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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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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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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Seyni Nafo : Plaidoyer pour un financement durable
Nov24

Seyni Nafo : Plaidoyer pour un financement durable

Seyni Nafo : Plaidoyer pour un financement durable Une semaine après la COP 22, le président du groupe des négociateurs africains, Seyni Nafo et ambassadeur pour le climat pour le Mali,  donne son point de vue sur la finance climat et ses solutions. Entretien.   Propos recueillis par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Eraenvironnement.com : Quels étaient les objectifs  des négociateurs à Marrakech ? Seyni Nafo: Nous avions pour objectif de poser les fondements juridico-techniques et opérationnels de l’accord. Que veut dire ce charabia ? Il fallait qu’on se mette d’accord sur la feuille de route qui doit décliner le travail en termes de modalités procédures et directives d’application de l’Accord de Paris. Il comprend tout le régime de transparence sur l’atténuation [réduction de gaz à effet de serre] , sur le suivi financier, sur la  comptabilisation des efforts d’adaptation, tout le rulebook comme on dit en anglais. Nombreux pensent qu’il nous faut deux ans pour terminer toutes les directives et modalités qui accompagnent le texte de Paris. Ce sont ces décisions qui seront prises en 2018. On a donc deux ans de travail technique. En 2018, il y aura un second rendez-vous : la rédaction d’une revue à mi-parcours des efforts, en anglais le « facilitative dialogue ». C’est un dialogue qui  évalue les efforts de réductions de gaz à effet de serre,  et d’adaptation dans un cadre global. Cet exercice doit aboutir à une augmentation de l’ambition, une augmentation du niveau de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. En 2018, les vraies décisions devraient être prises. A Marrakech, , il n’y avait pas de décisions à prendre. On devait clarifier la feuille de route de maintenant à 2018.  Nous avions comme mission d’écrire les termes de références, en décrivant le nombre d’ateliers et le nombre de papier techniques à réaliser. Le rapport du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) publié en 2018 aura-t-il un impact sur les décisions ? Normalement oui. Il va informer les débats au niveau de l’effort. L’objectif d’un tel rapport est de tirer la sonnette d’alarme et   de mettre une pression positive sur les décideurs. Oui, cela va être important. Généralement, lors des cycles de contributions, au moment où les pays doivent faire des engagements de réduction de gaz à effet de serre, les pays doivent être informés par un rapport du GIEC. C’est pour cette raison que sera publié le rapport spécial 1,5°C. On espère qu’il sera prêt en 2018 pour permettre de tirer la sonnette d’alarme et d’être un argument assez important pour que les pays remontent leurs obligations de réduction de gaz à effet de serre[Actuellement, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre sont...

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