Climate Change in Africa: AfDB Advocates Gradual Transition to Green Growth

TUNIS, Tunisia, October 24, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “Africa needs to change its development trajectory in order in order to win its fight against both poverty and climate change,” said the African Development Bank (AfDB) Vice President Aly Abou-Sabaa (http://www.afdb.org) at the opening session of the Third Annual “Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa” (CCDA-III) that took place from 21-23 October 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Addressing some 500 participants (http://j.mp/1h8BeWU) including government officials, policymakers, academia, scientists, researchers, civil society groups, the media and farmers, Abou-Sabaa declared that the African Development Bank remains fully committed to supporting projects and strategic partnerships to achieve climate resilience on the continent. “Africa has the opportunity to leapfrog rather than re-invent,” he said.

In order to address the various challenges it is facing (energy needs of a growing population, greenhouse gas reduction agenda, growing cities and the need for adequate and sustainable urban services like water, housing, waste management, transport, food…), “the continent should take this opportunity to use proven cost-efficient and effective technologies in addressing them,” said Abou-Sabaa.

Focusing on the theme ” Africa on the rise: Can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development?”, the Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA) seeks ways of strengthening Africa’s ability to seize opportunities from climate change to better prepare the continent for transformative development.

The conference was organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Clim-Dev Africa seeks to strengthen the capacities of Africa’s climate institutions to be able to generate and widely disseminate appropriate, useful and useable climate information. Additionally, the program seeks to enhance the capacity of Africa’s policy makers to be able to use such data routinely in development planning. The AfDB expects to channel a total amount of USD 800 Million for the ten coming years to address climate resilience issues in Africa through the ClimDev Africa Program.

The AfDB is playing a key role as financier, partner, and advisor to African countries to assist them enhance access to available resources as well as capitalize on future financing opportunities.

In that regard, the AfDB, under its Climate Change Action Plan, is investing up to USD 10 billion between 2011 and 2015. These resources will be drawn from the AfDB’s own internal funding, bilateral trust funds and climate finance instruments. The AfDB’s current Investment represents USD 4.3 billion (2011-2012).

The opening session of the conference was also addressed by Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, of Ethiopia, Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission Carlos Lopes, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

• Africa and climate change: the role of the African Development Bank

• AfDB Vice President Abou-Sabaa’s statement: http://j.mp/1h8BeWU

• CCDA III website: http://j.mp/1h8GKc4

• CCDA III Conference documents: http://j.mp/1h8GuKe

Source: APO

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Cape Town to Welcome International Private Equity Investors at the 7th Annual Powering Africa: Finance Options Meeting

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, October 24, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 7th Annual Powering Africa Finance Options Meeting (PA:FO) (http://www.poweringafrica-finance.com) will take place from 14-15th November at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa in Cape Town, designed to help investors identify the most profitable future opportunities in Africa’s power sector.

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Karen Breytenbach, Senior Project Advisor for the National Treasury’s PPP Unit in South Africa, will be joined by senior representatives from Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Eskom, China-Africa Development Fund, Schneider Electric, Globeleq, Webber Wentzel, Odebrecht, Aggreko and Standard Bank among others to discuss and debate the future of the market, share ideas on investments and question peers and competitors on their plans over the coming year.

With Africa’s industrial economies booming and liquidity among banks struggling to keep up with demand, can private equity fill the gap in getting mid-cap projects off the ground? We have seen a reflection of South Africa’s successful power investment programmes in many parts of Africa driven by resource investment and government engagement – specifically in the power sector. Notably, Nigeria’s economy has transformed in the last 12 months with a wash of projects coming online and investors falling over themselves to participate.

At the recent EnergyNet Power Investors Summit: Nigeria, one major international investor commented that testing their planned entrance strategy at the meeting had “highlighted considerable misgivings- the round table discussions provided enough valuable content to potentially save the business a US$100mln investment error.”

As a consequence of such rapid growth, within the gold rush there will be casualties. As is clear, working in Africa requires specific knowledge and understanding that will give a project the best opportunity for success; this will be the difference between US$100mln and US$1bln of investment from private equity firms. This new format of investor meeting will see stalwarts of the African power sector on both sides of the developer and structured finance value chain trading knowledge with relatively new investors to make sure early mistakes are missed.

Discussions at PA:FO will be conducted under Chatham House Rule to allow for open discussion and maximum exchange of information.

To view the full speaker list for this event, please visit http://www.poweringafrica-finance.com

Event dates: 14-15th November 2013

Event location: Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Cape Town

Event website: www.poweringafrica-finance.com

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Clarion Events.

Contact: Amy Offord – Senior Marketing Executive

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7384 8068

Email: amy.offord@energynet.co.uk

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UN Committee against Torture to review Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Andorra, Kyrgyzstan

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 24, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) is meeting in Geneva from 28 October to 22 November to review the following countries:

Mozambique (28-29 Oct); Uzbekistan (29-30 Oct): Poland (30-31 Oct);

Latvia (31 Oct-1 Nov); Belgium (5-6 Nov); Burkina Faso (6-7 Nov); Portugal (7-8 Nov)

Andorra (11-12 Nov); Kyrgyzstan (12-13 Nov)

The above are among the 154 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. As States parties, they are required to undergo regular reviews by the Committee on how they are implementing the Convention.

The Committee, which is composed of 10 independent experts, will engage in dialogues with the respective government delegations at Palais Wilson. The public meetings, which begin at 10:00 and 15:00 Geneva time, will be webcast live and can be viewed here: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Friday 22 November at 14:00 at Palais des Nations in Geneva..

The full list of issues and the countries’ reports are available at:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?Treaty=CAT&SessionID=809&Lang=en

The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 22 November.

Source: APO

Sale and sexual exploitation of children: UN rights expert in fact-finding mission to Benin

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 24, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Special Rapporteur Najat Maalla M’jid will undertake a fact-finding mission to Benin from 28 October to 8 November 2013. This will be the first visit to the country by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

“In all countries in the world there are children victims or vulnerable to various forms of exploitation, and such children need special consideration,” Ms. Maalla M’jid said.

“I will focus on the scope, the patterns and the root causes of the phenomena of sale and sexual exploitation of children,” the human rights expert noted. “I will pay particular attention to the strategies and programs established in terms of prevention and protection of vulnerable children and child victims.”

The Special Rapporteur, who visits Benin at the invitation of the Government, will travel to Cotonou, Porto Novo, Abomey-Calavi, Parakou, Comè, Lokossa and Aplahoué to meet with State authorities responsible for preventing and combating the sale and sexual exploitation of children. She will also meet with representatives from the United Nations, the diplomatic community, civil society and private sector representatives.

During her 12-day mission, Ms. Maalla M’jid will also visit children care centres, shelters and programmes and meet the children victims and at risk.

The Special Rapporteur will share with the Government her preliminary observations based on her findings during the visit. The Special Rapporteur will present a report containing her findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in March 2014.

A press conference will be held at the end of the mission on Friday 8 November at 13:00 in UNFPA conference room, Lot 111, zone résidentielle 01 BP506, Cotonou.

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SECRETARY-GENERAL, CONCERNED BY ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE IN MOZAMBIQUE, CALLS FOR INCLUSIVE DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES

NEW YORK, October 24, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is concerned by the recent escalation of violence in Mozambique between Government forces and members of the Mozambican National Resistance.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from any act that can threaten the peace and stability that has prevailed during the past 21 years, since the 1992 Rome General Peace Accords.

He urges them to fully engage in an inclusive dialogue to resolve differences within the established democratic order and to ensure that the country continues to achieve social inclusion and sustainable development for all.

Source: APO

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