Op-Ed: Global Governance and African Reality (Kandeh Yumkella)

thursday, 17 may 2012

There are few hotter topics on the international agenda than sustainability. The theme has been a mainstay of international conferences, and the biggest of them all — the UN’s Rio+20 conference — will begin just over a month from now. Kandeh K. Yumkella, head of UNIDO, the UN agency that promotes industrial development, explains what’s at stake for Africa.

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ECREEE and Partners Receive Grant for Dry Concentrating Solar Power Project
In the framework of the African Union Commission Research Grants Open Call for Proposals - 2011, the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with l’Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et l’Environnement (2iE) from Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from Ghana and SIREA-ENERGIE (SIREA) from France, have been awarded a grant for a research project entitled: Development of a Cost-effective, modular and Dry Concentrating Solar Power for Africa: Design and Test of Components.
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ECREEE and Partners Receive Grant for Dry Concentrating Solar Power Project

In the framework of the African Union Commission Research Grants Open Call for Proposals - 2011, the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with l’Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et l’Environnement (2iE) from Burkina Faso, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from Ghana and SIREA-ENERGIE (SIREA) from France, have been awarded a grant for a research project entitled: Development of a Cost-effective, modular and Dry Concentrating Solar Power for Africa: Design and Test of Components.

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Declaration of Indigenous Peoples of Africa on Sustainable Development and Rio +20

We the representatives of Indigenous Peoples of Africa met in the city of Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, on 19 April 2012, for a preparatory meeting on sustainable development, to deliberate on the objectives, themes and substantive matters for indigenous peoples to Rio+20;

Committed to the success of the Rio+20 Conference and having as an objective to promote sustainable development focusing on human rights;

Recognising the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights;

Taking into Consideration The Malabo African Union General decision to ensure that Africa’s interests on the Green Economy issues within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and institutional frameworks for sustainable development are defined and taken into account;

Welcoming the work of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and its Working group on indigenous populations/communities and taking its guidance on indigenous peoples as an important indicator for the existence of and the rights of indigenous peoples in Africa;

Taking into consideration the Resolution No. ACHPR/Res153(XLVI)09 on “climate change and human rights and the need to study its impact in Africa”, adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, calling for a human rights-based approach to climate change in Africa;

Reaffirming the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) led African Civil Society Limbe Declaration on Rio+20;

Recognising that the livelihoods of indigenous peoples are under threat in the name of modern development paradigms.

Acknowledging the fact that indigenous peoples’ contribution to the UNCSD/Rio+20 process and its outcome is essential for informed policy formulation and for monitoring of the implementation of its outcomes at all levels;

Reaffirming the need for the Rio+20 process to take a strong human rights-based approach, where the rights of indigenous peoples amongst others are fully recognized, respected and protected;

Acknowledging the fact that the principles, agreements and commitments established in the Rio Declaration of 1992, Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation are still fully in effect, and the need to strengthen the commitments as defined in these agreements in the upcoming Rio+20 Conference;

Confirming our support of and contribution to the development of sustainable development goals, in order to proceed with the design of new development models, made within the framework of the discussions for Rio+20, and that this can become an important tool to focus on goals that ensure the integration of culture and good governance in the three pillars of sustainable development;

Affirming that the rights of people to development imply the recognition of the collective rights of indigenous peoples to overcome poverty, to eliminate inequality and social exclusion, to promote life in harmony with nature, spirituality and culture under the principles of Agenda 21 and other relevant instruments; and the recognition that these rights be implemented in an inclusive and interdependent manner;

Reaffirming the importance of full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in all Rio+20 processes and decision-making;

Concerned by the weakness and or inexistence of legal as well as institutional frameworks for the protection, promotion and respect of indigenous peoples’ rights in Africa;

Deeply Concerned that Indigenous Peoples livelihoods have been compromised by new and emerging challenges; these are increasing water scarcity, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, desertification, low resilience to natural disasters, food crisis, conflict, energy crisis, cultural erosion, infringed intellectual property rights, climate change, land grab and land degradation, which have increased poverty, diseases and impacted negatively on indigenous peoples;

Concerned that Indigenous Peoples’ rights to development and well-being have been limited by the current development models hence calling on governments to allocate resources for the facilitation of the formulation and subsequent implementation of Indigenous Peoples Development Goals (IPDGs);

Taking Into Account the fact that the concept of green economy needs to be defined in the indigenous peoples holistic context; considering indigenous peoples local diverse economies, traditional knowledge and occupations and the importance of safeguards for this concept;

We declare that:

On the Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication,

1. African Indigenous Peoples continue to challenge the dominant development models that have not contributed to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the preservation of the environment.

