The Simbas ready for Zimbabwe Sables in the last 2019 Victoria Cup Fixture

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)

The Simbas squad taking on Zimbabwe on Saturday at 4:00pm at the Nakuru Athletics Club in the last 2019 Victoria Cup fixture was named on Thursday 19th September.

Kenya head into this match seeking to go back to their winning ways against Zimbabwe after suffering a 29-30 loss to the Sables in the first leg.

The Sables are first on the Victoria Cup log with 22 points after securing a much needed 41-5 win over Zambia last weekend while The Simbas are second with 16 points.

“It is always a special time for players, their clubs and families to earn a call up to the Simbas. There are those who have worked hard, but not made the team and they need to maintain their work ethic and focus.

We had hoped to continue to build momentum by maintaining consistency in selection. However a concussion injury to Samuel Asati means the man of the match from the Zambia match is not available. Indiscipline has led to the breaking of training protocols and as a result a number of the familiar faces have been dropped as we head to the last test match of the season,” said Head Coach Paul Odera.

Team Manager Jimmy Mnene added on to Odera’s comments saying, “My humble appeal to all the players in the country is that let us draw motivation from this world cup to propel us into the next by being better individuals on and off the pitch wanting more. The benchmark is where the country wants to go thus International standards of play and that is the only thing within our control.

The balance between youth and experience for the Simba’s will be key and the journey starts after the Zimbabwe test. Through this process, let us back the veterans and experienced as well as the young and inexperienced players. The game has progressed with today having six minutes ball in play higher in a match as compared to RWC 2015 with the same projected to increase by the next world cup. This will call for intensity and more in player conditioning. Players especially props have to be leaner and mean. What you lose in experience you gain in availability and agility. Thus, the risk has to be taken by striking a fine balance between the two set of players.’

Tickets are available at mtickets.com at Kshs. 500 for the regular and Kshs1,000/- for the VIP.

Postion

Surname

Name

Club

Current Age as of 18.09.2019

Caps prior to this game

Loose Head Prop

Njenga

Ian

Nondies RFC

19

1

Hooker

Francombe

Toby

Nondies RFC

21

5

Tighthead Prop

Thairu

Melvin

Kenya Harlequin F.C.

22

4

LH Lock

Mavala

Emmanuel

RC Orkan Sochaczew

27

6

TH Lock

Onsando

Malcolm (Co – Captain)

Kenya Harlequin F.C.

24

14

Backrow/6

Chisanga

Joshua

RC Orkan Sochaczew

26

30

Backrow/7

Akuei

Monate

Top Fry Nakuru RFC

21

5

Number 8

Musonye

Elkeans (Co-Captain)

Resolution Impala Saracens

24

15

Scrum half

Onsomu

Samson (Captain)

Resolution Impala Saracens

19

26

Flyhalf

Kuka

Charles

USIU RFC

22

5

11

Okwemba

Timothy

Menengai Oilers

19

0

Inside Centre

Okoth

John

Top Fry Nakuru RFC

26

2

Outside Center

Onyala

Vincent

K.C.B. RFC

22

0

14

Okwach

Geofrey

K.C.B. RFC

19

2

15

Odhiambo

Anthony

Resolution Impala Saracens

22

3

16

Mutuku

Frank

Nondies RFC

26

0

17

Koronya

Elisha

Kenya Harlequin F.C.

23

0

18

Masheti

Ian

Resolution Impala Saracens

19

0

19

Juma

Brian

Kabras Sugar RFC

27

0

20

Were

Samuel

Menengai Oilers

19

0

21

Robinson

Barry

Kabras Sugar RFC

20

0

22

Omondi

Tony

Stanbic Mwamba RFC

24

0

23

Kimwele

Michael

K.C.B. RFC

21

0

22

118

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Rugby – Zambia : Local 7's Series Resumes

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU)

With Mufulira Leopards having claimed the Muf 7s trophy and Red Arrows laying claim to the Roan 7s trophy, the Ndola 7s trophy is up for grabs to whoever is determined, passionate and prepared enough.

