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  •  The daughter of U S Rep Katherine Clark of Massachusetts flailed her arms and struck a police officer trying to arrest her for defacing a bandstand in Boston with anti police slogans over the weekend a prosecutor said at her arraignment Monday Riley Dowell 23 of Melrose was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer vandalizing property tagging property vandalizing a historic marker monument and resisting arrest Police also found a spray paint can in her backpack and saw paint on her hands and jacket prosecutors said Not guilty pleas were entered on Dowell s behalf and she was released on the 500 bail she posted after her arrest Saturday Neither Dowell nor her attorney commented outside of court She is due back in court on April 19 Clark the House Democratic whip has spoken publicly previously about her concern for Dowell who is nonbinary amid bigotry targeting transgender people Last night my daughter was arrested in Boston Massachusetts I love Riley and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in that process Clark is in her sixth term in the House and represents the state s 5th Congressional District The congresswoman was asked about her daughter s court appearance when she visited a Waltham child care center on Monday and stuck mainly to her statement but she did note it was a tough time for her personally I love all my children and Riley dearly but this is a difficult time Clark said I condemn violence against everyone whether that is against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity Officers responding Saturday night to a report of a protest at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common saw a person whom they later identified as Dowell spray painting the monument with the words NO COP CITY and ACAB police said in a statement posted on the department s website ACAB is an acronym for a vulgar anti police phrase Boston police said they also arrested 27 year old Andrea Colletti of Brighton Saturday night at the Parkman Bandstand According to police Colletti was apprehended after she attempted to flee the scene on foot and a brief struggle ensued Colletti was arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of damage of property by graffiti tagging destruction or injury of personal property and resisting arrest WCVB NewsCenter 5 contributed to this report Credit https www wcvb com article massachusetts rep katherine clarks daughter charged in police assault 42615812
    Rep. Katherine Clark’s daughter charged in police assault
     The daughter of U S Rep Katherine Clark of Massachusetts flailed her arms and struck a police officer trying to arrest her for defacing a bandstand in Boston with anti police slogans over the weekend a prosecutor said at her arraignment Monday Riley Dowell 23 of Melrose was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer vandalizing property tagging property vandalizing a historic marker monument and resisting arrest Police also found a spray paint can in her backpack and saw paint on her hands and jacket prosecutors said Not guilty pleas were entered on Dowell s behalf and she was released on the 500 bail she posted after her arrest Saturday Neither Dowell nor her attorney commented outside of court She is due back in court on April 19 Clark the House Democratic whip has spoken publicly previously about her concern for Dowell who is nonbinary amid bigotry targeting transgender people Last night my daughter was arrested in Boston Massachusetts I love Riley and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in that process Clark is in her sixth term in the House and represents the state s 5th Congressional District The congresswoman was asked about her daughter s court appearance when she visited a Waltham child care center on Monday and stuck mainly to her statement but she did note it was a tough time for her personally I love all my children and Riley dearly but this is a difficult time Clark said I condemn violence against everyone whether that is against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity Officers responding Saturday night to a report of a protest at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common saw a person whom they later identified as Dowell spray painting the monument with the words NO COP CITY and ACAB police said in a statement posted on the department s website ACAB is an acronym for a vulgar anti police phrase Boston police said they also arrested 27 year old Andrea Colletti of Brighton Saturday night at the Parkman Bandstand According to police Colletti was apprehended after she attempted to flee the scene on foot and a brief struggle ensued Colletti was arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of damage of property by graffiti tagging destruction or injury of personal property and resisting arrest WCVB NewsCenter 5 contributed to this report Credit https www wcvb com article massachusetts rep katherine clarks daughter charged in police assault 42615812
    Rep. Katherine Clark’s daughter charged in police assault
    General news6 days ago

    Rep. Katherine Clark’s daughter charged in police assault

    The daughter of U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, of Massachusetts, flailed her arms and struck a police officer trying to arrest her for defacing a bandstand in Boston with anti-police slogans over the weekend, a prosecutor said at her arraignment Monday.

    Riley Dowell, 23, of Melrose, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, vandalizing property, tagging property, vandalizing a historic marker/monument, and resisting arrest. Police also found a spray paint can in her backpack and saw paint on her hands and jacket, prosecutors said.

    Not guilty pleas were entered on Dowell's behalf and she was released on the $500 bail she posted after her arrest Saturday.

    Neither Dowell nor her attorney commented outside of court. She is due back in court on April 19.

    Clark, the House Democratic whip, has spoken publicly previously about her concern for Dowell, who is nonbinary, amid bigotry targeting transgender people.

    Last night, my daughter was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts. I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting. This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.

    Clark is in her sixth term in the House and represents the state’s 5th Congressional District.

    The congresswoman was asked about her daughter's court appearance when she visited a Waltham child care center on Monday and stuck mainly to her statement, but she did note it was a tough time for her personally.

    "I love all my children and Riley dearly, but this is a difficult time," Clark said. "I condemn violence against everyone, whether that is against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity."

    Officers responding Saturday night to a report of a protest at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common saw a person whom they later identified as Dowell spray-painting the monument with the words “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB,” police said in a statement posted on the department's website. “ACAB" is an acronym for a vulgar anti-police phrase.

    Boston police said they also arrested 27-year-old Andrea Colletti, of Brighton, Saturday night at the Parkman Bandstand. According to police, Colletti was apprehended after she attempted to flee the scene on foot and a brief struggle ensued.

    Colletti was arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of damage of property by graffiti/tagging, destruction or injury of personal property and resisting arrest.

    WCVB NewsCenter 5 contributed to this report.

    Credit: https://www.wcvb.com/article/massachusetts-rep-katherine-clarks-daughter-charged-in-police-assault/42615812

  •  The daughter of Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark appeared in court on Monday morning to face charges including assault and damaging property with graffiti after being arrested over the weekend Riley Dowell 23 was released on 500 cash bail and ordered to stay away from Boston Common where she was arrested Saturday night A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf Dowell s arrest was announced by her mother on Sunday The arrest came after a group of protestors gathered at the Parkman Bandstand Monument in Boston Common the city s police department said in a news release The police account of what happened includes an allegation that Dowell hit an officer as she resisted being arrested Clark was not in the courtroom for her daughter s arraignment Monday but after issuing the statement on the arrest Sunday Clark answered a few questions about what happened Monday I have full trust in the legal system this case is before it and I have confidence there will be a fair outcome she said Boston police officers were called to the reported protest around 9 30 p m on Saturday Dowell allegedly spray painted NO COP CITY and ACAB which is an anti police acronym onto the monument When officers were arresting Dowell police said a group of around 20 protestors began to surround officers while screaming profanities though megaphones on the public street causing traffic to come to a standstill One officer was hit in the face and was bleeding from the nose and mouth while arresting Dowell according to the Boston Police Department but the agency did not initially specify who was accused of striking the officer But a police report filed in court paperwork shared new details including that the protesters had gathered in solidarity with a person killed by law enforcement after allegedly shooting a state trooper in Atlanta according to police Dowell was seen on surveillance cameras spray painting the Parkman Bandstand then spotted by officers searching for the group of protesters according to the police report When one officer told Dowell to stop at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets Dowell allegedly tried to get away by swinging her arms violently hitting the officer A group of officers were able to place Dowell under arrest after a brief struggle Dowell faced numerous charges including assault by means of a dangerous weapon destruction or injury of personal property and damage of property by graffiti tagging The officer struck during the struggle was left bleeding from the nose and mouth according to the police report NBC10 Boston has reached out to Boston police about the officer s condition Boston police said they arrested a second person at the monument around an hour later on Saturday night identified as Andrea Colletti 27 of Brighton Colletti was facing several charges including damage of property by graffiti tagging destruction or injury of personal property and resisting arrest Colletti was also at Boston Municipal Court Monday They denied resisting arrest and confirmed the group s protest was over the Atlanta shooting Clark the House Minority Whip released a statement on Sunday night saying I love Riley and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in that process her tweet continued Last night my daughter was arrested in Boston Massachusetts I love Riley and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in that process At an event in Watertown Monday afternoon Clark mostly stuck to the statement she released but she did offer more thoughts in response to reporters questions Asked if she condemns violence against police Clark said I condemn violence against everyone whether that s against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity She noted that she has always worked to ensure that every single person in every single ZIP code has an assumption of safety in their communities adding police are critical partners in that work Credit https www nbcboston com news local rep katherine clarks daughter expected in court after weekend arrest during protest 2952018
    Rep. Katherine Clark’s Daughter Released After Boston Common Protest Arrest
     The daughter of Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark appeared in court on Monday morning to face charges including assault and damaging property with graffiti after being arrested over the weekend Riley Dowell 23 was released on 500 cash bail and ordered to stay away from Boston Common where she was arrested Saturday night A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf Dowell s arrest was announced by her mother on Sunday The arrest came after a group of protestors gathered at the Parkman Bandstand Monument in Boston Common the city s police department said in a news release The police account of what happened includes an allegation that Dowell hit an officer as she resisted being arrested Clark was not in the courtroom for her daughter s arraignment Monday but after issuing the statement on the arrest Sunday Clark answered a few questions about what happened Monday I have full trust in the legal system this case is before it and I have confidence there will be a fair outcome she said Boston police officers were called to the reported protest around 9 30 p m on Saturday Dowell allegedly spray painted NO COP CITY and ACAB which is an anti police acronym onto the monument When officers were arresting Dowell police said a group of around 20 protestors began to surround officers while screaming profanities though megaphones on the public street causing traffic to come to a standstill One officer was hit in the face and was bleeding from the nose and mouth while arresting Dowell according to the Boston Police Department but the agency did not initially specify who was accused of striking the officer But a police report filed in court paperwork shared new details including that the protesters had gathered in solidarity with a person killed by law enforcement after allegedly shooting a state trooper in Atlanta according to police Dowell was seen on surveillance cameras spray painting the Parkman Bandstand then spotted by officers searching for the group of protesters according to the police report When one officer told Dowell to stop at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets Dowell allegedly tried to get away by swinging her arms violently hitting the officer A group of officers were able to place Dowell under arrest after a brief struggle Dowell faced numerous charges including assault by means of a dangerous weapon destruction or injury of personal property and damage of property by graffiti tagging The officer struck during the struggle was left bleeding from the nose and mouth according to the police report NBC10 Boston has reached out to Boston police about the officer s condition Boston police said they arrested a second person at the monument around an hour later on Saturday night identified as Andrea Colletti 27 of Brighton Colletti was facing several charges including damage of property by graffiti tagging destruction or injury of personal property and resisting arrest Colletti was also at Boston Municipal Court Monday They denied resisting arrest and confirmed the group s protest was over the Atlanta shooting Clark the House Minority Whip released a statement on Sunday night saying I love Riley and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in that process her tweet continued Last night my daughter was arrested in Boston Massachusetts I love Riley and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in that process At an event in Watertown Monday afternoon Clark mostly stuck to the statement she released but she did offer more thoughts in response to reporters questions Asked if she condemns violence against police Clark said I condemn violence against everyone whether that s against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity She noted that she has always worked to ensure that every single person in every single ZIP code has an assumption of safety in their communities adding police are critical partners in that work Credit https www nbcboston com news local rep katherine clarks daughter expected in court after weekend arrest during protest 2952018
    Rep. Katherine Clark’s Daughter Released After Boston Common Protest Arrest
    General news6 days ago

    Rep. Katherine Clark’s Daughter Released After Boston Common Protest Arrest

    The daughter of Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark appeared in court on Monday morning to face charges including assault and damaging property with graffiti after being arrested over the weekend.

    Riley Dowell, 23, was released on $500 cash bail and ordered to stay away from Boston Common, where she was arrested Saturday night. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.

    Dowell's arrest was announced by her mother on Sunday. The arrest came after a group of protestors gathered at the Parkman Bandstand Monument in Boston Common, the city's police department said in a news release.

