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AMCEN: Africa’s natural reserves, climate pact top agenda

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The need to sustainably harness Africa’s vast reserves of natural capital and the implications of the Paris Agreement dominated the opening session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo, Egypt. Attended by the ministers of the environment and high-level officials from more than 40 African countries, the sixth special session of the AMCEN has “Agenda 2030 ...

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CSOs deliberate on Paris Agreement, SDGs as AMCEN6 kicks-off

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Ahead of the sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) scheduled for the 16th-19th April 2016, civil society consultations on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda began Friday morning in Cairo, the Egyptian capital. Organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with Major ...

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How Nigeria’s proposed coal-fired plants negate Paris Agreement

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Obviously, Nigeria’s power generation challenges still persist – the country’s current output has far fallen below the 5,000 megawatts peak. As pressure mounts on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of 11 months to revitalise the ailing sector, rather than adopting abundant harmless renewable alternative energy sources, plan is fully set to augment the dwindling power by investing heavily in coal-fired ...

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BASIC countries commit to sign Paris Agreement

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The BASIC countries, a bloc of four newly industrialised nations comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have committed to signing the Paris climate change agreement on 22 April in New York. The bloc, formed by an agreement on 28 November 2009, made the submission on Thursday (7 April 2016) at a Joint Statement issued at the close of the two-day ...

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22 April will be record-breaking, says UN

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The United Nations has disclosed that a record number of countries are expected to sign the historic climate agreement adopted last December in Paris at a signing ceremony scheduled for New York on 22 April this year. The event will be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More than 130 countries have confirmed that they will sign the Paris Agreement ...

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India to ratify Paris Agreement on April 22

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India, along with 100 other nations, will ratify the Paris “COP 21 Global Climate Agreement” in New York on April 22, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Mumbai on Saturday. “The COP 21 agreement would be ratified at a high level signing ceremony to be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York on April 22,” Javadekar said at a symposium at ...

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Ban Ki-moon hails US, China’s resolve to endorse Paris Agreement

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has commended Thursday’s Joint Presidential Statement on climate change by the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at the United Nations on 22 April, the first day the Agreement is open for signature. He further welcomed ...

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Ségolène Royal, in Côte d’Ivoire, seeks African support for Paris Agreement

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“As President of the COP, I need your support to help me succeed this new mission, especially the great project that African Presidents decided during the COP 21, that of Africa to renewable energy.” Those were the words of Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, at a gathering on Friday (February 26, 2016) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Royale, who recently replaced ...

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New COP21 president sets agenda to build Paris Agreement momentum

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The new President of the UN climate change process, French Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Ségolène Royal, on Monday February 22, 2016 visited the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany and underlined the need for continued momentum to build on the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, which was reached in ...

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How Paris became possible, by UN climate chief

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Christiana Figueres speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, Canada In 2009, six months after a spectacularly failed climate change summit in Copenhagen, Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres was appointed executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Her job: Leading the next round of international climate change negotiations. At that time, no one believed that we could ...

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