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AFC partners with GCF, invests in renewable energy

Andrew Alli, President & Chief Executive Officer, AFC

Through partnering with the Green Climate Fund, AFC will have access to valuable resources to support investments across a variety of green projects The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has been accredited as a partnering institution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), making it the fund’s first African development finance institution. AFC was invited by the GCF to consider becoming an ...

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I will support REDD+ programme, Ayade assures

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Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, has said that his administration will do all it can to ensure the success of the country’s UN-sponsored REDD+ Programme, which the state is hosting. This statement is coming on the heels of growing fears that the new governor might discontinue with the programme following the arrest and detention several weeks ago ...

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GMOs and unhealthy fixation, by Saletan

William Saletan

The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud, writes William Saletan in a recent edition of Slate (www.slate.com). Saletan, a politics, science and technology writer, insists that labelling them will not make mankind safer They Want You to Be Overwhelmed Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past ...

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Greenpeace: Japan’s emissions cut is one of weakest targets

Ai Kashiwagi

Japan’s government on Thursday, July 17 2015 confirmed a 26 percent cut in emissions by 2030 compared to 2013 as its contribution to climate change negotiation in Paris later this year. The figure, which represents a mere 18% reduction from 1990 levels, is regarded as one of the weakest targets of any industrialised nation. Ai Kashiwagi, Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, ...

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UN moves towards a technology early listening system

Neth Daño, ETC’s Asia Director

Addis Summit creates a Technology Facilitation Mechanism including a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss technology issues, including risks and opportunities of emerging technologies for the UN’s 2015–30 Sustainable Development Goals. UN Member-States meeting in Addis July 13-16 in the third conference on Financing for Development have agreed to establish a UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism that will include an interagency task team ...

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African infrastructure investment is top priority, says Jeffrey Sachs

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Thousands of delegates have descended on Addis Ababa to set the new financing architecture for a new global partnership Closing Africa’s infrastructure gap is a top priority in order to put the continent on a path for double digit growth and sustainable development. This is according to world-renowned professor of economics, Jeffrey Sachs. “There is no choice, Africa needs 10 ...

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Report: Donor government funding for AIDS increased in 2014

Increase was mainly due to the U.K.; however, funding from half of 14 donor governments declined As world leaders meet to discuss global financing for development, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) finds that although there was a slight increase in funding to respond to HIV in low- and middle-income countries in 2014, ...

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Beyond the climate refugee: Migration as adaptation

Misconceptions about climate-induced migration could lead to inadequate support for affected populations, according to the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2015 Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These “climate refugees” have become the human face ...

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WaterAid demands promises in Addis to deliver safe water, toilets

Yemi-Osibajo

As Nigerian delegates, led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, converge on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the UN International Financing for Development Conference, WaterAid Nigeria has called upon them to keep their commitments to prioritise access to water, sanitation and good hygiene in national budgets, so that no one is left behind. The Addis conference will determine how countries around the world ...

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Achieving sustainable development through climate financing

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Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and Africa Development Interchange Network on Monday, July 13, 2015 hosted a side event at the UN’s Third Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to: discuss the importance of climate finance, and the relationship of climate finance to the FfD discussions and post-2015 process The crucial role of climate finance within the development ...

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