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September 23, 2018

THE WEEK

Bank wants multi-billion

climate fund for Africa

 

The World Bank Group has unveiled a new plan that calls for $16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent's resilience to climate shocks.
Titled Accelerating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Development, the Africa Climate Business Plan will be presented at COP21, the global climate talks in Paris, on Monday. It lays out measures to boost the resilience of the continent's assets – its people, land, water, and cities - as well as other moves including boosting renewable energy and strengthening early warning systems.
"Sub-Saharan Africa is highly vulnerable to climate shocks, and our research shows that could have far-ranging impact -- on everything from child stunting and malaria to food price increases and droughts," said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

 

UNEP welcomes Pope

stand on climate change

 

As head of the smallest country in the world, Pope Francis' ability to legislate on climate change may have limited impact. But Unep boss Achim Steiner said the Pope's religious authority speaks to 1.2 billion Catholics around the globe and to even more who look to him as moral leader. He noted the Pope, who visited the Unep in Nairobi yesterday, has imbued the climate change debate with an ethical element that ties environmental issues to his vision of a just and equal society. His leadership on climate change has therefore had enormous impact. "Most other world leaders are in the inverse position," Steiner said. "They may rely less on moral authority, but often possess a distinct legislative ability to concretely address climate change."

 

County feted for

key energy projects

Embu County was feted during the Governor’s Awards Gala in Nairobi last week, winning the "Innovation in Energy Award.” This award reaffirms Governor Martin Wambora’s commitment in facilitating provision and maintenance of  quality and reliable energy sources and facilities for sustainable social-economic development, the award said. Model projects include the establishment of Machang'a Power Ltd for  Generation of Solar and wind Power.  This is situated in Machang'a area  of the County. The county already has 58 floodlights which have increased market  working hours thus bringing governor's vision of a 24hr economy close  while the implementation of street lighting programme has reduced crime  rate. The county is converting Sodium lights to LED in Runyenjes and Embu Towns to reduce the  overall electricity bill.

 

Jovago offers 50 per cent

discount on hotel booking
Online booking platform Jovago has announced its first Black Friday sale; offering 50% discount on hotel bookings made between the midnight of 27 – 28th November.
Explaining the concept, Estelle Verdier Managing Director for Jovago cited that, “Travel purchases as gifts are becoming popular by the day, and Black Friday’s growth is also taking unprecedented leaps online, we want to be part of this excitement by injecting the convenience and efficiency required.” The Jovago 50% discounted sale will last for 24 hours, kicking off at the stroke of midnight today. The MD explained that customer care services across the continent are ready for the anticipated surge, with the recent additions of local language website versions, LiveChat feature and a generally easier


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