    The police account of what happened includes an allegation that Dowell hit an officer as she resisted being arrested.

    Clark was not in the courtroom for her daughter's arraignment Monday, but after issuing the statement on the arrest Sunday, Clark answered a few questions about what happened Monday.

    "I have full trust in the legal system — this case is before it — and I have confidence there will be a fair outcome," she said.

    Boston police officers were called to the reported protest around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    Dowell allegedly spray painted "NO COP CITY" and "ACAB," which is an anti-police acronym, onto the monument. When officers were arresting Dowell, police said, a group of around 20 protestors began to surround officers, "while screaming profanities though megaphones on the public street causing traffic to come to a standstill."

    One officer was hit in the face and was bleeding from the nose and mouth while arresting Dowell, according to the Boston Police Department, but the agency did not initially specify who was accused of striking the officer.

    But a police report filed in court paperwork shared new details, including that the protesters had gathered in solidarity with a person killed by law enforcement after allegedly shooting a state trooper in Atlanta, according to police.

    Dowell was seen on surveillance cameras spray-painting the Parkman Bandstand, then spotted by officers searching for the group of protesters, according to the police report. When one officer told Dowell to stop at the intersection of Boylston and Tremont streets, Dowell allegedly tried to get away by swinging her arms violently, hitting the officer.

    A group of officers were able to place Dowell under arrest after a brief struggle.

    Dowell faced numerous charges, including assault by means of a dangerous weapon, destruction or injury of personal property and damage of property by graffiti/tagging.

    The officer struck during the struggle was left bleeding from the nose and mouth, according to the police report. NBC10 Boston has reached out to Boston police about the officer's condition.

    Boston police said they arrested a second person at the monument around an hour later on Saturday night, identified as Andrea Colletti, 27, of Brighton. Colletti was facing several charges, including damage of property by graffiti/tagging, destruction or injury of personal property and resisting arrest.

    Colletti was also at Boston Municipal Court Monday.

    They denied resisting arrest and confirmed the group's protest was over the Atlanta shooting.

    Clark, the House Minority Whip, released a statement on Sunday night, saying "I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting."

    "This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process," her tweet continued.

    Last night, my daughter was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts. I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting. This will be evaluated by the legal system, and I am confident in that process.

    At an event in Watertown Monday afternoon, Clark mostly stuck to the statement she released, but she did offer more thoughts in response to reporters' questions.

    Asked if she condemns violence against police, Clark said, "I condemn violence against everyone, whether that's against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity."

    She noted that she has always worked to ensure "that every single person in every single ZIP code has an assumption of safety in their communities," adding, "police are critical partners in that work."

    Credit: https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/rep-katherine-clarks-daughter-expected-in-court-after-weekend-arrest-during-protest/2952018/

  •   About 3 6 billion people currently face inadequate access to water for at least one month of the year the World Meteorological Organization WMO said in its State of Global Water Resources 2021 report released on Tuesday The number is projected to rise to more than 5 billion by 2050 The report assesses the effects of climate environmental and social change on the Earth s water resources Its goal is to support the monitoring and management of the world s freshwater resources in an era of increasing demand and limited supplies It shows that due to the influence of climate change and a La Ni a event cooling period of ocean surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific the year 2021 witnessed large areas of the world experiencing drier than expected conditions normal Compared to the 30 year hydrologic average the area with below average flow last year was approximately twice as large as the area above average Between 2001 and 2018 the United Nations Water inter agency mechanism reported that 74 of all natural disasters were related to water The recent 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 has urged governments to further integrate water into adaptation efforts It was the first time that water was referenced in a COP outcome document in recognition of its critical importance According to WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas although the impacts of climate change are often felt through water such as more intense and frequent droughts more extreme flooding more erratic seasonal rainfall and accelerated melting of glaciers they have not yet enough is understood about changes in the distribution quantity and quality of freshwater resources The WMO report aims to fill this knowledge gap which would be useful in providing universal access in the next five years to early warnings of hazards such as floods and droughts he said Xinhua
    3.6 billion people face inadequate access to water: UN agency
      About 3 6 billion people currently face inadequate access to water for at least one month of the year the World Meteorological Organization WMO said in its State of Global Water Resources 2021 report released on Tuesday The number is projected to rise to more than 5 billion by 2050 The report assesses the effects of climate environmental and social change on the Earth s water resources Its goal is to support the monitoring and management of the world s freshwater resources in an era of increasing demand and limited supplies It shows that due to the influence of climate change and a La Ni a event cooling period of ocean surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific the year 2021 witnessed large areas of the world experiencing drier than expected conditions normal Compared to the 30 year hydrologic average the area with below average flow last year was approximately twice as large as the area above average Between 2001 and 2018 the United Nations Water inter agency mechanism reported that 74 of all natural disasters were related to water The recent 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 has urged governments to further integrate water into adaptation efforts It was the first time that water was referenced in a COP outcome document in recognition of its critical importance According to WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas although the impacts of climate change are often felt through water such as more intense and frequent droughts more extreme flooding more erratic seasonal rainfall and accelerated melting of glaciers they have not yet enough is understood about changes in the distribution quantity and quality of freshwater resources The WMO report aims to fill this knowledge gap which would be useful in providing universal access in the next five years to early warnings of hazards such as floods and droughts he said Xinhua
    3.6 billion people face inadequate access to water: UN agency
    Foreign2 months ago

    3.6 billion people face inadequate access to water: UN agency

    - About 3.6 billion people currently face inadequate access to water for at least one month of the year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its State of Global Water Resources 2021 report released on Tuesday.

    The number is projected to rise to more than 5 billion by 2050. The report assesses the effects of climate, environmental and social change on the Earth's water resources. Its goal is to support the monitoring and management of the world's freshwater resources in an era of increasing demand and limited supplies.

    It shows that due to the influence of climate change and a La Niña event (cooling period of ocean surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific), the year 2021 witnessed large areas of the world experiencing drier-than-expected conditions. normal. Compared to the 30-year hydrologic average, the area with below-average flow last year was approximately twice as large as the area above average.

    Between 2001 and 2018, the United Nations Water inter-agency mechanism reported that 74% of all natural disasters were related to water. The recent 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) has urged governments to further integrate water into adaptation efforts. It was the first time that water was referenced in a COP outcome document in recognition of its critical importance.

    According to WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, although the impacts of climate change are often felt through water, such as more intense and frequent droughts, more extreme flooding, more erratic seasonal rainfall and accelerated melting of glaciers, they have not yet enough is understood about changes in the distribution, quantity and quality of freshwater resources.

