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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New in Africa Renewal

As Africa prepares for the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference, the continent’s report card shows some progress and many challenges.

28 March 2012

SPECIAL FEATURE

The future
we want

To Rio and beyond: Africa seeks sustainable solutions

Special feature: Sustainable development

A compendium of Africa’s priority areas

Sustainable development priority areas show a mix of challenges and progress
 

Interview with Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo

‘Only our collective voice will be heard’
 

Interview with Joan Clos, UN-Habitat

For sustainable cities, Africa needs planning
 

How a community radio station in Kenya is changing the lives of shack dwellers

With new outlet, Korogocho residents push for reforms
 

Towards a vision of African cities without slums

Governments set course towards improving poor urban areas

Also in this issue

Oil subsidy controversy in Nigeria

Government’s attempt to remove oil subsidy backfires, resulting in violent street protests
 

Africa Renewal is 25 years old

A story of how the journey started
 

Malian fabrics create beauty, profit

Hand-dyed fabrics win praises, capture markets
 

Book Review

Africa Renewal reviews More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel
 

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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.