The One Planet Summit will be  held in Nairobi
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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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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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