Climate change

Senior UN climate change official envisages ‘good agreement’ at upcoming Pairs conference

New York: The climate change agreement world leaders are expected to sign in December “has to take us to a less than 2 degree global warming path because that is the ultimate test of the whole package that will come out of Paris,” according to Janos Pasztor, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue. “Our expectation is that there will be a good agreement signed,” Mr.

How Africa can show the world the way to a low-carbon future: 10 facts, 10 actions

Africa’s energy challenges are immense. Power shortages diminish the region’s growth by 2-4 percent a year, holding back efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty. In addition, despite a decade of growth, the power generation gap between Africa and other regions is widening.

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change

Preamble: God – Whom we know as Allah – has created the universe in all its diversity, richness and vitality: the stars, the sun and moon, the earth and all its communities of living beings. All these reflect and manifest the boundless glory and mercy of their Creator. All created beings by nature serve and glorify their Maker, all bow to their Lord’s will.

Expert taskforce reports on extreme weather and food supplies

London:  An independent expert taskforce from the UK and USA has outlined key recommendations to safeguard against threats to food supplies in a new report for the Global Food Security programme.  The report highlights an increasing risk to global food supply disruptions and price spikes that could result from extreme weather events – such as heatwaves, droughts and floods – and offers new recommendations for mitigation.

International Islamic Climate Change symposium: opening speech

Istanbul: It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to address you here, in Istanbul, and witness the commitment of a community and a culture coming together to deliver a strong message to world leaders and to its own people to fight climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Rwanda hosts continental workshop on climate change

Kigali: Starting today, Rwanda will be hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop, that aims at strengthening Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS) as a tool for pre-2020 and post-2020 climate change action. Organised by UNFCCC and the Ministry of Natural Resources, the workshop is expected to attract over 70 climate change experts across Africa and representatives from international organisations as well as the private sector.

Re-imagining African agriculture in the face of climate change

Nairobi: Over 1,200 experts, policy makers and participants today adopted the Nairobi Action Agenda on Ecosystem based Adaptation for food security and formed the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), which re-imagines a system of agriculture for the continent that would be beneficial both economically and environmentally.

Small islands need partnerships to battle climate change, address ‘unique vulnerabilities,’ says Ban

New York: The global challenges facing the small island developing States (SIDS) are the international community’s collective responsibility, stated the top United Nations official at the Security Council.

Partnering with Africa on food security and climate change adaptation

Washington: A key pillar of the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, released in 2012, is promoting opportunity and development. The Obama Administration has prioritized investing in Africa’s greatest resource – its people – to sustain and expand inclusive economic growth, opportunity, and the realization of human rights for this and future generations. The United States is investing substantial resources in 42 different countries in Africa, each with a unique set of development programs that include African-led and African-managed projects.

UK, Canada, help Ghana fight climate change

Accra: Ghana has been selected alongside Bangladesh and India, to benefit from the 15-million Canadian-dollar project for Delta, Vulnerability and Climate Change, Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA).  The DECCMA project which is been sponsored by the Canadian and the British Governments, under the Collaborative and Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) project, is meant to evaluate the effectiveness of adaptation options in the deltas, and also fight against climate change.

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