“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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NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement” Hakima El Haite
Nov29

NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement” Hakima El Haite

NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement”- Hakima El Haite By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache “National climate plans, or NDCs, are at the heart of the Paris Agreement: through the NDC Partnership, we will also engage  more of the private sector, encourage South-South cooperation and make donors more responsive to countries’ needs,” said  Hakima El Haite, Climate Champion and Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment, Ministry of Energy, Mines Water and the Environment, Morocco, recently at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Her thoughts on NDCs Partnership Morocco and Germany initially co- chaired the National climate plans partnership, but now this NDC partnership is opened to all countries and relevant international institutions. Therefore, it  takes  three approach to drive climate action: -Create and disseminate insightful knowledge products that raise awareness of and enhance access to existing support initiatives, tools and resources, including finance. -Facilitate technical assistance and capacity building at national, regional and global levels by fostering greater collaboration between environment and -development agencies. -Facilitate enhanced financial support of existing and new country-specific, bilateral and international NDC support programs What is the View of the LDC Chairman ? What is the view of the African Group of...

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Lighting Least Developed Countries
Nov28

Lighting Least Developed Countries

Lighting Least Developed Countries After the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, a high-level roundtable on African Least Developed Countries access to energy will be held  on 6th December in  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.   By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache The United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) (http://UNOHRLLS.org), together with EnergyNet (www.EnergyNet.co.uk) will  organize a high-level roundtable on  access to energy in  Africa Least Developed Countries (LDCs)* on 6th December. The discussion will be about how African countries can achieve the three universal goals on sustainable energy. Another meeting will be held from 6 to 8th December: The Africa Energy Forum: Off the Grid Summit (www.AEF-OffGrid.com). It will focus on project opportunities for mini- and off-grid technology providers working in Africa’s energy space. Among participants  Ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, philanthropic business foundations, banks, regulatory bodies, multilateral organizations and off-grid businesses . They will discuss topical issues concerning rolling-out off-grid projects across Africa, a few weeks  after the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech where the LDCs Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative was launched. What is the LDCs Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative about? The Least Developed Countries Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative is part of  the Marrakech  Global Partnership on Scale Up rapidly  Clean Energy Transformation Worldwide. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development  was initially announced in  Kinshasa last September where Ministers and heads of delegation from the 48 Least Developed Countries welcomed it. “The initiative will enable LDCs to leapfrog fossil fuel based energy and light up the lives of millions of energy-starved people through modern, clean and resilient energy systems, ” said in Marrakech, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group and Head of delegation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The approach This initiative aims to achieve sustainable development by linking SDGs and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. For Least Developed Countries UN Climate group, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative will support country driven and country owned approach. It has many objectives:  social, economic, poverty and development. These are to enhanced energy access. According to a concept note of the initiative, LDCs want to mobilize and build ambition and capabilities by formulating low to zero emission, resilient, development, pathways. They plan to identify and develop “the most appropriate approaches  to off-grid solutions and community energy in relation to different Country contexts”.  The development of Micro Small and medium sized companies and small scale agriculture and transfer of relevant technologies  will be promoted to enhance access to renewable...

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Comment l’Initiative Africaine d’Adaptation s’intègre dans le triple A ?
Nov27

Comment l’Initiative Africaine d’Adaptation s’intègre dans le triple A ?

