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  •   The African Development Bank www AfDB org had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the recently concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York Highlights of the meeting included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina led the bank s delegation to the meetings and played an active role in the discussions that led to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting The bank s commitments reflect its strategic priorities as the African countries it supports grapple with the lingering impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic as well as war related food and fuel price increases of Russia in Ukraine and climate change Climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank s UNGA discussions especially the need for urgent financing for countries most at risk from climate change Climate change has taken on added urgency with the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 taking place in Sharm El Sheik Egypt in less than two months COP 27 or the African COP as it is called presents an unprecedented opportunity for a unified African voice to demand that the global community go beyond words and take concrete action on financing for climate adaptation and mitigation Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development Adesina joined US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants in urging developed countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow last year and under the 2015 Paris Agreement John Kerry s words were unequivocal We are late we must act I m sick of saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings Business as usual is the collective enemy It is time to act he said at the meeting Adesina echoed this call for urgent action He warned Africa is suffering Africa is suffocating and in serious financial trouble for what it did not cause There needs to be a greater sense of urgency not in talking but in making and delivering the resources that the continent desperately needs Click here https bit ly 3Ehj9IJ to watch and listen to Adesina s remarks The African Development Bank Group has joined the Global Leadership Council on a new initiative to increase clean and reliable energy and tackle global warming The Global Leadership Council is made up of world leaders including the head of the African Development Bank the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr Rajiv J Shah co chair of the council As a first step the Council will focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries While developing countries are currently responsible for just 25 of global CO2 emissions this share could grow to 75 by 2050 according to analysis published by the Alliance Developing countries currently receive only a fraction of the financing to develop clean energy despite representing almost half of the world s population The General Assembly allowed the African Development Bank Group to show particular leadership in efforts to end hunger nutrition and stunting in Africa Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition inspired by the African Union s designation of 2022 as the Year of Nutrition the head of the African Development Bank Group joined African presidents in signing a historic commitment to stop child growth retardation According to the Global Nutrition Report considered the most comprehensive report on the state of nutrition worldwide more than 30 of children in Africa are stunted The Dialogue Group is an initiative of the African Leaders for Nutrition platform of the African Development Bank the Government of Ethiopia and Big Win a philanthropic organization In addition to Ethiopia the platform counts among its members the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Tanzania and Uganda The African Development Bank s African Emergency Food Production Fund featured prominently at the World Summit on Food Security Senegalese President Macky Sall chairman of the African Union praised the bank for quickly launching the 1 5 billion line to avert a looming food crisis The program is facilitating the production of 38 million tons of food This represents a 12 billion increase in production in just two years In support of the African Development Bank Group s Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and related initiatives the President of the Bank participated in a high level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions https bit ly 3SVfKTX initiative Speaking at the session UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres urged governments around the world to invest quickly in creating quality jobs and providing social protection for the uninsured He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative warning that the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe widening inequalities and increasing social unrest This could leave billions trapped in vicious cycles of poverty and destitution The session was also addressed by several leaders from around the world including African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt Hala El Said African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina said We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education infrastructure energy and make sure we have productive sectors that can use people s skills and absorb them into the economy On the sidelines of the General Assembly Adesina also led a bank delegation to the World Health Organization WHO meetings The two organizations agreed to work together on quality healthcare infrastructure vaccines essential drugs nutrition and the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the African Development Bank for creating the Africa Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation which he said could help shape the market for pharmaceuticals Adesina also held bilateral meetings with the new president of Kenya William Ruto the American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and former US President Bill Clinton and former US Senator Hillary Clinton The president also met with Anne Beatthe Tvinnereim Norway s minister for international development who is also governor of the African Development Bank Before the Global Citizen Festival they discussed efforts to end hunger Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Fund UNGA 77 brought together world leaders civil society activists private sector actors and youth from around the world for two weeks of in person dialogue in New York City under the theme A Watershed Moment Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges
    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the key priorities of the African Development Bank: climate finance, job creation and food insecurity
      The African Development Bank www AfDB org had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the recently concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York Highlights of the meeting included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina led the bank s delegation to the meetings and played an active role in the discussions that led to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting The bank s commitments reflect its strategic priorities as the African countries it supports grapple with the lingering impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic as well as war related food and fuel price increases of Russia in Ukraine and climate change Climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank s UNGA discussions especially the need for urgent financing for countries most at risk from climate change Climate change has taken on added urgency with the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 taking place in Sharm El Sheik Egypt in less than two months COP 27 or the African COP as it is called presents an unprecedented opportunity for a unified African voice to demand that the global community go beyond words and take concrete action on financing for climate adaptation and mitigation Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development Adesina joined US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants in urging developed countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow last year and under the 2015 Paris Agreement John Kerry s words were unequivocal We are late we must act I m sick of saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings Business as usual is the collective enemy It is time to act he said at the meeting Adesina echoed this call for urgent action He warned Africa is suffering Africa is suffocating and in serious financial trouble for what it did not cause There needs to be a greater sense of urgency not in talking but in making and delivering the resources that the continent desperately needs Click here https bit ly 3Ehj9IJ to watch and listen to Adesina s remarks The African Development Bank Group has joined the Global Leadership Council on a new initiative to increase clean and reliable energy and tackle global warming The Global Leadership Council is made up of world leaders including the head of the African Development Bank the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner European Investment Bank President Werner Hoyer Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr Rajiv J Shah co chair of the council As a first step the Council will focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries While developing countries are currently responsible for just 25 of global CO2 emissions this share could grow to 75 by 2050 according to analysis published by the Alliance Developing countries currently receive only a fraction of the financing to develop clean energy despite representing almost half of the world s population The General Assembly allowed the African Development Bank Group to show particular leadership in efforts to end hunger nutrition and stunting in Africa Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition inspired by the African Union s designation of 2022 as the Year of Nutrition the head of the African Development Bank Group joined African presidents in signing a historic commitment to stop child growth retardation According to the Global Nutrition Report considered the most comprehensive report on the state of nutrition worldwide more than 30 of children in Africa are stunted The Dialogue Group is an initiative of the African Leaders for Nutrition platform of the African Development Bank the Government of Ethiopia and Big Win a philanthropic organization In addition to Ethiopia the platform counts among its members the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Niger Senegal Tanzania and Uganda The African Development Bank s African Emergency Food Production Fund featured prominently at the World Summit on Food Security Senegalese President Macky Sall chairman of the African Union praised the bank for quickly launching the 1 5 billion line to avert a looming food crisis The program is facilitating the production of 38 million tons of food This represents a 12 billion increase in production in just two years In support of the African Development Bank Group s Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and related initiatives the President of the Bank participated in a high level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions https bit ly 3SVfKTX initiative Speaking at the session UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres urged governments around the world to invest quickly in creating quality jobs and providing social protection for the uninsured He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative warning that the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe widening inequalities and increasing social unrest This could leave billions trapped in vicious cycles of poverty and destitution The session was also addressed by several leaders from around the world including African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt Hala El Said African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina said We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education infrastructure energy and make sure we have productive sectors that can use people s skills and absorb them into the economy On the sidelines of the General Assembly Adesina also led a bank delegation to the World Health Organization WHO meetings The two organizations agreed to work together on quality healthcare infrastructure vaccines essential drugs nutrition and the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the African Development Bank for creating the Africa Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation which he said could help shape the market for pharmaceuticals Adesina also held bilateral meetings with the new president of Kenya William Ruto the American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and former US President Bill Clinton and former US Senator Hillary Clinton The president also met with Anne Beatthe Tvinnereim Norway s minister for international development who is also governor of the African Development Bank Before the Global Citizen Festival they discussed efforts to end hunger Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Fund UNGA 77 brought together world leaders civil society activists private sector actors and youth from around the world for two weeks of in person dialogue in New York City under the theme A Watershed Moment Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges
    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the key priorities of the African Development Bank: climate finance, job creation and food insecurity
    Africa17 hours ago

    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly highlights the key priorities of the African Development Bank: climate finance, job creation and food insecurity

    The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the recently concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in New York. Highlights of the meeting included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity.

    The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, led the bank's delegation to the meetings and played an active role in the discussions that led to an international declaration to end malnutrition and stunting.

    The bank's commitments reflect its strategic priorities as the African countries it supports grapple with the lingering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as war-related food and fuel price increases.

    of Russia in Ukraine and climate change.

    Climate change was a recurring theme in many of the bank's UNGA discussions, especially the need for urgent financing for countries most at risk from climate change.

    Climate change has taken on added urgency with the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) taking place in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, in less than two months.

    COP 27, or “the African COP” as it is called, presents an unprecedented opportunity for a unified African voice to demand that the global community go beyond words and take concrete action on financing for climate adaptation and mitigation.

    .

    Speaking at the second ministerial meeting on climate and development, Adesina joined US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and other participants in urging developed countries to keep the promises they made at COP26 in Glasgow.

    last year, and under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

    John Kerry's words were unequivocal: “We are late.

    we must act I'm sick of saying the same thing too many times in the same meetings.

    Business as usual is the collective enemy.

    It is time to act,” he said at the meeting.

    Adesina echoed this call for urgent action.

    He warned: “Africa is suffering, Africa is suffocating and in serious financial trouble for what it did not cause.

    There needs to be a greater sense of urgency, not in talking, but in making and delivering the resources that the continent desperately needs.” Click here (https://bit.ly/3Ehj9IJ) to watch and listen to Adesina's remarks.

    The African Development Bank Group has joined the Global Leadership Council on a new initiative to increase clean and reliable energy and tackle global warming.

    The Global Leadership Council is made up of world leaders, including the head of the African Development Bank, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa; United Nations Development Program Administrator Achim Steiner; European Investment Bank. President Werner Hoyer; Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr; and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv J.

    Shah, co-chair of the council.

    As a first step, the Council will focus on efforts to break down barriers to just energy transitions in developing countries.

    While developing countries are currently responsible for just 25% of global CO2 emissions, this share could grow to 75% by 2050, according to analysis published by the Alliance.

    Developing countries currently receive only a fraction of the financing to develop clean energy, despite representing almost half of the world's population.

    The General Assembly allowed the African Development Bank Group to show particular leadership in efforts to end hunger, nutrition and stunting in Africa.

    Under the Presidential Dialogue Group on Nutrition, inspired by the African Union's designation of 2022 as the "Year of Nutrition," the head of the African Development Bank Group joined African presidents in signing a historic commitment to stop child growth retardation.

    According to the Global Nutrition Report, considered the most comprehensive report on the state of nutrition worldwide, more than 30% of children in Africa are stunted.

    The Dialogue Group is an initiative of the African Leaders for Nutrition platform of the African Development Bank, the Government of Ethiopia and Big Win, a philanthropic organization.

    In addition to Ethiopia, the platform counts among its members the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

    The African Development Bank's African Emergency Food Production Fund featured prominently at the World Summit on Food Security.

