Climate Finance: the key to develop the South
Déc31

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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World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit 
Déc09

World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit 

World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit By Duncan Mboyah The world environmental ministers have made a commitment to have a pollution-free world at the close of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi recently. The leaders made resolutions and pledges promising to improve the lives of billions across the globe by cleaning up air, land and water. “The science we have seen at this assembly shows we have been so bad at looking after our planet that we have very little room to make more mistakes,” said Edgar Gutierrez, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and the President of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly.He said that for the first time, the assembly is sending a powerful message that they will listen to science, change the way people consume and produce, and tackle pollution in all its forms across the globe. For the first time at a UN Environment Assembly, environment ministers issued a declaration saying that they will honour efforts to prevent, mitigate and manage the pollution of air, land and soil, freshwater, and oceans – which harms health, societies, ecosystems, economies, and security. The declaration committed to increase research towards the fight against pollution through tailored actions that includes sustainable lifestyles based on a circular economy, promoting fiscal incentives to move markets and promote positive change and strengthening and enforcing laws on pollution. “We have a long struggle ahead of us, but the summit showed there is a real appetite for significant positive change,” Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director said. He said that the massive support from civil society, businesses and individuals – with millions of pledges to end pollution – show that this is a global challenge with a global desire to win this battle together. Almost 2.5 million pledges from governments, civil society, businesses, and individuals were logged. If all commitments are met, 1.49 billion people will breathe clean air, one-third of the word’s coastlines will be clean, and USD 18.6 billion of investment will come online. The Ministers noted that tackle pollution will enable countries contribute to sustainable development by fighting poverty, improving health, creating descent jobs, improving life below the water and land and reducing Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). They committed to collaborate with the politicians, scientists, the private sector and civil society to deliver a pollution free planet. They committed to continue to respect the Rio principles on environmental and development in efforts to make the environment clean. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for air quality, more than 17,000 people die prematurely due to ill health associated with pollution. Hundreds of children below the age of five die from contaminated water and...

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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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COP 23 : Angola is combating Coal with 19 nations
Nov18

COP 23 : Angola is combating Coal with 19 nations

COP 23 : Angola is combating Coal with 19 nations Following the High level Segment, held this Wednesday, Angola shows its interest to combat coal with an Alliance of 19 nations.  Demonstration. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   On  Thursday, Angola with other Nations such as the UK, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Belgium,  France, Italy, Marshall Islands, Portugal, el Salvador, US and Canadian states  (Washington, Alberta…). pledged to commit to moving the world from burning coal to cleaner power sources, through the Powering Past Coal Alliance plans. The ambition of this Alliance is to lead the rest of the world in committing to an end to use coal poser. They are going to take action such as setting coal phase out targets, committing to not further investments in coal-fired electricity in their jurisdictions or abroad. The minister of Environment Paula Francisco, head of the delegation of Angola has explained, on Wednesday during the high level segment  at UN Climate Conference in Bonn, how the Angola is engaged in the process of adopting a National Climate Action Plan from 2018 to 2030. Its ambitions: contributing to poverty eradication with a low carbon development strategy. Angola said its willing to implement the Paris Agreement collectively. “ As we progress toward 2020, it is imperative that we take stock of the actions we have collectively taken in accordance with the decisions and commitments made, ” she said during the high level Segment at the UN Climate Change Conference. Mrs Francisco  raised concerns on the large gap between the levels of ambition needed to reach the long term temperature goal of limiting temperature rise to 1,5°Celsius above pre industrial levels and said that the action should be taken collectively and not individually. “While we are encouraged by the fact that 170 Parties have ratified the Paris Agreement, ratification alone will not bridge the gap. Further gaps exist in the level of financial flows and access to technology to developing countries, as our ability to act is limited by access to adequate means of implementation,” she emphasized.    ...

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