COP 23: “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh
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COP 23: “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh

COP 23 : “climate deniers will be defeated”- Tajiel Urioh Green Icon- Tajiel Urioh is a young activist from Tanzania. He is the founder of Green Icon, an non profit organization aims to fight climate change. Interview. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Eraenvironnement.com: Could you please introduce yourself?   I’m Tajiel Urioh, 28 years old from Arusha in Tanzania. I am currently based in Dar es Salaam. Since my childhood I always wanted to protect the  environment particularly plants. In secondary school, I thought about being a botanist. I finally studied later geography and Environment: my passion. I have now a BA Hons on Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Dar es Salaam . I’m a Founder and Executive Director of The Green Icon,  a non-profit organization I found in 2012 when I was second year student. Tajiel Urioh: What is The Green Icon about? The Green Icon is a non-profit organization working on environmental conservation, climate action, energy and green youth development. Action for Resilience is a flagship motto for our organization. We have been working with media houses and youth programmes. And we re thinking to  work with grassroot community now particularly on climate change adaptation, renewable energy and access to safe and clean water.   Two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, how do you proceed to help the communities understand the land issues? I see the consensus on adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction as one of the big victory the world experienced in recent years. On Paris agreement, first I’m very proud that I was one of CSOs soldiers who pushed governments tireless on this agreement, I remember the push on inclusion of Loss and Damage as per Warsaw International Mechanisms for Loss and Damage. I remember that night when all nations agreed and it was really a break heaven step. I’m now working with community on different youth groups and community on conservation and reforestation. With  my organization,  we are also working on raising awareness  for land conservation and well management as per call of Paris Agreement and SDG Goal 15 (Life on Land). How does your organization work with Women? The Green Icon recognizes the role of women. Women are drivers of change in community particularly when there are empowered. It  is for this  reason that we are working closely with girls and women. Women are good agent of changes especially in adaptation measures in agriculture sector where most of them are directly involved in Tanzania. Currently girls who are working with us are becoming voice of  the voice less in...

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Semaine climatique : Sommet sur le Pacte Mondial pour l’Environnement
Sep19

Semaine climatique : Sommet sur le Pacte Mondial pour l’Environnement

Semaine climatique : Sommet sur le Pacte Mondial pour l’Environnement Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Le président de la République française, Emmanuel Macron, présidera un sommet sur le pacte mondial pour l’environnement, en marge de l’assemblée générale de l’ONU ce mardi. Rédigé par un groupe de juristes reconnus, issus de 40 pays, le projet de pacte mondial pour l’environnement est une initiative de l’ancien ministre des affaires étrangères, Laurent Fabius, actuel président du Conseil constitutionnel de la République française et ancien président de la COP 21. Le projet de pacte mondial de l’environnement a été approuvé par le président français en juin dernier à Paris à la Sorbonne. La France, se positionnant en leader de la lutte contre le réchauffement planétaire, s’engage depuis quelques mois pour élaborer ce pacte mondial pour l’environnement. Cette présentation aux Nations Unies est, selon la présidence française, la poursuite de la mobilisation menée par la France dans la perspective de l’organisation d’un sommet sur le climat le 12 décembre prochain....

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Power Africa:  the US key strategy
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Power Africa: the US key strategy

Power Africa: the US key strategy On August 4, the United States of America  submitted a communication to the United Nations regarding its participation in the next United Nations climate change negotiations in Bonn. A shift and a global reflection for its key strategy: Power Africa. Analysis. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache August 25 2017 On August 4, the United States submitted a communication to the United Nations regarding its participation in the next United Nations climate change negotiations in Bonn and other events related to climate change. The US will indeed be part of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In recent a press release, the State department indicated that this participation aims “to protect U.S. interests and ensure all future policy options remain open to the administration.” And it added: “such participation will include ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris Agreement”. On June 1, however, the US president, Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. But while he was in Paris during Bastille Day in july as a host of the French President Emmanuel Macron, he said during a press conference that “something can happen”. It means that there is a shift in the US position toward the Paris Accord. In the  press released , it mentionned that the US president “is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the United States can identify terms that are more favorable to it, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers.” The US said its willing to find “a balanced approach to climate policy” and will promote economic growth and ensure energy security with various approaches. “ We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and technology breakthroughs, and work with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and deploy renewable and other clean energy sources,” related the press release. Achieving Power Africa Recently, the United States of America government led initiative, Power Africa, has released its annual report. Power Africa is the US initiative aims to electrify Africa with more than 150 public and private sector partners, dedicated to invest 54 billion US dollars to achieve Power Africa’s goals. Power Africa wants to increase installed generation capacity by 30,000 megawatts (MW) and adding 60 million new electricity connections by 2030. The 2017 report highlights how Power Africa has facilitated more than 10 million electrical connections for more than 50 million people in Africa through initiative such as Power Africa’s Women in African Power (WiAP) network. This report shows financing agreements which have generated more than 500 million US...

