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.


Alexandra Gee
Global Center on Adaptation

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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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Fire safety: Fire Service sensitises Beyond the Word Ministry staff

The Nkwanta South Municipal Fire Service has a sensitised staff of Beyond the Word Ministry on fire safety measures.

The sensitisation was part of their institutional engagement in the Municipality in reducing fire outbreaks in both corporate institutions and industries in the area.

Mr. John Sonutse, Nkwanta South Municipal Fire Service Safety Officer, took the participants through topics, including types of fire outbreaks, causes, preventive measures and the use of fire extinguishers.

He also took them through first aid firefighting equipment for timely intervention during fire outbreaks both at home and the workplace.

Mr. Sonutse urged the participants to take the training seriously and always take fire safety into consideration in their daily activities.

Mr. James Afriyie, Nkwanta South Municipal Fire Public Relations Officer, advised that all electrical cords must be properly checked and worn-out electrical components replaced to avoid any triggers that might cause fire outbreaks.

Mr. Bright Kwadwo
Owusu Nyasemhwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Beyond the Word Ministry, appreciated the effort of the fire service officers on the training and assured them of the Institution’s commitment in ensuring that all safety measures on fire outbreaks w

Source: Ghana News Agency

First Lady urges unified action to decrease HIV infections

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, has urged a united front to fight HIV stigma, promote human rights, and ensure fair access to HIV prevention services for all. She emphasized that issues such as discrimination, stigma, lack of access to healthcare, and socioeconomic disparity need to be addressed for Ghana to achieve effective HIV prevention.

‘These barriers do not only worsen the spread of HIV but also perpetuate inequality and injustice, it is imperative that we address these barriers head-on with courage and determination if we are to succeed in our mission,’ she said.

Mrs Akufo-Addo was speaking at the 2024 National HIV Prevention Summit in Accra on Thursday. She said eradicating HIV stigma and discrimination called for a coordinated effort from all facets of society. The summit was on the theme ‘Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges, Uniting for Effective HIV Response’

Mrs Akufo-Addo stressed the need to give communities the knowledge, resources, and support they need to take charge of their hea
lth and well-being and protect themselves and their loved ones from HIV.

She said society must urgently and fully implement HIV prevention measures and make sure that everyone who needs them receives them.

Innovations in HIV prevention for all categories of persons currently include long-acting injectables, the vagina ring treatment and prevention of mother-to-child transmission protocols, which have been enhanced with highly effective antiretroviral medications and point-of-care screening devices.

Dr Kyeremeh Atuahene, Director General of the Ghana AIDs Commission said the fight against HIV and AIDS response was at a crucial stage, with scientific tools and proven strategies to eliminate the disease readily available to combat global economic challenges.

Insufficient financing, noncompliance with preventive measures, and persistent stigma and discrimination, he claimed, were preventing Ghana from providing the basic HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services that are required to bring the epid
emic under control by 2030.

Dr. Atuahene said HIV is acquired and transmitted daily in every community in Ghana.

‘We have to talk about HIV prevention because new infections are very high since the sexual behaviours that drive HIV transmission and acquisition are increasingly pervasive with rising levels of high-risk sexual activities among both men and women in every region,’ he said.

Dr. Atuahene said Ghana must prioritize the HIV prevention roadmap to establish a comprehensive national approach for preventative interventions and programmatic scalability, which would help the country to meet the 2025 Global AIDS Targets.

He said in efforts to reduce new infections, the GAC intends to provide people-centred prevention models of care to those at high risk of acquiring HIV.

This year’s HIV Prevention Summit is expected to create a platform for stakeholders to develop a national agenda to prevent the disease.

Dr Atuahene said the summit would finalize the milestones developed by the national HIV preventio
n coalition during the 2025 HIV Prevention Road Map Review and Milestone Setting Workshop earlier in the year.

‘Considering this, the summit will explore innovative technologies, and foster collaborations to strengthen HIV prevention strategies in Ghana while solidifying accountability mechanisms for HIV prevention progress,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Electricity power thief jailed six months in Tamale

The Tamale District Court (1) has sentenced a man to a jail term of six months in hard labour without the option of a fine for stealing power (engaging in illegal electricity connection).

His Worship Justice Derrick Annan, Magistrate of the Court, in addition to the six-month jail term, also slapped the convict, Wahab Shizaf, who hails from Bulpela, a suburb of Tamale, with a fine of 500 penalty units amounting to GHc6,000.00 to be paid to the state.

Also, the convict will pay GHc10,096.55, the sum of estimated power (electricity) stolen from the utility provider Northern Electricity Distribution Company Limited (NEDCo).

The Magistrate, in reading out the sentence, indicated that if the convict failed to pay the fine of GHc6,000.00, the fine shall automatically convert to an additional jail term of seven months thereby making his cumulative jail term 13 months.

The convict, Wahab Shiraz, pleaded guilty to the charge of ‘interference with electricity distribution system’ contrary to Rule 41(2A) and 1(6) o
f the Electricity Supply and Distribution Rules 2005 (L.I. 1816), and was convicted on his own plea.

Wahab Shiraz’s activities were discovered in December 2023 during the mop up leg of the Mass Revenue Mobilisation Exercise Phase three, an initiative undertaken by NEDCo, to help curb the rising illegal connections menace in Tamale.

Wahab Shiraz was issued an illegal connection notice to report to the NEDCo office for the necessary investigations, but he failed to show up.

NEDCo was, therefore, left with no option than to fall back on the justice system for redress.

The matter was reported to the Police in Tamale, who after investigations prosecuted the culprit.

Miss Esther Yirbom, Counsel for NEDCo, speaking at the precincts of the court after proceedings, urged members of the public, especially those engaged in illegal connections, to take advantage of the initial amicable resolution avenues such as owning up, paying for power stolen, signing a bond of good behaviour that NEDCo provided to illegal conne
ction suspects since they might serve as mitigating factors should the matter end up in court.

She emphasised that those avenues did not extinguish the offence committed but might help reduce the punishment prescribed for such crimes by law.

She advised members of the public to desist from all forms of illegal connections to escape the fate that befell Wahab Shiraz.

Source: Ghana News Agency