    The WMO report aims to fill this knowledge gap, which would be useful in providing universal access in the next five years to early warnings of hazards such as floods and droughts, he said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   By NJ Ayuk Chairman African Energy Chamber www EnergyChamber org ExxonMobil s recent discovery in Block 15 off Angola in the Bavuca South prospect adds further credence to the notion of Africa as a significant contender in future energy markets The discovery the company s first in the region since 2003 lies approximately 365km to the northwest of Luanda s coastline at a depth of 1 100m and is expected to contribute to an eventual production capacity of 40 000 barrels of oil per day This find would not have been possible without a welcoming disposition to exploration and the agreeable conditions established by the government of Angola The African Energy Chamber regards every outcome like this as a great success and another step closer to a prosperous future for Africa as a whole However our perspective is not shared by many who attended and spoke at COP27 the UN climate summit held this month in Egypt Voices of Opposition South Africa based climate activist Bhekumuzi Bhebhe apprehensive of the environmental impact that African partnerships with international oil companies could lead to led chants of Don t gas Africa outside the event Radical environmental group extinction rebellion Chloe Lebrand and their sponsors that don t hire Africans with an Anti African agenda have joined the chorus Omar Elmaawi an activist from Kenya who opposes the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline fears that government corruption would lead to the exploitation of African resources My assessment has always been either our government leaders are really ignorant and stupid or some of them have been compromised and they are not working in the best interest of their people Elmaawi said Critics of African oil industry expansion suggest that investments should divert toward developing renewable energy for the continent instead German nonprofit Urgewald contributed to the 2022 Global Oil amp Gas Exit List an annual report that details the investment activities behind global oil and gas production This year s report revealed that despite their declared commitments to the UN s Net Zero emissions goals many financial institutions continue to back oil and gas companies encouraging expansion for 96 of the industry Noted environmentalist Heffa Schuecking executive director of Urgewald spoke to journalists at COP27 on the difference between the stated intentions of the oil and gas industry and its real world actions We see new fossil fuel projects in 48 out of 55 African countries and these projects can be traced back to 200 companies Schuecking said While the discussions are ongoing here at COP we see a disconnect with what is happening in Egypt and in the rest of Africa In Egypt alone we have 55 companies prospecting for new gas discovery Regarding Africa s potential for renewable energy and the 5 billion currently at play in African oil and gas exploration Schuecking said If we compare the investments going into the fossil side and going into the renewable side it s a huge gap It s enormous We re investing in the wrong place The African Energy Chamber holds a differing view We believe that these investments are targeting exactly the right place at the right time and we encourage more investors to follow suit An Overdue Reality Check Climate protestors around the world have made headlines in recent months for blocking roadways defacing buildings and vandalizing priceless works of art while calling out for an end to oil As they glue their hands and even their heads to gallery walls and showroom floors they sport clothing footwear and accessories made from petroleum Some of these attention seekers have disrupted professional tennis matches tangling themselves in the nets while demanding a cessation of airline travel or prophesizing environmental doom in the days ahead One went so far as to set himself on fire but none of them have offered any viable alternatives to fossil fuels Aside from their moments of questionable zealotry these activists likely lead normal modern lives in first world nations that would be impossible if not for the incredible conveniences that oil and gas have delivered Despite the fact that fossil fuels deserve credit for enabling the technological revolution massive improvements in quality of life across the globe and the fastest population growth in human history the dominant opinion shared by world leaders today is that we should stop using them as soon as possible While many of the COP27 discussions on timelines for ending global CO2 emissions often included improbable dates in 2050 or even 2030 one voice in the crowd offered a dose of realism In a statement given to UN News Miriam Hinostroza an environmental economist with the UN Environment Programme laid out the stark truth of our current situation Sometimes a priority for countries is economic growth which they only get from using fossil fuels they are still cheap the technologies are there there are many power plants and they cannot all of a sudden just get rid of these plants So there is this issue on the stranded assets what to do with all these investments all these technologies Hinostroza said suggesting that the idea of mandates banning fossil fuels within the next decade is not a reality A Handout or a Leg Up Considering that Africa is responsible for only 4 8 of global CO2 emissions but suffers under a disproportionate impact from climate change the COP27 consensus is that Africa should leave its fossil fuel reserves in the ground and collect financial reparations from the nations fortunate enough to have already profited from their own petroleum resources Such pledges however often amount to no more than lip service It has been two years since the Paris Agreement committed 100 billion per year to developing countries but those promises remain unrealized As we watch China build more than half of the world s new coal plants and Germany replace wind farms with coal mines it becomes increasingly difficult to seriously consider the recommendations of the G20 given that they do not adhere to the practices they espouse Africa deserves to profit from the assets that lie in its soil and beneath its coastal waters just as so many resource rich nations already have Rather than placing itself at the mercy of foreign aid that may never come Africa must leverage its holdings to garner the greatest possible reward and wide ranging advancements for its people Achieving the Right Balance Exxon s discovery in Angola serves as a case study on the correct course of action for African nations to follow The generous tax incentives and red tape slashing industry reforms put in place by Angolan leadership were significant enough to draw the U S oil giant s focus away from South America for the first time in years Furthermore Angola s plan to implement natural gas as a transitionary fuel while investing in solar energy projects and conducting green hydrogen and biofuel research will support an eventual conversion to renewables on a timeline that makes the most economic sense The idea that Africa s oil and gas could remain untapped forever is a fantasy The collection of our vast resources isn t subject to debate It is inevitable International oil companies will continue to extract petroleum wherever it is available for as long as it is economically advantageous a timeframe that will likely last decades The only question is how to proceed Will it be to our detriment or will it be a net benefit The African Energy Chamber agrees that government corruption should be rooted out and barred from any seat at the negotiating table We agree every measure should be taken to protect the African environment from harm but addressing the issues of energy poverty and wealth inequality and ensuring a future where our children can flourish is of equal importance By following the example Angola has set welcoming exploration and pursuing mutually beneficial relationships with partners capable of erecting the needed infrastructure we ll find ourselves on the best path forward
    ExxonMobil’s Angolan Discovery: Another Beacon from Africa’s Prosperous Future Despite Prevailing Sentiment at Conference of Parties (COP27) (By NJ Ayuk)
      By NJ Ayuk Chairman African Energy Chamber www EnergyChamber org ExxonMobil s recent discovery in Block 15 off Angola in the Bavuca South prospect adds further credence to the notion of Africa as a significant contender in future energy markets The discovery the company s first in the region since 2003 lies approximately 365km to the northwest of Luanda s coastline at a depth of 1 100m and is expected to contribute to an eventual production capacity of 40 000 barrels of oil per day This find would not have been possible without a welcoming disposition to exploration and the agreeable conditions established by the government of Angola The African Energy Chamber regards every outcome like this as a great success and another step closer to a prosperous future for Africa as a whole However our perspective is not shared by many who attended and spoke at COP27 the UN climate summit held this month in Egypt Voices of Opposition South Africa based climate activist Bhekumuzi Bhebhe apprehensive of the environmental impact that African partnerships with international oil companies could lead to led chants of Don t gas Africa outside the event Radical environmental group extinction rebellion Chloe Lebrand and their sponsors that don t hire Africans with an Anti African agenda have joined the chorus Omar Elmaawi an activist from Kenya who opposes the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline fears that government corruption would lead to the exploitation of African resources My assessment has always been either our government leaders are really ignorant and stupid or some of them have been compromised and they are not working in the best interest of their people Elmaawi said Critics of African oil industry expansion suggest that investments should divert toward developing renewable energy for the continent instead German nonprofit Urgewald contributed to the 2022 Global Oil amp Gas Exit List an annual report that details the investment activities behind global oil and gas production This year s report revealed that despite their declared commitments to the UN s Net Zero emissions goals many financial institutions continue to back oil and gas companies encouraging expansion for 96 of the industry Noted environmentalist Heffa Schuecking executive director of Urgewald spoke to journalists at COP27 on the difference between the stated intentions of the oil and gas industry and its real world actions We see new fossil fuel projects in 48 out of 55 African countries and these projects can be traced back to 200 companies Schuecking said While the discussions are ongoing here at COP we see a disconnect with what is happening in Egypt and in the rest of Africa In Egypt alone we have 55 companies prospecting for new gas discovery Regarding Africa s potential for renewable energy and the 5 billion currently at play in African oil and gas exploration Schuecking said If we compare the investments going into the fossil side and going into the renewable side it s a huge gap It s enormous We re investing in the wrong place The African Energy Chamber holds a differing view We believe that these investments are targeting exactly the right place at the right time and we encourage more investors to follow suit An Overdue Reality Check Climate protestors around the world have made headlines in recent months for blocking roadways defacing buildings and vandalizing priceless works of art while calling out for an end to oil As they glue their hands and even their heads to gallery walls and showroom floors they sport clothing footwear and accessories made from petroleum Some of these attention seekers have disrupted professional tennis matches tangling themselves in the nets while demanding a cessation of airline travel or prophesizing environmental doom in the days ahead One went so far as to set himself on fire but none of them have offered any viable alternatives to fossil fuels Aside from their moments of questionable zealotry these activists likely lead normal modern lives in first world nations that would be impossible if not for the incredible conveniences that oil and gas have delivered Despite the fact that fossil fuels deserve credit for enabling the technological revolution massive improvements in quality of life across the globe and the fastest population growth in human history the dominant opinion shared by world leaders today is that we should stop using them as soon as possible While many of the COP27 discussions on timelines for ending global CO2 emissions often included improbable dates in 2050 or even 2030 one voice in the crowd offered a dose of realism In a statement given to UN News Miriam Hinostroza an environmental economist with the UN Environment Programme laid out the stark truth of our current situation Sometimes a priority for countries is economic growth which they only get from using fossil fuels they are still cheap the technologies are there there are many power plants and they cannot all of a sudden just get rid of these plants So there is this issue on the stranded assets what to do with all these investments all these technologies Hinostroza said suggesting that the idea of mandates banning fossil fuels within the next decade is not a reality A Handout or a Leg Up Considering that Africa is responsible for only 4 8 of global CO2 emissions but suffers under a disproportionate impact from climate change the COP27 consensus is that Africa should leave its fossil fuel reserves in the ground and collect financial reparations from the nations fortunate enough to have already profited from their own petroleum resources Such pledges however often amount to no more than lip service It has been two years since the Paris Agreement committed 100 billion per year to developing countries but those promises remain unrealized As we watch China build more than half of the world s new coal plants and Germany replace wind farms with coal mines it becomes increasingly difficult to seriously consider the recommendations of the G20 given that they do not adhere to the practices they espouse Africa deserves to profit from the assets that lie in its soil and beneath its coastal waters just as so many resource rich nations already have Rather than placing itself at the mercy of foreign aid that may never come Africa must leverage its holdings to garner the greatest possible reward and wide ranging advancements for its people Achieving the Right Balance Exxon s discovery in Angola serves as a case study on the correct course of action for African nations to follow The generous tax incentives and red tape slashing industry reforms put in place by Angolan leadership were significant enough to draw the U S oil giant s focus away from South America for the first time in years Furthermore Angola s plan to implement natural gas as a transitionary fuel while investing in solar energy projects and conducting green hydrogen and biofuel research will support an eventual conversion to renewables on a timeline that makes the most economic sense The idea that Africa s oil and gas could remain untapped forever is a fantasy The collection of our vast resources isn t subject to debate It is inevitable International oil companies will continue to extract petroleum wherever it is available for as long as it is economically advantageous a timeframe that will likely last decades The only question is how to proceed Will it be to our detriment or will it be a net benefit The African Energy Chamber agrees that government corruption should be rooted out and barred from any seat at the negotiating table We agree every measure should be taken to protect the African environment from harm but addressing the issues of energy poverty and wealth inequality and ensuring a future where our children can flourish is of equal importance By following the example Angola has set welcoming exploration and pursuing mutually beneficial relationships with partners capable of erecting the needed infrastructure we ll find ourselves on the best path forward
    ExxonMobil’s Angolan Discovery: Another Beacon from Africa’s Prosperous Future Despite Prevailing Sentiment at Conference of Parties (COP27) (By NJ Ayuk)
    Africa2 months ago

    ExxonMobil’s Angolan Discovery: Another Beacon from Africa’s Prosperous Future Despite Prevailing Sentiment at Conference of Parties (COP27) (By NJ Ayuk)

    By NJ Ayuk, Chairman, African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) ExxonMobil’s recent discovery in Block 15 off Angola in the Bavuca South prospect adds further credence to the notion of Africa as a significant contender in future energy markets.

    The discovery, the company’s first in the region since 2003, lies approximately 365km to the northwest of Luanda’s coastline at a depth of 1,100m and is expected to contribute to an eventual production capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

    This find would not have been possible without a welcoming disposition to exploration and the agreeable conditions established by the government of Angola.

    The African Energy Chamber regards every outcome like this as a great success and another step closer to a prosperous future for Africa as a whole.

    However, our perspective is not shared by many who attended and spoke at COP27, the UN climate summit held this month in Egypt.

    Voices of Opposition South Africa-based climate activist Bhekumuzi Bhebhe, apprehensive of the environmental impact that African partnerships with international oil companies could lead to, led chants of “Don’t gas Africa” outside the event.

    Radical environmental group extinction rebellion,  Chloe Lebrand and their sponsors that don’t hire Africans with an Anti-African agenda have joined the chorus. 

    Omar Elmaawi, an activist from Kenya who opposes the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline, fears that government corruption would lead to the exploitation of African resources.

    “My assessment has always been either our government leaders are really ignorant and stupid, or some of them have been compromised, and they are not working in the best interest of their people,” Elmaawi said.

    Critics of African oil industry expansion suggest that investments should divert toward developing renewable energy for the continent instead.

    German nonprofit Urgewald contributed to the 2022 Global Oil & Gas Exit List, an annual report that details the investment activities behind global oil and gas production.

    This year’s report revealed that despite their declared commitments to the UN’s Net Zero emissions goals, many financial institutions continue to back oil and gas companies, encouraging expansion for 96% of the industry.

    Noted environmentalist Heffa Schuecking, executive director of Urgewald, spoke to journalists at COP27 on the difference between the stated intentions of the oil and gas industry and its real-world actions.

    “We see new fossil fuel projects in 48 out of 55 African countries and these projects can be traced back to 200 companies,” Schuecking said.

    While the discussions are ongoing here at COP, we see a disconnect with what is happening in Egypt and in the rest of Africa.

    In Egypt alone, we have 55 companies prospecting for new gas discovery.” Regarding Africa’s potential for renewable energy and the $5 billion currently at play in African oil and gas exploration, Schuecking said, “If we compare the investments going into the fossil side and going into the renewable side, it’s a huge gap.

    It’s enormous.

    We’re investing in the wrong place.” The African Energy Chamber holds a differing view.

    We believe that these investments are targeting exactly the right place, at the right time, and we encourage more investors to follow suit.

    An Overdue Reality Check Climate protestors around the world have made headlines in recent months for blocking roadways, defacing buildings, and vandalizing priceless works of art while calling out for an end to oil.

    As they glue their hands – and even their heads – to gallery walls and showroom floors, they sport clothing, footwear, and accessories made from petroleum.

    Some of these attention seekers have disrupted professional tennis matches, tangling themselves in the nets while demanding a cessation of airline travel or prophesizing environmental doom in the days ahead.

    One went so far as to set himself on fire, but none of them have offered any viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

    Aside from their moments of questionable zealotry, these activists likely lead normal, modern lives in first-world nations that would be impossible if not for the incredible conveniences that oil and gas have delivered.

    Despite the fact that fossil fuels deserve credit for enabling the technological revolution, massive improvements in quality of life across the globe, and the fastest population growth in human history, the dominant opinion shared by world leaders today is that we should stop using them as soon as possible.

    While many of the COP27 discussions on timelines for ending global CO2 emissions often included improbable dates in 2050 or even 2030, one voice in the crowd offered a dose of realism.

    In a statement given to UN News, Miriam Hinostroza, an environmental economist with the UN Environment Programme, laid out the stark truth of our current situation.

    “Sometimes, a priority for countries is economic growth, which they only get from using fossil fuels – they are still cheap, the technologies are there, there are many power plants [and] they cannot [all of a sudden] just get rid of these plants.

    So, there is this issue on the stranded assets – what to do with all these investments, all these technologies,” Hinostroza said, suggesting that the idea of mandates banning fossil fuels within the next decade is “not a reality.” A Handout or a Leg Up?

    Considering that Africa is responsible for only 4.8% of global CO2 emissions but suffers under a disproportionate impact from climate change, the COP27 consensus is that Africa should leave its fossil fuel reserves in the ground and collect financial reparations from the nations fortunate enough to have already profited from their own petroleum resources.

    Such pledges, however, often amount to no more than lip service.

    It has been two years since the Paris Agreement committed $100 billion per year to developing countries, but those promises remain unrealized.

    As we watch China build more than half of the world’s new coal plants and Germany replace wind farms with coal mines, it becomes increasingly difficult to seriously consider the recommendations of the G20, given that they do not adhere to the practices they espouse.

    Africa deserves to profit from the assets that lie in its soil and beneath its coastal waters, just as so many resource-rich nations already have.