2. Currently the three pillars of sustainable development are “environment”, “economy” and “social”. We strongly believe that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should serve as a key framework, which underpins all international and national policies and programmes on sustainable development. Ratification of ILO Convention No.169 on indigenous peoples by African countries is to be considered as further measure to be taken.

3. A sustainable low carbon, equitable economy is not a new concept as it has been practiced by Africas’ Indigenous Peoples for millennia. We therefore call on African states to develop low carbon economies and move to local, national and regional economies which are sustainable, equitable and assist in environmental rehabilitation, resilience and adaptive capacities of Indigenous Peoples.

4. African Indigenous Peoples are determined to contribute by showcasing their good practices of local diverse green economies in Rio and beyond, reflecting traditional knowledge and ways of living, in order to create awareness, and inform and influence policy processes at the national, regional and international levels.

5. As our contribution to sustainable development, we will continue to define our development goals based on our cultural, social and economic knowledge, occupations, practices and technologies.

6. We are repeating our call on African governments to respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples towards Rio+ 20 and beyond, as enshrined in the Convention on Biological Diversity, Agenda 21, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ILO Convention No. 169.

7. We further urge governments and regional organizations/financial institutions to allocate resources to enable the capacity building and the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in international, regional and national processes related to the Rio conventions and other sustainable development related dialogues and processes.

On the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development and Governance,

8. There is an urgent need in strengthening, reforming and integrating the three pillars of sustainable development, inter alia by adding culture as a fourth pillar of sustainable development.

9. We support the position of the African Governments and African Civil Society to strengthen UNEP and transform it into a specialized UN Agency. Its mandate should include the protection and promotion of the rights of the indigenous peoples of the world. In this regard, we further recommend that UNEP adopts a strong policy on Indigenous Peoples.

10. We are in support of the African consensus position on the establishment of Sustainable Development Councils at National level; but with meaningful and effective participation of indigenous peoples. We strongly recommend African States to take into consideration the Resolution on climate change and indigenous peoples adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

11. African states should adopt specific legal frameworks that recognize, protect and promote indigenous peoples as rights-holders, including ratification of ILO Convention No.169 on indigenous peoples.

12. In order to promote conservation of ecosystems, environmental governance in Africa must encourage the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes the right to access and manage their own land and territories. As key rights holders who have been stewards of natural resources for generations, they must be integrally involved in discussions and decisions concerning their environment.

13. There is a need for the contemporary knowledge, science and technology community and the indigenous knowledge, science and technology community to develop a mutual alignment and synergy in order to feed into research, training and development as well as policy formulation.

14. We are in total support of the African Civil Society call on African Governments to accelerate the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio 1992 Declaration by first implementing the current UNEP guidelines on this principle with a view to initiate an African Convention on Principle 10.

Done in Arusha, this Nineteenth Day of the Month of April, the Year Two Thousand and Twelve.

For more information contact; 

Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) 

Marist Lane Off Langata Road, P.O. Box 226 – Kiserian, Kenya 

Tel/Fax: +254 20 882944/50 Cell: 254 723 561 Email: mpido@mpido.org OR soikan.meitiaki@mpido.org 

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Future We Want By BAN KI-MOON Published: May 23, 2012

Twenty years ago, there was the Earth Summit. Gathering in Rio de Janiero, world leaders agreed on an ambitious blueprint for a more secure future. They sought to balance the imperatives of robust economic growth and the needs of a growing population against the ecological necessity to conserve our planet’s most precious resources — land, air and water. And they agreed that the only way to do this was to break with the old economic model and invent a new one. They called it sustainable development.

