How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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AfDB support for Tanzania’s off-grid energy plans

James Richards. Public Finance International, 10-01-17: The African Development Bank has approved a $870,000 grant to promote off-grid electricity generation in Tanzania. The money will go towards funding private sector clean energy projects, with a view to improving access to electricity in rural areas of the East African country. The grant was approved under the Sustainable Energy for Africa facility, which is funded by the governments of Denmark, the UK, the US and Italy.

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Bangladesh : NGOs mobilise to stop Rampal coal-fired powerplant

The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) joins movements and communities in Bangladesh in their struggle to stop the Rampal coal-fired power-plant from being built.The United Nations has also requested Bangladesh to stop construction.The proposed Rampal coal-fired power plant is located just 14 kilometres north of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading

Farmers are key to avert hunger caused by climate change in Africa

morocco-629x472Fabiola Ortiz, (IPS) 12 Dec– With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns.Most countries consider agriculture a priority when it comes to their plans to limit the rise of global temperatures to less than 2 degrees C. In line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement, 95 percent of all countries included agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Continue reading

COP22: The final assessment? “A disappointing result for the poorest countries”, says LDC Watch

climate-change-rally30November 2016: “While there was some small cause for optimism at Marrakesh, the major issues were shuffled off, either never to be seen again or put aside for further ‘negotiation’ in the future. Overall, a disappointing result”, said Azeb Girmai, LDC Watch Climate Lead. Continue reading

Initial Response from Climate Justice Groups to Marrakech Outcomes

dcj-logo-256x256px(November 23, Marrakech) – As U.N. climate change negotiations concluded several hours over time after countries grappled with how to work out the rule book for the Paris Agreement, climate justice advocates issued the following reactions. “At the end of these two weeks we just want to express our extreme disappointment that no clear and concrete increases in climate finance pledges have been put forward by developed country governments,” said Lidy Nacpil of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development. Continue reading

COP22 Launches Major Global Partnership on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

global-partnshipMarrakesh, 23 November 2016: — At the COP22 meeting representatives of dozens of developing countries, including Africa, small island states, least developed countries and Central American countries joined COP President Morocco in launching the Marrakech Global Partnership on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.  This is a major outcome on clean energy from a conference aiming to deliver concrete action and implementation, after a year of high momentum following the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Continue reading

COP22: ‘Business as usual’ no longer an option for the world’s poorest countries

Marrakesh, 17 November 2016: Least Developed Countries, Most Vulnerable Countries and Small Island Developing States are experiencing the effects of climate change far quicker than originally forecast. Each year sees increasing flooding, more droughts, desertification, salination of agricultural land and extreme weather events like hurricanes so severe they are threatening the long-term future of some of the poorest countries. 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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