    Senegalese President Macky Sall, chairman of the African Union, praised the bank for quickly launching the $1.5 billion line to avert a looming food crisis.

    The program is facilitating the production of 38 million tons of food.

    This represents a $12 billion increase in production in just two years.

    In support of the African Development Bank Group's Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025 and related initiatives, the President of the Bank participated in a high-level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions (https://bit.ly/3SVfKTX) initiative.

    Speaking at the session, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged governments around the world to invest quickly in creating quality jobs and providing social protection for the uninsured.

    He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative, warning that “the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe, widening inequalities and increasing social unrest.

    This could leave billions trapped in vicious cycles of poverty and destitution.” The session was also addressed by several leaders from around the world, including African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera, Ugandan Vice President Jessica Alupo, and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Egypt, Hala El-Said. African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said: "We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education, infrastructure, energy and make sure we have productive sectors that can use people's skills and absorb them into the economy".

    On the sidelines of the General Assembly, Adesina also led a bank delegation to the World Health Organization (WHO) meetings.

    The two organizations agreed to work together on quality healthcare infrastructure, vaccines, essential drugs, nutrition and the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation.

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated the African Development Bank for creating the Africa Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, which he said "could help shape the market for pharmaceuticals."

    Adesina also held bilateral meetings with the new president of Kenya, William Ruto; the American billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg; and former US President Bill Clinton and former US Senator Hillary Clinton.

    The president also met with Anne Beatthe Tvinnereim, Norway's minister for international development, who is also governor of the African Development Bank. Before the Global Citizen Festival, they discussed efforts to end hunger.

    Norway is supporting the African Emergency Food Production Fund. UNGA 77 brought together world leaders, civil society activists, private sector actors and youth from around the world for two weeks of in-person dialogue in New York City under the theme "A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges" .

  •   The pre COP meeting in Kinshasa hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt is the last formal multilateral opportunity for ministers to shape climate negotiations before COP27 in November the COP President will represent the UK at the meeting to lay the groundwork for a successful COP27 in Egypt that strengthens global climate commitments and builds on COP26 It will also highlight the importance of the Congo Basin rainforest as the most efficient carbon sink on Earth while calling on countries to deliver on their COP 26 promises to halt and reverse forest loss while support sustainable development COP President Alok Sharma will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC for the pre COP which will take place from October 3 5 Pre COP is the annual preparatory meeting before the UN Conference of the Parties COP Ahead of COP27 in Egypt the COP President will continue to work together with ministers to build the foundation for successful negotiations at COP27 and progress on adaptation mitigation loss and damage and finance This year s pre COP will be held in Kinshasa the first time in six years that the event has been held in Africa The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to most of the forests in the Congo Basin which is the second largest rainforest region in the world and part of the solution to climate change At COP26 in Glasgow former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson US President Joe Biden DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced a gift commitment from 12 donors of 1 5 billion for the forests of the Congo Basin during 2021 25 While in Kinshasa the COP President will give an update on the progress of the commitment ahead of his formal report on the commitment at COP27 This commitment will protect and sustain Congo Basin forests peatlands and other critical global carbon stores while meeting local needs for sustainable economic development The COP26 Presidency recently invited world leaders to come together at COP27 to establish the Forest and Climate Leaders Association This new Alliance will accelerate the implementation of the unprecedented commitment made at COP26 by more than 140 countries to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation while delivering sustainable development and promoting inclusive rural transformation Pre COP will be the last time that ministers meet collectively before COP27 COP President Alok Sharma said With just over a month to go until COP27 the discussions here in the DRC are taking on increasing urgency As the impacts of climate change become more extreme the focus must remain on implementation and action driving progress on what was collectively agreed in Glasgow And we must be clear the Glasgow Climate Pact and the Paris Agreement must be the basis of our ambition Our hosts the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the main managers of the second largest forest in the world Forests are the lungs of our planet absorbing a third of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels COP26 laid the groundwork for more ambitious action with more than 140 leaders committing to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 COP27 must be a time to deliver on these commitments made to protect and restore the forests
    UN Conference of Parties (COP) President Alok Sharma to attend pre-COP negotiations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ahead of COP27
      The pre COP meeting in Kinshasa hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt is the last formal multilateral opportunity for ministers to shape climate negotiations before COP27 in November the COP President will represent the UK at the meeting to lay the groundwork for a successful COP27 in Egypt that strengthens global climate commitments and builds on COP26 It will also highlight the importance of the Congo Basin rainforest as the most efficient carbon sink on Earth while calling on countries to deliver on their COP 26 promises to halt and reverse forest loss while support sustainable development COP President Alok Sharma will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC for the pre COP which will take place from October 3 5 Pre COP is the annual preparatory meeting before the UN Conference of the Parties COP Ahead of COP27 in Egypt the COP President will continue to work together with ministers to build the foundation for successful negotiations at COP27 and progress on adaptation mitigation loss and damage and finance This year s pre COP will be held in Kinshasa the first time in six years that the event has been held in Africa The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to most of the forests in the Congo Basin which is the second largest rainforest region in the world and part of the solution to climate change At COP26 in Glasgow former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson US President Joe Biden DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced a gift commitment from 12 donors of 1 5 billion for the forests of the Congo Basin during 2021 25 While in Kinshasa the COP President will give an update on the progress of the commitment ahead of his formal report on the commitment at COP27 This commitment will protect and sustain Congo Basin forests peatlands and other critical global carbon stores while meeting local needs for sustainable economic development The COP26 Presidency recently invited world leaders to come together at COP27 to establish the Forest and Climate Leaders Association This new Alliance will accelerate the implementation of the unprecedented commitment made at COP26 by more than 140 countries to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation while delivering sustainable development and promoting inclusive rural transformation Pre COP will be the last time that ministers meet collectively before COP27 COP President Alok Sharma said With just over a month to go until COP27 the discussions here in the DRC are taking on increasing urgency As the impacts of climate change become more extreme the focus must remain on implementation and action driving progress on what was collectively agreed in Glasgow And we must be clear the Glasgow Climate Pact and the Paris Agreement must be the basis of our ambition Our hosts the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the main managers of the second largest forest in the world Forests are the lungs of our planet absorbing a third of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels COP26 laid the groundwork for more ambitious action with more than 140 leaders committing to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 COP27 must be a time to deliver on these commitments made to protect and restore the forests
    UN Conference of Parties (COP) President Alok Sharma to attend pre-COP negotiations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ahead of COP27
    Africa22 hours ago

    UN Conference of Parties (COP) President Alok Sharma to attend pre-COP negotiations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ahead of COP27

    The pre-COP meeting in Kinshasa, hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Egypt, is the last formal multilateral opportunity for ministers to shape climate negotiations before COP27 in November; the COP President will represent the UK at the meeting to lay the groundwork for a successful COP27 in Egypt that strengthens global climate commitments and builds on COP26; It will also highlight the importance of the Congo Basin rainforest as the most efficient carbon sink on Earth, while calling on countries to deliver on their COP 26 promises to halt and reverse forest loss, while support sustainable development.

    COP President Alok Sharma will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the pre-COP, which will take place from October 3-5.

    Pre-COP is the annual preparatory meeting before the UN Conference of the Parties (COP).

    Ahead of COP27 in Egypt, the COP President will continue to work together with ministers to build the foundation for successful negotiations at COP27 and progress on adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, and finance.

    This year's pre-COP will be held in Kinshasa, the first time in six years that the event has been held in Africa.

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to most of the forests in the Congo Basin, which is the second largest rainforest region in the world and part of the solution to climate change.

    At COP26 in Glasgow, former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced a gift commitment from 12 donors of $1.5 billion for the forests of the Congo Basin during 2021-25.

    While in Kinshasa, the COP President will give an update on the progress of the commitment, ahead of his formal report on the commitment at COP27.

    This commitment will protect and sustain Congo Basin forests, peatlands, and other critical global carbon stores while meeting local needs for sustainable economic development.

    The COP26 Presidency recently invited world leaders to come together at COP27 to establish the Forest and Climate Leaders Association.

    This new Alliance will accelerate the implementation of the unprecedented commitment made at COP26 by more than 140 countries to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation, while delivering sustainable development and promoting inclusive rural transformation.

    Pre-COP will be the last time that ministers meet collectively before COP27.

    COP President Alok Sharma said: “With just over a month to go until COP27, the discussions here in the DRC are taking on increasing urgency.

    “As the impacts of climate change become more extreme, the focus must remain on implementation and action, driving progress on what was collectively agreed in Glasgow.

    And we must be clear: the Glasgow Climate Pact and the Paris Agreement must be the basis of our ambition.

    “Our hosts, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are the main managers of the second largest forest in the world.

    Forests are the lungs of our planet, absorbing a third of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels.

    “COP26 laid the groundwork for more ambitious action, with more than 140 leaders committing to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.

    COP27 must be a time to deliver on these commitments made to protect and restore the forests.

  •   The Egyptian government announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Coca Cola presenting the company as a sponsor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP27 https bit ly 3C2xhCG that will take place held in Sharm El Sheikh from November 6 to 18 In response Greenpeace US Oceans campaign manager John Hocevar said It is disconcerting that Coca Cola the world s largest plastic polluter in the Break Free From Plastic brand audits https bit ly 3SL1mO2 in different countries such as Kenya https bit ly 3UTotaN and Uganda https bit ly 3UUBdy8 will host this year s Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Egypt Coca Cola produces 120 billion disposable plastic bottles a year and 99 of plastics are made from fossil fuels making both the plastic crisis and the climate crisis worse They have yet to acknowledge that this is a problem or explain how they will meet their climate goals without ending their addiction to plastic This association undermines the very purpose of the event you seek to sponsor Reducing plastic production and ending single use plastic is in line with the goal of keeping global warming below 1 5 degrees If Coca Cola really wants to solve the plastic and climate crisis it needs to turn off the plastics tap Ending Coca Cola s addiction to single use plastic is an important part of moving away from fossil fuels protecting communities and combating climate change
    The biggest plastic polluter named sponsor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27)
      The Egyptian government announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Coca Cola presenting the company as a sponsor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP27 https bit ly 3C2xhCG that will take place held in Sharm El Sheikh from November 6 to 18 In response Greenpeace US Oceans campaign manager John Hocevar said It is disconcerting that Coca Cola the world s largest plastic polluter in the Break Free From Plastic brand audits https bit ly 3SL1mO2 in different countries such as Kenya https bit ly 3UTotaN and Uganda https bit ly 3UUBdy8 will host this year s Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Egypt Coca Cola produces 120 billion disposable plastic bottles a year and 99 of plastics are made from fossil fuels making both the plastic crisis and the climate crisis worse They have yet to acknowledge that this is a problem or explain how they will meet their climate goals without ending their addiction to plastic This association undermines the very purpose of the event you seek to sponsor Reducing plastic production and ending single use plastic is in line with the goal of keeping global warming below 1 5 degrees If Coca Cola really wants to solve the plastic and climate crisis it needs to turn off the plastics tap Ending Coca Cola s addiction to single use plastic is an important part of moving away from fossil fuels protecting communities and combating climate change
    The biggest plastic polluter named sponsor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27)
    Africa3 days ago

    The biggest plastic polluter named sponsor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27)

    The Egyptian government announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with Coca-Cola, presenting the company as a sponsor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) (https://bit.ly/3C2xhCG) that will take place held in Sharm El-Sheikh from November 6 to 18.

