African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently
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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently

African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently By Olumide Idowu* Participants attending the African Climate Talks II (ACT-II) in Addis Ababa ( Ethiopia) in March,  called Africa to change how it does business to reap the benefits of the Paris Agreement. Attending the two-day talks last month called “Market policy versus market mechanisms in the implementation of the Paris Agreement”, speakers asked for an urgent shift in how the continent will forge ahead to escape the consequences of climate change. Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, from South Sudan and former chair of the G77 called for strengthening of the current regime, noting that the current Paris Agreement is fundamentally flawed and inadequate. “The agreement will be the main basis for multilateral cooperation during the first period of commitments (2020-2030). The African Continent in this new architecture is tragically weaker than even before,” Di-Aping said. He urged Africa to reinvent itself consistently through science. “We must think “out of the box” to build the framework for a more effective effort from 2025 onwards – one consistent with Africa’s survival and prosperity,” he said. Dr James Murombedzi, the Officer in Charge of the Africa Climate Centre Policy (ACPC) noted that the continent needs to invest in strong evidence based African narrative. “This narrative should have a science, research and policy interface. We also should invest in informed societies that participate in the shaping of policies and strengthen capacities of countries,” Murombedzi said. “The temperatures are rising and Africa is suffering. Let us unite to save our continent. Let us develop sustainable ways of dealing with climate change,” Woldu said. Di-Aping noted that Africa must move beyond the old dichotomy of “mitigation and adaptation.” “We must look at each sector – agriculture, industry etc – and focus on integrating climate considerations into wider industrial and development planning in an integrated way. The climate regime must focus not just on “emissions reductions” but on the real solutions needed to achieve them,” Di-Aping said. He urged for negotiations which provide a space where these with problems, with solutions and with money, can meet as part of a structured process. “We need to make the UNFCCC more relevant to the real world.  The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative is to be commended as an important step in the energy sector – we need matching initiatives in each other sector,” he said. “Let us think about the financial sector and financial instruments and engineering. If we need a major plan to address 1.50C, the question arises how to fund it. Clearly the $10 billion in the GCF will not be enough; and developed countries have no intention...

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UNFCCC: A new gate for the Talanoa Dialogue
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UNFCCC: A new gate for the Talanoa Dialogue

UNFCCC: A new gate for the Talanoa Dialogue The UN Climate Change secretariat launched yesterday a new portal to support the Talanoa Diaologue, an important international conversation in which countries will check progress and seek to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   How will it work? Through the portal, all countries and other stakeholders, including business, investors, cities, regions and civil society, are invited to make submissions into the Talanoa Dialogue around three central questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? Countries and non-Party stakeholders will be contributing ideas, recommendations and information that can assist the world in taking climate action to the next level in order to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Talanoa Dialogue The Dialogue was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn in November 2017 and will run throughout 2018. The Paris Agreement’s central goal is keep the global average temperature rise to below 2C degrees and as close as possible to 1.5C. Current global ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare societies to resist increasing climate change is not enough to achieve this under the current national climate action plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). “The portal is the gateway for the Talanoa Dialogue. It represents the central point for everyone to make their views heard around enhanced ambition. Additionally, it will make available other key resources for the dialogue,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change. “I very much welcome the portal because it provides transparency and broadens participation in the dialogue. I look forward to many governments and other actors making their submissions via the portal as part of world-wide efforts required for the next level of climate action and ambition”, she said. The Pacific island concept of ‘Talanoa’ was introduced by Fiji, which held the Presidency of the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference. It aims at an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of the concept is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The Talanoa method purposely avoids blame and criticism to create a safe space for the exchange of ideas and collective decision-making. The Talanoa Dialogue will be constructive, facilitative and oriented towards providing solutions and will see both technical and political exchanges....

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Climate Finance: the key to develop the South
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Climate Finance: the key to develop the South

Climate Finance: the key to develop the South As we approach the year 2018, our thanks go to our readers who follow us for about two years. This adventure is not so easy but we overcome challenges everyday. Thank you for your unwavering support. From today to the end of January, Era Environnement will publish original and insightful  stories on countries such as Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Senegal and many more. Era Environnement will focus on the COP 23, the One Planet Summit, and especially on the climate finance. Even if there is no definition of the climate finance, which is important for the development of the southern hemisphere. But something seems to change:   a balance is possible between the Northern hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. The more climate finance includes the sustainable investment, the more  developed countries express interest in encouraging the access to climate finance to countries from the South. Therefore, climate action is the key. The major pillar is renewable energy and the mechanism to help reduce the greenhouse gas emission. Example: the carbon pricing. Ethiopia and Nigeria, two countries from Africa are using this mechanism as a strategy to develop renewable energy in their countries. For many experts,  2018 will be a productive year for the entire continent where all the 54 african countries  will have to reinforce the implementation of their sustainable development program. 2018 will be a year where the african population might also see adaptation to climate change as a key for sustainable development and a key for investors, as we might see for the first time, adaptation associated with profit and sustainable investment. Era Environnement will follow for you these topics. Best wishes 2018. Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Founder and Editor in chief of  www.eraenvironnement.com  ...

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One Planet Summit : South Africa willing to lead the climate finance mobilization with youth
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One Planet Summit : South Africa willing to lead the climate finance mobilization with youth

One Planet Summit : South Africa willing to lead the climate finance mobilization with youth   On the Sideline of the One Planet Summit which aimed to mobilize all kind of actors who want to follow the Paris Agreement, beside the willing of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Accord, , Phakamile Mainganya, chief Risk Officer of the Industrial Development Corporation, gave his view on the integration of the youth in the private sector related to the adaptation to climate change.   Established in 1940 and owned by the government of South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation is a national development finance institution aims to promote economic growth and industrial development. It aims to be the primary source of commercially sustainable industrial development and innovation to benefit both South Africa and the rest of Africa. IDC promote also entrepreneurship.   Who is Phakamile Mainganya? Phakhamile Mainganya is the Chief Risk officer at the Industrial Development Corporation. His responsabilities include helping to define set and manage the risk universe and profile of the corporation. He has extensive experience in the area of credit risk, risk assurance, and executive leadership particularly in the financial services environment.   Houmi Ahamed-Mikidach interviewed him....