    Rather than placing itself at the mercy of foreign aid that may never come, Africa must leverage its holdings to garner the greatest possible reward and wide-ranging advancements for its people.

    Achieving the Right Balance Exxon’s discovery in Angola serves as a case study on the correct course of action for African nations to follow.

    The generous tax incentives and red tape-slashing industry reforms put in place by Angolan leadership were significant enough to draw the U.S. oil giant’s focus away from South America for the first time in years.

    Furthermore, Angola’s plan to implement natural gas as a transitionary fuel while investing in solar energy projects and conducting green hydrogen and biofuel research will support an eventual conversion to renewables on a timeline that makes the most economic sense.

    The idea that Africa’s oil and gas could remain untapped forever is a fantasy.

    The collection of our vast resources isn’t subject to debate.

    It is inevitable.

    International oil companies will continue to extract petroleum wherever it is available for as long as it is economically advantageous – a timeframe that will likely last decades.

    The only question is how to proceed.

    Will it be to our detriment, or will it be a net benefit?

    The African Energy Chamber agrees that government corruption should be rooted out and barred from any seat at the negotiating table.

    We agree every measure should be taken to protect the African environment from harm, but addressing the issues of energy poverty and wealth inequality and ensuring a future where our children can flourish is of equal importance.

    By following the example Angola has set, welcoming exploration and pursuing mutually beneficial relationships with partners capable of erecting the needed infrastructure, we’ll find ourselves on the best path forward.

  •   Namibia has welcomed the decisions made at the recently concluded 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 on climate change an official said on Sunday The climate change conference that took place in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt earlier this month negotiated a broader range of issues from global reporting on national climate change efforts and how to finance such efforts the spokesperson said of Namibia s Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism Romeo Muyunda said in an update statement Namibia was well represented at both the political and technical levels he said while outlining some of the decisions Namibia is pleased with According to Muyunda the historic victory agreement on the establishment of the first exclusive fund for loss and damage is one of the decisions welcomed by Namibia The fund will help developing countries with financial and technical support to rescue and rebuild the physical and social infrastructure of developing countries devastated by extreme weather events including weather related emergencies sea level rise displacement relocation migration insufficient climate information and data or the need for climate resilient reconstruction and recovery he added New pledges to the Adaptation Fund were made at COP27 totaling more than US 230 million a small sum given the magnitude of the needs in developing countries Despite the efforts made in financial pledges to the Adaptation Fund COP27 also urged developed countries to set a clear roadmap to mobilize 100 billion US dollars per year by 2024 5 Muyunda said In addition Muyunda said that the decision to double financing for adaptation was made and that COP27 urgently asked developed countries to scale up and mobilize financial support to developing countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs Muyunda said the mitigation work program was set to halve current emissions by 40 to 50 percent by 2030 with developed countries leading the way It was also decided that the work program will work in a manner consistent with the procedures and deadlines for the communication of successive NDCs established in the Paris Agreement and that the scope of the work program should be based on broad thematic areas relevant to urgently increasing the mitigation ambition he said In the meantime Muyunda said that the parties agreed to start the development of a framework for the global goal of adaptation to be carried out through a long term structured approach under the Glasgow Sharm el Sheikh work program in 2023 with with a view to the framework being adopted at the next COP COP28 will meet from November 30 to December 12 2023 in the United Arab Emirates The COP is the global decision making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Xinhua
    Namibia welcomes COP27 results on climate
      Namibia has welcomed the decisions made at the recently concluded 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 on climate change an official said on Sunday The climate change conference that took place in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt earlier this month negotiated a broader range of issues from global reporting on national climate change efforts and how to finance such efforts the spokesperson said of Namibia s Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism Romeo Muyunda said in an update statement Namibia was well represented at both the political and technical levels he said while outlining some of the decisions Namibia is pleased with According to Muyunda the historic victory agreement on the establishment of the first exclusive fund for loss and damage is one of the decisions welcomed by Namibia The fund will help developing countries with financial and technical support to rescue and rebuild the physical and social infrastructure of developing countries devastated by extreme weather events including weather related emergencies sea level rise displacement relocation migration insufficient climate information and data or the need for climate resilient reconstruction and recovery he added New pledges to the Adaptation Fund were made at COP27 totaling more than US 230 million a small sum given the magnitude of the needs in developing countries Despite the efforts made in financial pledges to the Adaptation Fund COP27 also urged developed countries to set a clear roadmap to mobilize 100 billion US dollars per year by 2024 5 Muyunda said In addition Muyunda said that the decision to double financing for adaptation was made and that COP27 urgently asked developed countries to scale up and mobilize financial support to developing countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs Muyunda said the mitigation work program was set to halve current emissions by 40 to 50 percent by 2030 with developed countries leading the way It was also decided that the work program will work in a manner consistent with the procedures and deadlines for the communication of successive NDCs established in the Paris Agreement and that the scope of the work program should be based on broad thematic areas relevant to urgently increasing the mitigation ambition he said In the meantime Muyunda said that the parties agreed to start the development of a framework for the global goal of adaptation to be carried out through a long term structured approach under the Glasgow Sharm el Sheikh work program in 2023 with with a view to the framework being adopted at the next COP COP28 will meet from November 30 to December 12 2023 in the United Arab Emirates The COP is the global decision making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Xinhua
    Namibia welcomes COP27 results on climate
    Foreign2 months ago

    Namibia welcomes COP27 results on climate

    - Namibia has welcomed the decisions made at the recently concluded 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) on climate change, an official said on Sunday.

    The climate change conference that took place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt earlier this month, negotiated a broader range of issues, from global reporting on national climate change efforts and how to finance such efforts, the spokesperson said of Namibia's Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Romeo Muyunda said in an update statement.

    "Namibia was well represented at both the political and technical levels," he said, while outlining some of the decisions Namibia is pleased with.

    According to Muyunda, the historic victory agreement on the establishment of the first exclusive fund for loss and damage is one of the decisions welcomed by Namibia.

    "The fund will help developing countries with financial and technical support to rescue and rebuild the physical and social infrastructure of developing countries devastated by extreme weather events, including weather-related emergencies, sea level rise, displacement, relocation , migration, insufficient climate information and data, or the need for climate-resilient reconstruction and recovery," he added.

    New pledges to the Adaptation Fund were made at COP27, totaling more than US$230 million, a small sum given the magnitude of the needs in developing countries. Despite the efforts made in financial pledges to the Adaptation Fund, COP27 also urged developed countries to set a clear roadmap to mobilize 100 billion US dollars per year by 2024/5, Muyunda said.

    In addition, Muyunda said that the decision to double financing for adaptation was made and that COP27 urgently asked developed countries to scale up and mobilize financial support to developing countries to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). .

    Muyunda said the mitigation work program was set to halve current emissions by 40 to 50 percent by 2030 with developed countries leading the way.

    "It was also decided that the work program will work in a manner consistent with the procedures and deadlines for the communication of successive NDCs established in the Paris Agreement, and that the scope of the work program should be based on broad thematic areas relevant to urgently increasing the mitigation ambition," he said.

    In the meantime, Muyunda said that the parties agreed to start the development of a framework for the global goal of adaptation to be carried out through a long-term structured approach under the Glasgow-Sharm el-Sheikh work program in 2023 with with a view to the framework being adopted at the next COP. COP28 will meet from November 30 to December 12, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates.

    The COP is the global decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   From 28 November to 03 December 2022 United Cities and Local Governments of Africa UCLG Africa http www UCLGA org through its African Local Government Academy ALGA and its Partners are organizing the 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments FAMI 6_2022 This meeting marks the contribution of UCLG Africa to the United Nations Decade of Action and will be held in Agadir at the Training Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Ibn Zohr University The FAMI 6_2022 is organized in partnership with the General Directorate of Territorial Collectivities DGCT of the Ministry of Interior of Morocco the Souss Massa Region the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane the Communal Council of Agadir the Provincial Council of Tiznit as well as the University IBN ZOHR with the support of the different National Associations of Local Authorities of Morocco ARM AMPCPP AMPCC and the UCLG Africa Partners Network Scheduled one week after the closure of the work and negotiations of the COP 27 the theme chosen for this 6th edition is The challenge of training and capacity building of Local Elected Officials and Staff of African Local Governments in Climate Action This 6th edition will be an opportunity to present discuss and provide answers to the various issues related to the challenges of training and capacity building of local elected officials and local government executives in Africa in terms of climate action While the impacts of climate change concern and challenge the entire planet and while they may differ greatly from one region to another everyone on this planet has a role to play in climate action States Governments local authorities the private sector civil society NGOs donors etc With regard to the African continent in particular its vulnerability to climate change aggravated by rampant urbanization is due to a series of factors including low adaptive capacity high dependence on ecosystem goods for livelihoods and less developed agricultural production systems Adaptation is also essentially a territorial and local issue Territorialization of Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs is therefore essential to ensure that adaptation measures have an impact on the ground benefiting populations and territories In this regard sub national and local governments should be recognized as key actors in the design and implementation of climate change adaptation measures They should also be the main beneficiaries of the financial resources allocated to adaptation action plans In this context UCLG Africa has engaged with the Region of Souss Massa and the Municipality of Agadir of Morocco in an ambitious pilot program of territorialization of nationally determined contributions in Morocco funded through the Readiness programme of the Green Climate Fund currently being implemented The FAMI 6 will be an opportunity to highlight this good practice and share it with other African local authorities that will be mobilized to participate in the Forum The FAMI 6 will be marked by a series of activities aiming at Learning and exchanging on the conclusions of the COP27 with a focus on the gains for African Local Governments Situating the main actors and stakeholders involved in the process of training and capacity building in climate matters targeting African Local Governments Exchanging on the main challenges and needs in this field Raising awareness training and empowering local governments on climate financing opportunities Training trainers in climate action in partnership with the ADEME Agency Highlighting good practices and successful experiences in climate action Identifying key funding opportunities for training and capacity building etc The following are expected to attend this meeting representatives of Governments Local Authorities Local Elected Officials International Organizations Territorial Managers Representatives of Training Institutions as well as representatives of the Private Sector and the Civil Society The opening ceremony will be attended by senior officials representing the Forum s organizing institutions including Honorable Mrs Fatimetou ABDEL MALICK President of UCLG Africa President of the Gender Standing Committee of UCLG President of the Region of Nouakchott Mauritania Honorable Mr Karim ACHENGLI President of the Council of the Souss Massa Region Morocco Honorable Mr Abdelaziz BENDOU President of the University Ibn Zohr Morocco Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi Secretary General of UCLG Africa The media is invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled for Monday November 28 2022 at 13 00 at the Grand Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Training Center Agadir
    6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI 6 2022) in Agadir
      From 28 November to 03 December 2022 United Cities and Local Governments of Africa UCLG Africa http www UCLGA org through its African Local Government Academy ALGA and its Partners are organizing the 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments FAMI 6_2022 This meeting marks the contribution of UCLG Africa to the United Nations Decade of Action and will be held in Agadir at the Training Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Ibn Zohr University The FAMI 6_2022 is organized in partnership with the General Directorate of Territorial Collectivities DGCT of the Ministry of Interior of Morocco the Souss Massa Region the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane the Communal Council of Agadir the Provincial Council of Tiznit as well as the University IBN ZOHR with the support of the different National Associations of Local Authorities of Morocco ARM AMPCPP AMPCC and the UCLG Africa Partners Network Scheduled one week after the closure of the work and negotiations of the COP 27 the theme chosen for this 6th edition is The challenge of training and capacity building of Local Elected Officials and Staff of African Local Governments in Climate Action This 6th edition will be an opportunity to present discuss and provide answers to the various issues related to the challenges of training and capacity building of local elected officials and local government executives in Africa in terms of climate action While the impacts of climate change concern and challenge the entire planet and while they may differ greatly from one region to another everyone on this planet has a role to play in climate action States Governments local authorities the private sector civil society NGOs donors etc With regard to the African continent in particular its vulnerability to climate change aggravated by rampant urbanization is due to a series of factors including low adaptive capacity high dependence on ecosystem goods for livelihoods and less developed agricultural production systems Adaptation is also essentially a territorial and local issue Territorialization of Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs is therefore essential to ensure that adaptation measures have an impact on the ground benefiting populations and territories In this regard sub national and local governments should be recognized as key actors in the design and implementation of climate change adaptation measures They should also be the main beneficiaries of the financial resources allocated to adaptation action plans In this context UCLG Africa has engaged with the Region of Souss Massa and the Municipality of Agadir of Morocco in an ambitious pilot program of territorialization of nationally determined contributions in Morocco funded through the Readiness programme of the Green Climate Fund currently being implemented The FAMI 6 will be an opportunity to highlight this good practice and share it with other African local authorities that will be mobilized to participate in the Forum The FAMI 6 will be marked by a series of activities aiming at Learning and exchanging on the conclusions of the COP27 with a focus on the gains for African Local Governments Situating the main actors and stakeholders involved in the process of training and capacity building in climate matters targeting African Local Governments Exchanging on the main challenges and needs in this field Raising awareness training and empowering local governments on climate financing opportunities Training trainers in climate action in partnership with the ADEME Agency Highlighting good practices and successful experiences in climate action Identifying key funding opportunities for training and capacity building etc The following are expected to attend this meeting representatives of Governments Local Authorities Local Elected Officials International Organizations Territorial Managers Representatives of Training Institutions as well as representatives of the Private Sector and the Civil Society The opening ceremony will be attended by senior officials representing the Forum s organizing institutions including Honorable Mrs Fatimetou ABDEL MALICK President of UCLG Africa President of the Gender Standing Committee of UCLG President of the Region of Nouakchott Mauritania Honorable Mr Karim ACHENGLI President of the Council of the Souss Massa Region Morocco Honorable Mr Abdelaziz BENDOU President of the University Ibn Zohr Morocco Mr Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi Secretary General of UCLG Africa The media is invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled for Monday November 28 2022 at 13 00 at the Grand Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Training Center Agadir
    6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI 6 2022) in Agadir
    Africa2 months ago