    In response, Greenpeace US Oceans campaign manager John Hocevar said: “It is disconcerting that Coca-Cola, the world's largest plastic polluter in the Break Free From Plastic brand audits (https:/ /bit.ly/3SL1mO2), in different countries such as Kenya (https://bit.ly/3UTotaN) and Uganda (https://bit.ly/3UUBdy8) - will host this year's Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Egypt.

    “Coca-Cola produces 120 billion disposable plastic bottles a year, and 99% of plastics are made from fossil fuels, making both the plastic crisis and the climate crisis worse.

    They have yet to acknowledge that this is a problem or explain how they will meet their climate goals without ending their addiction to plastic.

    This association undermines the very purpose of the event you seek to sponsor.

    “Reducing plastic production and ending single-use plastic is in line with the goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees.

    If Coca-Cola really wants to solve the plastic and climate crisis, it needs to turn off the plastics tap.

    Ending Coca-Cola's addiction to single-use plastic is an important part of moving away from fossil fuels, protecting communities and combating climate change."

  •   The outgoing Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Seychelles HE Mr Khaled El Abyab paid a farewell visit to President Wavel Ramkalawan at Government House yesterday morning as his term comes to an end The President commended Ambassador Abyab for the valuable role he has played during his tenure in enhancing the relationship and bond of friendship between Seychelles and Egypt Thank you for reaffirming the friendly relations between our two countries The Seychelles Government looks forward to working closely with its successor in the same way to further strengthen our bilateral ties for win win cooperation in various fields such as trade and investment I wish him all the best in his next assignment said President Ramkalawan The meeting between the Head of State and Ambassador Abyab gave them the opportunity to further discuss the main areas of cooperation between the two countries namely tourism capacity building trade and investment as well as the environment They also talked about the upcoming Weather Change Conference 2022 COP27 to be held in Sharm el Sheik Egypt in November 2022 In addition Ambassador Abyab briefed President Ramkalawan on the three Seychellois citizens who are currently serving life sentences in Egypt for They have been transferred to a prison closer to Cairo which is more comfortable and will allow the Ambassador of Seychelles based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and their families to visit them Ambassador Abyab assured him that they are in good health and that the Egyptian government will do its best to respond whenever there is a request for a visit Speaking to the local press after the meeting Ambassador Abyab described his achievements during his 4 years in office which included the resumption of training courses being offered by the Egyptian development partnership agency and other institutions Also in the tourism sector Also present at the farewell call at Government House were the Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave the Senior Counselor for Bilateral Affairs Ms Johnette Stephen and the Third Secretary Officer for Egypt Mr Davis Mathiot
    Outgoing Egyptian ambassador to Seychelles bids farewell at Government House
      The outgoing Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Seychelles HE Mr Khaled El Abyab paid a farewell visit to President Wavel Ramkalawan at Government House yesterday morning as his term comes to an end The President commended Ambassador Abyab for the valuable role he has played during his tenure in enhancing the relationship and bond of friendship between Seychelles and Egypt Thank you for reaffirming the friendly relations between our two countries The Seychelles Government looks forward to working closely with its successor in the same way to further strengthen our bilateral ties for win win cooperation in various fields such as trade and investment I wish him all the best in his next assignment said President Ramkalawan The meeting between the Head of State and Ambassador Abyab gave them the opportunity to further discuss the main areas of cooperation between the two countries namely tourism capacity building trade and investment as well as the environment They also talked about the upcoming Weather Change Conference 2022 COP27 to be held in Sharm el Sheik Egypt in November 2022 In addition Ambassador Abyab briefed President Ramkalawan on the three Seychellois citizens who are currently serving life sentences in Egypt for They have been transferred to a prison closer to Cairo which is more comfortable and will allow the Ambassador of Seychelles based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and their families to visit them Ambassador Abyab assured him that they are in good health and that the Egyptian government will do its best to respond whenever there is a request for a visit Speaking to the local press after the meeting Ambassador Abyab described his achievements during his 4 years in office which included the resumption of training courses being offered by the Egyptian development partnership agency and other institutions Also in the tourism sector Also present at the farewell call at Government House were the Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave the Senior Counselor for Bilateral Affairs Ms Johnette Stephen and the Third Secretary Officer for Egypt Mr Davis Mathiot
    Outgoing Egyptian ambassador to Seychelles bids farewell at Government House
    Africa4 days ago

    Outgoing Egyptian ambassador to Seychelles bids farewell at Government House

    The outgoing Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Seychelles, HE Mr. Khaled El Abyab, paid a farewell visit to President Wavel Ramkalawan at Government House yesterday morning, as his term comes to an end.

    The President commended Ambassador Abyab for the valuable role he has played during his tenure in enhancing the relationship and bond of friendship between Seychelles and Egypt.

    “Thank you for reaffirming the friendly relations between our two countries.

    The Seychelles Government looks forward to working closely with its successor, in the same way, to further strengthen our bilateral ties for win-win cooperation in various fields such as trade and investment.

    I wish him all the best in his next assignment,” said President Ramkalawan.

    The meeting between the Head of State and Ambassador Abyab gave them the opportunity to further discuss the main areas of cooperation between the two countries, namely tourism, capacity building, trade and investment, as well as the environment.

    They also talked about the upcoming Weather.

    Change Conference 2022 (COP27), to be held in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, in November 2022.

    In addition, Ambassador Abyab briefed President Ramkalawan on the three Seychellois citizens, who are currently serving life sentences in Egypt, for They have been transferred to a prison closer to Cairo which is more comfortable and will allow the Ambassador of Seychelles based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and their families to visit them.

    Ambassador Abyab assured him that they are in good health and that the Egyptian government will do its best to respond whenever there is a request for a visit.

    Speaking to the local press after the meeting, Ambassador Abyab described his achievements during his 4 years in office, which included the resumption of training courses being offered by the Egyptian development partnership agency and other institutions .

    Also, in the tourism sector.

    Also present at the farewell call at Government House were the Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, the Senior Counselor for Bilateral Affairs, Ms. Johnette Stephen, and the Third Secretary/Officer for Egypt, Mr. Davis Mathiot.

  •  Mr Nnimmo Bassey the Director Health of Mother Earth Foundation has called on Nigerians to elect political leaders who understand the need to protect the environment beyond promoting profits from the sector Bassey gave the advice on Thursday at a two day National Conference on Climate Change COP27 and Beyond organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa CAPPA in Abuja The conference brings participants together to discuss climate change agenda for the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change billed for Egypt in November 2022 The environmentalist said that as the 2023 general elections approaches Nigerians should elect leaders who understand the impacts of climate change on the vulnerable people and communities February next year we are electing new political leaders So it is a good time to begin to ask questions That who among these leaders have a better understanding about environment beyond the dollars that come from the resources Which of them will look at vulnerable communities who are suffering the impacts of climate change beyond the money that may come from solid minerals sector Bassey asked He expressed the need to elect leaders who care about the wellbeing of the people Bassey who described the impacts of climate change as obvious added that it also had political factors and that was why action was not being taken against the menace The reason why action is not being taken is because people don t want anything to touch their profits It doesn t matter whether the impacts of climate change are serious or not But as long as the financial bottom is not touched or affected some big powerful nations and corporations are happy he said Mrs Priscilla Achakpa the Founder and President Women Environmental Programme an NGO expressed concern over the increase of flooding in the country Achakpa said this was caused by climate change and through what people gave out to nature According to her vulnerable people and communities are now suffering the impacts because the flood submerges houses and displaces them She commended the management of CAPPA for giving people from the grassroots opportunity to participate in the two day conversation In his remarks the Executive Director of CAPPA Mr Akinbode Oluwafemi said that the conference was organised for participants to discuss energy transition from fossils to clean energy Oluwafemi added that it would build consensus on the need for adequate climate financing for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation plans in Nigeria and Africa The conference will also assist in interrogating Nigeria s Nationally Determined Contributions and Nigeria s Climate Change Act 2021 he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Expert urges Nigerians to elect environment friendly leaders
     Mr Nnimmo Bassey the Director Health of Mother Earth Foundation has called on Nigerians to elect political leaders who understand the need to protect the environment beyond promoting profits from the sector Bassey gave the advice on Thursday at a two day National Conference on Climate Change COP27 and Beyond organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa CAPPA in Abuja The conference brings participants together to discuss climate change agenda for the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change billed for Egypt in November 2022 The environmentalist said that as the 2023 general elections approaches Nigerians should elect leaders who understand the impacts of climate change on the vulnerable people and communities February next year we are electing new political leaders So it is a good time to begin to ask questions That who among these leaders have a better understanding about environment beyond the dollars that come from the resources Which of them will look at vulnerable communities who are suffering the impacts of climate change beyond the money that may come from solid minerals sector Bassey asked He expressed the need to elect leaders who care about the wellbeing of the people Bassey who described the impacts of climate change as obvious added that it also had political factors and that was why action was not being taken against the menace The reason why action is not being taken is because people don t want anything to touch their profits It doesn t matter whether the impacts of climate change are serious or not But as long as the financial bottom is not touched or affected some big powerful nations and corporations are happy he said Mrs Priscilla Achakpa the Founder and President Women Environmental Programme an NGO expressed concern over the increase of flooding in the country Achakpa said this was caused by climate change and through what people gave out to nature According to her vulnerable people and communities are now suffering the impacts because the flood submerges houses and displaces them She commended the management of CAPPA for giving people from the grassroots opportunity to participate in the two day conversation In his remarks the Executive Director of CAPPA Mr Akinbode Oluwafemi said that the conference was organised for participants to discuss energy transition from fossils to clean energy Oluwafemi added that it would build consensus on the need for adequate climate financing for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation plans in Nigeria and Africa The conference will also assist in interrogating Nigeria s Nationally Determined Contributions and Nigeria s Climate Change Act 2021 he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Expert urges Nigerians to elect environment friendly leaders
    Environment5 days ago

    Expert urges Nigerians to elect environment friendly leaders

    Mr Nnimmo Bassey, the Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, has called on Nigerians to elect political leaders who understand the need to protect the environment beyond promoting profits from the sector.

    Bassey gave the advice on Thursday at a two-day National Conference on Climate Change, COP27 and Beyond, organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) in Abuja.

    The conference brings participants together to discuss climate change agenda for the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change billed for Egypt in November, 2022. The environmentalist said that as the 2023 general elections approaches, Nigerians should elect leaders who understand the impacts of climate change on the vulnerable people and communities.

    “February next year, we are electing new political leaders.

    So, it is a good time to begin to ask questions.