If history and statistics are anything to go by, then either Arrows or Leopards are likely to win a second trophy in Ndola, as their consistency in the past few years is unquestionable. Their rivalry on the pitch is tangible, their skills and tactics are a marvel to watch and their supporters are expectant. However, it will be of no surprise if another team is crowned winner this weekend as a number of teams keep closing the gap with score margins and points in between.

The tournament has attracted participation from all the 16 teams in the Zambian League plus New comers Linda Lions, Zambian Fiji, Ndola B and Mufulira Barbarians. Other regular participants include;

Red Arrows, Mufulira Leopards, Green Eagles, Lusaka, Nkwazi, Mufulira Hunters, Diggers, Nchanga, Konkola, Roan, Kansanshi, Green Buffaloes, Chibuluma, Diggers B, Kpf and hosts Ndola.

The games will be held on Saturday 21st September, 2019 at Ndola Wanderers Grounds in Ndola City on the Copperbelt Province.

National Team selectors will also be on the lookout for talent, skills, discipline and work ethic as they aim to identify potential players for the Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, later in the year.

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16 coaches from Africa shortlisted as “Future Stars” by Arsenal and WorldRemit

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

WorldRemit

Today, WorldRemit (www.WorldRemit.com) announces that 16 applicants from Africa have been shortlisted for its Future Stars programme. Of these 16 coaches, eight are women.

WorldRemit and Arsenal launched the second edition of the Future Stars programme in August to recognise the valuable contributions that grassroots youth football coaches make to their communities by teaching the children they train life skills on and off the pitch.

Through the programme, WorldRemit will sponsor two winners – one male and one female – to fly to London for a personalised training session with Arsenal Football Development coaches.

Entries for Future Stars closed on 4 September, and the programme received over 1,400 entries from coaches from across Africa and the Americas.

A panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal Football Development reviewed the applications and selected 20 semi-finalists, including 16 coaches from Africa, based on the following criteria:

  • The commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their community
  • The impact the coach has had on young people within their community
  • The strength of the coach’s proposal to pass on their training on their return home

In recognition of their commitment to using football to bring their communities together, the 20 semi-finalists will receive Arsenal shirts for their youth squad.

What’s next for the semi-finalists?

From the 20 semi-finalists, the judging panel will select eight coaches – four male and four female – as finalists. Their stories will be shared on www.FutureStars.WorldRemit.com in late October and the two winners will be chosen based on a public vote on the website.

Andrew Stewart, Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East, said: “Congratulations to the 16 African semi-finalists! 

“Our business is all about connecting communities, no matter where they are in the world. We developed Future Stars to celebrate the amazing work that football coaches do to support young people and have been so impressed by the quality and diversity of the applications this year.”

Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Football Development, added: “Arsenal is thrilled to partner with WorldRemit to recognise coaches who use the power of football to inspire and support young people across the globe.

“We have one of the most successful women’s sides in the world and are committed to encouraging greater participation in the sport among women. Through this edition of Future Stars, we hope to further amplify the positive impact that female coaches have on their communities.”

Coaches in the Future Stars shortlist from Africa

Nigeria

Uzoma Kingsley Akanador, Coach at Unity International Charity Organisation in Lagos.

Ademilokun Oluwaseun David, Coach at XPR Football in Lagos.

Chinasa Ukanda, Coach at Help The Talent Academy in Lagos.

Towobola Grace Iyanuoluwa, Head Coach at Hostel Football Team and Assistant Coach at CityBoys Football Club in Ibadan.

Modupe Marilyn Jiwalde Pusmut, Coach at Future Stars FC Sabon Barki in Jos.

Kenya

Feisal Abdi Hassan, Coach in Nairobi

Beldine Lilian Achieng Odemba, Coach at Kariobangi Sharks Academy in Nairobi.

Susan Wanjiru Njoki, Coach at Kahawa Sportive Soccer Academy in Nairobi.

Everline Achieng Onyango, Coach at Mukuru Starlets in Nairobi.

Ghana

Samuel Taylor, Coach at EM Sporting Club, Accra

Alhassan Iddi Manzah, Coach at Northern Women’s Football Clubs Association in Tamale-Dalun

Uganda

Bakit Isaac Agogo, Coach at Watoto Sports Academy in Gulu.

