Environmental Diplomacy in the News
UN and World Bank Leaders: Resilience Is Vital to Africa’s Promising Development Future
As Africa grapples with persistent drought affecting millions in the Sahel and flooding that endangers lives and livelihoods in Mozambique, the role of disaster resilience in the continent’s promising development future is increasingly clear.
Those risks and securing Africa’s development future brought UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim together with African leaders and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this past weekend to mobilize support behind Africa’s development and to mobilize an international consensus to integrate disaster and climate risk considerations in development policy and programs.
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Environmental degradation and the frequency with which the effects of climate change are being felt are increasingly evident. Yet, while attention has been given to the science and economics of climate change, there has been limited engagement on the diplomacy...Read more...
- consider Africa’s strategic position in the international environmental regime;
- contribute to knowledge development and capacity...
In The News 04-06-2013UN Panel: Environmental Protection Key to Post-2015 Progress
Protecting the environment must be at the core of efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030, finds a high-level panel whose 27 members include UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Panel Co-chair President Yudhoyono delivered the report Thursday to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who immediately presented it to the UN General Assembly.
Entitled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” the report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons sets out an agenda for the period following 2015 – the target date for the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
In The News 04-06-2013Africa: Financing Climate Adaptation for Smallholder Farmers Is Critical
Rome — Ahead of the United Nations climate change meeting in Germany, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stresses the climate resilience needs of 500 million smallholder farms.
With World Environment Day approaching next week, key negotiations within the UN's climate change talks are to take place in Bonn. IFAD wants to see greater recognition of the climate impacts smallholder farmers have to face and more assistance to meet that challenge.
In The News 12-05-2013SA identified as a green tax trailblazer
SOUTH Africa been identified by audit, tax and advisory service firm KPMG International as a world leader in using tax as a tool to drive sustainable corporate behaviour and achieve green policy goals, in a report yesterday.
South Africa is poised to become the first African and second Brics country to introduce a direct carbon tax, but the Treasury’s plan to start direct carbon taxation on January 1 2015 has its detractors, who argue that South Africa’s economic situation is not yet robust enough to absorb the tax.
South Africa was the 13th-most active of the 21 major global economies indexed in the first KPMG Green Tax Index, launched at the 2013 KPMG Asia Pacific Tax Summit in Shanghai, China.
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