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One Planet Summit : Les 12 engagements internationaux et français à suivre
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One Planet Summit : Les 12 engagements internationaux et français à suivre

One Planet Summit : Les 12 engagements  internationaux et français à suivre Au bout d’une longue journée, marquée par la tenue de différentes panels autour du financement climat, et imprégnée notamment par une très forte présence de collégiens français ( 251), le président de la République, Emmanuel Macron, accompagné par Jim Yong Kim, président de la Banque Mondiale et le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU, Antonio Guttierez, a décliné  les 12 engagements des différents acteurs présents pendant le One Planet Summit. Une plateforme de suivi devrait être mise en place à la fin de l’année et un rendez-vous  devrait avoir lieu annuellement pour le faire le point sur les différentes avancées.  Era Environnement décrypte pour vous ces engagements . Analyse. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Premier Engagement: Aider les Petits Etats Insulaires en Développement Face aux dernières catastrophes naturelles dans les Caraïbes, un fonds public-privé vient d’être crée : le climate Smart Zone.  Le Climat Smart Zone est le fruit d’une vision partagée entre différents acteurs notamment  au niveau régional et international.  Ainsi,  11 pays de la Caricom, Caribbean Community en anglais, ont décidé de former un partenariat avec des organisations internationales et régionales, des entreprises et des fondations, pour mettre en œuvre catalyser les investissements bas carbones dans les domaines prioritaires des réseaux énergétiques et des infrastructures dans les cinq prochaines années. De fait, de nouveaux instruments et véhicules financiers seront déployés pour soutenir cette ambition : plus de 3Mds de dollars sont d’ores et déjà mobilisés. Le processus de reconstruction dans les Antilles (SaintMartin) s’intégrera dans cette initiative  avec une nouvelle ligne de financement pour l’adaptation au changement climatique. En parallèle du One Planet Summit, un protocole d’entente a été signé entre le Niger, les Comores et la Tunisie, l’île Maurice et  l’Agence Française de Développement.  Ces pays bénéficient depuis quelques mois d’une assistance technique plus connue sous le nom de  facilité d’ « Adapt’Action ». Mais,  au total, l’Agence Française de Développement va assister  15 pays vulnérables aux changements climatiques pour un coût de 30 millions d’euros. L’élément central de cet accompagnement est    l’adaptation aux changements climatiques. Les 15 pays bénéficiaires sont situés en Afrique, dans le Pacifique, les Caraïbes et l’Océan Indien. . « Cette facilité a démarré juste avant l’été et on est encore dans une phase d’identification des besoins : c’est une facilité qui fait suite au soutien de l’AFD et d’expertise France dans l’élaboration des plans nationaux présentés en amont de la COP 21, » précise Julie Gonnet, experte de l’AFD, en charge de la facilité Adapt’Action. Selon Julie Gonnet, trois composantes caractérisent cet accompagnement : l’appui à la structuration d’une gouvernance climat, un acte directement mis en œuvre par Expertise France*,...

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Pollution: Big challenges for  delegates attending  UNEA conference in Kenya
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Pollution: Big challenges for delegates attending  UNEA conference in Kenya

  Pollution: Big challenges for delegates attending  UNEA conference in Kenya By Duncan Mboyah   Kenya hosts  over 7,000 delegates who  attend the United Nations Environmental; Assembly (UNEA), according to Kenyan official. Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources said that heads of states and government, 100 ministers, environmental scientists, UN agencies, members of the civil society and private sector are attending the conference that takes place from December 4th – 6th. “Governments around the world are looking up to United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to monitor and review and establish environmental challenges including pollution,” the CS said during a media briefing. Prof. Wakhungu said that Kenya is committed to supporting the work of the United Nations and desires to maintain Nairobi’s position as the central hub of the UNEP. UNEA is the world’s highest level decision making body on environment and it meets biannually in Nairobi. The last meeting was held in Nairobi in 2015. UNEA has a universal membership of all 193 UN Member States and enjoys the full involvement of UN organizations, specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. The Assembly provides a platform for leadership on global environmental policy and aims at delivering a number of tangible commitments to end pollution of air, land, waterways, oceans, and to safely manage our chemicals and waste. Under this year’s theme of ‘Towards a free pollution planet’, delegates will deliver a policy declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to signal that humanity can work together to eliminate the threat of pollution and the destruction of our planet. “We have instituted and implemented a wide range of policy and regulatory measures towards eradicating pollution on air, land, water and marine,” she noted. Kenyan is expected to showcase to the world how it has managed to implement the recent ban on use of plastic bags. About Duncan Mboya Duncan Mboyah  is a  Kenyan citizen who specializes in science journalism – health, environment, agriculture and sustainable socioeconomic development. He is currently working with Xinhua News Agency in Nairobi covering science and climate change. Duncan has over 15 years of journalism practice and has written hundreds of articles on climate change effects in Kenya and Africa in general in the past years. He also regularly contributes articles to Scidev net, a British owned online science publication that specializes on science and technology development in the developing world. He has a Degree – Bachelor of Science in Communication and Journalism from Moi University and is currently a Communication’s Studies Masters student at Moi University, Kenya. Duncan also works as a media consultant...

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