    6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI 6 2022) in Agadir

    From 28 November to 03 December 2022, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) (http://www.UCLGA.org), through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and its Partners, are organizing the 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI 6_2022).

    This meeting marks the contribution of UCLG Africa to the United Nations Decade of Action and will be held in Agadir, at the Training Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ibn Zohr University.

    The FAMI 6_2022 is organized in partnership with the General Directorate of Territorial Collectivities (DGCT) of the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, the Souss-Massa Region, the Prefectural Council of Agadir-Ida Outanane, the Communal Council of Agadir, the Provincial Council of Tiznit as well as the University IBN ZOHR, with the support of the different National Associations of Local Authorities of Morocco (ARM, AMPCPP, AMPCC), and the UCLG Africa Partners Network.

    Scheduled one week after the closure of the work and negotiations of the COP 27, the theme chosen for this 6th edition is: "The challenge of training and capacity building of Local Elected Officials and Staff of African Local Governments in Climate Action".

    This 6th edition will be an opportunity to present, discuss and provide answers to the various issues related to the challenges of training and capacity building of local elected officials and local government executives in Africa in terms of climate action.

    While the impacts of climate change concern and challenge the entire planet, and while they may differ greatly from one region to another, everyone on this planet has a role to play in climate action (States, Governments, local authorities, the private sector, civil society, NGOs, donors, etc.).

    With regard to the African continent in particular, its vulnerability to climate change, aggravated by rampant urbanization, is due to a series of factors, including low adaptive capacity, high dependence on ecosystem goods for livelihoods and less developed agricultural production systems.

    Adaptation is also essentially a territorial and local issue.

    Territorialization of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) is therefore essential to ensure that adaptation measures have an impact on the ground, benefiting populations and territories. 

    In this regard, sub-national and local governments should be recognized as key actors in the design and implementation of climate change adaptation measures.

    They should also be the main beneficiaries of the financial resources allocated to adaptation action plans.

    In this context, UCLG Africa has engaged with the Region of Souss-Massa and the Municipality of Agadir of Morocco in an ambitious pilot program of territorialization of nationally determined contributions in Morocco, funded through the Readiness programme of the Green Climate Fund, currently being implemented.

    The FAMI 6 will be an opportunity to highlight this good practice and share it with other African local authorities that will be mobilized to participate in the Forum.

    The FAMI 6 will be marked by a series of activities aiming at: - Learning and exchanging on the conclusions of the COP27 with a focus on the gains for African Local Governments; - Situating the main actors and stakeholders involved in the process of training and capacity building in climate matters targeting African Local Governments; - Exchanging on the main challenges and needs in this field; - Raising awareness, training and empowering local governments on climate financing opportunities; - Training trainers in climate action in partnership with the ADEME Agency; - Highlighting good practices and successful experiences in climate action; - Identifying key funding opportunities for training and capacity building, etc.

    The following are expected to attend this meeting: representatives of Governments, Local Authorities, Local Elected Officials, International Organizations, Territorial Managers, Representatives of Training Institutions, as well as representatives of the Private Sector and the Civil Society.

    The opening ceremony will be attended by senior officials representing the Forum's organizing institutions, including: - Honorable Mrs. Fatimetou ABDEL MALICK, President of UCLG Africa, President of the Gender Standing Committee of UCLG, President of the Region of Nouakchott, Mauritania.

    - Honorable Mr. Karim ACHENGLI, President of the Council of the Souss-Massa Region, Morocco.

    -  Honorable Mr. Abdelaziz BENDOU, President of the University Ibn Zohr, Morocco.

    -  Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

    The media is invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled for Monday, November 28, 2022 at 13:00 at the Grand Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Training Center, Agadir.