Andrew Amanya, Coach at Kigezi Soccer Academy in Kabale.

Nabisenke Joan, Coach in Kampala

Zimbabwe

Titus Tongesai Sanagurai, Coach at Big Stuff Youth Soccer Academy in Harare.

Winnet Muranganwa, Coach at Zengeza Busters Soccer Academy in Chitungwiza.

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Enhancing the Contribution of Innovation, Youth and Leadership in Africa and the African Diaspora

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Murdoch University

“Young people – with their dynamism, their energy and their inherent understanding of our interconnected world – have much to teach us… I am convinced more than ever that any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind” – Kofi Annan

While the world focuses almost exclusively on profiting from Africa’s wealth of natural resources, it almost entirely overlooks deploying the world’s most critical resource of all – Africa’s Youth.

Kofi Annan’s son, serial entrepreneur and investor Kojo Annan, used his key note address at the recent 9th Annual Africa-Australia Research Forum in Perth, Western Australia, to urge the Global African Community to realise “we are the village that must raise the child”.

Mr Annan said his father would be delighted to see so many people coming together at the forum, supporting his call for bolder action, in driving forwards and implementing Africa’s own agenda for transformation.

“We have ample opportunity to shift Africa’s story from one of poverty and corruption to one of abundance, equity and powerful, modern, all pervasive humanitarian style leadership,” Mr Annan said.

“However, despite this plethora of opportunity, Africa has remained resource-rich and outcome-poor.

“Gold, silver, diamonds, oil, copper, timber, etc. – all are abundant, and yet, these resources haven’t been enough to lift the continent out of poverty.

“Perhaps, because whilst the world at large focuses almost exclusively on profiting from Africa’s wealth of natural resources, it almost entirely overlooks deploying the world’s most critical resource of all – Africa’s Youth.”

Mr Annan said the African continent was literally teeming with young people, most of whom were under 21, comprising up to 60 per cent of their respective populations.

“As my father so eloquently put it “any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind”,” he said.

“However, despite being the world's player makers, every 24 hours, over 22,000 young Africans join the ranks of the world's unemployed.

“Is this really how are we going to treat the children of mother Africa? Is this how we expect them to win at the game of life?”

Mr Annan has founded an organisation called Africa10 (A10) to help unlock the potential of Africa’s youth through sport and education.

“We must turn our attentions to creating an A10 generation of champions both on and off the field who are fit enough to steer the continent forward.

“It's time to turn our large youthful unemployed population into our strength. We have to equip them, educate them, and unleash them.

“So let’s as Africans and friends of Africa come together in my father’s honour and change the story of Africa, from poor and impoverished to successful and abundant.

“The spirit of the Africa Progress Panel must continue.”

Murdoch University (https://www.Murdoch.edu.au/) hosted the Forum in association with Africa Down Under to support the University’s Third Commission, an initiative which seeks to strengthen Murdoch’s links with Africa across research and innovation expertise, strategic interest and networking capabilities within Australia, in Africa and globally.

The Third Commission focusses on the six themes firmly rooted in the agenda for action identified by the Africa Progress Panel as being in need of more signification research attention, bolder policy innovation faster implementation on the ground, enhanced political leadership, and the conceptualisation and roll out of innovative research solutions.

In her opening address for Africa Week, Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen pressed the importance of collaboration in reaching shared global goals.

“It is only through researching together that we can create new knowledge and address issues of global importance,” Professor Leinonen said.

“Through initiatives like Africa Down Under and the Africa-Australia Research Forum we can better understand the effective structures that harness the formidable African brain power globally.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Murdoch University.

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Speeding up detection to slow down Ebola: Smartphone app is game-changer for contact tracing in hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

WHO Regional Office for Africa

Standing in front of her house, Kavira Kasomo chats with Léa Kanyere as if they are old friends. Kanyere shows Kasomo something on her mobile phone that makes her smile. Then Kanyere lends a hand as Kasomo hangs out her laundry.

No one around them seems suspicious of Kanyere.

