Global Center on Adaptation and AUDA-NEPAD Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Accelerate Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Rotterdam, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on accelerating climate change adaptation efforts across Africa. Building on the AUC-GCA-AfDB Africa-led, Africa-owned Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), the partnership will support African member states to respond to the impact of the climate crisis.

The MoU establishes a framework for joint initiatives in such critical areas as access to climate adaptation finance, technical and institutional capacity building, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable land and water management, and disaster risk management inclusive the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative. The GCA and AUDA-NEPAD will also collaborate hand-in-hand to ensure full delivery on the $25 billion ambition of the AAAP by 2025 and to build the ground for even more ambitious follow-through beyond 2025.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the GCA regional office in Rotterdam, GCA CEO Professor Patrick V. Verkooijen said: “We are delighted to formalize our collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD through this MoU. Together, we will work towards a climate-resilient Africa by leveraging our combined expertise and resources to support innovative climate adaptation actions on the ground. AAAP is the world’s largest climate adaptation program and the full delivery on the $25 billion ambition it by 2025 is crucial to keeping Africa safe from the escalating impacts of the climate crisis. This partnership is a significant step in our mission to accelerate climate adaptation solutions for Africa.”

Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD said: “This MoU with the Global Center on Adaptation marks a pivotal moment in our efforts to build a resilient Africa. We are going to galvanize and double down on progress to fully deliver the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program, as well as to take it to the next stages with the full engagement of Africa. By pooling our strengths, we will enhance the capacity of African countries to adapt to climate change, ensuring sustainable development and improved livelihoods for all. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration that will drive impactful adaptation initiatives across the continent.”

Key areas of cooperation outlined in the MoU include:

  1. Access to Climate Adaptation Finance: enhancing access to international climate finance for adaptation projects in Africa.
  2. Climate adaptation and training: providing capacity-building initiatives to strengthen adaptation planning and implementation at the local level.
  3. Institutional Support and collaboration: supporting the programmatic activities of the AUDA-NEPAD Centre on Climate Resilience and Adaptation.
  4. Climate-Smart Agriculture: promoting climate-smart technologies to improve agricultural productivity and food security.
  5. Sustainable Land and Water Management: scaling up nature-based practices to manage land degradation and drought.
  6. Building Resilience and Addressing Fragility and Food Insecurity in Rural Settings: mainstreaming climate adaptation jobs in youth-led enterprises with innovative climate adaptation and resilience solutions; and supporting access to digital advisory services and scalable investments for improved and resilient livelihoods linked to the energy-water-food nexus in rural areas.
  7. Support African Member States on Disaster Risk Management: increasing integration of disaster risk reduction in regional and national sustainable development frameworks and testing risk-informed preparedness plans.
  8. Support for African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative: providing technical capacity to accelerate agroforestry investments to restore degraded landscapes and build resilient communities.
  9. Infrastructure Resilience: enhancing the resilience of infrastructure projects against climate impacts through capacity building and the identification of priority adaptation projects.

The GCA and AUDA-NEPAD will also jointly organize events and advocacy initiatives to promote climate adaptation. This includes participation in such continental and global climate forums as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Africa Climate Weeks and the GCA Annual Climate Adaptation Summit.

Notes to Editors
About the Global Center on Adaptation
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that promotes adaptation to the impacts of climate change. It works to climate-proof development by instigating policy reforms and influencing investments made by international financial institutions and the private sector. The goal is to bring climate adaptation to the forefront of the global fight against climate change and ensure that it remains prominent. Founded in 2018, GCA embodies innovation in its approach to climate adaptation as well as in its physical presence. It operates from the largest floating office in the world, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Together with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and partners, the GCA is spearheading the world’s largest adaptation program, the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), which aims to shape $25 billion in climate proofed development investments by 2025. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Beijing, China. The GCA will open a new Africa Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in 2025.

About the African Union Development Agency
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) is the development agency of the African Union. It is mandated by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government to coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realization of Agenda 2063. Its other objectives are to strengthen the capacity of African Union Member States and regional bodies, advance knowledge-based advisory support, undertake the full range of resource mobilization and serve as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners.

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Anuncia Transição de CEO para o dia 1º de julho de 2024

TEMECULA, Califórnia, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376), após uma votação do Conselho hoje anunciou que a partir de 1º de julho de 2024, Adrian Ridge sucederá a Peter Wagner como CEO da Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (parte da Divisão Industrial da Nikkiso). Wagner permanecerá no Conselho como Presidente Executivo do Nikkiso CE&IG Group.

Como CEO, Ridge, que atualmente é Vice-Presidente Executivo de Operações e Manufatura do Nikkiso CE&IG Group, impulsionará os resultados operacionais e financeiros e preparará o Grupo para o crescimento futuro. A nova função de Wagner como Presidente Executivo se concentrará em impulsionar a visão e a estratégia de longo prazo do Grupo na qualidade de consultor.