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Dr Richard Munang: “With EBAFOSA, everyone can be engaged in Africa”
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Dr Richard Munang: “With EBAFOSA, everyone can be engaged in Africa”

Dr Richard Munang: “With EBAFOSA,everyone can be engaged in Africa” Currently the Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator of the UN Environment, Dr Richard Munang helps drive countries to implement the Paris Agreement and helping young people finding opportunities in green jobs. Presentation. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Dr Richard Munang is the Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator of the UN Environment for 8 years. He holds a PhD in Environmental Change and Policy from the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Climate Change and Energy Policy Making from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the United States of America. In 2016, he received the prestigious African Environmental Hero award conferred by the International Environmental Roundtable for Africa for his leadership on environmental policies across the continent. His assignments “My main role is to help drive UNEP strategies on climate change in Africa, mostly in helping countries to implement the Paris Agreement, from the perspective of seeing climate action as social economic opportunity to address aspect on food security, create jobs and other opportunities as well as offsetting carbon and contributing to the resilience of ecosystem,”Dr Munang said recently. He is indeed coordinating the implementation of diverse projects in key economic sectors especially in agriculture, and in energy. From 2009 to 2012, he worked on coordinating a program called “climate change adaptation and development in Africa”. This project involved 11 countries.  Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Benin, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda were part of this project. “We have learned that there is no absence of action across the continent, but what has been the problem is that these actions are often isolated and not be brought together,” he explained. Dr. Munang launched  the first Africa Adaptation Gap Report which has helped to galvanize a coherent continental strategic climate policy position. Change the attitudes with EBAFOSA He is currently working on showing examples of adaptation projects in Africa, through the framework Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security in Africa Assembly: EBAFOSA. In 2015, indeed, the UN environment in collaboration with the African Union Commission and other partners created EBAFOSA. Today,  Dr Munang  mentors African youth: he gives them knowledge to solve Africa’s environmental and development challenges. He is working with 44 countries. “With EBAFOSA,everyone can be engaged in Africa: it is also an opportunity for young people, to develop mobile application in the agriculture value chain for instance,” he explained. For Dr Munang, Combining  Agriculture with Information Communication Technology (ICT) is the key for Africa Sustainable Development. After years of advocacy on adaptation to climate change in Africa, he  thinks that  institutions of higher...

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Africa: Practising sustainable development with youth
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Africa: Practising sustainable development with youth

