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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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 […]

ECOWAS REGIONAL BIOENERGY FORUM

ECREEE in cooperation with its partners  from the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) including Brazil, Ghana, the Netherlands, Sweden, USA, UNDP, UNEP, UN FAO, and the UN Foundation, are organising a regional bioenergy forum from 19th – 22rd March 2012 in Bamako, Mali. The objective of the forum is to initiate an international dialogue and peer-to-peer learning to support the ECOWAS Member States in developing their bioenergy strategies.  The Regional Forum will provide information and promote discussion on the following topics:
Economic, Environmental and Social benefits and challenges of bioenergy;
Means to simultaneously promote food and energy security through Integrated Food-Energy Systems and Agro-forestry;
Means to alleviate the negative health and environmental effects from using traditional fuelwood for cooking by transitioning to modern bioenergy and fostering improved forest management; and
Policy Tools from UNEP, UN FAO and the Global Bioenergy Partnership that can promote the creation of a sustainable bioenergy sector that is a driver of economic growth and improves environmental and social conditions. 
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ECOWAS REGIONAL BIOENERGY FORUM

ECREEE in cooperation with its partners  from the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) including Brazil, Ghana, the Netherlands, Sweden, USA, UNDP, UNEP, UN FAO, and the UN Foundation, are organising a regional bioenergy forum from 19th – 22rd March 2012 in Bamako, Mali. The objective of the forum is to initiate an international dialogue and peer-to-peer learning to support the ECOWAS Member States in developing their bioenergy strategies.  The Regional Forum will provide information and promote discussion on the following topics:

  • Economic, Environmental and Social benefits and challenges of bioenergy;
  • Means to simultaneously promote food and energy security through Integrated Food-Energy Systems and Agro-forestry;
  • Means to alleviate the negative health and environmental effects from using traditional fuelwood for cooking by transitioning to modern bioenergy and fostering improved forest management; and
  • Policy Tools from UNEP, UN FAO and the Global Bioenergy Partnership that can promote the creation of a sustainable bioenergy sector that is a driver of economic growth and improves environmental and social conditions. 

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The report, entitled “Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation: Capturing Environmental, Economic and Social Dividends”, is UNIDO’s contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The initiative aims to achieve by 2030 three inter linked targets: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy supply.

The Industrial Development Report argues that industrial energy efficiency is key to sustainable industrial development, especially in developing countries. It calls for investing in energy-efficient technologies in order to provide the economic, environmental and social dividends that will help achieve sustainable growth. 

The report says that energy consumption could grow even faster as developing countries reduce the income gap and grapple with growing populations demanding more manufactured products. This makes it imperative to remove barriers that currently impede energy efficiency investments.

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Powering Sustainable Energy for All By BAN KI-MOON Published: January 11, 2012

As a child growing up during the Korean War, I studied by candlelight. Electric conveniences such as refrigerators and fans were largely unknown. Yet within my lifetime, that reality changed utterly. Easy access to energy opened abundant new possibilities for my family and my nation. […]

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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases Comprehensive Strategy to Save Lives, Empower Women, Combat Climate Change by Transforming Market for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves released Igniting Change: A Strategy for Universal Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels, a plan to reduce the two million annual deaths caused by toxic cook smoke from burning solid fuels in rudimentary cookstoves and open fires – the primary means of cooking for nearly three billion people every day.
download the plan @cleancookstoves

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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases Comprehensive Strategy to Save Lives, Empower Women, Combat Climate Change by Transforming Market for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves released Igniting Change: A Strategy for Universal Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels, a plan to reduce the two million annual deaths caused by toxic cook smoke from burning solid fuels in rudimentary cookstoves and open fires – the primary means of cooking for nearly three billion people every day.

download the plan @cleancookstoves