Cameroon youths unite for peace, denounce hate speech

Youths from Cameroon's West Region took a stand for peace on Thursday, June 12th, 2024. Thousands marched through the streets of Bafoussam, led by the Cameroon National Youth Council (CNYC) president Fadimatou Iyawa. The peace walk served a dual purpose: condemning hate speech and encouraging youth voter registration. It aligns with a national campaign launched by the CNYC to establish regional dialogue platforms across Cameroon. 'This walk fights against hate speech, xenophobia, and youth manipulation,' Iyawa declared. 'We fully support the consolidation of peace in Cameroon.' These dialogue platforms will allow young Cameroonians to discuss pressing issues, including unemployment and entrepreneurship. The campaign's theme is 'The Contribution of Youths to the Consolidation of Peace.' The next stop for the campaign will be Bamenda, the capital of the North West Region. This initiative exemplifies the growing youth movement in Cameroon striving for a more peaceful and unified nation. Source: Cameroon N ews Agency

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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NGO urges Nigerians to donate blood to save lives

De Norsemen Kclub International (DNKI), a humanitarian organisation, has urged Nigerians to donate blood in order to save lives. The Chairman, DNKI, Abuja Chapter, Mr Kolawole Otepola, made this call on Friday at the Wuse District Hospital, Abuja, during the organisation's visit to hospitals to commemorate 2024 World Blood Donor Day. According to Otepola, blood is God given; hence the need to reach out to others who do not have; who cannot pay and donate freely from what God has freely given. He said that blood donation was what the organisation did on a yearly basis. 'This time, we chose Wuse hospital because we looked around; we have been to Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Jabi, Abuja six times; we have been to Maitama and Gwarinpa. 'So, we decided to go somewhere new this time; we decided to go to where our impacts will be further felt; where we have not gone before,' he said. He advised that Nigerians should make use of the opportunity to turn out and donate blood to save lives and help humanity. In his response, Dr Oluseyi Asaolu, Medical Director, Wuse District Hospital, said that blood was life and the act of donating it reduced the rate of death. 'Blood is very crucial to human life; everybody needs blood; when you make that intervention to donate blood, it becomes a saving moment for someone in need. 'It is a beautiful initiative when the world does a blood donation day; we are happy that this has been sustained even up till now. 'There is a need to donate blood; there is nothing you are doing with the blood just storing it there and the good thing is that if you donate blood, the body has a way of replenishing it, so it is a win-win for everybody. 'We really want to appreciate DNKI that considered Wuse District Hospital, for bringing people to donate and support what we are doing here,'' he said. Asaolu said that Wuse District Hospital had one of the best blood donation and blood transfusion services. He said that the hospital maintained the services and screened blood properly before adminis tering to the patient. Mr Ogbobe Mathew, a member DNKI, said rendering humanitarian services to people in need was the organisation's culture and what it did every year. 'When the organisation came up with the blood donation thing, we discussed it knowing that giving our blood will save lives 'You never can tell whose life the blood is going to be safe. 'We tend to render humanitarian service like helping people in need in order to make the society a better place,' he said Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Navy fully equipped to provide hydrographical charts, data – Hydrographer

The Hydrographer of the Federation, Rear Adm. Ayodeji Olugbode says the Nigerian Navy is fully equipped to produce up-to-date navigational charts and hydrographical data for the development of the nation's blue economy. Olugbode, who is also the Hydrographer of the Navy and Chief Executive Officer, National Hydrographic Agency, said this while briefing newsmen on the 2024 World Hydrography Day Celebration on Friday in Abuja. He said the theme for the 2024 World Hydrography Day is 'Hydrographic Information: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability in Marine Activities.' Olugbode said the Nigerian navy had since the acquisition of its OCEA-built vessel, OSV 190 'NNS LANA, delivered in 2021 and recent OSV 115, had been able to boost Nigeria's hydrographical data. He said that Nigeria no longer rely on foreign charts, adding that the navy had over the years, developed capability in house and could rapidly get data updated. According to him, we don't need to wait for anybody to validate our data anym ore and we no longer need to send data abroad for validation. Olugbode said the field of hydrography was crucial for safe navigation, marine resource management, and environmental protection. 'This year, we continue this journey by focusing on the significance of accurate and up-to-date hydrographic data in ensuring safe navigation, optimising operational efficiency, and promoting sustainable practices in the maritime industry. 'This theme resonates deeply with the core principles of hydrography. Safety is paramount for all maritime stakeholders, and it hinges on accurate hydrographic data. 'This data allows seafarers to navigate confidently, mitigating risks associated with navigation hazards and ensuring the safety of lives and property at sea. 'For example, our surveys have been crucial in planning and constructing new ports, such as the Lekki Deep Sea Port, transforming our trade landscape and enhancing our capacity to handle increased cargo volumes,'' he said. The hydrographer said that the navy ha d also been working with key stakeholders to ensure that its products were properly utilised, to sustain the nation's blue economy. He said the 2024 celebration would commence on June 14 to June 19, featuring awareness lectures on hydrography to selected secondary schools in Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, and Port Harcourt. The lectures, according to him, is aimed at inspiring young minds to consider careers in hydrography, ensuring we have the human capacity to provide quality hydrographic services to Nigeria's policymakers and mariners alike. He added that there would be a one-day seminar to exchange knowledge and foster collaboration on the critical role of hydrographic data in promoting maritime safety and sustainable practices. 'Additionally, we will introduce the Catalogue of Nigerian Charts, enhancing accessibility to maritime resources, cataloging existing charts, and detailing future productions. 'This ensures that the maritime community has updated information for timely and effective decision-making. ' The activities lined up for the 2024 World Hydrography Day celebration aim to create awareness and elicit the right response for the sustainable management of hydrographic information. 'These efforts will harness the full potential of hydrographic data for the benefit of Nigeria's Blue Economy, supporting maritime safety and fostering economic development,'' he added (www.nannews.ng) Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Climate Change: FG, experts review environmental permits, licensing systems regulations