  •   Described as the African COP the recently concluded COP27 held in Egypt s Sharm el Sheikh region 6 18 November was set to shine a spotlight on Africa s role in the energy transition Africa finds itself in a unique position when it comes to the climate crisis Despite being responsible for only three to seven percent http bit ly 3V4bhiO of global greenhouse gas emissions estimates vary Africa is likely to be at the forefront of the extreme weather consequences Africa s susceptibility to the impacts of climate change will herald significant challenges in the coming years in both human and economic terms With agriculture accounting for some 23 percent of total GDP in sub Saharan Africa both increasing water scarcity and unpredictable flooding for instance will destabilise agricultural markets and negatively affect economic growth At the same time the continent s energy needs are growing Sub Saharan Africa s population is expected to reach 2 2 billion by 2050 http bit ly 3VgJn2W and with only 67 percent of the population http bit ly 3ENYrjr with access to electricity currently or rather 600 million people without http bit ly 3hWXvQH governments will need to produce more energy more quickly With this top of mind the governments of Democratic Republic of Congo Ghana Kenya Nigeria and others under the Kigali Communique http bit ly 3US0jgI and Gas Exporting Countries Forum GECF are eager to bring gas under the umbrella of transition fuels committing to replacing this with renewables in the longer term African countries sitting on major oil and gas reserves http bit ly 3Vcdg4v including Nigeria 206 53 tfc Senegal 120 tfc Mozambique 100 tcf Tanzania 57 54 tfc and others are seeking to leverage the price boom and lure investors Yet with institutions such as the International Energy Agency IEA cautioning investors against funding new oil gas and coal supply projects in the weeks leading up to the conference and climate activists hopeful that conference stakeholders would take a hard stance on the continent s gas ambitions the conference was going to offer little in the way of concrete solutions Furthermore the developed world s renewed commitments to the USD 100 billion earmarked to help the developing world in its transition and to adapt to the impact of extreme climates did little to reduce growing mistrust that developed countries will pay their fair share having failed to meet these targets thus far But beyond the challenges in securing the financing to support the transition how feasible is an energy transition in Africa really Despite the urgency to address both the impacts and drivers of climate change on the continent most African countries are positioned differently to those in the global north to shift to renewable or transition energy production There are various challenges that relate to energy production distribution and access which will only be exacerbated by the dual impact of a growing population and increased industrialisation And crucially the percentage of the population in sub Saharan Africa currently with access to electricity is the lowest of any developing region Opportunities green er The continent has several options available to steer away from heavily polluting coal or oil but much like investments into the traditional energy sector there are limitations not least concerns over adequate infrastructure political will and the upfront investment required to get the transition right Solar In many parts of the continent sunlight is in ample supply A recent report http bit ly 3tJNDfO estimates that Africa has 60 percent of the best solar resources globally yet only a tiny proportion of this capacity is currently being tapped the entire continent s installed solar capacity is estimated to be half that of the UK http bit ly 3ENRwqe Compared to other renewables solar is relatively easy to install even in remote locations and small scale solutions can provide off grid power both at the individual household or community levels While pay as you go or power purchase agreement models for solar are being introduced across the continent to get around the relatively high upfront costs of installation solar cannot offer a complete solution For one photovoltaic panels rely on sunshine to operate meaning they have a much smaller capacity factor http bit ly 3Asz8k7 than other power generation methods that offer more consistent output And second while the technology is constantly developing and getting more efficient solar requires large areas for installation capital investment and remains reliant on increasingly in demand battery minerals Gas Ghana s deputy minister of oil Mohammed Amin Adam recently spoke http bit ly 3AwBA9m about the need for gas to be part of Africa s transition from more carbon intensive fuels such as coal lest it risk falling victim to the transition curse of revenue losses He further warned of a more cautious investment approach to hydrocarbon exploitation The International Energy Agency s Africa Energy Outlook 2022 https bit ly 3tJNDfO report estimates there are some 5 000 billion cubic meters of discovered but untapped natural gas resources on the continent The emissions impact of using these reserves would be minimal to the global greenhouse gas total but there is some debate http bit ly 3V0RykA as to whether gas presents a more attractive long term investment than renewables particularly given the infrastructural challenges inherent in expanding the user base of gas in more rural areas Nuclear Currently only one African country South Africa produces nuclear power commercially There is no shortage of uranium on the continent with Namibia and Niger among the top six global uranium producers http bit ly 3UUeUYW Several African countries including Algeria Ghana Morocco and Nigeria host operational research reactors and are planning the commissioning of commercial plants over the coming decade But while nuclear plants offer a cleaner alternative to hydrocarbon power production they are expensive and particularly in politically less stable economies the investment risks for projects are high Once brought online nuclear power requires steady maintenance from skilled technicians over long lifespans which again increases the costs of delivering nuclear power safely Here small modular reactors SMRs http bit ly 3AvJOPb at about a third of the size of the typical plants currently in use in most places may offer a viable alternative SMRs are safer to operate and use substantially less water a particularly attractive feature in arid climes According to the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development OECD state owned enterprises SOEs in the energy sector worldwide are involved in over 50 percent of global existing and planned fossil fired power generation Often holding a monopoly over a country s power generation and transmission these entities are critical in leading Africa s transition Yet public utility companies including South Africa s Eskom the DRC s Soci t Nationale d lectricit as well as the Tanzania Electric Supply Company to name a few have become severely hampered by aging infrastructure mismanagement corruption and debt And despite government promises of change private investors in the renewable sector have been hesitant to embed with power SOEs This caution is warranted as overestimating the political will and avenues for change could prove foul in a political context where the regulatory landscape is complex private public partnerships PPPs are challenging and community expectations for power delivery are high Local partners play a key part in navigating this space making getting into bed with the wrong stakeholders a key risk particularly amid weak governance These challenges are likely to be only aggravated by the more severe climate consequences for Africa In addition to the direct consequences of a warming planet and more unpredictable weather patterns climate change also acts as a conflict threat multiplier Competition over increasingly scarce resources such as water or arable land both of which are potentially threatened by climate change is already contributing to http bit ly 3AxuXnd a range of conflicts on the continent The war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia the proliferation of terrorist groups in countries around Lake Chad and conflict across Sahel have all been linked http bit ly 3TRAtb5 to changes in their respective environments driven by climate change Studies have shown http bit ly 3TSw3kr that conflict risk increases by 10 to 20 percent with each 0 5 C of global warming The consequences of climate change on communities are exacerbated where governance poor infrastructure and services and socio economic challenges already exist While the effect is not universal Africa s disproportionate vulnerability to the effects of climate change means there is an acute need for sustainable and unique remedies to its energy needs Navigating Africa s energy transition be it for those directly involved or operators keen to build the resilience of their businesses that plug into the energy picture will now more than ever require an innate understanding of the interplay between the commercial the political and the social But with the needs great the opportunities for investing in an inevitable transition are ample
    Conference of the Parties (COP27): Africa’s time to shine?
      Described as the African COP the recently concluded COP27 held in Egypt s Sharm el Sheikh region 6 18 November was set to shine a spotlight on Africa s role in the energy transition Africa finds itself in a unique position when it comes to the climate crisis Despite being responsible for only three to seven percent http bit ly 3V4bhiO of global greenhouse gas emissions estimates vary Africa is likely to be at the forefront of the extreme weather consequences Africa s susceptibility to the impacts of climate change will herald significant challenges in the coming years in both human and economic terms With agriculture accounting for some 23 percent of total GDP in sub Saharan Africa both increasing water scarcity and unpredictable flooding for instance will destabilise agricultural markets and negatively affect economic growth At the same time the continent s energy needs are growing Sub Saharan Africa s population is expected to reach 2 2 billion by 2050 http bit ly 3VgJn2W and with only 67 percent of the population http bit ly 3ENYrjr with access to electricity currently or rather 600 million people without http bit ly 3hWXvQH governments will need to produce more energy more quickly With this top of mind the governments of Democratic Republic of Congo Ghana Kenya Nigeria and others under the Kigali Communique http bit ly 3US0jgI and Gas Exporting Countries Forum GECF are eager to bring gas under the umbrella of transition fuels committing to replacing this with renewables in the longer term African countries sitting on major oil and gas reserves http bit ly 3Vcdg4v including Nigeria 206 53 tfc Senegal 120 tfc Mozambique 100 tcf Tanzania 57 54 tfc and others are seeking to leverage the price boom and lure investors Yet with institutions such as the International Energy Agency IEA cautioning investors against funding new oil gas and coal supply projects in the weeks leading up to the conference and climate activists hopeful that conference stakeholders would take a hard stance on the continent s gas ambitions the conference was going to offer little in the way of concrete solutions Furthermore the developed world s renewed commitments to the USD 100 billion earmarked to help the developing world in its transition and to adapt to the impact of extreme climates did little to reduce growing mistrust that developed countries will pay their fair share having failed to meet these targets thus far But beyond the challenges in securing the financing to support the transition how feasible is an energy transition in Africa really Despite the urgency to address both the impacts and drivers of climate change on the continent most African countries are positioned differently to those in the global north to shift to renewable or transition energy production There are various challenges that relate to energy production distribution and access which will only be exacerbated by the dual impact of a growing population and increased industrialisation And crucially the percentage of the population in sub Saharan Africa currently with access to electricity is the lowest of any developing region Opportunities green er The continent has several options available to steer away from heavily polluting coal or oil but much like investments into the traditional energy sector there are limitations not least concerns over adequate infrastructure political will and the upfront investment required to get the transition right Solar In many parts of the continent sunlight is in ample supply A recent report http bit ly 3tJNDfO estimates that Africa has 60 percent of the best solar resources globally yet only a tiny proportion of this capacity is currently being tapped the entire continent s installed solar capacity is estimated to be half that of the UK http bit ly 3ENRwqe Compared to other renewables solar is relatively easy to install even in remote locations and small scale solutions can provide off grid power both at the individual household or community levels While pay as you go or power purchase agreement models for solar are being introduced across the continent to get around the relatively high upfront costs of installation solar cannot offer a complete solution For one photovoltaic panels rely on sunshine to operate meaning they have a much smaller capacity factor http bit ly 3Asz8k7 than other power generation methods that offer more consistent output And second while the technology is constantly developing and getting more efficient solar requires large areas for installation capital investment and remains reliant on increasingly in demand battery minerals Gas Ghana s deputy minister of oil Mohammed Amin Adam recently spoke http bit ly 3AwBA9m about the need for gas to be part of Africa s transition from more carbon intensive fuels such as coal lest it risk falling victim to the transition curse of revenue losses He further warned of a more cautious investment approach to hydrocarbon exploitation The International Energy Agency s Africa Energy Outlook 2022 https bit ly 3tJNDfO report estimates there are some 5 000 billion cubic meters of discovered but untapped natural gas resources on the continent The emissions impact of using these reserves would be minimal to the global greenhouse gas total but there is some debate http bit ly 3V0RykA as to whether gas presents a more attractive long term investment than renewables particularly given the infrastructural challenges inherent in expanding the user base of gas in more rural areas Nuclear Currently only one African country South Africa produces nuclear power commercially There is no shortage of uranium on the continent with Namibia and Niger among the top six global uranium producers http bit ly 3UUeUYW Several African countries including Algeria Ghana Morocco and Nigeria host operational research reactors and are planning the commissioning of commercial plants over the coming decade But while nuclear plants offer a cleaner alternative to hydrocarbon power production they are expensive and particularly in politically less stable economies the investment risks for projects are high Once brought online nuclear power requires steady maintenance from skilled technicians over long lifespans which again increases the costs of delivering nuclear power safely Here small modular reactors SMRs http bit ly 3AvJOPb at about a third of the size of the typical plants currently in use in most places may offer a viable alternative SMRs are safer to operate and use substantially less water a particularly attractive feature in arid climes According to the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development OECD state owned enterprises SOEs in the energy sector worldwide are involved in over 50 percent of global existing and planned fossil fired power generation Often holding a monopoly over a country s power generation and transmission these entities are critical in leading Africa s transition Yet public utility companies including South Africa s Eskom the DRC s Soci t Nationale d lectricit as well as the Tanzania Electric Supply Company to name a few have become severely hampered by aging infrastructure mismanagement corruption and debt And despite government promises of change private investors in the renewable sector have been hesitant to embed with power SOEs This caution is warranted as overestimating the political will and avenues for change could prove foul in a political context where the regulatory landscape is complex private public partnerships PPPs are challenging and community expectations for power delivery are high Local partners play a key part in navigating this space making getting into bed with the wrong stakeholders a key risk particularly amid weak governance These challenges are likely to be only aggravated by the more severe climate consequences for Africa In addition to the direct consequences of a warming planet and more unpredictable weather patterns climate change also acts as a conflict threat multiplier Competition over increasingly scarce resources such as water or arable land both of which are potentially threatened by climate change is already contributing to http bit ly 3AxuXnd a range of conflicts on the continent The war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia the proliferation of terrorist groups in countries around Lake Chad and conflict across Sahel have all been linked http bit ly 3TRAtb5 to changes in their respective environments driven by climate change Studies have shown http bit ly 3TSw3kr that conflict risk increases by 10 to 20 percent with each 0 5 C of global warming The consequences of climate change on communities are exacerbated where governance poor infrastructure and services and socio economic challenges already exist While the effect is not universal Africa s disproportionate vulnerability to the effects of climate change means there is an acute need for sustainable and unique remedies to its energy needs Navigating Africa s energy transition be it for those directly involved or operators keen to build the resilience of their businesses that plug into the energy picture will now more than ever require an innate understanding of the interplay between the commercial the political and the social But with the needs great the opportunities for investing in an inevitable transition are ample
    Conference of the Parties (COP27): Africa’s time to shine?
    Africa2 months ago

    Conference of the Parties (COP27): Africa’s time to shine?

    Described as the ‘African COP’, the recently concluded COP27 held in Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh region (6 - 18 November) was set to shine a spotlight on Africa’s role in the energy transition.

    Africa finds itself in a unique position when it comes to the climate crisis.

    Despite being responsible for only three to seven percent (http://bit.ly/3V4bhiO) of global greenhouse gas emissions (estimates vary), Africa is likely to be at the forefront of the extreme weather consequences.

    Africa’s susceptibility to the impacts of climate change will herald significant challenges in the coming years, in both human and economic terms.

    With agriculture accounting for some 23 percent of total GDP in sub-Saharan Africa, both increasing water scarcity and unpredictable flooding, for instance, will destabilise agricultural markets, and negatively affect economic growth.

    At the same time, the continent’s energy needs are growing.

    Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is expected to reach 2.2 billion by  2050 (http://bit.ly/3VgJn2W) and with only 67 percent of the population (http://bit.ly/3ENYrjr) with access to electricity currently – or rather 600 million people without (http://bit.ly/3hWXvQH), governments will need to produce more energy more quickly.

    With this top of mind, the governments of Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and others under the Kigali Communique  (http://bit.ly/3US0jgI) and Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) are eager to bring gas under the umbrella of transition fuels, committing to replacing this with renewables in the longer term.

    African countries sitting on major oil and gas reserves (http://bit.ly/3Vcdg4v), including Nigeria (206.53 tfc), Senegal (120 tfc), Mozambique (100 tcf), Tanzania (57.54 tfc) and others, are seeking to leverage the price boom and lure investors.

    Yet, with institutions such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) cautioning investors against funding new oil, gas and coal supply projects in the weeks leading up to the conference, and climate activists hopeful that conference stakeholders would take a hard stance on the continent’s gas ambitions, the conference was going to offer little in the way of concrete solutions.

    Furthermore, the developed world’s renewed commitments to the USD 100 billion earmarked to help the developing world in its transition and to adapt to the impact of extreme climates did little to reduce growing mistrust that developed countries will pay their fair share, having failed to meet these targets thus far.

    But beyond the challenges in securing the financing to support the transition, how feasible is an energy transition in Africa, really?

    Despite the urgency to address both the impacts and drivers of climate change on the continent, most African countries are positioned differently to those in the global north to shift to renewable or transition energy production.

    There are various challenges that relate to energy production, distribution, and access, which will only be exacerbated by the dual impact of a growing population and increased industrialisation.

    And crucially, the percentage of the population in sub-Saharan Africa currently with access to electricity is the lowest of any developing region.

    Opportunities green(er) The continent has several options available to steer away from heavily polluting coal or oil, but much like investments into the traditional energy sector, there are limitations, not least concerns over adequate infrastructure, political will, and the upfront investment required to get the transition right.

    Solar.

    In many parts of the continent, sunlight is in ample supply.

    A recent report (http://bit.ly/3tJNDfO) estimates that Africa has 60 percent of the best solar resources globally, yet only a tiny proportion of this capacity is currently being tapped: the entire continent’s installed solar capacity is estimated to be half that of the UK (http://bit.ly/3ENRwqe).

    Compared to other renewables, solar is relatively easy to install even in remote locations, and small-scale solutions can provide off-grid power both at the individual household or community levels.

    While pay-as-you-go or power purchase agreement models for solar are being introduced across the continent to get around the relatively high upfront costs of installation, solar cannot offer a complete solution.

    For one, photovoltaic panels rely on sunshine to operate, meaning they have a much smaller capacity factor (http://bit.ly/3Asz8k7)  than other power generation methods that offer more consistent output.

    And second, while the technology is constantly developing and getting more efficient, solar requires large areas for installation, capital investment and remains reliant on increasingly in-demand battery minerals.

    Gas. Ghana’s deputy minister of oil, Mohammed Amin Adam, recently spoke (http://bit.ly/3AwBA9m) about the need for gas to be part of Africa’s transition from more carbon intensive fuels such as coal, lest it risk falling victim to  “the transition curse” of revenue losses.

    He further warned of a more cautious investment approach to hydrocarbon exploitation.