Two decades later […]

GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA SUMMIT
What: Global African Diaspora Summit 
When: 25th May 2012 
Where: Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton CBD, Johannesburg, South Africa 
Who: Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Republic of South Africa 
Objectives: The overall objective of the Summit is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad for the socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora. 
The Summit aims to popularise the Africa Diaspora Summit within the following spheres and sectors: 
 Government; Academia; think-tanks; Business; Diplomatic Corps; Development Agencies; and the general public 
 To mobilize African Citizens within the continent and in the Diaspora around the outcomes of the Summit to support the acceleration of the agenda of integration and development on the continent.  
Participants: The Summit will bring together leaders from over 60 countries, AU Member States, AU organs, various organizations working for the Diaspora, and other relevant guests 
Background: The 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union had resolved under Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.367 (XVII) to convene the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa on 25 May 2012 (Africa Day). The Decision marks the culmination of a process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its Diaspora on the goals, content, objectives and implementation strategy of the Diaspora process.  
The Decision facilitated for the convening of a Ministerial meeting in New York on 24 September 2011 to review the outcomes of a previous Technical Experts meeting as well as the Summit documents of 2007 and consolidate them into a Draft Declaration, Programme of Action and Implementation Strategy for the consideration of the leaders of Africa and its Diaspora in the Summit of May 2012. The consolidated outcome documents would then serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation.  
For Further Information consult the AU website: www.au.int  

GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA SUMMIT

What: Global African Diaspora Summit 

When: 25th May 2012 

Where: Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton CBD, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Who: Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Republic of South Africa 

Objectives: The overall objective of the Summit is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad for the socio-economic development of Africa and boost synergies as well as facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora. 

The Summit aims to popularise the Africa Diaspora Summit within the following spheres and sectors: 

 Government; Academia; think-tanks; Business; Diplomatic Corps; Development Agencies; and the general public 

 To mobilize African Citizens within the continent and in the Diaspora around the outcomes of the Summit to support the acceleration of the agenda of integration and development on the continent.  

Participants: The Summit will bring together leaders from over 60 countries, AU Member States, AU organs, various organizations working for the Diaspora, and other relevant guests 

Background: The 17th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union had resolved under Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.367 (XVII) to convene the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa on 25 May 2012 (Africa Day). The Decision marks the culmination of a process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its Diaspora on the goals, content, objectives and implementation strategy of the Diaspora process.  

The Decision facilitated for the convening of a Ministerial meeting in New York on 24 September 2011 to review the outcomes of a previous Technical Experts meeting as well as the Summit documents of 2007 and consolidate them into a Draft Declaration, Programme of Action and Implementation Strategy for the consideration of the leaders of Africa and its Diaspora in the Summit of May 2012. The consolidated outcome documents would then serve as a basic law guiding the programme and its effective implementation.  

For Further Information consult the AU website: www.au.int  

Séminaire Energizing Africa le 23 mai à Sciences Po Paris de 17h à 21h
Catégorie
Conférences 
Date
23/05/2012 à 23/05/2012
Lieu
Sciences Po amphithéâtre Claude Erignac (3e étage)
Résumé
Quelles solutions pour relever les défis énergétiques du continent ?
Description
L’Afrique est un continent aux multiples défi s énergétiques qui doit trouver des solutions adaptées aux contraintes politiques, économiques et financières de chaque pays ou région.
Afin de mieux comprendre les différents aspects de ces enjeux, nous avons invité différents acteurs publics et privés à partager avec nous leur vision des problématiques énergétiques auxquelles est confrontée l’Afrique et des solutions innovantes qui s’y développent.
Les solutions en matière d’infrastructure et de gestion des risques juridiques et financiers seront présentées à travers les témoignages de différents acteurs ayant une expérience ou une expertise sur le sujet (institutionnels, auditeurs, banquiers, industriels, investisseurs privés ou publics, pouvoirs publics, avocats d’affaires…).
Introduction
• Cédric Sinarinzi
Président de l’ABLC (African Business Lawyers’Club)
• Nicolas Granier
Emerging Markets, Avocat associé, Landwell & Associés /
PwC
Table ronde n°1 – L’Afrique,un continent aux multiples défis énergétiques 17h35-18h15
• Bettina Laville
Associé, Avocat, Conseiller d’État, Landwell & Associés / PwC
• Veronika Gyuricza
Programme Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa,
International Energy Agency – OCDE
• Sara Nso
Consultante, Département Énergie, Banque Mondiale
• Djibo Salamatou Gourouza-Magagi
Conseiller spécial chargé des Mines et de l’Energie auprès
de la Présidence de la République du Niger
• Dominique Bangoura (Modérateur )
Présidente de l’Observatoire Politique et Stratégique de
l’Afrique, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Table ronde n° 2 – Quelles infrastructures ? Les réponses d’aujourd’hui,les solutions de demain… 18h20-19h10
• Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
Secrétaire Exécutif du NEPAD
• Adame Deen
Head of Infrastructure Projects, NEPAD
• John Ravoloson
Managing Director, Arborescence Capital
• Hans Francis Simb Nag
Directeur Général, Kibri Power Development Corporation
• Hervé Lado (Modérateur )
Président de la Division Afrique de Sciences-Po Alumni
Table ronde n° 3 – Projets énergétiques :quels choix pour une gestion optimaledes risques juridiques et financiers ? 19h10 20h
• Bertrand Montembault
Associé, Avocat, Energy & Infrastructures,
Herbert Smith LLP
• Sylvain Boniface
Chargé d’affaires Energy & Commodities, BNP Paribas
• Xavier Etienne
Associé, Avocat, Energy, Landwell & Associés / PwC
• Delphine Sino Courtin
Avocat Counsel, Clifford Chance LLP
• Yannick Itoua (Modérateur )
Senior Advisor, Bryan Garnier & Co
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Séminaire Energizing Africa le 23 mai à Sciences Po Paris de 17h à 21h