Comment l’Initiative Africaine d’Adaptation s’intègre dans le triple A ?    Annoncée lors de la COP 21, l’Initiative Africaine d’Adaptation a été récemment “mise en selle”  à Marrakech en se positionnant comme la sœur du Triple A. Description. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Fraternité pour l’Adaptation Six mois après le lancement du Triple A, l’initiative marocaine d’Adaptation de l’agriculture africaine, l’Afrique a présenté  à Marrakech  « sa sœur » :  l’Initiative africaine d’adaptation  ( IAA) aux changements climatique, en marge des négociations durant la COP 22 . Née  lors du Sommet des Chefs d’Etat de l’Union Africaine, en juin 2015, cette initiative a été annoncée lors de la COP 21. Ses initiateurs : la conférence ministérielle africaine de l’environnement  ( CMAE) et le Groupe Africain des négociateurs. Ses objectifs : améliorer  les infrastructures climatiques et d’observation,  soutenir  au développement et à la mise en œuvre de politiques nationales et régionales,  faciliter la  mise en œuvre des projets spécifiques sur le terrain afin d’améliorer les mesures d’adaptation et préparer les pays africains à accéder au financement.  Axes prioritaires de l’IAA : la gestion des sols dégradés et peu fertiles ; la recherche en agroforesterie afin de réduire l’érosion des sols ; l’agro-écologie, pour promouvoir les bonnes pratiques agricoles et la gestion de l’eau. Comment va s’articuler le financement ? Le Triple A devrait être  le catalyseur : charger de  mobiliser  des fonds pour la mise en application des projets agricoles. De fait, il renforcera les capacités des agriculteurs et développera l’assurance sécheresse permettant aux exploitants d’avoir des revenus constants et durables. Le financement de l’adaptation pour l’Afrique,  bilatéral et multilatéral,  est évalué  à 516 millions de dollars par an en moyenne et 11 milliards de dollars seront nécessaires d’ici à 2020, d’après un document de la Banque Africaine de Développement intitulé «  L’Afrique et le climat : une opportunité pour s’adapter et prospérer ».  Selon, Khultoum Omari-Motsumi, responsable de l’Initiative d’Adaptation Africaine, une table ronde de donateurs  devrait avoir  lieu avant le prochain sommet des chefs d’Etats de l’Union Africaine, prévu en janvier 2017. L’Afrique est une victime «  collatérale » des changements climatiques, » a rappelé le président du Comité scientifique de l’Initiative Africaine d’adaptation ( IAA), Mohamed Badraoui, lors d’un événement parallèle en marge des négociations.    ...

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World Green Economy Organization :  A New approach from the Arab world
Nov26

World Green Economy Organization : A New approach from the Arab world

World Green Economy Organization :  A New approach from the Arab world Recently at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, the World Green Economy Organization was announced globally in presence of  Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates Minister of Climate Change and the Environment,  Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of the board of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) and Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Towards a green economy “The World Green Economy Organization aims to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and increase awareness on climate change to enhance the shift towards a green economy and a low carbon economy that is climate-resilient, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive,” said in Morocco Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of the board of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO), during the global launch of the World Green Economy Organization in Marrakech (Morocco). “ Launching WGEO at this time reflects the relentless efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he added . After the October 2016 third World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties, COP 22, in Marrakesh, Morocco, was an opportunity for the Arab world to show its willing to diversify its economy and also a way to promote its willing to work with all countries around the world towards a green economy. Dubai Plans Last June, Mr Al Tayer, announced in Dubai that  his country will build within the next five years  a largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) which will generate  1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2030 as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to generate 75 per cent of Dubai’s power from clean energy by 2050. This solar project could reduce more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2. It can therefore meet its pledges linked to the Paris Agreement : keep global warming temperatures below 2°C in a long term goal, he added. The project will even surpass the existing world’s largest CPS tower in Morocco that has a power generating capacity of 150MW, senior energy officials said. How the World Green Economy Organization will work? According to Mr Al Tayer, the World Green Economy Organization, based in Dubai,  will play an instrumental role in mitigating climate change.   It will serves as a mechanism for adaptation and mitigation to climate change by generating new solutions for sustainable energy, water and other environmental challenges. How ? “by lowering the risk of green economy investments and bridging...

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Ces femmes vont-elles bénéficier de l’initiative Triple A?
Nov25

Ces femmes vont-elles bénéficier de l’initiative Triple A?

Ces femmes vont-elles bénéficier de l’initiative Triple A? D’après la déclaration de Marrakech, les Etats devraient ” renforcer et soutenir les efforts pour éradiquer la pauvreté, assurer la sécurité alimentaire, et prendre des mesures rigoureuses pour lutter contre les défis des changements climatiques dans le domaine de l’agriculture.” Pour pallier aux manques de connaissances sur les changements climatiques, le Bénin, devrait bientôt abriter un centre de recherche agricole, a récemment informé le président du Bénin, Patrice Talon, lors du Segment de Haut Niveau pendant la COP 22 . Où doivent se positionner les femmes béninoises ? Alors qu’elles se battent pour avoir droit aux terres, elles font face aujourd’hui à plusieurs défis : l’impossibilité d’agir face aux changements climatiques et le manque d’accompagnement. Ces Femmes de Kpero Guerra dans la Commune de Parakou ( la plus grande ville du Nord du Bénin) pourront-elles bénéficier de l’initiative Triple A, Adaptation, Agriculture, Africaine? Reportage d’Hippolyte Agossou Ces femmes vont-elles bénéficier de l’initiative Triple...

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