Africa: Practising sustainable development with youth   The African youth wants to take advantage to the ongoing  sustainable development opportunities in the continent. Introduction.   By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache 07-30-2017   Recently, the African youth elected the Interim Executive Board members of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme CAADP) Youth Network in Uganda. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme is an  African Union’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, food security and nutrition, economic growth launched in 2003.   The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme youth network is a youth ( 18 to 35) platform for farmers, Agroentrepreneurs, Nutritionists, and Agricultural practitioners. Their Goal: Create one million jobs for youth in the Agriculture Value Chain by 2025 and supported Agroentrepreneurs by 2020. Their Focus Areas: Agribusiness, Food Security and Nutrition, Climate Smart Agriculture, Green and Blue Economy. The official launched of this youth network is expected to be held in Dakar ( Sénégal) in September 2017.   What has been done so far?   In October  2016, two African organizations,  the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and  the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme CAADP Youth Network supported the publication of a book which aims  to establish and promote at least 10,000 youth-led farms and agribusinesses across Africa by 2020. This publication named as “Youth Eco-Smart Projects” was developed by   Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative. Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative is a Nigerian youth Non Governmental Organization and the founder is a young Nigerian lawyer, Nkiruka Nnaemego. She is also an agroentrepreneur and development practitioner. Nkiruka and her colleagues from Africa (Ibraheem Ceesay from the Gambia, Mariam Allam from Egypt…) are engaging and  integrating  African youth in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and  Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) processes.   NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement” Hakima El Haite   About the Youth Eco-Smart Projects book   The book has been launched during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP22) in Morocco   November 10, 2016,  at the Youth Side Event on “ Integrating Youth in the Implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions  (NDCs) across Africa. This event was indeed  organized by the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change ( AYICC), an African Union initiative launched in 2006 with the aim of mobilizing young people to have one voice on the issues of climate change. The book intends to promote selected youth-led ecologically smart projects and initiatives. It encourages African Governments and Partners to support the selected projects. It finally advocates for more financial support to ensure active youth engagement in sustainable agriculture.   Some Excepts from the...

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Comores- Développement Economique: Les îles  vont intégrer la SADC
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Comores- Développement Economique: Les îles  vont intégrer la SADC

Comores- Développement Economique: Les îles  vont intégrer la SADC La Communauté de Développement d’Afrique Australe* vient d’accepter la demande d’intégration des Comores au sein de son institution. Au mois d’août prochain, cette demande sera officiellement approuvée, lors du Sommet des Chefs d’Etat à Prétoria en Afrique du Sud. Cette entrée dans le développement économique de l’Afrique Australe est perçue comme une réelle opportunité. Analyse.   Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   La Communauté de développement d’Afrique Australe ( en anglais Southern African Development Community)  vient d’accepter la demande des Comores d’entrée dans l’organisation. Au mois d’août prochain, cette demande sera officiellement acceptée lors du Sommet des Chefs d’Etat à Prétoria en Afrique du Sud. Que signifie cette intégration ? Les programmes et projets liés à la protection de l’environnement et au développement  font partie des priorités de la SADC et les Comores peuvent intégrer leur stratégie de développement durable notamment la promotion de la pêche durable, et l’utilisation des énergies renouvelables, mais aussi le développement d’une agriculture plus saine. L’économie bleue : un enjeu considérable D’après le manuel sur l’économie bleue, publié l’an dernier  par la Commission Economique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA), il est nécessaire d’impliquer les femmes dans le développement de l’économie bleue. Les Comores, dont la jeune population est composée plus de 50% par les femmes ont la possibilité à travers l’intégration dans la SADC de rebondir sur les recommandations et actions  de  la première conférence continentale sur l’emploi des femmes africaines organisée à Luanda (Angola) en 2015. En effet, depuis cette conférence, l’Union Africaine a établi l’Agenda 2063 qui appelle à renforcer la formation technique et professionnelle ainsi que la formation continue des femmes. L’accès à la connaissance sur l’économie bleue doit passer par l’école maternelle, primaire et secondaire, précise l’agenda 2063. Le développement de l’économie bleue peut aussi permettre aux Comores et à d’autres pays d’Afrique de renforcer des partenariats. D’après le rapport sur l’économie bleue publié par la CEA, les partenariats peuvent favoriser le développement économique des pays impliqués et peuvent aussi aider ces pays à « combler leur lacunes financières et techniques ou l’insuffisance des infrastructures , qui les empêchent d’exploiter pleinement le potentiel de leurs ressources aquatiques ou marines. »   L’économie bleue peut aussi encourager les Etats à résoudre leur contentieux devant les tribunaux.  La CEA cite dans son rapport le cas de Maurice et des Seychelles. En 2008, ces deux états insulaires ont saisi en commun la Commission des limites du plateau continental du dossier des Mascareignes, un plateau d’environ 396 000 km2, situé à l’est de Madagascar. En 2012, les deux pays conclurent un accord de gestion conjointe pour exploiter ensemble les ressources marines , pêche,...

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