    The International Energy Agency’s Africa Energy Outlook 2022 (https://bit.ly/3tJNDfO) report estimates there are some 5,000 billion cubic meters of discovered but untapped natural gas resources on the continent.

    The emissions impact of using these reserves would be minimal to the global greenhouse gas total, but there is some debate (http://bit.ly/3V0RykA) as to whether gas presents a more attractive long-term investment than renewables, particularly given the infrastructural challenges inherent in expanding the user base of gas in more rural areas.

    Nuclear.

    Currently only one African country, South Africa, produces nuclear power commercially.

    There is no shortage of uranium on the continent, with Namibia and Niger among the top six global uranium producers (http://bit.ly/3UUeUYW).

    Several African countries, including Algeria, Ghana, Morocco and Nigeria host operational research reactors, and are planning the commissioning of commercial plants over the coming decade.

    But while nuclear plants offer a cleaner alternative to hydrocarbon power production, they are expensive, and particularly in politically less stable economies the investment risks for projects are high.

    Once brought online, nuclear power requires steady maintenance from skilled technicians over long lifespans, which again increases the costs of delivering nuclear power safely.

    Here, small modular reactors (SMRs) (http://bit.ly/3AvJOPb), at about a third of the size of the typical plants currently in use in most places may offer a viable alternative.

    SMRs are safer to operate and use substantially less water – a particularly attractive feature in arid climes.

    According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the energy sector worldwide are involved in over 50 percent of global existing and planned fossil-fired power generation.

    Often holding a monopoly over a country’s power generation and transmission, these entities are critical in leading Africa’s transition.

    Yet, public utility companies including South Africa’s Eskom, the DRC’s Société Nationale d'Électricité, as well as the Tanzania Electric Supply Company to name a few, have become severely hampered by aging infrastructure, mismanagement, corruption, and debt.

    And despite government promises of change, private investors in the renewable sector have been hesitant to embed with power SOEs. This caution is warranted, as overestimating the political will and avenues for change could prove foul in a political context where the regulatory landscape is complex, private-public partnerships (PPPs) are challenging and community expectations for power delivery are high.

    Local partners play a key part in navigating this space making getting into bed with the wrong stakeholders a key risk, particularly amid weak governance.

    These challenges are likely to be only aggravated by the more severe climate consequences for Africa.

    In addition to the direct consequences of a warming planet and more unpredictable weather patterns, climate change also acts as a “conflict threat multiplier”.

    Competition over increasingly scarce resources such as water or arable land, both of which are potentially threatened by climate change, is already contributing to (http://bit.ly/3AxuXnd) a range of conflicts on the continent.

    The war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the proliferation of terrorist groups in countries around Lake Chad, and conflict across Sahel have all been linked (http://bit.ly/3TRAtb5) to changes in their respective environments driven by climate change.

     Studies have shown (http://bit.ly/3TSw3kr) that conflict risk increases by 10 to 20 percent with each 0.5°C of global warming.

    The consequences of climate change on communities are exacerbated where governance, poor infrastructure and services and socio-economic challenges already exist.

    While the effect is not universal, Africa’s disproportionate vulnerability to the effects of climate change means there is an acute need for sustainable and unique remedies to its energy needs.

    Navigating Africa’s energy transition, be it for those directly involved or operators keen to build the resilience of their businesses that plug into the energy picture, will now more than ever require an innate understanding of the interplay between the commercial, the political and the social.

    But, with the needs great, the opportunities for investing in an inevitable transition are ample.

  •   A long awaited loss and damage fund to help countries vulnerable to climate change was approved on Sunday at the end of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Change Climate UNFCCC I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and make it operational in the coming period UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement noting that the two week conference held at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh has taken an important step towards justice However Guterres said the fund will not be enough but is a much needed political signal to rebuild broken trust This photo shows the closing plenary session of the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on November 20 2022 Sui Xiankai A loss and damage fund is essential but it is not an answer if the climate crisis wipes out a small island state or turns an entire African country into a desert the UN chief said Guterres also stressed that limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius is a red line that the world must not cross Developed countries have long shunned the idea of establishing a fund for loss and damage suffered by poor and developing countries due to climate change out of concern that the fund could expose them to legal liabilities and lawsuits from affected countries Today here in Sharm El Sheikh we established the first dedicated loss and damage fund a fund that has been in the making for so long said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry who is also chairman of the COP27 in the closing session Millions around the world can now feel a glimmer of hope that their suffering will finally be promptly and adequately addressed he said With the attendance of representatives of nearly 200 nations COP27 lasted for more than a day until the proposed agenda was finalized Shoukry said that the achievements of COP27 send a message to the world that multilateral diplomacy still works and that despite difficulties and challenges we remain committed to the fight against climate change Sameh Shoukry center Foreign Minister of Egypt and COP27 President speaks at the closing plenary session of the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on November 20 2022 Sui Xiankai For his part UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said the outcome of COP27 which was not easy to achieve was historic as it benefits the world s most vulnerable people Zhao Yingmin head of the Chinese delegation to COP27 and vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said COP27 made progress on adaptation finance and loss and damage which are issues of great concern for developing countries In addition to the establishment of the loss and damage fund the conference also decided to establish a global adaptation framework he noted However at this year s conference developed countries took a passive attitude towards issues such as providing financial and technical support to developing countries Zhao said Developed countries have not met the US 100 billion in annual climate finance commitment nor have they made a clear financing agreement to double down on adaptation finance he added Zhao said he hopes developed countries will work together with the international community to build a shared future of sustainable climate Participants are seen near an earth model at the venue of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on November 15 of 2022 Sui Xiankai Veteran Egyptian environmentalist Magdy Allam secretary general of the Cairo based Arab League affiliated Federation of Environmental Experts called COP27 a great triumph Putting the loss and damage fund on the COP27 agenda is a huge victory It has been completely rejected at all previous COP summits Allam said It is great progress that industrialized and developed countries admit the damage they have caused to the environment he said adding that it is the first COP to stress implementation and show commitment Xinhua
    Historic “loss and damage” fund approved at the close of the UN climate conference in Egypt
      A long awaited loss and damage fund to help countries vulnerable to climate change was approved on Sunday at the end of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Change Climate UNFCCC I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and make it operational in the coming period UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement noting that the two week conference held at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh has taken an important step towards justice However Guterres said the fund will not be enough but is a much needed political signal to rebuild broken trust This photo shows the closing plenary session of the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on November 20 2022 Sui Xiankai A loss and damage fund is essential but it is not an answer if the climate crisis wipes out a small island state or turns an entire African country into a desert the UN chief said Guterres also stressed that limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius is a red line that the world must not cross Developed countries have long shunned the idea of establishing a fund for loss and damage suffered by poor and developing countries due to climate change out of concern that the fund could expose them to legal liabilities and lawsuits from affected countries Today here in Sharm El Sheikh we established the first dedicated loss and damage fund a fund that has been in the making for so long said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry who is also chairman of the COP27 in the closing session Millions around the world can now feel a glimmer of hope that their suffering will finally be promptly and adequately addressed he said With the attendance of representatives of nearly 200 nations COP27 lasted for more than a day until the proposed agenda was finalized Shoukry said that the achievements of COP27 send a message to the world that multilateral diplomacy still works and that despite difficulties and challenges we remain committed to the fight against climate change Sameh Shoukry center Foreign Minister of Egypt and COP27 President speaks at the closing plenary session of the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on November 20 2022 Sui Xiankai For his part UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said the outcome of COP27 which was not easy to achieve was historic as it benefits the world s most vulnerable people Zhao Yingmin head of the Chinese delegation to COP27 and vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said COP27 made progress on adaptation finance and loss and damage which are issues of great concern for developing countries In addition to the establishment of the loss and damage fund the conference also decided to establish a global adaptation framework he noted However at this year s conference developed countries took a passive attitude towards issues such as providing financial and technical support to developing countries Zhao said Developed countries have not met the US 100 billion in annual climate finance commitment nor have they made a clear financing agreement to double down on adaptation finance he added Zhao said he hopes developed countries will work together with the international community to build a shared future of sustainable climate Participants are seen near an earth model at the venue of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt on November 15 of 2022 Sui Xiankai Veteran Egyptian environmentalist Magdy Allam secretary general of the Cairo based Arab League affiliated Federation of Environmental Experts called COP27 a great triumph Putting the loss and damage fund on the COP27 agenda is a huge victory It has been completely rejected at all previous COP summits Allam said It is great progress that industrialized and developed countries admit the damage they have caused to the environment he said adding that it is the first COP to stress implementation and show commitment Xinhua
    Historic “loss and damage” fund approved at the close of the UN climate conference in Egypt
    Foreign2 months ago

    Historic “loss and damage” fund approved at the close of the UN climate conference in Egypt

    - A long-awaited "loss and damage" fund to help countries vulnerable to climate change was approved on Sunday at the end of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Change Climate (UNFCCC). ).

    "I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and make it operational in the coming period," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement, noting that the two-week conference held at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh "has taken an important step towards justice".

    However, Guterres said the fund will not be enough but is "a much-needed political signal to rebuild broken trust."

    This photo shows the closing plenary session of the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on November 20, 2022. (/Sui Xiankai)

    “A loss and damage fund is essential, but it is not an answer if the climate crisis wipes out a small island state or turns an entire African country into a desert,” the UN chief said.

    Guterres also stressed that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is a "red line" that the world must not cross.

    Developed countries have long shunned the idea of ​​establishing a fund for loss and damage suffered by poor and developing countries due to climate change out of concern that the fund could expose them to legal liabilities and lawsuits from affected countries.

    "Today, here in Sharm El-Sheikh, we established the first dedicated loss and damage fund, a fund that has been in the making for so long," said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is also chairman of the COP27. in the closing session.

    "Millions around the world can now feel a glimmer of hope that their suffering will finally be promptly and adequately addressed," he said.

    With the attendance of representatives of nearly 200 nations, COP27 lasted for more than a day until the proposed agenda was finalized.

    Shoukry said that the achievements of COP27 send a message to the world "that multilateral diplomacy still works" and that, despite difficulties and challenges, "we remain committed to the fight against climate change."

    Sameh Shoukry (center), Foreign Minister of Egypt and COP27 President, speaks at the closing plenary session of the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on November 20, 2022. (/Sui Xiankai)

    For his part, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said the outcome of COP27, which was not easy to achieve, was "historic" as it benefits the world's most vulnerable people.

    Zhao Yingmin, head of the Chinese delegation to COP27 and vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said COP27 made progress on adaptation, finance and "loss and damage", which are issues of great concern for developing countries.

    In addition to the establishment of the "loss and damage" fund, the conference also decided to establish a global adaptation framework, he noted.

    However, at this year's conference, developed countries took a passive attitude towards issues such as providing financial and technical support to developing countries, Zhao said.

    Developed countries have not met the US$100 billion in annual climate finance commitment, nor have they made a clear financing agreement to double down on adaptation finance, he added.

    Zhao said he hopes developed countries will work together with the international community to build a shared future of sustainable climate.

    Participants are seen near an earth model at the venue of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on November 15. of 2022. (/ Sui Xiankai )

    Veteran Egyptian environmentalist Magdy Allam, secretary general of the Cairo-based Arab League-affiliated Federation of Environmental Experts, called COP27 "a great triumph."

    "Putting the 'loss and damage' fund on the COP27 agenda is a huge victory. It has been completely rejected at all previous COP summits," Allam said.