“Em seis anos sob a liderança de Peter, a Nikkiso CE&IG mais do que quadruplicou os negócios e está posicionada para um forte crescimento contínuo”, disse Toshihiko Kai, Presidente e CEO da Nikkiso. “Queremos agradecer a sua liderança e dar as boas-vindas a Adrian como novo CEO do Grupo.”

Antes de ingressar na Nikkiso em 2018, Wagner foi CEO e Diretor de Marketing do LEWA Group. Ridge ingressou na Nikkiso em 2022, após aproximadamente 30 anos na Atlas Copco onde atuou em vários cargos de liderança.

Sobre a Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Desde a sua criação em 1953, a Nikkiso contribuiu para resolver questões sociais, antecipando as mudanças com tecnologias e produtos pioneiros no mundo e no Japão. No âmbito industrial, a Nikkiso criou novos mercados ao desenvolver produtos no campo da energia, produtos relacionados à hemodiálise para a indústria médica, e aeroestruturas de CFRP (plástico reforçado com fibra de carbono) para a indústria aeroespacial.

Sobre a Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group é um fornecedor líder de equipamentos criogênicos, tecnologias e aplicações para os segmentos de mercado de energia limpa e gás industrial. O Grupo emprega mais de 1.600 pessoas em 22 países e é liderado pela Cryogenic Industries, Inc., uma subsidiária integral da Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376) no sul da Califórnia, EUA.

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Le groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases annonce un changement de direction au 1er juillet 2024

TEMECULA, Californie, 14 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE : 6376) annonce ce jour qu’à l’issue d’une délibération du Conseil d’administration, Adrian Ridge succédera dès le 1er juillet 2024 à Peter Wagner à la présidence du groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases. Ce groupe fait partie de la branche industrielle de la maison mère. Monsieur Wagner conserve son siège au Conseil et y exercera les fonctions de Président exécutif du groupe Nikkiso CE&IG.

À la présidence du Conseil d’administration, Monsieur Ridge, actuellement Vice-président exécutif de l’exploitation et de la branche industrielle du groupe Nikkiso CE&IG, veillera à en piloter les performances opérationnelles et financières et à préparer le groupe pour sa future vague de croissance. Sous sa nouvelle casquette de Président exécutif, Monsieur Wagner se concentrera sur la vision et la stratégie à long terme du groupe et assumera le rôle de conseiller.

« Au cours des six ans du mandat de Peter Wagner, l’activité de Nikkiso CE&IG a plus que quadruplé et le groupe est en pole position pour enregistrer une croissance continue appuyée », observe Toshihiko Kai, Président et directeur général de Nikkiso. Et de conclure : « Je tiens à le remercier sincèrement pour sa direction, et j’accueille volontiers Adrian Ridge à la présidence du Conseil ».

Avant de rejoindre Nikkiso en 2018, Peter Wagner était PDG et directeur général du groupe LEWA, tandis qu’Alan Ridge a choisi Nikkiso en 2022 après avoir passé près de 30 ans chez Atlas Copco, où il a occupé divers postes de direction.

À propos de Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Depuis sa création en 1953, Nikkiso a contribué à la résolution des conflits sociaux en anticipant les changements d’époque au moyen de technologies et de produits d’innovation parmi les premiers au monde et au Japon. Dans le secteur de l’industrie, Nikkiso a suscité de nouveaux marchés en développant des produits propres au domaine de l’énergie, des produits propres au domaine médical et liés à l’hémodialyse et des structures aériennes en polymère renforcé de fibres de carbone (ou PRFC) pour le compte de l’aérospatiale.

À propos du groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases

Le groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases est un fournisseur leader d’équipements cryogéniques et de technologies et d’applications conçues pour les marchés inhérents à l’énergie propre et aux gaz industriels. Il emploie plus de 1 600 collaborateurs répartis dans 22 pays et se place sous la tutelle de Cryogenic Industries, Inc., une entreprise située au sud de l’État californien des États-Unis, elle-même une filiale en propriété exclusive de Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE : 6376).