The Federal Government has started the process of reviewing the National Environmental (Permitting and Licensing Systems) Regulations, S.I. 29, 2009, to address areas of gaps in trending and emerging environmental issues. Speaking at the expert critique meeting for the review on Thursday in Abuja, Dr Innocent Barikor, the Director- General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESERA), said the document sought to strengthen environmental laws. He said that the regulation also aimed at improving air quality and environmental conservation and avoidance of exposure to waste and hazardous substances. 'The regulation seeks to achieve statutory environmental targets and outcomes. 'Such as improvement in air quality, environmental conservation and avoidance of exposure to waste and hazardous substances by issuing Environmental Permits to the Regulated Community. 'These permits have significantly aided the agency to achieve her mandate of ensuring compliance with environmental la ws, policies, standards and guidelines. 'However, in the course of operationalising the provisions of these regulations in the last 15 years, some gaps were identified. 'These gaps included trending and emerging environmental issues such as climate change, marine pollution and biodiversity conservation which are of global concern.'' Barikor said that the factors necessitated NESERA to seek for assistance through the Quick Wins of its 5-Year Impact Plan from the UNEP-LEAP Small Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA). He said this was under the Montevideo Programme V to facilitate the review of the regulation. The director-general said that permitting and licensing regulations was the backbone that provided the necessary structure to balance growth and innovation and public safety. 'However, as with any system, there is always room for improvement, thus, the need for the ongoing efforts to refine and enhance our regulatory processes,' he said. He said that the agency had so far conducted desktops reviews/documen tations and interacted with relevant stakeholders across the six geo-political zones. The director-general said that the agency also interacted with stakeholders from the 35 States of the federation through its zonal and state field offices. Barikor urged stakeholders to consider the review process as a testament to the agency's commitment in leaving a legacy of environmental sustainability for generations to come. An expert, Mr Victor Ojogbo, said that the issue of the environment was critical. Ojogbo, a former Director, Department of Planning and Policy Analysis, NESERA, said that the essence of the review was to examine the issues of offences, penalities for defaulters as well as enforcement by the agency. He said that the review would also ensure that the regulators and regulated were placed on their toes for a seamless enforcement. 'I said that the issue of the environment is not to be treated with kids glove; because if it affects me; it affects you and then the environment,' he said. Source: Ne ws Agency of Nigeria

Chinese expert urges Africa to leverage exhibitions to reshape continent’s narrative

Mr Li Xuda, Director of Chinese cultural centre in Nigeria on Thursday called on Africa to use photo exhibitions to project the continent's image positively to attract tourists and potential investors. Li made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on the sidelines of a photo exhibition titled, 'A Renewed Glimpse into Africa: Exhibition of Chinese Artist Works Inspired by Their Trip to Africa'. According to Li, photography engages storytelling through interactive displays that captivate visitors and inspire them to explore the beauty and richness of a country. He added that evolving the stories told in and about African culture by distributing accurate and empowering stories is key to reshaping Africa's narrative and attracting tourists to the region. 'We believe that exhibitions are valuable in showcasing the diverse cultures, landscapes, and people of Africa in a positive light. 'Through these photos, we can see the beauty, resilience, and vibrancy of African communiti es shedding light on their unique traditions, customs, and way of life. 'Africa is a land of culture with splendid civilisation and abundant natural resources. 'We also believe that this exhibition will strengthen ties between China and Africa and pave the way for increased tourism and economic opportunities,' he said. NAN reports that the photographs were taken by Duan Tiejun, Chairman of Tianjin Culture, Tourism, and Photographers' Association, among others who visited Senegal, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mauritius, and many other African countries. NAN also reports that about 70 students from various schools were in attendance for the photo exhibition. (NAN) Source: News Agency of Nigeria