    “That, who among these leaders have a better understanding about environment beyond the dollars that come from the resources?

    “Which of them will look at vulnerable communities who are suffering the impacts of climate change beyond the money that may come from solid minerals sector?

    ” Bassey asked He expressed the need to elect leaders who care about the wellbeing of the people.

    Bassey, who described the impacts of climate change as obvious, added that it also had political factors, and that was why action was not being taken against the menace.

    “The reason why action is not being taken is because people don’t want anything to touch their profits.

    It doesn’t matter whether the impacts of climate change are serious or not.

    “But, as long as the financial bottom is not touched or affected, some big powerful nations and corporations are happy,” he said.

    Mrs Priscilla Achakpa, the Founder and President, Women Environmental Programme, an NGO, expressed concern over the increase of flooding in the country.

    Achakpa said this was caused by climate change and through what people gave out to nature.

    According to her, vulnerable people and communities are now suffering the impacts because the flood submerges houses and displaces them.

    She commended the management of CAPPA for giving people from the grassroots opportunity to participate in the two-day conversation.

    In his remarks, the Executive Director of CAPPA, Mr Akinbode Oluwafemi, said that the conference was organised for participants to discuss energy transition from fossils to clean energy.

    Oluwafemi added that it would build consensus on the need for adequate climate financing for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation plans in Nigeria and Africa.

    “The conference will also assist in interrogating Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions and Nigeria’s Climate Change Act 2021,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Ministers and government officials from several African countries discussed the potential of nuclear power to support sustainable development and the transition to clean and reliable energy as the IAEA launched a new publication on climate change and nuclear power at a side event during the 66th IAEA General Conference This day The event Supporting the energy transition in Africa presented the 2022 edition of Climate Change and Nuclear Energy which is updated every two years and provides a wealth of technical information and data on the benefits of nuclear energy to contribute to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 This year s publication features a chapter on nuclear power in Africa on which IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi held an extensive discussion with representatives from Egypt Ghana Kenya and South Africa at today s event Everywhere I listen to this global conversation about energy security climate change and nuclear power and whether it s due to changing circumstances climate or security needs it s pretty clear that nuclear power now has a place in the table Grossi said What I like about this discussion is that there is no discussion without Africa Africans have told themselves we need to contribute and we need our own specific analysis of how this nuclear jewel will be used for African economies According to the new publication around 600 million people and 10 million small businesses in Africa do not have a reliable source of electricity and increasingly connection to a national grid is no guarantee of electricity supply Blackouts are becoming more frequent and in sub Saharan Africa the World Bank reports that nearly 80 percent of businesses experience blackouts Meanwhile Africa s energy demand is increasing twice as fast as the global average largely driven by urban population growth In this context several African countries are exploring the possibility of adding nuclear power to its energy mix and Egypt recently began construction on its first nuclear power plant The only nuclear operator on the continent with two reactors totaling almost 2 000 MWe is considering the long term operation of the Koeberg nuclear power plant and the expansion of its nuclear power programme Egypt the host of the upcoming UN climate summit or COP27 in November recently broke ground on the first of four 1 200 MWe reactors it plans to build at El Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast Egypt opted for nuclear power because it provides a constant source of energy that lasts for decades said Mohamed H El Molla Egypt s Resident Representative to the IAEA Through its Milestone Approach the IAEA supports some 30 countries in Africa and around the world called new nuclear countries in their efforts to develop the infrastructure necessary for a safe secure and sustainable nuclear power programme Ghana has been working with the Agency for a number of years including an IAEA led Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review INIR mission in 2017 Ghana is looking to introduce nuclear power to provide the necessary diversity of baseload to ensure the energy security for our future demands said Kwaku Afriyie Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation of Ghana Our hydroelectric potential is almost exhausted so our interest in nuclear energy is to make sure we have energy for our transition and development While 40 percent of Ghana s energy comes from hydropower it accounts for 17 percent of all electricity generation in Africa and rising according to the International Energy Agency IEA In countries such as Uganda Zambia and Malawi the share of hydroelectric generation exceeds 80 percent Hydropower is low carbon and goes a long way toward meeting net zero emissions commitments but as weather patterns change so does the availability and reliability of water supplies And Africa is particularly vulnerable to these changes The IEA predicts that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Morocco Zambia and Zimbabwe climate change will cause a significant decrease in hydropower capacity by the end of the century Many other nations will experience unpredictable fluctuations in their hydroelectric supply If electricity demand continues to grow and climate change causes less hydropower production countries will be able to secure baseload electricity only through fossil fuel sources or nuclear power But according to the World Bank the public finances of developing African countries have worsened amid the COVID pandemic leaving many unable to finance large infrastructure projects on their own That means international funding will be vital said Henri Paillere Chief of the IAEA s Economic Studies and Planning Section which produces the biannual publication Establishing special economic zones with tailored economic regulations built around reliable local infrastructure would be one way to attract foreign investment Such zones could then serve as clean energy hubs that would benefit surrounding communities and act as catalysts for energy transitions on a national scale New technologies such as small modular reactors SMRs with lower start up costs and easier financing than traditional reactors may provide an option and better suit the small power grids found in many African countries participants heard As countries in Africa consider or embark on nuclear power Mr Grossi emphasized that they would have the Agency s full support The IAEA will be with you every step of the way he said
    New International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) publication on climate change and nuclear power highlights Africa’s potential
      Ministers and government officials from several African countries discussed the potential of nuclear power to support sustainable development and the transition to clean and reliable energy as the IAEA launched a new publication on climate change and nuclear power at a side event during the 66th IAEA General Conference This day The event Supporting the energy transition in Africa presented the 2022 edition of Climate Change and Nuclear Energy which is updated every two years and provides a wealth of technical information and data on the benefits of nuclear energy to contribute to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 This year s publication features a chapter on nuclear power in Africa on which IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi held an extensive discussion with representatives from Egypt Ghana Kenya and South Africa at today s event Everywhere I listen to this global conversation about energy security climate change and nuclear power and whether it s due to changing circumstances climate or security needs it s pretty clear that nuclear power now has a place in the table Grossi said What I like about this discussion is that there is no discussion without Africa Africans have told themselves we need to contribute and we need our own specific analysis of how this nuclear jewel will be used for African economies According to the new publication around 600 million people and 10 million small businesses in Africa do not have a reliable source of electricity and increasingly connection to a national grid is no guarantee of electricity supply Blackouts are becoming more frequent and in sub Saharan Africa the World Bank reports that nearly 80 percent of businesses experience blackouts Meanwhile Africa s energy demand is increasing twice as fast as the global average largely driven by urban population growth In this context several African countries are exploring the possibility of adding nuclear power to its energy mix and Egypt recently began construction on its first nuclear power plant The only nuclear operator on the continent with two reactors totaling almost 2 000 MWe is considering the long term operation of the Koeberg nuclear power plant and the expansion of its nuclear power programme Egypt the host of the upcoming UN climate summit or COP27 in November recently broke ground on the first of four 1 200 MWe reactors it plans to build at El Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast Egypt opted for nuclear power because it provides a constant source of energy that lasts for decades said Mohamed H El Molla Egypt s Resident Representative to the IAEA Through its Milestone Approach the IAEA supports some 30 countries in Africa and around the world called new nuclear countries in their efforts to develop the infrastructure necessary for a safe secure and sustainable nuclear power programme Ghana has been working with the Agency for a number of years including an IAEA led Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review INIR mission in 2017 Ghana is looking to introduce nuclear power to provide the necessary diversity of baseload to ensure the energy security for our future demands said Kwaku Afriyie Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation of Ghana Our hydroelectric potential is almost exhausted so our interest in nuclear energy is to make sure we have energy for our transition and development While 40 percent of Ghana s energy comes from hydropower it accounts for 17 percent of all electricity generation in Africa and rising according to the International Energy Agency IEA In countries such as Uganda Zambia and Malawi the share of hydroelectric generation exceeds 80 percent Hydropower is low carbon and goes a long way toward meeting net zero emissions commitments but as weather patterns change so does the availability and reliability of water supplies And Africa is particularly vulnerable to these changes The IEA predicts that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Morocco Zambia and Zimbabwe climate change will cause a significant decrease in hydropower capacity by the end of the century Many other nations will experience unpredictable fluctuations in their hydroelectric supply If electricity demand continues to grow and climate change causes less hydropower production countries will be able to secure baseload electricity only through fossil fuel sources or nuclear power But according to the World Bank the public finances of developing African countries have worsened amid the COVID pandemic leaving many unable to finance large infrastructure projects on their own That means international funding will be vital said Henri Paillere Chief of the IAEA s Economic Studies and Planning Section which produces the biannual publication Establishing special economic zones with tailored economic regulations built around reliable local infrastructure would be one way to attract foreign investment Such zones could then serve as clean energy hubs that would benefit surrounding communities and act as catalysts for energy transitions on a national scale New technologies such as small modular reactors SMRs with lower start up costs and easier financing than traditional reactors may provide an option and better suit the small power grids found in many African countries participants heard As countries in Africa consider or embark on nuclear power Mr Grossi emphasized that they would have the Agency s full support The IAEA will be with you every step of the way he said
    New International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) publication on climate change and nuclear power highlights Africa’s potential
    Africa6 days ago

    New International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) publication on climate change and nuclear power highlights Africa’s potential

    Ministers and government officials from several African countries discussed the potential of nuclear power to support sustainable development and the transition to clean and reliable energy as the IAEA launched a new publication on climate change and nuclear power at a side event during the 66th IAEA General Conference.

    This day.

    The event, "Supporting the energy transition in Africa", presented the 2022 edition of Climate Change and Nuclear Energy, which is updated every two years and provides a wealth of technical information and data on the benefits of nuclear energy to contribute to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    This year's publication features a chapter on nuclear power in Africa, on which IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi held an extensive discussion with representatives from Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa at today's event.

    "Everywhere I listen to this global conversation about energy security, climate change and nuclear power, and whether it's due to changing circumstances, climate or security needs, it's pretty clear that nuclear power now has a place in the table," Grossi said.

    .

    "What I like about this discussion is that there is no discussion without Africa.

    Africans have told themselves [...] 'we need to contribute, and we need our own specific analysis of how this nuclear jewel will be used for African economies.'" According to the new publication, around 600 million people and 10 million small businesses in Africa do not have a reliable source of electricity , and increasingly, connection to a national grid is no guarantee of electricity supply Blackouts are becoming more frequent, and in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Bank reports that nearly 80 percent of businesses experience blackouts Meanwhile, Africa's energy demand is increasing twice as fast as the global average, largely driven by urban population growth.In this context, several African countries are exploring the possibility of adding nuclear power to its energy mix, and Egypt recently began construction on its first nuclear power plant.

    The only nuclear operator on the continent with two reactors totaling almost 2,000 MWe, is considering the long-term operation of the Koeberg nuclear power plant and the expansion of its nuclear power programme.