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Meeting needs of national economy in skilled workforce absolute priority, says minister

Tunis: Meeting the needs of the national economy in skilled workforce is an absolute priority for the government, said Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Lotfi Dhieb. This found expression in the national reform programme, the development plan and the programme to improve the business climate, the minister told a delegation of advisers members of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Board of Directors led by Senior Adviser Laura Rovamaa Desmoulin. The government is seeking to tackle informal economy, the minister said. The actual implementation of the self-entrepreneur system in 2024 will help foster transition of large groups of employees to formal employment. This will help restructure their activity and broaden the scope of social coverage recipients. Dhieb commended cooperation with the AfDB as a strategic partner. This, particularly as its future plans are in harmony with the national guidelines in connection to speeding up the pace of creating private sector businesses through a joint pro gramme to boost the competitiveness of enterprises and economic empowerment to increase employability (CAP-EMPLOI). Periodic AfDB on-site visits are designed to expand areas of cooperation between the bank and its partners, Laura Rovamaa Desmoulin said. The AfDB delegation is paying a working visit to Tunisia on June 10-14 as part of the regular on-site follow-up of projects supported by the financial institution. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

“All forms of child labor are prohibited regardless of the motives” (OIPEM)

Tunis: The International Organization for the Protection of Mediterranean Children (OIPEM) said that all forms of child labor are prohibited regardless of the motive, given their harmful consequences on the child. It underlined, in a press release published on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labor, the need to raise awareness among parents about the ban on child labor, which constitutes a crime which could be described as human trafficking and vulnerable categories, calling on them to fully assume their responsibility to overcome this phenomenon. According to OIPEM, summer holidays in Tunisia constitute a suitable opportunity to encourage children to participate in the activities of youth centers and scouting, warning parents against child labor during this period whatever the motives are. The organization reiterated that child labor is punishable by the Tunisian legislation. The press release recalled that the World Day Against Child Labor was celebrated on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 under the theme "Let's act on our commitments: End Child Labour!" Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia participates in Thematic Dialogue on Improving Coherence between Economic and Social Policies

Tunis: Recent crises have deepened the economic imbalances associated with demographic transformations, technological developments, climate change, geopolitical tensions and increased forced migration, Minister of Social Affairs Kamel Maddouri underlined during his participation on June 13 in Geneva, in the Thematic Dialogue on Improving Coherence between Economic and Social Policies as part of the Inaugural Forum of the Global Coalition for Social Justice. He further underscored the need to adapt to change and meet people's needs, welcoming the call by the World Trade Organisation Director-General to redefine globalisation. Maddouri recalled that Tunisia had been a pioneer in incorporating the concepts of social justice, decent work, fair pay, social protection, the guarantee of fundamental rights and trade union rights into its constitution, in addition to its accession to the global coalition for social justice. Decent work, he said, is a necessary but insufficient condition for achieving social justice , recalling the measures taken to reinforce the values of social justice, such as extending social security cover, protecting the social rights of migrants, eliminating all forms of precarious employment, guaranteeing a fair wage, revising the system of social security cover and the Labour Code, and combating all forms of exclusion and marginalisation. The minister also underlined the need to support integrated programmes and policies aimed at creating decent and sustainable jobs, broadening social protection and facilitating fair and inclusive economic transitions. Maddouri further pinpointed the need to achieve coherence and complementarity between economic and social policies. The participants in the forum indicated that societies work towards social justice in various ways, notably by protecting the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, reducing poverty and guaranteeing equal opportunities. They affirmed that the global coalition for social justice will help build cohesion in the multilateral syste m and enhance the social dimension of sustainable development, by ensuring that social justice is prioritised in policy-making and in the implementation of activities at national, regional and global levels. The Global Coalition for Social Justice aims to mobilise further political commitment and investment, and to encourage concrete action for social justice and decent work, in support of national priorities. The Coalition will foster multilateral cooperation and partnerships and play a key role in advocating and mobilising for the recognition of social justice on the multilateral agenda, in particular at the proposed United Nations World Social Summit in 2025. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisian Tahar Bekri among world’s leading poets invited to virtual World Conference for Palestine

Tunis: Tunisian poet Tahar Bekri living in France is one of the world's leading poets to take part in the virtual World Conference for Palestine "Palestine at the Heart," organised by the World Poetry Movement (WPM), based in Medellin, Colombia, on June 15-16, 2024. Author of the anthology "Poets of Palestine" (Al Manar), which he translated from Arabic, is one of the 40 authors of all faiths and nationalities who make up the collective "PAROLES POUR UNE PAIX EN TERRE DE PALESTINE" (Words for Peace in the Land of Palestine) (edited by Monique Sérot-Chraïbi, and published by Editions Chèvrefeuille étoilée, June 2024). The World Conference for Palestine can add to the body of justice a clear path to freedom. It is an answer and a challenge to the United States and the great powers that support the occupation and provide more destructive weapons. The importance of the word and its strong impact on people, as well as the role of artists, writers, thinkers, and academics as individuals and collective power, are basic elements in making the Conference possible. The World Conference for Palestine is essential and of the utmost urgency. The Conference aims to invite poets, writers, artists, intellectuals, and politicians to meet and discuss the necessary ways to protect the Palestinian people. A two-day meeting, with interventions and expert analysis, will seek to contribute to an era of solutions to the current critical situation and exert more pressure to stop the war and the withdrawal of the occupation from Gaza. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Call to step up public-private partnership in pharmaceutical sector

