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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Villes durables: les villes africaines veulent montrer l’exemple (1)
Nov01

Villes durables: les villes africaines veulent montrer l’exemple (1)

Villes durables: les villes africaines veulent montrer l’exemple (1)  Les villes africaines, soutenues par la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique, subsaharienne affichent une ferme volonté de mettre en œuvre des stratégies de développement sobres en carbone. Démonstration. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Le Contexte Depuis la tenue de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Climat à Paris en 2015,   les villes africaines   sont aidées par la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique subsaharienne (CoM SSA) domiciliée au siège de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’ Afrique ( CGLU-Afrique) au Ghana. Présentée en  2015 en marge des travaux de  la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Climat, la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique subsaharienne  est une initiative financée par l’Union Européenne pour soutenir les villes africaines   dans la lutte contre le changement climatique par l’accès notamment aux énergies propres .La CoMSSA s’est inspirée du succès de la «  Convention des Maires d’Europe », réunissant 6700 municipalités dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. A ce jour, 13 villes francophones, anglophones et lusophone font l’objet d’une attention particulière.  Ce sont des villes pilotes. Les Communes de Zou ( Bénin), de Bouaké ( Côte d’Ivoire), de Nouakchott ( Mauritanie), de Monrovia ( Liberia), Dakar et Pikine ( Sénégal), Tsévié ( Togo), Yaoundé III et Yaoundé IV (Cameroun), Lumbubashi (RDC), Kampala ( Ouganda), Bissau ( Guinée Bissau) sont soutenues financièrement par l’Union Européenne pour des projets liés au renforcement de capacités, et à la réalisation d’action d’accès à l’énergie propre et durable. Dans certaines  villes pilotes telles que, Tsévié  ou Nouakchott ou les communes de ZOU,  il est prévu l’installation de panneaux solaires ou mini-centrales solaires pour l’éclairage public, les ménages et les infrastructures sociales de base. Après plusieurs ateliers à Pikine et à Dakar, les villes sénégalaises  envisagent la mise en œuvre des projets pilotes d’efficacité énergétique. La capitale sénégalaise est sur le point de construire un service hospitalier avec des matériaux locaux pour une meilleure performance énergétique. Autre action à Dakar : une plateforme d’échange et d’apprentissage intitulée « DACKCLIM »  , représentée par différentes classes sociales accompagnent la ville sur les enjeux  de développement durable ( gestion des déchets…). Le PLANERZOU Seule intercommunalité choisie par la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique Subsaharienne, le département de Zou au Bénin en Afrique l’Ouest  bénéficie d’un projet d’appui à l’élaboration et à la mise en cohérence des outils de planification énergétique durable financé par l’Union Européenne :  le PLANERZOU. Le  département de Zou est composé de 9 communes  situées  au centre du Bénin ( Abomey, Agbangninzoun, Bohicon,   Cové, Djidja, Ouinhi, Zagnanado,  Za-Kpota, et Zogbodomey ). Depuis 2017, le PLANERZOU s’étale sur 30 mois. Son objectif : favoriser l’utilisation des énergies renouvelables par...

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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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Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook
Oct24

Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook

Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Olumide Idowu, a nigerian activist  has  been engaging youth in Nigeria and Africa in general for 10 years,  with making their voice to be heard both “offline and online” .  Last August, he was invited by the UN Environment office in Nairobi, Kenya to meet the UN Environment officials for proper integration and unveiling him as the Youth Author for Global Environment Outlook.He was  selected based as a Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook on his commitment towards climate actions. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is UN Environment’s flagship integrated environmental assessment published every 4-5 years. It is intended to report on the state of the global environment, the extent and effectiveness of existing policy responses in addressing major environmental challenges and the prospects or outlook for the environment over the foreseeable future. GEO for Youth The GEO for Youth product is produced by, and adapted for, a youth audience from 15 to 25 years old. It is meant to stimulate dialogue within the youth community on environmental themes and issues, as well as to educate and provide capacity building tools to foster active youth commitment for achieving sustainable development. Olumide will be carrying out the following assignment as the Lead Author for GEO4Youth ·         Take The Overall Responsibility For Coordinating And Drafting Assigned Sections To Given Deadlines. ·         Actively Participate In The Geo-6 Communities Of Practice (Cop) And Work Closely With The Secretariat Staff To Provide Oversight Of The Cop Content; ·         Provide Leadership At Authors Meetings To Deliver Drafts For Each Section Of The Report; ·         Ensure That Manuscripts Are Completed To A High Standard, Collated And Delivered To The Secretariat In A Timely Manner And Conform To Un Environment-Provided Guidelines For Scientific Credibility; ·         Ensure That All Review Comments Are Dealt With According To Un Environment-Provided Specific Guidelines; ·         Develop Text That Is Scientifically And Technically Sound, And Socio-Economically Relevant Incorporating Contributions By A Wide Variety Of Experts And In Line With The Main Assessment; ·         Ensure That Any Crosscutting Scientific Or Technical Issues, Which May Involve Several Sections Of The Geo-6 For Youth Are Addressed In A Complete And Coherent Manner; ·         Take Responsibility For Referring To The Secretariat Any Scientific Credibility Issues, Such As Uncertainties And Use Of Grey Literature ·         Provide Oversight Of Educational And Advocacy Innovative Products In Support To The Main Assessment ·         Identifying Outreach Opportunities For The Geo For...

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Blue Economy: NGOS call to speed controls on ships- (#MEPC73)
Oct22

Blue Economy: NGOS call to speed controls on ships- (#MEPC73)

Blue Economy: NGOS call to speed controls on ships- (#MEPC73)   10 Non Governmental Organizations (WWF, Whale and Dolphin Conservation , Environmental Investigation Agency, Seas at Risk…)  call  the International Maritime Organization   to speed controls on ships, ahead of the 73 session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee which be held in London today until October 26th. Open letter to Mr Hideaki Saito, Chair, Marine Environment Protection Committee, International Maritime Organization.   We the undersigned organizations wish to express our support for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in considering speed measures for shipping at its Marine Environment Policy Committee meeting (MEPC 73) starting October 22 in London. Speed controls on ships, determined and implemented by the IMO, would have multiple benefits. On climate change, managing the speed of ships, as is done in other transport sectors, would be a useful policy lever in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, with associated benefits for marine life. Air pollution, whether of SOx, NOx, particulate matter, or black carbon, could similarly be reduced. For whales and dolphins, slower ship speeds could reduce underwater noise pollution, and reduce incidents of whale strikes. For these reasons we urge IMO delegates to give the speed proposal due consideration, and decide on a timeline for an impact study before a decision on adoption. Speed could be a valuable tool in the IMO’s toolbox, for the climate, human health, and marine life....

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