    Egypt, the host of the upcoming UN climate summit, or COP27, in November, recently broke ground on the first of four 1,200 MWe reactors it plans to build at El-Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast.

    “Egypt opted for nuclear power because it provides a constant source of energy that lasts for decades,” said Mohamed H.

    El Molla, Egypt's Resident Representative to the IAEA.

    Through its Milestone Approach, the IAEA supports some 30 countries in Africa and around the world called new nuclear countries in their efforts to develop the infrastructure necessary for a safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programme.

    Ghana has been working with the Agency for a number of years, including an IAEA-led Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission in 2017.

    “Ghana is looking to introduce nuclear power to provide the necessary diversity of baseload to ensure the energy security for our future demands.

    ”, said Kwaku Afriyie, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ghana.

    "Our hydroelectric potential is almost exhausted, so our interest in nuclear energy is to make sure we have energy for our transition and development."

    While 40 percent of Ghana's energy comes from hydropower, it accounts for 17 percent of all electricity generation in Africa and rising, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    In countries such as Uganda, Zambia, and Malawi, the share of hydroelectric generation exceeds 80 percent.

    Hydropower is low-carbon and goes a long way toward meeting net-zero emissions commitments, but as weather patterns change, so does the availability and reliability of water supplies.

    And Africa is particularly vulnerable to these changes.

    The IEA predicts that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco, Zambia and Zimbabwe, climate change will cause a significant decrease in hydropower capacity by the end of the century.

    Many other nations will experience unpredictable fluctuations in their hydroelectric supply.

    If electricity demand continues to grow and climate change causes less hydropower production, countries will be able to secure baseload electricity only through fossil fuel sources or nuclear power.

    But according to the World Bank, the public finances of developing African countries have worsened amid the COVID pandemic, leaving many unable to finance large infrastructure projects on their own.

    "That means international funding will be vital," said Henri Paillere, Chief of the IAEA's Economic Studies and Planning Section, which produces the biannual publication.

    “Establishing special economic zones with tailored economic regulations built around reliable local infrastructure would be one way to attract foreign investment.

    Such zones could then serve as clean energy hubs that would benefit surrounding communities and act as catalysts for energy transitions on a national scale.” New technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs), with lower start-up costs and easier financing than traditional reactors, may provide an option and better suit the small power grids found in many African countries, participants heard.

    .

    As countries in Africa consider or embark on nuclear power, Mr. Grossi emphasized that they would have the Agency's full support.

    "The IAEA will be with you every step of the way," he said.

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the National Council on Climate Change to formulate appropriate policies toward achieving green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria The president gave the charge while inaugurating the Council before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting in the State House Abuja on Wednesday The president said the inauguration marked the commencement of the implementation of the Climate Change Act 2021 and a new chapter in the renewed response to climate change in the country He also directed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate appropriate amendments of noticeable implementation challenges inherent in the Act While highlighting the losses and damages caused by the recent increasing floods in several parts of the country as well in Pakistan Bangladesh and other parts of East and Southern Africa Buhari described climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing humanity It Climate Change is complex and dynamic and requires multidimensional and multi sectoral initiatives to address its impacts and avert its rapid advance Updated data show increases in sea level rise heat waves wild fires floods desertification drying wetlands and many more disruptive climate occurrences The latest Intergovernmental Panel on climate change report warns that rising GreenHouse Gas emissions could soon outstrip the ability of communities to adapt The window for taking decisive steps needed to spare our planet from the gravest impacts of climate change is rapidly narrowing We cannot ignore what is happening in our local environment The increasing re occurrence of floods in several parts of the country is a wakeup call he said The president decried the loss of lives damage and destruction of infrastructure such as roads bridges schools and agricultural production Buhari therefore reiterated the determination of his administration to strengthen national response to climate change and accelerate the implementation of decisive actions to reduce its impacts on the people and economy According to him Nigeria is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which is an established international treaty to combat dangerous human interference with the climate system in part by stabilizing GreenHouse Gas concentrations in the atmosphere Buhari said It is against this background that in Nov 2021 after COP 26 in Glasgow I signed the Nigeria Climate Change Act despite noticeable implementation challenges inherent in the Act This is to set the framework for mainstreaming climate change action carbon budgeting and the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change The council is tasked with the responsibility of formulating appropriate policies and other mechanisms for achieving low GreenHouse Gas emissions including green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria In a clear demonstration of our commitments as enshrined in our Nationally Determined Contributions and the Net Zero Target by 2060 I also approved on July 25 2022 the appointment of the Director General and Secretary for the National Council on Climate Change The president therefore maintained that those lapses earlier alluded to which included the establishment of states and Zonal offices creating a huge and costly bureaucracy would not be tolerated According to the president the Act also takes out the Commissioners of Environments from the states as members of Council It also did not make transitional provisions capturing the work of the Inter ministerial Working Group This group was responsible for Energy Transition the supervisory oversight of the Ministry of Environment and the establishment of an Executive Management structure at the secretariat level to support the DG in running the Council Secretariat Accordingly I hereby direct the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate the appropriate amendment to reflect these observations he said Ahead of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt the president expressed optimism that the National Council on Climate Change would harmonise all issues relating to Climate Change Energy Transition Plan Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Trading Framework According to him this is in line with its mandate under the Act so that Nigeria could have a robust and impactful outing that captures Nigeria s Climate Change priorities He said the composition of the council was a reflection of the magnitude of the problem and the seriousness of the nation s response Buhari added it comprises the highest level of governance and a representation of all key sectors of the economy Buhari also used the occasion to thank Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for heading Nigeria s Energy Transition Plan presiding over the global launch of the plan and initiating its marketing by engaging key stakeholders in the United States He urged the Council to consolidate on these first steps and ensure a sustained marketing of the plan Earlier the Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi thanked the president for walking the talk on climate change at the international regional and national level He also lauded him for demonstrating immense leadership towards Nigeria s quest for net zero by 2060 The Council is chaired by the President with the Vice President as Vice Chairman The Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum is also a member Other members of the Council are the Ministers responsible for Environment Petroleum Resources Budget and National Planning Justice Mines and Steel Development Finance Agriculture and Rural Development Power Women Affairs Transportation and Water Resources The Governor of Central Bank the National Security Adviser President of Association Local Governments of Nigeria a representative of the private sector on climate change or environmental related matters representative of National Conservation Foundation are also members of the Council Others are a representative of National Council on Women Societies a representative of National Youth Congress and a representative of the Civil Society Organisation The Director General of the National Council on Climate Change Dr Salisu Dahiru will serve as Secretary The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after the inauguration FEC observed a minute of silence in honour of Ayodele Ogunlade a former Minister of National Planning under former Head of State Sani Abacha who died on Tuesday aged 88 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari inaugurates, sets agenda for National Council on Climate Change
     President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the National Council on Climate Change to formulate appropriate policies toward achieving green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria The president gave the charge while inaugurating the Council before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting in the State House Abuja on Wednesday The president said the inauguration marked the commencement of the implementation of the Climate Change Act 2021 and a new chapter in the renewed response to climate change in the country He also directed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate appropriate amendments of noticeable implementation challenges inherent in the Act While highlighting the losses and damages caused by the recent increasing floods in several parts of the country as well in Pakistan Bangladesh and other parts of East and Southern Africa Buhari described climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing humanity It Climate Change is complex and dynamic and requires multidimensional and multi sectoral initiatives to address its impacts and avert its rapid advance Updated data show increases in sea level rise heat waves wild fires floods desertification drying wetlands and many more disruptive climate occurrences The latest Intergovernmental Panel on climate change report warns that rising GreenHouse Gas emissions could soon outstrip the ability of communities to adapt The window for taking decisive steps needed to spare our planet from the gravest impacts of climate change is rapidly narrowing We cannot ignore what is happening in our local environment The increasing re occurrence of floods in several parts of the country is a wakeup call he said The president decried the loss of lives damage and destruction of infrastructure such as roads bridges schools and agricultural production Buhari therefore reiterated the determination of his administration to strengthen national response to climate change and accelerate the implementation of decisive actions to reduce its impacts on the people and economy According to him Nigeria is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which is an established international treaty to combat dangerous human interference with the climate system in part by stabilizing GreenHouse Gas concentrations in the atmosphere Buhari said It is against this background that in Nov 2021 after COP 26 in Glasgow I signed the Nigeria Climate Change Act despite noticeable implementation challenges inherent in the Act This is to set the framework for mainstreaming climate change action carbon budgeting and the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change The council is tasked with the responsibility of formulating appropriate policies and other mechanisms for achieving low GreenHouse Gas emissions including green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria In a clear demonstration of our commitments as enshrined in our Nationally Determined Contributions and the Net Zero Target by 2060 I also approved on July 25 2022 the appointment of the Director General and Secretary for the National Council on Climate Change The president therefore maintained that those lapses earlier alluded to which included the establishment of states and Zonal offices creating a huge and costly bureaucracy would not be tolerated According to the president the Act also takes out the Commissioners of Environments from the states as members of Council It also did not make transitional provisions capturing the work of the Inter ministerial Working Group This group was responsible for Energy Transition the supervisory oversight of the Ministry of Environment and the establishment of an Executive Management structure at the secretariat level to support the DG in running the Council Secretariat Accordingly I hereby direct the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate the appropriate amendment to reflect these observations he said Ahead of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt the president expressed optimism that the National Council on Climate Change would harmonise all issues relating to Climate Change Energy Transition Plan Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Trading Framework According to him this is in line with its mandate under the Act so that Nigeria could have a robust and impactful outing that captures Nigeria s Climate Change priorities He said the composition of the council was a reflection of the magnitude of the problem and the seriousness of the nation s response Buhari added it comprises the highest level of governance and a representation of all key sectors of the economy Buhari also used the occasion to thank Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for heading Nigeria s Energy Transition Plan presiding over the global launch of the plan and initiating its marketing by engaging key stakeholders in the United States He urged the Council to consolidate on these first steps and ensure a sustained marketing of the plan Earlier the Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi thanked the president for walking the talk on climate change at the international regional and national level He also lauded him for demonstrating immense leadership towards Nigeria s quest for net zero by 2060 The Council is chaired by the President with the Vice President as Vice Chairman The Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum is also a member Other members of the Council are the Ministers responsible for Environment Petroleum Resources Budget and National Planning Justice Mines and Steel Development Finance Agriculture and Rural Development Power Women Affairs Transportation and Water Resources The Governor of Central Bank the National Security Adviser President of Association Local Governments of Nigeria a representative of the private sector on climate change or environmental related matters representative of National Conservation Foundation are also members of the Council Others are a representative of National Council on Women Societies a representative of National Youth Congress and a representative of the Civil Society Organisation The Director General of the National Council on Climate Change Dr Salisu Dahiru will serve as Secretary The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after the inauguration FEC observed a minute of silence in honour of Ayodele Ogunlade a former Minister of National Planning under former Head of State Sani Abacha who died on Tuesday aged 88 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari inaugurates, sets agenda for National Council on Climate Change
    Environment6 days ago

    Buhari inaugurates, sets agenda for National Council on Climate Change

    President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the National Council on Climate Change to formulate appropriate policies toward achieving green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria.

