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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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

‘Be fully committed to problem-solving’ -EOCO Boss to GAFCSC Course 81 graduates


Commissioner of Police (COP), Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has charged graduates of the Junior Staff Course (JSC) 81 to commit to solving problems at their places of work.

The Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), in an address to the officers, urged them to utilise the knowledge gained to solve problems in a world saddled with various threats to peace and security such as terrorism, ethnic and religious disputes and natural or environmental disasters.

She said this at the graduation ceremony of 76 officers of the Junior Staff Course (JSC) 81 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie.

‘…It is important that you constantly strive to arrive at a clearer understanding of what it takes to contain any of these threats, be it natural or man-made. I exhort you, therefore, as professional military officers to be ahead in your awareness and preparations at all times to be on top of challenges that you might encounter in your future endeavours,’ she said.

M
adam Tiwaa added that the knowledge gained would also position them to effectively manage the multi-dimensional challenges they were likely to face as they advanced in their military careers.

She expressed optimism that the findings and recommendations of their projects would be given the needed attention by appropriate authorities to generate the desired policies aimed at addressing security issues.

Brigadier-General Albert Kwadwo Dawohoso, the Assistant Commandant, Junior Division at GAFCSC, said the course went beyond equipping officers with problem-solving skills to developing their ‘leadership, analytical and communications skills whilst providing the foundation for subsequent career development’.

Students of JSC 81 were taken through a 19-week intensive course training which included a two-week internal security and counter-insurgency course, which culminated in a field exercise codenamed ‘Ombudsman’ where participants were schooled on internal security management.

Some 67 out of the total officers
of the course were Ghanaian military officers drawn from the Army, Navy and Airforce.

The rest consist of four Nigerian Army officers, three officers from the Botswana Defence Forces, an officer from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and one from the Gambian Armed Forces.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘See Something, Say Something’: Greater Accra Market Queens pledge to share security information 


Market Queens in the Greater Accra Region have pledged to support the ‘See Something, Say Something’ Campaign by sharing security-related information with security agencies.

They have also promised to spread awareness on the campaign for the citizenry to be well informed.

The Market Queens made the pledge on Thursday during a sensitisation session with the Ministry of National Security in Accra.

In May 2022, the ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign was launched to encourage citizens to play active roles in the protection of the peace and stability of the country.

The campaign aims to empower Ghanaians to be more conscious about their own security and enhance their relationship with State security authorities.

Citizens are to dial ‘999’ to report any suspicious or unusual activity happening within their communities.

Callers are not obliged to disclose their identity.

Since its inception, the Ministry of National Security has extensively engaged citizens, school children and various stakeholders, thr
ough awareness creation campaigns.

As part of the campaign, citizens are encouraged to use the acronym ‘S.A.L.U. T. E.’ to gather information and report suspicious activities.

‘S’ in ‘S.A.L.U.T. E,’ means the size of the item or specific features of the item/person involved in a suspicious activity.

‘A’ stands for suspicious or criminal activity being carried out. ‘L’ for the Location of the activity.

‘U’ stands for the uniform being worn by the suspect. ‘T’ for the time or period of the day the incident happened and ‘E’ for equipment being used to carry out the criminal act.

Madam Mercy Naa Aforowa Needjan, President of the Greater Accra Market Traders Association, praised the Ministry of National Security for counting them as important stakeholders in enhancing Ghana’s security.

She urged traders to be ambassadors of security in the marketplaces and expose evildoers in society.

The traders, during the interactive session, asked security personnel to ensure their anonymity to deepen trust between them
and the populace.

‘On many occasions when we report evil doers to the police or security personnel, they end up releasing them and disclosing our identities to these people thereby putting us in danger. If the security agencies want us to share information with them, they should protect our identities so that we can trust them,’ they said. 

Mrs Akosua D. Ntim Sekyere, Coordinator of the ‘See Something, Say Something’ Campaign, said Market Queens were important stakeholders in promoting security because of their influence on traders.

She said they had the potential to rally traders in support of any government agenda, hence the decision to involve them in the campaign.

Mrs Sekyere said the campaign was a national agenda devoid of political colours, ethnic or religious affiliation and urged the citizenry to embrace the campaign.

‘This is a national campaign which seeks to secure our national security. Given what is happening to neighbouring countries and elsewhere within the Sub-region, we want everybody o
n board including the market community.’

‘Due to the nature of your work, you engage with lots of people and see many things. You are well positioned, and we count on you to help us with valuable information to enhance our security,’ she said.

The Coordinator cautioned against prank calls and abuse of the toll-free line.

She advised parents and guardians to pay attention to their wards’ engagements with people especially on social media to protect them from radicalisation.

Radicalisation is when someone starts to believe or support extreme views, and in some cases, then participates in terrorist groups or acts.

It can be motivated by a range of factors, including ideologies, religious beliefs, political beliefs and prejudices against particular groups of people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Businessman granted GHC 350,000 bail in alleged visa fraud case


An Adentan Circuit Court has granted bail to Faisal Moro, a businessman arrested in connection with a GHC289,600 alleged visa fraud case.

Moro was admitted to bail in the sum of GHC350,000 with three sureties, one to be justified.

The court presided over by Mrs Sedinam Awo Kwadam, ordered the accused to produce seven passports he collected from victims.

When Moro was asked about the whereabouts of the passports, he said they were in Abidjan, where they were being worked on.

The court has adjourned the matter to July 10, 2024, for Case Management Conference (CMC).

It therefore directed the prosecution to file disclosures.

Moro is accused of collecting GHC289,600 to procure German visas for several individuals.

However, the visas were allegedly found to be counterfeit when two of the victims attempted to use them at the Airport for international travel.

The prosecution led by Chief Inspector Anim Darko, earlier told the court that the complainant, Peter Kwabena Addai, is a businessman residing in Adent
a Frafraha, while the accused lived in Dansoman, Accra.

The prosecution said on April 6, 2024, Addai was introduced to Moro by his friend, Appiah Kubi, as an agent who had successfully secured visas for many people, including himself.

The court was told that Addai approached Moro, who agreed to assist and handed him seven passports to initiate the visa process.

The prosecution said on April 9, 2024, Moro returned two passports with visas, informing Addai that ‘these two are ready and scheduled to travel on April 13, 2024.’

Consequently, a sum of GHC289,600 was deposited into Moro’s Cal Bank Account and on April 13, 2024, he (Moro) accompanied the two individuals to the airport to facilitate their travel to Spain and Germany via Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom.

However, during the check-in process, it was discovered that the visas and tickets were fraudulent, resulting in the denial of travel permission for individuals.

The prosecution said Moro acknowledged the offence in his caution statement to
the Police.

Source: Ghana News Agency