Least Developed Countries falling further behind developed countries than ever

19 December 2016: Global poverty is increasingly concentrated among a group of 48 countries, which are falling further behind the rest of the world in terms of economic development, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday by UNCTAD. The Least Developed Countries Report 2016: The Path to Graduation and Beyond – Making the Most of the Process states that a global goal to halve the size of this group will be missed unless the international community takes more action. Continue reading

Les Pays les Moins Avancés lancent l’Initiative pour l’Energie Renouvelable et l’Efficacité Energétique et rejoignent le Partenariat mondial pour une transition vers les énergies propres

MARRAKECH, 17 Nov – Aujourd’hui, le Groupe des Pays les Moins Avancés a annoncé le lancement de sa nouvelle Initiative pour l’Energie Renouvelable et l’Efficacité Energétique (IEREE) en faveur du développement durable. L’initiative est l’un des résultats clés et concrets de la conférence de Marrakech sur le climat. Continue reading

COP22: LDCs Launch Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative, Join Global Partnership to Scale Up Clean Energy Transformation

(MARRAKECH, 17 Nov) Today, the Least Developed Countries Group announced the launch of its new Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development. The initiative is one of the key, concrete outcomes of the Marrakech climate conference.

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Nepal Is Showing the Way on Climate Change

nepal-climate-change Michael Northrop, Bikash Panday, Huffington Post, 19 October:  Nepal is becoming one of the leaders in the fight against climate change. For a poor country struggling with severe poverty, it is admirable how much Nepal has done to decarbonize its economy. It’s domestic electricity production is 100% hydropower-based and therefore 100% renewable. Independent power producers have responded to incentives for small and medium hydro power and have flourished thanks to the willingness of local banks to provide credit. As a result, the country’s chronic power shortages and import of coal-generated power from India are both expected to come to an end in 2018.

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Pacific LDCS – Wave energy could provide the answer to the Islands’ energy needs

wave-energy– Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, they are now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region. The Pacific Community’s wave energy cost analysis report presents tangible costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining wave energy devices in the region for the first time and concludes that “the costs of generating energy using waves are on par with other renewable energies, such as wind and solar.” Continue reading

OUGANDA: Aider les femmes séropositives à éviter des grossesses non désirées

uganda-aidsAmy Fallon, 16 sept (IPS)Barbara Kemigisa avait l’habitude de s’appeler une “militante contre le VIH/SIDA”. Ces jours-ci, elle serait plutôt connue comme une “militante du planning familial contre le VIH/SIDA. Nous devons réduire les grossesses non désirées et le taux d’infection à VIH dans notre pays”, a déclaré Kemigisa à IPS lors de la première conférence nationale sur le planning familial de l’Ouganda le 28 juillet. “Il s’agit d’une double protection”. Continue reading

African Forum pledges to use agriculture as to boost African economic renaissance

agrf2016The theme of this year’s AGRF (African Green Revolution Forum) was “Seize the Moment: Securing Africa’s Rise through Agricultural Transformation.”, which recognizes that the significant progress African countries have made over the last decade to build a foundation for a renaissance in the agriculture sector across the entire value chain. But it also recognizes that much more needs to be done to achieve food security and equal access to economic opportunity for all Africans. This is in the face of challenges that include rapid urbanization; climate change; significant unemployment: one in three Africans from 15 to 35 years old are jobless; and chronic malnutrition that has left 58 million children stunted. Continue reading

African leaders driving push for industrialisation on the African continent

Africn industrialisationJul 27 2016 (IPS/G77),  Lyndal Rowlands– Industrialisation in Africa is being driven by African leaders who realise that industries as diverse as horticulture and leather production can help add value to the primary resources they currently export. This is an “inside driven” process, Li Yong, Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) told IPS. “I’ve heard that message from African leaders.” Continue reading

Concern that Don Sahong Dam in Laos will seriously affect population in Mekong River Basin

Bangkok, Thailand, 19 June 2016: The United Nations Special Procedures have raised Don Sahong damserious concerns over the human rights impacts of the controversial Don Sahong Dam under construction on the Mekong River in Laos. The Special Procedures highlight the likely transboundary impacts of the project on the millions of people residing in the Mekong River Basin in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, who are dependent on fish stocks and riverine resources for their food security and survival.  Continue reading

Angola: Des ex-militaires intégrés dans la production du café arabique

Angola coffeeSumbe, 20 juin 2016: Cinq cents-six ex-militaires seront intégrés, cette année, dans la commune d’Amboiva, municipalité de Seles, province de Cuanza Sul, dans le projet de production du café arabique, sur une surface de 560 hectares. Le gouverneur provincial de Cuanza Sul, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, a livré cette information à l’Angop, indiquant que la commune d’Amboiva a un climat approprié pour la production du café arabique, l’un des plus cherchés sur le marché national, en vertu de l’existence dans cette localité, d’une pépinière de dix millions de plantes. Continue reading