    The president gave the charge while inaugurating the Council before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting in the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.

    The president said the inauguration marked the commencement of the implementation of the Climate Change Act 2021 and a new chapter in the renewed response to climate change in the country.

    He also directed the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate appropriate amendments of ”noticeable implementation challenges” inherent in the Act. While highlighting the losses and damages caused by the recent increasing floods in several parts of the country as well in Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of East and Southern Africa, Buhari described climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

    ”It (Climate Change) is complex and dynamic; and requires multidimensional and multi-sectoral initiatives to address its impacts and avert its rapid advance.

    ”Updated data show increases in sea level rise, heat waves, wild fires, floods, desertification, drying wetlands and many more disruptive climate occurrences.

    ”The latest Intergovernmental Panel on climate change report warns that rising GreenHouse Gas emissions could soon outstrip the ability of communities to adapt.

    ”The window for taking decisive steps needed to spare our planet from the gravest impacts of climate change is rapidly narrowing.

    ”We cannot ignore what is happening in our local environment.

    The increasing re-occurrence of floods in several parts of the country is a wakeup call,” he said.

    The president decried the loss of lives, damage and destruction of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools and agricultural production.

    Buhari, therefore, reiterated the determination of his administration to strengthen national response to climate change and accelerate the implementation of decisive actions to reduce its impacts on the people and economy.

    According to him, Nigeria is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is an established international treaty to combat “dangerous human interference with the climate system”, in part by stabilizing GreenHouse Gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

    Buhari said: ”It is against this background that in Nov. 2021, after COP 26 in Glasgow, I signed the Nigeria Climate Change Act despite noticeable implementation challenges inherent in the Act. ” This is to set the framework for mainstreaming climate change action, carbon budgeting and the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change.

    ”The council is tasked with the responsibility of formulating appropriate policies and other mechanisms for achieving low GreenHouse Gas emissions, including green growth and sustainable economic development for Nigeria.

    ”In a clear demonstration of our commitments as enshrined in our Nationally Determined Contributions and the Net Zero-Target by 2060, I also approved, on July 25, 2022, the appointment of the Director General and Secretary for the National Council on Climate Change.

    ” The president, therefore, maintained that those lapses earlier alluded to – which included the establishment of states and Zonal offices creating a huge and costly bureaucracy would not be tolerated.

    According to the president, the Act also takes out the Commissioners of Environments from the states as members of Council.

    ”It also did not make transitional provisions capturing the work of the Inter-ministerial Working Group.

    ”This group was responsible for Energy Transition, the supervisory oversight of the Ministry of Environment and the establishment of an Executive Management structure at the secretariat level to support the DG in running the Council Secretariat.

    ”Accordingly, I hereby direct the Attorney General and Minister of Justice in conjunction with the Minister of Environment to initiate the appropriate amendment to reflect these observations,” he said.

    Ahead of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the president expressed optimism that the National Council on Climate Change would harmonise all issues relating to Climate Change, Energy Transition Plan, Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Trading Framework.

    According to him, this is in line with its mandate under the Act, so that Nigeria could have a robust and impactful outing that captures Nigeria’s Climate Change priorities.

    He said the composition of the council was a reflection of the magnitude of the problem and the seriousness of the nation’s response.

    Buhari added, ”it comprises the highest level of governance and a representation of all key sectors of the economy.

    ” Buhari also used the occasion to thank Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for heading Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, presiding over the global launch of the plan and initiating its marketing by engaging key stakeholders in the United States.

    He urged the Council to consolidate on these first steps and ensure a sustained marketing of the plan.

    Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, thanked the president for ”walking the talk” on climate change at the international, regional and national level.

    He also lauded him for demonstrating immense leadership towards Nigeria’s quest for net-zero by 2060. The Council is chaired by the President with the Vice President as Vice Chairman.

    The Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, is also a member.

    Other members of the Council are the Ministers responsible for Environment; Petroleum Resources; Budget and National Planning; Justice; Mines and Steel Development; Finance; Agriculture and Rural Development; Power; Women Affairs; Transportation; and Water Resources.

    The Governor of Central Bank; the National Security Adviser; President of Association Local Governments of Nigeria; a representative of the private sector on climate change or environmental related matters (representative of National Conservation Foundation)are also members of the Council.

    Others are; a representative of National Council on Women Societies; a representative of National Youth Congress, and a representative of the Civil Society Organisation.

    The Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change, Dr Salisu Dahiru, will serve as Secretary.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that after the inauguration, FEC observed a minute of silence in honour of Ayodele Ogunlade, a former Minister of National Planning, under former Head of State, Sani Abacha, who died on Tuesday aged 88.
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  •   In view of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC to be held in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022 West African regional integration institutions are actively preparing for joint participation The first milestone of this joint participation is the regional workshop on the preparation of the climate negotiations This strengthened regional cooperation is the result of several years of partnership especially in preparation for the international climate negotiations Historically the regional institutions ECOWAS UEMOA CILSS and BOAD have been joining forces and organizing a regional workshop every year to prepare the COP with negotiators from the member states to discuss the priorities and challenges of the region As usual this year s discussions will be facilitated by the ECOWAS Regional Support Group for International Climate Negotiations GRANIC and will be the subject of a common regional position to be published at the opening of COP27 The workshop will take place from September 27 to 29 in Lom Togo with a new scientific component coordinated by CILSS Work on carbon measurement and monitoring in West Africa will be presented especially to deepen negotiators understanding of the carbon storage potential of the various ecosystems found in their countries West Africa a region united to counter climate change To symbolize this regional collaboration a West African pavilion the African COP will be erected at COP27 Co piloted by the ECOWAS Commission and BOAD in collaboration with UEMOA and CILSS this pavilion will be equipped with a conference room and will be a perfect platform to promote climate action by regional institutions and their member states thus strengthening Africa s voice Occidental on the international climate scene The pavilion which is more than a symbol shows the will of regional institutions to strengthen their cooperation to face the common challenge of climate change This approach aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the response for the benefit of the population of the region The basis of this cooperation is the complementarity between the respective regional mandates and the action of the Member States It is the coordinated intervention of the various levers of regional institutions financing capacity development normative and regulatory framework scientific resources that will allow efficient and effective support to Member States in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions NDC under the Paris Climate Agreement This cooperation thus responds to a principle of regional solidarity and embodies the adage that says If you want to go fast go alone If you want to go far go together 2022 a symbolic year for the climate commitment of West African regional institutions The year 2022 marks the culmination of the process of developing the ECOWAS Regional Climate Strategy and its action plan established for 2030 adopted by the 88th Session Ordinary of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers held from June 30 to July 1 2022 in Accra Ghana Led by the ECOWAS Commission the Regional Strategy incorporates collaboration between West African regional institutions BOAD UEMOA and CILSS were stakeholders in the development process and will be partners in implementation By adopting this strategy ECOWAS is working together with its fifteen 15 Member States to make climate a priority for political action in the region in line with its Vision 2050 This Vision is based on the observation that the effects of climate change transcends borders and that only together the ECOWAS Member States can address this challenge It is also an opportunity to raise the region s voice on the international stage by advocating for a united and supportive region in climate negotiations
    West African regional institutions move towards the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27)
      In view of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC to be held in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022 West African regional integration institutions are actively preparing for joint participation The first milestone of this joint participation is the regional workshop on the preparation of the climate negotiations This strengthened regional cooperation is the result of several years of partnership especially in preparation for the international climate negotiations Historically the regional institutions ECOWAS UEMOA CILSS and BOAD have been joining forces and organizing a regional workshop every year to prepare the COP with negotiators from the member states to discuss the priorities and challenges of the region As usual this year s discussions will be facilitated by the ECOWAS Regional Support Group for International Climate Negotiations GRANIC and will be the subject of a common regional position to be published at the opening of COP27 The workshop will take place from September 27 to 29 in Lom Togo with a new scientific component coordinated by CILSS Work on carbon measurement and monitoring in West Africa will be presented especially to deepen negotiators understanding of the carbon storage potential of the various ecosystems found in their countries West Africa a region united to counter climate change To symbolize this regional collaboration a West African pavilion the African COP will be erected at COP27 Co piloted by the ECOWAS Commission and BOAD in collaboration with UEMOA and CILSS this pavilion will be equipped with a conference room and will be a perfect platform to promote climate action by regional institutions and their member states thus strengthening Africa s voice Occidental on the international climate scene The pavilion which is more than a symbol shows the will of regional institutions to strengthen their cooperation to face the common challenge of climate change This approach aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the response for the benefit of the population of the region The basis of this cooperation is the complementarity between the respective regional mandates and the action of the Member States It is the coordinated intervention of the various levers of regional institutions financing capacity development normative and regulatory framework scientific resources that will allow efficient and effective support to Member States in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions NDC under the Paris Climate Agreement This cooperation thus responds to a principle of regional solidarity and embodies the adage that says If you want to go fast go alone If you want to go far go together 2022 a symbolic year for the climate commitment of West African regional institutions The year 2022 marks the culmination of the process of developing the ECOWAS Regional Climate Strategy and its action plan established for 2030 adopted by the 88th Session Ordinary of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers held from June 30 to July 1 2022 in Accra Ghana Led by the ECOWAS Commission the Regional Strategy incorporates collaboration between West African regional institutions BOAD UEMOA and CILSS were stakeholders in the development process and will be partners in implementation By adopting this strategy ECOWAS is working together with its fifteen 15 Member States to make climate a priority for political action in the region in line with its Vision 2050 This Vision is based on the observation that the effects of climate change transcends borders and that only together the ECOWAS Member States can address this challenge It is also an opportunity to raise the region s voice on the international stage by advocating for a united and supportive region in climate negotiations
    West African regional institutions move towards the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27)
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    West African regional institutions move towards the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27)

    In view of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022 , West African regional integration institutions are actively preparing for joint participation.

    The first milestone of this joint participation is the regional workshop on the preparation of the climate negotiations.

    This strengthened regional cooperation is the result of several years of partnership, especially in preparation for the international climate negotiations.

    Historically, the regional institutions (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS and BOAD) have been joining forces and organizing a regional workshop every year to prepare the COP with negotiators from the member states to discuss the priorities and challenges of the region.

    As usual, this year's discussions will be facilitated by the ECOWAS Regional Support Group for International Climate Negotiations (GRANIC) and will be the subject of a common regional position to be published at the opening of COP27.

    The workshop will take place from September 27 to 29 in Lomé, Togo, with a new scientific component coordinated by CILSS.

    Work on carbon measurement and monitoring in West Africa will be presented, especially to deepen negotiators' understanding of the carbon storage potential of the various ecosystems found in their countries.

    West Africa, a region united to counter climate change To symbolize this regional collaboration, a West African pavilion, the African COP, will be erected at COP27.