Catégorie

Conférences 

Date

23/05/2012 à 23/05/2012

Lieu

Sciences Po amphithéâtre Claude Erignac (3e étage)

Résumé

Quelles solutions pour relever les défis énergétiques du continent ?

Description

L’Afrique est un continent aux multiples défi s énergétiques qui doit trouver des solutions adaptées aux contraintes politiques, économiques et financières de chaque pays ou région.

Afin de mieux comprendre les différents aspects de ces enjeux, nous avons invité différents acteurs publics et privés à partager avec nous leur vision des problématiques énergétiques auxquelles est confrontée l’Afrique et des solutions innovantes qui s’y développent.

Les solutions en matière d’infrastructure et de gestion des risques juridiques et financiers seront présentées à travers les témoignages de différents acteurs ayant une expérience ou une expertise sur le sujet (institutionnels, auditeurs, banquiers, industriels, investisseurs privés ou publics, pouvoirs publics, avocats d’affaires…).

Introduction

• Cédric Sinarinzi

Président de l’ABLC (African Business Lawyers’Club)

• Nicolas Granier

Emerging Markets, Avocat associé, Landwell & Associés /

PwC

Table ronde n°1 – L’Afrique,un continent aux multiples défis énergétiques 17h35-18h15

• Bettina Laville

Associé, Avocat, Conseiller d’État, Landwell & Associés / PwC

• Veronika Gyuricza

Programme Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa,

International Energy Agency – OCDE

• Sara Nso

Consultante, Département Énergie, Banque Mondiale

• Djibo Salamatou Gourouza-Magagi

Conseiller spécial chargé des Mines et de l’Energie auprès

de la Présidence de la République du Niger

• Dominique Bangoura (Modérateur )

Présidente de l’Observatoire Politique et Stratégique de

l’Afrique, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Table ronde n° 2 – Quelles infrastructures ? Les réponses d’aujourd’hui,les solutions de demain… 18h20-19h10

• Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

Secrétaire Exécutif du NEPAD

• Adame Deen

Head of Infrastructure Projects, NEPAD

• John Ravoloson

Managing Director, Arborescence Capital

• Hans Francis Simb Nag

Directeur Général, Kibri Power Development Corporation

• Hervé Lado (Modérateur )

Président de la Division Afrique de Sciences-Po Alumni

Table ronde n° 3 – Projets énergétiques :quels choix pour une gestion optimaledes risques juridiques et financiers ? 19h10 20h

• Bertrand Montembault

Associé, Avocat, Energy & Infrastructures,

Herbert Smith LLP

• Sylvain Boniface

Chargé d’affaires Energy & Commodities, BNP Paribas

• Xavier Etienne

Associé, Avocat, Energy, Landwell & Associés / PwC

• Delphine Sino Courtin

Avocat Counsel, Clifford Chance LLP

• Yannick Itoua (Modérateur )

Senior Advisor, Bryan Garnier & Co

@grioo

Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro located in front of the UN
Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

23 April - 04 May 2012 | UN headquarters, New York, United States of America


Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
23 April - 24 April - 25 April - 26 April- 27 April- 30 April- 1 May - 2 May - 3 May
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Sphere within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro located in front of the UN

Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

23 April - 04 May 2012 | UN headquarters, New York, United States of America

Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)

23 April - 24 April - 25 April - 26 April- 27 April- 30 April- 1 May - 2 May - 3 May

Coverage on @iisd