    "It is great progress that industrialized and developed countries admit the damage they have caused to the environment," he said, adding that it is the first COP to stress implementation and show commitment. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Africa has been and remains the top focus of UNIDO s efforts to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development At the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 which has just finished its work in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt UNIDO advocated that the full implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement will not be possible without the transformation of industry from the major polluter to a leading provider of innovative climate solutions Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents in the world according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Temperature increase heat waves extensive floods tropical cyclones prolonged droughts and sea level rise resulting in loss of lives property damage and population displacement undermine Africa s ability to achieve its commitments to meet the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063 The Africa We Want The Sharm el Sheikh Implementation Plan adopted at COP 27 paves the way for the African leaders to formulate sound climate and industrialization policies in line with the vision of African Union s Agenda 2063 The Africa We Want The African Union s Extraordinary Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification and the Extraordinary Session on the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA is being held in Niamey Niger from 20 to 25 November 2022 during the Africa Industrialization Week The impact of Covid 19 pandemic energy and food crises facing the world have had a disproportionate effect on the African countries and exposed their vulnerability especially in agriculture pharmaceuticals and food sectors There is an urgent need to promote resilient regional and continental value chains The coming info force of AfCFTA opens up enormous opportunities for intra African trade creating employment promoting standardization skill development and integration into the global value chains putting Africa on the right trajectory to sustainable development In accordance with the United Nations General Assembly s resolution passed in 2016 UNIDO is tasked with leading the implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa in cooperation with the African Union and other partners In this capacity UNIDO has co organized and substantially contributed to the Africa Industrialization Summit It will be convening numerous events on agriculture and agri businesses value chains the Common African AgroParks Programme green industry development data and statistics digitalization for sustainable industrialization South South and triangular industrial cooperation among others
    From the African Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the Africa Industrialization Summit
      Africa has been and remains the top focus of UNIDO s efforts to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development At the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 which has just finished its work in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt UNIDO advocated that the full implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement will not be possible without the transformation of industry from the major polluter to a leading provider of innovative climate solutions Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents in the world according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Temperature increase heat waves extensive floods tropical cyclones prolonged droughts and sea level rise resulting in loss of lives property damage and population displacement undermine Africa s ability to achieve its commitments to meet the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063 The Africa We Want The Sharm el Sheikh Implementation Plan adopted at COP 27 paves the way for the African leaders to formulate sound climate and industrialization policies in line with the vision of African Union s Agenda 2063 The Africa We Want The African Union s Extraordinary Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification and the Extraordinary Session on the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA is being held in Niamey Niger from 20 to 25 November 2022 during the Africa Industrialization Week The impact of Covid 19 pandemic energy and food crises facing the world have had a disproportionate effect on the African countries and exposed their vulnerability especially in agriculture pharmaceuticals and food sectors There is an urgent need to promote resilient regional and continental value chains The coming info force of AfCFTA opens up enormous opportunities for intra African trade creating employment promoting standardization skill development and integration into the global value chains putting Africa on the right trajectory to sustainable development In accordance with the United Nations General Assembly s resolution passed in 2016 UNIDO is tasked with leading the implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa in cooperation with the African Union and other partners In this capacity UNIDO has co organized and substantially contributed to the Africa Industrialization Summit It will be convening numerous events on agriculture and agri businesses value chains the Common African AgroParks Programme green industry development data and statistics digitalization for sustainable industrialization South South and triangular industrial cooperation among others
    From the African Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the Africa Industrialization Summit
    Africa2 months ago

    From the African Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the Africa Industrialization Summit

    Africa has been and remains the top focus of UNIDO’s efforts to accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

    At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) which has just finished its work in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, UNIDO advocated that the full implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Paris Agreement will not be possible without the transformation of industry – from the major polluter to a leading provider of innovative climate solutions.

    Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents in the world, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    Temperature increase, heat waves, extensive floods, tropical cyclones, prolonged droughts, and sea level rise resulting in loss of lives, property damage, and population displacement, undermine Africa’s ability to achieve its commitments to meet the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. The Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan adopted at COP 27 paves the way for the African leaders to formulate sound climate and industrialization policies in line with the vision of African Union’s Agenda 2063 -The Africa We Want.    The African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification and the Extraordinary Session on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is being held in Niamey, Niger, from 20 to 25 November 2022 during the Africa Industrialization Week. The impact of Covid-19 pandemic, energy and food crises facing the world have had a disproportionate effect on the African countries and exposed their vulnerability—especially in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and food sectors.

    There is an urgent need to promote resilient regional and continental value chains.

    The coming info force of AfCFTA opens up enormous opportunities for intra-African trade — creating employment, promoting standardization, skill development and integration into the global value chains — putting Africa on the right trajectory to sustainable development. 

    In accordance with the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution, passed in 2016, UNIDO is tasked with leading the implementation of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa in cooperation with the African Union and other partners.

    In this capacity UNIDO has co-organized and substantially contributed to the Africa Industrialization Summit.

    It will be convening numerous events on agriculture and agri-businesses, value chains, the Common African AgroParks Programme, green industry development, data and statistics, digitalization for sustainable industrialization, South-South and triangular industrial cooperation, among others.

  •   A long awaited loss and damage fund to help those countries that are vulnerable to climate change was approved on Sunday at the end of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Climate Change UNFCCC I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and make it operational in the coming period UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement noting that the two week conference held at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh has taken an important step towards justice However Guterres said the fund will not be enough but is a much needed political signal to rebuild broken trust A loss and damage fund is essential but it is not an answer if the climate crisis wipes out a small island state or turns an entire African country into a desert the UN chief said Guterres also stressed that limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius is a red line that the world must not cross Developed countries have long shunned the idea of establishing a fund for loss and damage suffered by poor and developing countries due to climate change out of concern that the fund could expose them to legal liabilities and lawsuits from affected countries Today here in Sharm El Sheikh we established the first dedicated loss and damage fund a fund that has been in the making for so long said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry who is also chairman of the COP27 in the closing session Millions around the world can now feel a glimmer of hope that their suffering will finally be promptly and adequately addressed he said With the attendance of representatives of nearly 200 nations COP27 lasted for more than a day until the proposed agenda was finalized Shoukry said that the achievements of COP27 send a message to the world that multilateral diplomacy still works and that despite difficulties and challenges we remain committed to the fight against climate change For his part UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said the outcome of COP27 which was not easy to achieve was historic as it benefits the world s most vulnerable people Zhao Yingmin head of the Chinese delegation to COP27 and vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said COP27 made progress on adaptation finance and loss and damage which are issues of great concern for developing countries In addition to the establishment of the loss and damage fund the conference also decided to establish a global adaptation framework he noted However at this year s conference developed countries took a passive attitude towards issues such as providing financial and technical support to developing countries Zhao said Developed countries have not met the US 100 billion in annual climate finance commitment nor have they made a clear financing agreement to double down on adaptation finance he added Zhao said he hopes developed countries will work together with the international community to build a shared future of sustainable climate Veteran Egyptian environmentalist Magdy Allam secretary general of the Cairo based Arab League affiliated Federation of Environmental Experts called COP27 a great triumph Putting the loss and damage fund on the COP27 agenda is a huge victory It has been completely rejected at all previous COP summits Allam said It is great progress that industrialized and developed countries admit the damage they have caused to the environment he said adding that it is the first COP to stress implementation and show commitment Xinhua
    UN climate conference ends in Egypt with landmark agreement to create “loss and damage” fund
      A long awaited loss and damage fund to help those countries that are vulnerable to climate change was approved on Sunday at the end of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Climate Change UNFCCC I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and make it operational in the coming period UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement noting that the two week conference held at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheikh has taken an important step towards justice However Guterres said the fund will not be enough but is a much needed political signal to rebuild broken trust A loss and damage fund is essential but it is not an answer if the climate crisis wipes out a small island state or turns an entire African country into a desert the UN chief said Guterres also stressed that limiting global warming to 1 5 degrees Celsius is a red line that the world must not cross Developed countries have long shunned the idea of establishing a fund for loss and damage suffered by poor and developing countries due to climate change out of concern that the fund could expose them to legal liabilities and lawsuits from affected countries Today here in Sharm El Sheikh we established the first dedicated loss and damage fund a fund that has been in the making for so long said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry who is also chairman of the COP27 in the closing session Millions around the world can now feel a glimmer of hope that their suffering will finally be promptly and adequately addressed he said With the attendance of representatives of nearly 200 nations COP27 lasted for more than a day until the proposed agenda was finalized Shoukry said that the achievements of COP27 send a message to the world that multilateral diplomacy still works and that despite difficulties and challenges we remain committed to the fight against climate change For his part UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said the outcome of COP27 which was not easy to achieve was historic as it benefits the world s most vulnerable people Zhao Yingmin head of the Chinese delegation to COP27 and vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said COP27 made progress on adaptation finance and loss and damage which are issues of great concern for developing countries In addition to the establishment of the loss and damage fund the conference also decided to establish a global adaptation framework he noted However at this year s conference developed countries took a passive attitude towards issues such as providing financial and technical support to developing countries Zhao said Developed countries have not met the US 100 billion in annual climate finance commitment nor have they made a clear financing agreement to double down on adaptation finance he added Zhao said he hopes developed countries will work together with the international community to build a shared future of sustainable climate Veteran Egyptian environmentalist Magdy Allam secretary general of the Cairo based Arab League affiliated Federation of Environmental Experts called COP27 a great triumph Putting the loss and damage fund on the COP27 agenda is a huge victory It has been completely rejected at all previous COP summits Allam said It is great progress that industrialized and developed countries admit the damage they have caused to the environment he said adding that it is the first COP to stress implementation and show commitment Xinhua
    UN climate conference ends in Egypt with landmark agreement to create “loss and damage” fund
    Foreign2 months ago

    UN climate conference ends in Egypt with landmark agreement to create “loss and damage” fund

    - A long-awaited "loss and damage" fund to help those countries that are vulnerable to climate change was approved on Sunday at the end of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    "I welcome the decision to establish a loss and damage fund and make it operational in the coming period," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement, noting that the two-week conference held at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh "has taken an important step towards justice".

    However, Guterres said the fund will not be enough but is "a much-needed political signal to rebuild broken trust."

    “A loss and damage fund is essential, but it is not an answer if the climate crisis wipes out a small island state or turns an entire African country into a desert,” the UN chief said.

    Guterres also stressed that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is a "red line" that the world must not cross.

    Developed countries have long shunned the idea of ​​establishing a fund for loss and damage suffered by poor and developing countries due to climate change out of concern that the fund could expose them to legal liabilities and lawsuits from affected countries.

    "Today, here in Sharm El-Sheikh, we established the first dedicated loss and damage fund, a fund that has been in the making for so long," said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is also chairman of the COP27. in the closing session.

    "Millions around the world can now feel a glimmer of hope that their suffering will finally be promptly and adequately addressed," he said.

    With the attendance of representatives of nearly 200 nations, COP27 lasted for more than a day until the proposed agenda was finalized.

    Shoukry said that the achievements of COP27 send a message to the world "that multilateral diplomacy still works" and that, despite difficulties and challenges, "we remain committed to the fight against climate change."

    For his part, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell said the outcome of COP27, which was not easy to achieve, was "historic" as it benefits the world's most vulnerable people.

    Zhao Yingmin, head of the Chinese delegation to COP27 and vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said COP27 made progress on adaptation, finance and "loss and damage", which are issues of great concern for developing countries.

    In addition to the establishment of the "loss and damage" fund, the conference also decided to establish a global adaptation framework, he noted.

    However, at this year's conference, developed countries took a passive attitude towards issues such as providing financial and technical support to developing countries, Zhao said.

    Developed countries have not met the US$100 billion in annual climate finance commitment, nor have they made a clear financing agreement to double down on adaptation finance, he added.

    Zhao said he hopes developed countries will work together with the international community to build a shared future of sustainable climate.

    Veteran Egyptian environmentalist Magdy Allam, secretary general of the Cairo-based Arab League-affiliated Federation of Environmental Experts, called COP27 "a great triumph."

    "Putting the 'loss and damage' fund on the COP27 agenda is a huge victory. It has been completely rejected at all previous COP summits," Allam said.

    "It is great progress that industrialized and developed countries admit the damage they have caused to the environment," he said, adding that it is the first COP to stress implementation and show commitment. ■



    (Xinhua)

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