    Co-piloted by the ECOWAS Commission and BOAD in collaboration with UEMOA and CILSS, this pavilion will be equipped with a conference room and will be a perfect platform to promote climate action by regional institutions and their member states, thus strengthening Africa's voice.

    Occidental on the international climate scene.

    The pavilion, which is more than a symbol, shows the will of regional institutions to strengthen their cooperation to face the common challenge of climate change.

    This approach aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the response for the benefit of the population of the region.

    The basis of this cooperation is the complementarity between the respective regional mandates and the action of the Member States.

    It is the coordinated intervention of the various levers of regional institutions (financing, capacity development, normative and regulatory framework, scientific resources) that will allow efficient and effective support to Member States in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    This cooperation thus responds to a principle of regional solidarity and embodies the adage that says “If you want to go fast, go alone.

    If you want to go far, go together”.

    2022, a symbolic year for the climate commitment of West African regional institutions The year 2022 marks the culmination of the process of developing the ECOWAS Regional Climate Strategy and its action plan established for 2030, adopted by the 88th Session Ordinary of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers held from June 30 to July 1, 2022 in Accra, Ghana.

    Led by the ECOWAS Commission, the Regional Strategy incorporates collaboration between West African regional institutions.

    BOAD, UEMOA and CILSS were stakeholders in the development process and will be partners in implementation.

    By adopting this strategy, ECOWAS is working together with its fifteen (15) Member States to make climate a priority for political action in the region, in line with its Vision 2050.

    This Vision is based on the observation that the effects of climate change transcends borders.

    and that only together the ECOWAS Member States can address this challenge.

    It is also an opportunity to raise the region's voice on the international stage by advocating for a united and supportive region in climate negotiations.

  •   The United Nations Development Program UNDP the European Union EU the Embassy of Denmark the Embassy of Switzerland and the African Climate Foundation have signed a new 6 2 million project to support the presidency of Egypt from the 27th session of the United Nations Conference Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 to be held in Sharm El Sheikh from November 7 to 18 this year COP27 is the world s most important conference on climate change This new project will bring together partners from the public and private sectors civil society and academia to strengthen climate action in support of Egypt s COP27 Presidency Team The signing ceremony marking the launch of the joint project took place at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of Alessandro Fracassetti UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt HE Ambassador Svend Olling Ambassador of Denmark to Egypt HE Ambassador Yvonne Baumann Swiss Ambassador to Egypt Ms Sophie Vanhaeverbeke Head of Cooperation Delegation of the European Union in Egypt Ambassador Yasser Abed Director of the Department for International Development Cooperation at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Ayman Tharwat Deputy Director for the Department of Environment Climate and Sustainable Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs MoFA The project will support Egypt s COP27 presidency and its work to implement the Paris Agreement through initiatives in several priority areas including renewable energy climate change adaptation and climate security Technical expertise and knowledge will be provided through the project to help Egypt fulfill its commitments as host of this year s conference This will include expert support for consultations on regional and thematic groupings for inclusive negotiations advancing multidisciplinary initiatives for climate action and showcasing best practices from Africa and other regions On behalf of the COP27 Presidency team Ambassador Ayman Tharwat Deputy Director of the Department of Environment Climate and Sustainable Development MoFA added I express my gratitude to our partner countries and UNDP as the implementing agency for supporting the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 of the UNFCCC held in Sharm El Sheikh Today s signing ceremony is a real manifestation of commitment to the success of COP27 which aims to pave the way for a new era of implementation and mobilize available resources to combat climate change and ensure a just transition His Excellency Ambassador Christian Berger Head of the EU Delegation in Egypt said The agreements signed today are a tangible expression of the European Union s support for Egypt in making COP27 a success Together with our Egyptian partners we are committed to leading action to fight climate change COP27 will be an important milestone in advancing our common climate agenda Speaking at the launch ceremony UNDP s Alessandro Fracassetti shared the sense of urgency regarding climate action With just forty days to COP27 this is a proud moment for UNDP as we join our valued partners and the Government of Egypt in supporting the country s presidency of this important conference We recognize the importance of climate change it is real urgent and affects us all UNDP is committed to supporting the COP27 Presidency Team to achieve ambitious yet realistic and achievable goals During the ceremony the Danish Ambassador to Egypt Svend Olling highlighted that Denmark is proud to support the COP presidency of the Government of Egypt and to promote the precedent that Cairo is setting in the region around climate problems Denmark has pledged to lead by example in combating climate change from pushing ambitious emissions reduction targets to securing more climate finance and joining with our partners on climate action Our partnership with Egypt is a long standing example therefore we are pleased to witness the COP27 in Egypt working to accelerate climate action ensuring inclusive sustainable and ambitious results On the occasion of the signing ceremony the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt HE Yvonne Baumann stated that Switzerland is pleased to contribute to Egypt s Climate Change Strategy through its Cooperation Program It does so primarily through involvement in green finance sustainable infrastructure and capacity building for green growth This is complemented by the current partnership with UNDP and the government of Egypt which supports the preparation of COP27 We are excited to be a part of it Representing the African Climate Foundation ACF Faten Aggad said As an Africa based African led foundation we could not miss the opportunity to join the COP27 Presidency at this important event in the continent Climate change is a reality for the African continent and we are committed to playing our role as a philanthropist by supporting African actors to help promote solutions that are fit for purpose and relevant to our context
    The Government of Egypt, UNDP, the European Union, the African Climate Foundation, Denmark and Switzerland sign a .2 million project to support the organization of COP27 in Egypt
      The United Nations Development Program UNDP the European Union EU the Embassy of Denmark the Embassy of Switzerland and the African Climate Foundation have signed a new 6 2 million project to support the presidency of Egypt from the 27th session of the United Nations Conference Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP27 to be held in Sharm El Sheikh from November 7 to 18 this year COP27 is the world s most important conference on climate change This new project will bring together partners from the public and private sectors civil society and academia to strengthen climate action in support of Egypt s COP27 Presidency Team The signing ceremony marking the launch of the joint project took place at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of Alessandro Fracassetti UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt HE Ambassador Svend Olling Ambassador of Denmark to Egypt HE Ambassador Yvonne Baumann Swiss Ambassador to Egypt Ms Sophie Vanhaeverbeke Head of Cooperation Delegation of the European Union in Egypt Ambassador Yasser Abed Director of the Department for International Development Cooperation at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Ayman Tharwat Deputy Director for the Department of Environment Climate and Sustainable Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs MoFA The project will support Egypt s COP27 presidency and its work to implement the Paris Agreement through initiatives in several priority areas including renewable energy climate change adaptation and climate security Technical expertise and knowledge will be provided through the project to help Egypt fulfill its commitments as host of this year s conference This will include expert support for consultations on regional and thematic groupings for inclusive negotiations advancing multidisciplinary initiatives for climate action and showcasing best practices from Africa and other regions On behalf of the COP27 Presidency team Ambassador Ayman Tharwat Deputy Director of the Department of Environment Climate and Sustainable Development MoFA added I express my gratitude to our partner countries and UNDP as the implementing agency for supporting the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties COP27 of the UNFCCC held in Sharm El Sheikh Today s signing ceremony is a real manifestation of commitment to the success of COP27 which aims to pave the way for a new era of implementation and mobilize available resources to combat climate change and ensure a just transition His Excellency Ambassador Christian Berger Head of the EU Delegation in Egypt said The agreements signed today are a tangible expression of the European Union s support for Egypt in making COP27 a success Together with our Egyptian partners we are committed to leading action to fight climate change COP27 will be an important milestone in advancing our common climate agenda Speaking at the launch ceremony UNDP s Alessandro Fracassetti shared the sense of urgency regarding climate action With just forty days to COP27 this is a proud moment for UNDP as we join our valued partners and the Government of Egypt in supporting the country s presidency of this important conference We recognize the importance of climate change it is real urgent and affects us all UNDP is committed to supporting the COP27 Presidency Team to achieve ambitious yet realistic and achievable goals During the ceremony the Danish Ambassador to Egypt Svend Olling highlighted that Denmark is proud to support the COP presidency of the Government of Egypt and to promote the precedent that Cairo is setting in the region around climate problems Denmark has pledged to lead by example in combating climate change from pushing ambitious emissions reduction targets to securing more climate finance and joining with our partners on climate action Our partnership with Egypt is a long standing example therefore we are pleased to witness the COP27 in Egypt working to accelerate climate action ensuring inclusive sustainable and ambitious results On the occasion of the signing ceremony the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt HE Yvonne Baumann stated that Switzerland is pleased to contribute to Egypt s Climate Change Strategy through its Cooperation Program It does so primarily through involvement in green finance sustainable infrastructure and capacity building for green growth This is complemented by the current partnership with UNDP and the government of Egypt which supports the preparation of COP27 We are excited to be a part of it Representing the African Climate Foundation ACF Faten Aggad said As an Africa based African led foundation we could not miss the opportunity to join the COP27 Presidency at this important event in the continent Climate change is a reality for the African continent and we are committed to playing our role as a philanthropist by supporting African actors to help promote solutions that are fit for purpose and relevant to our context
    The Government of Egypt, UNDP, the European Union, the African Climate Foundation, Denmark and Switzerland sign a .2 million project to support the organization of COP27 in Egypt
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    The Government of Egypt, UNDP, the European Union, the African Climate Foundation, Denmark and Switzerland sign a $6.2 million project to support the organization of COP27 in Egypt

    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union (EU), the Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Switzerland and the African Climate Foundation have signed a new $6.2 million project to support the presidency of Egypt from the 27th session of the United Nations Conference.

    Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from November 7 to 18 this year.

    COP27 is the world's most important conference on climate change.

    This new project will bring together partners from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia to strengthen climate action in support of Egypt's COP27 Presidency Team. The signing ceremony marking the launch of the joint project took place at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the presence of Alessandro Fracassetti, UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt, HE Ambassador Svend Olling, Ambassador of Denmark to Egypt, HE Ambassador Yvonne Baumann, Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, Ms. Sophie Vanhaeverbeke, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union in Egypt, Ambassador Yasser Abed, Director of the Department for International Development Cooperation, at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Ayman Tharwat, Deputy Director for the Department of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

    The project will support Egypt's COP27 presidency and its work to implement the Paris Agreement through initiatives in several priority areas, including renewable energy, climate change adaptation and climate security.

    Technical expertise and knowledge will be provided through the project to help Egypt fulfill its commitments as host of this year's conference.

    This will include expert support for consultations on regional and thematic groupings for inclusive negotiations, advancing multidisciplinary initiatives for climate action, and showcasing best practices from Africa and other regions.

    On behalf of the COP27 Presidency team, Ambassador Ayman Tharwat, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, MoFA added: "I express my gratitude to our partner countries and UNDP as the implementing agency for supporting the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) of the UNFCCC held in Sharm El Sheikh Today's signing ceremony is a real manifestation of commitment to the success of COP27 which aims to pave the way for a new era of implementation and mobilize available resources to combat climate change and ensure a just transition".

