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PACJA in the News (7)

A US$10 billion initiative to boost energy in Africa by adding 10 gigawatts of renewables on the continent by 2020 is facing an uncertain future, as civil society groups have clashed with the European Commission and France over how to run the program. 

The African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) was conceived at the 2015 COP21 climate summit in Paris, where world leaders agreed to slash greenhouse gases by investing in renewable energy. However, African civil society organisations (CSOs) now accuse Europe of “hijacking” the initiative. [ Read More ]

As the Kenyan election campaign gains momentum, so does a group of cyclists promoting access to renewable energy.

Ten professional cyclists and 10 other clean energy advocates are touring 10 of the 47 Kenyan counties from 12 June to 2 July, encouraging voters to demand access to clean energy.

The cycling caravan is part of Christian Aid’s “Big Shift” campaign, which calls for investment to be diverted from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Kenya Youth Climate Network (KYCN), Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Africa Coalition for Sustainable Energy are also involved. [ Read More ]

United States President Donald Trump has confirmed that the US will quit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to “negotiate a fairer deal” for his nation, which is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

“In order to fulfil my solemn duty to the United States and its citizens, the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accords or a really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States,” the US president told the press at the White House on Thursday. [ Read More ]

Ahead of the 16th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) scheduled for 12th to 16th of June 2017 in Gabon, an Africa-wide civil society workshop on the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, SDGs and Agenda 2063 began today in Libreville.

Organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Government of Gabon, the workshop is being attended by civil society groups from the five subregions of Africa. [ Read More ]

Environmental champion Youba Sokona’s resignation is effective April 30, so as of Sunday the Malian scholar will no longer serve in his leadership role at the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI).

At first glance, it may seem hardly newsworthy and entirely forgivable to not know who Sokona and the AREI are. But his frustrations, and those of other African sustainability and development leaders, are forcing real questions about the equal partnerships among nations in the fight against climate change. [ Read More ]

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Africa clean energy row continues in Bonn

African and German officials defended the EU on Tuesday against allegations of hijacking an “Africa-led” clean energy programme.

As Climate Home exclusively revealed last month, the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative’s (AREI) top official Youba Sokona resigned in protest over supposed EU interference. EU commissioner Neven Mimica and France’s Ségolène Royal were accused of bypassing African governance to force through approval of 19 projects. [ Read More ]

Nous avons tous déjà entendu parler du changement climatique. Cette expression évoque chez nous une perspective et des images terrifiantes : réchauffement planétaire, ours polaires errant à la recherche de nourriture, sécheresses, inondations, épidémies...

En réalité, ce n’est pas tout à fait vrai. Dans certaines des régions les plus vulnérables du monde, des régions qui sont pourtant en première ligne face aux changements climatiques, nombreux sont ceux qui ne sont pas conscients de la façon dont leur environnement est altéré et de la menace que cela suppose pour leurs futurs moyens de subsistance. [ Read More ]

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