Tunis: Ways to step up the public-private partnership in the drugs and pharmaceutical industries, as well as promoting investment and exports, were the focus of a working session held on Thursday on the sidelines of the Investment Forum in Tunisia, held on June 12-13 in Tunis. Health Minister Ali Mrabet reaffirmed on the occasion, the department's commitment to supporting local and foreign manufacturers in the pharmaceutical industry, according to a ministry press release. Mrabet pointed out that his department is endeavuring to set up a pharmaceutical system that is in step with modern developments, notably following the creation of the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products, through the development of the legal framework in order to bring it into line with international standards. This, he said, would require the development of scientific research, the pharmaceutical industry, the sharing of expertise and the encouragement of investment in this field. The Health Minister further underlined th e need for close collaboration between all those involved in the pharmaceutical sector to set up laboratories to manufacture raw materials in order to cover Tunisia's needs in serums and vaccines. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

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Tunis: Recent crises have deepened the economic imbalances associated with demographic transformations, technological developments, climate change, geopolitical tensions and increased forced migration, Minister of Social Affairs Kamel Maddouri underlined during his participation on June 13 in Geneva, in the Thematic Dialogue on Improving Coherence between Economic and Social Policies as part of the Inaugural Forum of the Global Coalition for Social Justice. He further underscored the need to adapt to change and meet people's needs, welcoming the call by the World Trade Organisation Director-General to redefine globalisation. Maddouri recalled that Tunisia had been a pioneer in incorporating the concepts of social justice, decent work, fair pay, social protection, the guarantee of fundamental rights and trade union rights into its constitution, in addition to its accession to the global coalition for social justice. Decent work, he said, is a necessary but insufficient condition for achieving social justice , recalling the measures taken to reinforce the values of social justice, such as extending social security cover, protecting the social rights of migrants, eliminating all forms of precarious employment, guaranteeing a fair wage, revising the system of social security cover and the Labour Code, and combating all forms of exclusion and marginalisation. The minister also underlined the need to support integrated programmes and policies aimed at creating decent and sustainable jobs, broadening social protection and facilitating fair and inclusive economic transitions. Maddouri further pinpointed the need to achieve coherence and complementarity between economic and social policies. The participants in the forum indicated that societies work towards social justice in various ways, notably by protecting the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, reducing poverty and guaranteeing equal opportunities. They affirmed that the global coalition for social justice will help build cohesion in the multilateral syste m and enhance the social dimension of sustainable development, by ensuring that social justice is prioritised in policy-making and in the implementation of activities at national, regional and global levels. The Global Coalition for Social Justice aims to mobilise further political commitment and investment, and to encourage concrete action for social justice and decent work, in support of national priorities. The Coalition will foster multilateral cooperation and partnerships and play a key role in advocating and mobilising for the recognition of social justice on the multilateral agenda, in particular at the proposed United Nations World Social Summit in 2025. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

The Sahel region wants to have a futuristic museum

The Sahel region wants to equip itself with a futuristic museum worthy of its richness and cultural diversity, which will be a real space for the transmission of cultural values, intellectual and interreligious dialogue, of learning and training for life, the AIB learned. The governorate of the Sahel region organized in Dori, on Tuesday June 11, 2024, a day of consultation of the driving forces with a view to determining in a consensual manner the format and the location of the future regional museum to be created. This consultation framework responds to an instruction from the Minister of State, Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo. According to Wulfran Bamas, high commissioner of the Séno province, representing the governor of the Sahel, Burkina Faso is a country with old traditions, which, after its accession to independence, undertook several actions aimed at safeguarding and promoting its cultural heritage. . Listening to Mr. Bamas, the country is cur rently experiencing the most difficult times in its history, namely insecurity due to terrorism, the unfortunate consequences of which are numerous in all areas of life. And the High Commissioner added that the cultural sector pays the heaviest price in the Sahel region, hence the need to preserve the objects of art, musical instruments and statuettes still preserved within the communities. This is why, according to him, it is imperative to provide the Sahel region with a museum commensurate with its richness and cultural diversity, which will be a real space for the transmission of cultural values, intellectual and interreligious dialogue, learning and training for life. In order to be able to give their opinions on the creation of such an infrastructure, participants were entitled to two communications on cultural heritage as a lever for social well-being and the mapping of museums in Burkina Faso. At the end of these communications, the participants proposed the town of Dori, capital of the Séno provin ce and the Sahel region, as the site for the future museum complex, for the objective reasons of its security, its accessibility and its strong urbanization. They wanted it to be a general museum whose collection theme relates to all the communities in the region, an accessible and inclusive institution, attractive and with multiple offerings. Source: Burkina Information Agency