد الرغبة السياسية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية المشتركة للحكومات والمدن والمواطنين والشركات والمستثمرين لصد التهديد الوجودي الذي يشكله تغير مناخي خارج نطاق الضبط.   فالدخول المبكر لاتفاق باريس حيز التنفيذ يشكل إشارة سياسة صريحة، تعكس التزام جميع أمم العالم بالعمل العالمي الحازم للحد من التغيرات المناخية.   وسيشكل انعقاد المؤتمر الأممي بشأن المناخ الأسبوع المقبل بمراكش انطلاقة جديدة للمجتمع الدولي بالإضافة إلى كونه أول لقاء للجهاز الإداري لاتفاق باريس المعروفة بـ(CMA)، والذي سينعقد يوم 15 نونبر.   إنها لحظة جديرة بالاحتفاء، وهي على الخصوص لحظة استشراف للمستقبل مع تقييم جاد وعزم متجدد لمواصلة هذه المهمة في المستقبل.   ففي المستقبل القريب وبالتحديد في السنوات الـ15 المقبلة، ينبغي أن نشهد انخفاضات غير مسبوقة في انبعاثات الغازات الدفيئة، وبذل جهود منقطعة النظير لبناء مجتمعات قادرة على مقاومة التأثيرات المناخية المتزايدة.   إن الوقت يضغط، فانبعاثات الغازات المسببة للتغير المناخي عالميا وتأثيراتها ما تزال في تصاعد، وهذه حقيقة يجب أن يضعها المشاركون بمؤتمر مراكش في صلب اهتماماتهم وعزمهم المشترك.   ولقد أكدت المنظمة العالمية للأرصاد الجوية ارتفاع المعدل العالمي لتركيز أهم الغازات الدفيئة (ثاني أكسيد الكاربون) في غلاف الجوي إلى مستويات قياسية بلغت 400 جزء في المليون لأول مرة سنة 2015 وحطمت رقما قياسيا جديدا سنة 2016.   ويعكس هذا أن العالم متأخر في الاستجابة لأهم أهداف اتفاق باريس والمتجلية في السعي ما أمكن للحد من الاحتباس الحراري إلى ما دون درجتين مئويتين والاقتراب ما أمكن من هدف درجة ونصف، لتفادي نقطة الانزياح الخطرة التي قد نفقد بعدها السيطرة على النتائج.   لقد أهدت باريس بارقة أمل لكل رجل وامرأة وطفل على هذا الكوكب، إلا أن احتفال اليوم يجب أن يكون مبنيا ليس فقط على ضمان توفير السياسات والتكنولوجيا والتمويل اللازم لتحقيق هذه الأهداف، بل يجب أن يعتمد كذلك على استعمال هذه الوسائل بشكل غير مسبوق.   لقد دخل اتفاق باريس حيز التنفيذ بشكل سريع وسط موجة من العمل والتعهدات ببناء صناعة عالمية للطاقات المتجددة بالإضافة إلى تنظيف قطاعات الكهرباء والإنتاج والبناء والفلاحة، علاوة على إعادة تنظيم الاقتصادات والمجتمعات، لتعزيز قدراتها على التكيف مع التأثيرات المناخية الموجودة...

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