UN Climate Change Secretariat published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package
Fév19

UN Climate Change Secretariat published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package

                                UN Climate Change Secretariat published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package The secretariat of UN Climate Change has published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package, adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice last December. Report by ERA ENVIRONNEMENT with UNFCCC The package constitutes the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines establish an effective international system for promoting and tracking progress while empowering countries to build national systems for implementing the agreement. “The Katowice outcome is a breakthrough that all governments can be proud of! It strengthens the Paris Agreement and it opens the doors for the implementation of climate action across the globe,” Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s Climate Chief, underlined. For the UN Climate Secretariat, the guidelines respect the different capabilities and socio-economic realities of each country while providing the foundation for ever-increasing ambition with respect to climate action. The Katowice outcome is a complex package, achieved through in-depth technical discussions and political compromise and containing operational guidance on: the information about domestic mitigation and other climate goals and activities that governments will provide in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); how to communicate about efforts to adapt to climate impacts; the rules for functioning of the Transparency Framework, which will show to the world what countries are doing about climate change; establishment of a committee to facilitate implementation of the Paris Agreement and promote compliance with the obligations undertaken under the Agreement; how to conduct the Global Stocktake of overall progress towards the aims of the Paris Agreement; how to assess progress on the development and transfer of technology; how to provide advance information on financial support to developing countries and the process for establishing new targets on finance from 2025 onwards.  ...

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The One Planet Summit will be  held in Nairobi
Fév18

The One Planet Summit will be  held in Nairobi

The One Planet Summit will  be held in Nairobi     The third edition of the One Planet Summit will be held in Nairobi ( Kenya) on the 14th of March. This event will start before the opening of the high-level segment of UNEA-A, the General Assembly of UN Environment. For the organizers of the One Planet Summit, this event will therefore highlight the challenges and opportunities of Africa in the fight against climate change . Explanations. By ERA ENVIRONNEMENT   The commitments During the last edition  of the One Planet Summit held in Washington on September 2018, Spain, Canada, the UK announced that they will join the Carbon Neutrality Coalition by 2050. This Carbon Neutrality Coalition gathers 19 countries in the world willing to commit long term strategies in order to achieve the Paris Agreement’s collective’s goal by linking economy and ecology interests. This coalition will act on sectors such as transportation, energy, agriculture and land use. But it will also promote technological innovations towards emission-reduction projects. The Former Mayor of New york and CEO of Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg announced that he will help convene a Wall Street Network on Sustainable Finance to encourage more climate-friendly and sustainable finance innovation across the U.S. capital markets. The Wall Street Network is the latest addition to a growing roster of ‘Financial Centers for Sustainability,’ including the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, the Paris-based Finance for Tomorrow Initiative, and over fifteen other related initiatives from China to Germany to Morocco and beyond. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the largest international alliance of city leaders and their networks committed to raising the global ambition for climate action with a partnership with Google and Blomberg Philanthropies. This partnership will help cities with critical information about their environmental data and it will give new tools that will empower them in transports, construction, air quality. 10 000 cities will therefore have access to online data to help them to implement ambitious action plans. The Global Convenant of Mayors will establish a program of research and innovation known as “Innovate4Cities”. This program wants to integrate cities’ implementation priorities into national, academic and private sector research, innovation and development portfolios and accelerates their abilities to meet their climate commitments. The World Bank Group committed to invest $1 billion to accelerate the deployment of battery storage in developing countries. The initiative is expected to leverage another $4 billion in concessional funding and private sector investments, and result in 17.5 gigawatt-hours of new battery storage capacity by 2025 – more than triple the 4-5 GWh currently installed in all developing countries. The goal is to catalyze new markets for battery...

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Africities-Monrovia City Mayor: “I am an inspiration for young people”
Nov22

Africities-Monrovia City Mayor: “I am an inspiration for young people”

Africities-Monrovia City Mayor: “I am an inspiration for young people”     Jefferson Koijee, City Mayor of Monrovia ( Liberia) is in Marrakech for Africities Summit. Mayor of Monrovia since February 2018, he  was selected recently by a program of  the European Union as an ambassador of the fight against climate change. His town was selected as one the 13 towns which will be supported financialy by the European Union for projects related to Energy.  As a former activist and a young political leader, he  is also helping the youth in his town to understand the food security challenges and solutions. Listen to the interview. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache       JeffersonKoijee...

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Lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités à Paris
Oct30

Lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités à Paris

Lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités à Paris Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique ( CGLU Afrique) et le gouvernement du Maroc ont annoncé  ce mardi à Paris le lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités. Explications. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique ( CGLU Afrique) et le gouvernement du Maroc ont annoncé  ce mardi à Paris le lancement international du 8e Sommet Africités. «  Le lancement international du Sommet a  lieu à Paris, parce qu’il existe une proximité entre l’Europe et l’Afrique et nous avons l’habitude d’organiser nos conférences de presse à Paris  » a expliqué M. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, secrétaire général de CGLU Afrique. En 2015, CGLU Afrique a en effet organisé une conférence de presse à Paris pour annoncer le lancement international du 7ème Sommet Africités à Johannesbourg  ( Afrique du Sud). Africités 8 intervient deux ans avant le Sommet France/Afrique, prévu en 2020 et consacré à la ville durable, rappelle M. Elong Mbassi. Africités a 20 ans Elément phare de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique, le Sommet Africités est organisé depuis 20 ans  tous les trois ans par roulement dans une ville africaine, mobilisant les autorités locales, les gouvernements, les villes et divers acteurs du continent, mais aussi d’autres régions du monde. Cette année, ce Sommet se déroulera sous le Haut  Patronage du  Roi Mohammed VI, au Village Africités sur le site Bab Jdid à Marrakech, Maroc, du 20 au 24 novembre 2018. Thème choisi : La transition vers les villes et territoires durables : le rôle des collectivités territoriales d’Afrique. «  Ce Sommet sera une  opportunité d’impliquer la population dans la gestion des affaires locales, » a indiqué Mouloud Bargayou,  parlementaire marocain et président de la Commune rurale de Bzou, province d’Azilal dans la région de Tadla-Azilal, dans le nord-ouest du Maroc. Pour le parlementaire marocain,  ce sommet marquera 20 ans de panafricanisme et s’intégrera dans le cadre de l’agenda Afrique 2063, une vision et un plan d’action sur 50 ans développés par l’Union Africaine depuis 2013  sur la base de valeurs partagées et communes. «  Africités est un espace de mobilisation sans précédent et le Maroc est favorable à  la transition économique et au partage avec les agences locales, » souligne M. Bargayou. Ce sommet verra la présence de 5000 participants dont 2500 villes, 750 maires, 500 exposants, 35 ministres et 40 partenaires. Cette huitième édition sera ponctuée par 100 sessions. Son ambition : contribuer à la localisation de tous les agendas nationaux et internationaux relatifs au développement durable et à la lutte contre les changements climatiques. Africités  se déroulera  en cinq jours avec cinq thèmes transversaux : la transition démographique et l’urbanisation, la transition écologique,...

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PRE COP 24 – A key preparatory meeting before COP24
Oct25

PRE COP 24 – A key preparatory meeting before COP24

PRE COP 24 – A key preparatory meeting before COP24 By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Following the calls for strong action by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the International Energy Agency’s latest report on rising emissions from the energy sector, a  key preparatory meeting for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24)  took place during two days  in Krakow Poland. During this Pre-COP, Ministers from 35 countries met to prepare a successful outcome at COP24 according to the UNFCCC Communication department . Taking place in Katowice, Poland in December, COP24 is critical as countries are set to adopt a full and balanced set of guidelines that will tell the world how to implement the Paris Agreement transparently and fairly for all, warns the UNFCCC communication department. In addition to the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement, COP24 will also see the high-level political phase of the Fiji-led Talanoa Dialogue, which aims to assess progress towards the temperature goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. Ministers had open and frank discussions at the Pre-COP, emphasizing the sense of urgency and underlining the need for a solid outcome at COP24, recalled the UNFCCC Communication department. Ministers discussed the key issues of the implementation guidelines, which include transparent action with respect to o    adaptation to climate change impacts o    ambitious emission reductions, o    with strong means of implementation to support developing countries, in the form of technology cooperation, capacity building, and, especially financial support. But for the Least Developed countries’s chairman, Gebru Gembers, it is not a simple process.  “The IPCC report has made even clearer the need for the Paris Rulebook to properly reflect the breadth of action required by all countries to achieve the Agreement’s 1.5°C goal”, he said earlier when the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report. And  he added: “Countries must deliver a robust Rulebook that will ensure adequate action to cut emissions, adapt to climate change and address loss and damage, and that support is provided to enable poorer countries to do the same.” For Gebru Gember, who is from Ethiopia, the IPCC report confirms that loss and damage resulting from climate change will only worsen with further warming with much greater losses at 2°C than at 1.5°C. And it urgent to find concrete solutions. “It is particularly vulnerable countries like the least developed countries that are worst affected by the devastating impacts of climate change and bear the greatest cost from the damage it causes, despite contributing the least to the problem. This injustice must be addressed by the international community through the provision of support for dealing with loss and damage,” he said. During the...

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AGENDA
Oct24

AGENDA

73è session du Comité de la protection du milieu marin (#MEPC73) 22-26 Octobre- Londres Treizième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention de Ramsar 22-29 octobre 2018 | Dubai, Emirats Arabes Unis (EAU) Colloque Conservatoire du Littoral Zéro Artificialisation  Nette Outils et perspective sur le littoral 25 Octobre- Paris-France Conférence des Nations Unies sur la biodiversité– 17-29 Novembre- COP 14 CDB-Charm El Cheikh- Egypte 2018 Sommet Africités 8 -Marrakech-Maroc- 20 au 24 novembre 2018 Conférence sur l’économie bleue durable– Nairobi- Kenya- 26-28 Novembre 2018 Global Landscape Forum–  1-2 Décembre 2018- Bonn- Allemagne La Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques–  COP 24/ CMP 14/ CMA 1.3 Katowice, Pologne -2–14 Décembre 2018 Atelier International- Mise en oeuvre des solutions de lutte contre les changements climatiques basées sur la nature en région méditerranée- 22-24 janvier 2019-Marseille ( France)  ...

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