    His Excellency Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the EU Delegation in Egypt, said: "The agreements signed today are a tangible expression of the European Union's support for Egypt in making COP27 a success.

    Together with our Egyptian partners , we are committed to leading action to fight climate change COP27 will be an important milestone in advancing our common climate agenda Speaking at the launch ceremony, UNDP's Alessandro Fracassetti shared the sense of urgency regarding climate action : "With just forty days to COP27, this is a proud moment for UNDP as we join our valued partners and the Government of Egypt in supporting the country's presidency of this important conference.

    We recognize the importance of climate change: it is real, urgent and affects us all.

    UNDP is committed to supporting the COP27 Presidency Team to achieve ambitious yet realistic and achievable goals.” During the ceremony, the Danish Ambassador to Egypt, Svend Olling, highlighted that: "Denmark is proud to support the COP presidency of the Government of Egypt and to promote the precedent that Cairo is setting in the region around climate problems.

    Denmark has pledged to lead by example in combating climate change, from pushing ambitious emissions reduction targets to securing more climate finance and joining with our partners on climate action.Our partnership with Egypt is a long-standing example, therefore we are pleased to witness the COP27 in Egypt working to accelerate climate action, ensuring inclusive, sustainable and ambitious results.” On the occasion of the signing ceremony, the Swiss Ambassador to Egypt, HE Yvonne Baumann, stated that “Switzerland is pleased to contribute to Egypt's Climate Change Strategy through its Cooperation Program.

    It does so primarily through involvement in green finance, sustainable infrastructure, and capacity building for green growth.

    This is complemented by the current partnership with UNDP and the government of Egypt, which supports the preparation of COP27.

    We are excited to be a part of it.” Representing the African Climate Foundation (ACF), Faten Aggad said: “As an Africa-based, African-led foundation, we could not miss the opportunity to join the COP27 Presidency at this important event in the continent.

    Climate change is a reality for the African continent, and we are committed to playing our role as a philanthropist by supporting African actors to help promote solutions that are fit for purpose and relevant to our context."

  •   Egypt which will host the 2022 UN Climate Conference this November is calling on the international community to act on climate promises made to developing countries the country s foreign minister said on Saturday In his speech to the high level segment of the UN General Assembly Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of growing polarization in which serious action and commitment to multilateralism The fault lies he said not with the UN system but with the member states lack of respect for the Organization He called on states to revitalize and reform it and urged them not to leave the process incomplete so that the UN can better respond to the challenges and achieve the goals of the people On the Ukrainian invasion of Russia Mr Selim warned that this has exacerbated the crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic leading to a greater burden for developing countries especially in terms of growing public deficits Respect sovereignty It is necessary he said that developed countries convert the debt they have into joint investment projects which would create more job opportunities and contribute to positive economic growth There must be an international consensus Mr Selim said without threats to countries or undermining of sovereignty Current challenges he continued threaten the very notion of nation states leading to disrespect and weakening of state entities allowing non state terrorists to control the destiny of nations Supporting global food security The food crisis facing Africa said Mr Selim is the consequence of many years in which the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs have not been achieved particularly those related to the hunger and food security With one in five Africans at risk of hunger and the continent a net importer of food Mr Selim said the crisis must be addressed through an international strategy that addresses its root causes Solutions include implementing sustainable agricultural and food systems that meet the needs of people in African food importing countries whose products he stated must be allowed to be part of the global supply chain without hindrance Mr Selim offered Egypt s support in creating an international center in the country for grain storage supply and marketing to ensure global food security Developing countries most deserving of our support On the climate crisis Mr Selim noted that Egypt will assume the chairmanship of the UN Climate Conference COP27 to be held in the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh this November He called on all members of the international community to act on the promises and commitments to support developing countries to face the devastating effects of the emergency They are the ones who most deserve our support he said The Minister hoped that the Conference would achieve results that will contribute to a reduction in emissions and enhance commitments to mitigation adaptation and loss and damage He reminded the audience that financing for adaptation must be doubled that the 100 billion annually pledged for climate finance must be duly delivered and that there must be a just transition to renewable energy The implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement would demonstrate Mr Selim said that climate action remains a top priority on the global stage despite the challenges facing the world Nile always part of Egypt s history On water security Mr Selim described the issue as one such challenge especially for countries in the Middle East and Africa Many of those countries he explained are dry and arid but the severe human suffering resulting from water scarcity he said is often due to a lack of respect for international law with some countries monopolizing water resources to the detriment of the nations down river Regarding the Nile Mr Selima stated that while Egypt recognizes the right of the Ethiopian people to development this will never mean that the country relinquishes the Egyptians right to water from the river which he said has always been part of the history of Egypt A legally binding agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam must be reached the Minister said in line with an agreement reached by Egypt Ethiopia and Sudan in 2015 and a 2021 Security Council resolution to the three States so that they respect their obligations with deeds not with words
    Egypt’s Foreign Minister calls for better climate commitments at COP27
      Egypt which will host the 2022 UN Climate Conference this November is calling on the international community to act on climate promises made to developing countries the country s foreign minister said on Saturday In his speech to the high level segment of the UN General Assembly Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of growing polarization in which serious action and commitment to multilateralism The fault lies he said not with the UN system but with the member states lack of respect for the Organization He called on states to revitalize and reform it and urged them not to leave the process incomplete so that the UN can better respond to the challenges and achieve the goals of the people On the Ukrainian invasion of Russia Mr Selim warned that this has exacerbated the crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic leading to a greater burden for developing countries especially in terms of growing public deficits Respect sovereignty It is necessary he said that developed countries convert the debt they have into joint investment projects which would create more job opportunities and contribute to positive economic growth There must be an international consensus Mr Selim said without threats to countries or undermining of sovereignty Current challenges he continued threaten the very notion of nation states leading to disrespect and weakening of state entities allowing non state terrorists to control the destiny of nations Supporting global food security The food crisis facing Africa said Mr Selim is the consequence of many years in which the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs have not been achieved particularly those related to the hunger and food security With one in five Africans at risk of hunger and the continent a net importer of food Mr Selim said the crisis must be addressed through an international strategy that addresses its root causes Solutions include implementing sustainable agricultural and food systems that meet the needs of people in African food importing countries whose products he stated must be allowed to be part of the global supply chain without hindrance Mr Selim offered Egypt s support in creating an international center in the country for grain storage supply and marketing to ensure global food security Developing countries most deserving of our support On the climate crisis Mr Selim noted that Egypt will assume the chairmanship of the UN Climate Conference COP27 to be held in the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh this November He called on all members of the international community to act on the promises and commitments to support developing countries to face the devastating effects of the emergency They are the ones who most deserve our support he said The Minister hoped that the Conference would achieve results that will contribute to a reduction in emissions and enhance commitments to mitigation adaptation and loss and damage He reminded the audience that financing for adaptation must be doubled that the 100 billion annually pledged for climate finance must be duly delivered and that there must be a just transition to renewable energy The implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement would demonstrate Mr Selim said that climate action remains a top priority on the global stage despite the challenges facing the world Nile always part of Egypt s history On water security Mr Selim described the issue as one such challenge especially for countries in the Middle East and Africa Many of those countries he explained are dry and arid but the severe human suffering resulting from water scarcity he said is often due to a lack of respect for international law with some countries monopolizing water resources to the detriment of the nations down river Regarding the Nile Mr Selima stated that while Egypt recognizes the right of the Ethiopian people to development this will never mean that the country relinquishes the Egyptians right to water from the river which he said has always been part of the history of Egypt A legally binding agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam must be reached the Minister said in line with an agreement reached by Egypt Ethiopia and Sudan in 2015 and a 2021 Security Council resolution to the three States so that they respect their obligations with deeds not with words
    Egypt’s Foreign Minister calls for better climate commitments at COP27
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    Egypt’s Foreign Minister calls for better climate commitments at COP27

    Egypt, which will host the 2022 UN Climate Conference this November, is calling on the international community to act on climate promises made to developing countries, the country's foreign minister said on Saturday.

    In his speech to the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim said that the world is at a delicate historical moment of growing polarization, in which serious action and commitment to multilateralism.

    The fault lies, he said, not with the UN system, but with the member states' lack of respect for the Organization.

    He called on states to revitalize and reform it, and urged them not to leave the process incomplete, so that the UN can better respond to the challenges and achieve the goals of the people.

    On the Ukrainian invasion of Russia, Mr. Selim warned that this has exacerbated the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a greater burden for developing countries, especially in terms of growing public deficits.

    Respect sovereignty It is necessary, he said, that developed countries convert the debt they have into joint investment projects, which "would create more job opportunities and contribute to positive economic growth."

    There must be an international consensus, Mr. Selim said, without threats to countries or undermining of sovereignty.

    Current challenges, he continued, threaten the very notion of nation-states, leading to disrespect and weakening of state entities, allowing non-state terrorists to control the destiny of nations.

    Supporting global food security The food crisis facing Africa, said Mr. Selim, is the consequence of many years in which the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have not been achieved, particularly those related to the hunger and food.

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    With one in five Africans at risk of hunger and the continent a net importer of food, Mr. Selim said, the crisis must be addressed through an international strategy that addresses its root causes.

    Solutions include implementing sustainable agricultural and food systems that meet the needs of people in African food-importing countries whose products, he stated, must be allowed to be part of the global supply chain without hindrance.

    Mr. Selim offered Egypt's support in creating an international center in the country for grain storage, supply and marketing to ensure global food security.

    Developing countries 'most deserving of our support' On the climate crisis, Mr Selim noted that Egypt will assume the chairmanship of the UN Climate Conference COP27, to be held in the resort city of Sharm El- Sheikh this November.

    He called on all members of the international community to act on the promises and commitments to support developing countries to face the devastating effects of the emergency.

    “They are the ones who most deserve our support,” he said.

    The Minister hoped that the Conference would achieve results that will contribute to a reduction in emissions and enhance commitments to mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage.

    He reminded the audience that financing for adaptation must be doubled, that the $100 billion annually pledged for climate finance must be duly delivered, and that there must be a just transition to renewable energy.

    The implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement would demonstrate, Mr. Selim said, that climate action remains a top priority on the global stage, despite the challenges facing the world.

    Nile 'always part of Egypt's history' On water security, Mr. Selim described the issue as one such challenge, especially for countries in the Middle East and Africa.

    Many of those countries, he explained, are dry and arid, but the severe human suffering resulting from water scarcity, he said, is often due to a lack of respect for international law, with some countries monopolizing water resources, to the detriment of the nations.

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    Regarding the Nile, Mr. Selima stated that while Egypt recognizes the right of the Ethiopian people to development, this will never mean that the country relinquishes the Egyptians' right to water from the river, which, he said, has always been part of the history of Egypt.

    A legally binding agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam must be reached, the Minister said, in line with an agreement reached by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in 2015, and a 2021 Security Council resolution.

    to the three States so that they respect their obligations with deeds, not with words.