“Green” industrialization a focus for African Development Week

Migration, climate change and what’s been called “green” industrialization are just some of the issues topping the agenda when African economic and finance ministers gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, beginning this Thursday.

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UN and Africa: focus on HIV/AIDS, African Development Week and Gabon economy

Mandela grandsons say HIV/AIDS can be defeated by 2030

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Kenyan farmers shift from maize to sorghum to meet changing climate

Climate change is forcing farmers in eastern Kenya to grow against the grain of tradition.

The dry season has been getting longer which has been causing their maize harvests to fail.

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Major milestones reached on renewable energy investments, UN reports

Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity - one of several important firsts for green energy recently announced in a United Nations-backed report.

Weather extremes are planet’s way of raising alarm: UN

The record-breaking weather phenomena that marked 2015 show every sign of continuing this year with more adverse effects on people and the planet, the UN said this week.

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Forests play “critical role” in protecting water

Forests have a critical role to play in protecting water resources around the world according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Eight out of ten people in the world have difficulty regularly accessing enough water.

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Young African women at UN to share, learn and lead

A Ghana-based initiative is helping young African women to transform their continent.

Since 2009, the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa has been supporting future politicians, activists and entrepreneurs to bring about positive change and development.

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Unhealthy environment behind 1 in 4 global deaths

Nearly a quarter of all deaths globally are the result of people living or working in unhealthy environments, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

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Towards a new urban agenda

By the middle of the century, the majority of the world’s citizens—four out of five people—could be living in towns or cities.

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“Light ladies” help resolve Pakistan energy crisis

Pakistan’s so-called “Light Ladies” are helping power up off-grid villages, becoming real agents of change in their hometowns, a young female executive has said.

The initiative is part of the “light a million lives” project of the Buksh Foundation, a microfinance institution.

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