The only sign that she may be more than a friend comes when she takes Kasomo’s temperature. By the time Kanyere, a contract tracer working for the Ebola response, reaches the next household on her list, her supervisor sitting a few kilometres away in the health zone central office can already see Kasomo’s temperature reading and other vital information.

Until recently, following up with people who have come into contact with Ebola was a complicated task for contact tracers like Kanyere, working in one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where suspicion can quickly reach a fever pitch.

“We used to use paper, filling out a form each day for every contact,” she explains. “Then at the end of the day, we took the papers to our supervisors, who alerted the doctor if one of the contacts had signs of Ebola. It took a long time.”

“Another big problem for me was security,” adds Kanyere. Walking around carrying a folder of documents draws the attention of the contacts’ neighbours, especially in a neighbourhood in which many people are suspicious of any official intervention.

Community resistance has been particularly strong in Mabolio. This has hindered the response. “Sometimes when I was carrying papers, I would be chased away,” says Jean-Baptiste Kahehoro, another contact tracer, “and then I wouldn’t be able to go back for days.”

Now, Kahehoro, Kanyere and other contract tracers only need to carry their mobile phone. The information they gather can be sent to their supervisor straight from the field. This is thanks to Go.Data, a mobile application that the World Health Organization (WHO) introduced in Beni on 1 September.

Created by the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) group, WHO and partner organizations, Go.Data is a major innovation in outbreak investigation tools for field data collection. “It is particularly focused on case and contact data collection and management,” says Armand Bejtullahu, the project leader at WHO and one of the chief architects of the tool. “This allows the software to produce outputs, such as contact follow-up forms and dynamic visualization of chains of transmission.”

The biggest impact of Go.Data, according to Bejtullahu, is speed. Epidemiologists can access the data almost in real time, enabling them to act quickly.

Time matters

Time is vital in bringing an outbreak under control. The faster a potential Ebola case is identified and brought in for treatment the greater is the chance of survival for the patient, and the less chance there is for contamination and for the disease to spread to others.

As well as speeding up contact tracing, Go.Data helps field teams make sure contacts are not lost. Sometimes, contact tracers are not able to visit all their contacts, perhaps because insecurity in the area prevents them from accessing a household or because of other issues. “When a contact is missed,” says Dr Papy Musakasombo, the head of the Mabolio health zone, “we can see that early enough to do something about it that same day.”

For the contact tracers, using a phone means they are less likely to encounter problems in the community. “Everyone has a mobile phone,” says Josué Nebese Kaseme, who is Kanyere’s supervisor. “It’s much more discreet and easier than carrying around a lot of paper forms.” It also helps the contact feel at ease, he adds.

For epidemiologists, the visual representation of the transmission chain created by the Go.Data software is particularly valuable. It allows them to understand more easily and comprehensively how the disease spreads: which activities, environments and types of interaction are associated with high or low transmission rates. This means they can tailor the intervention to more quickly interrupt the spread.

Go.Data is already making a difference in Beni. WHO next plans to roll out the software in other Ebola hotspot areas in the DRC. The software was not designed only for Ebola, however. It can be used in any outbreak with human-to-human transmission.

“The Ebola outbreak in the DRC is our major priority,” says Bejtullahu. “Going forward, hopefully Go.Data can really revolutionize the way we tackle epidemics everywhere.”

One of the first to be trained to use the software, Kanyere hopes to teach others in Beni and further afield on using Go.Data. “I am proud of the work I do,” she says. “I want to help reach even more people.”

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Press Release Regarding the Fire in Liberia

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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We are deeply saddened to hear that many students lost their lives in a fire that took place at a boarding school where Muslim students attend in Paynesville, Liberia.

We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, convey our condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Liberia and wish speedy recovery to the wounded.

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U.S. Africa Command: Commander Reinforces U.S. Commitment and Support to Burkina Faso

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Africa Regional Media Hub
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General Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, met with President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré and several other Burkinabe and allied military leaders as part of a larger West Africa regional visit, Sept. 17.

This is Townsend’s first trip to Burkina Faso.

Meetings focused on building a comprehensive understanding of U.S. and partner nation activities in the Sahel, particularly in Burkina Faso. Within the last twelve months, there has been an increase in violent extremist attacks in the northern part of the country near the tri-border with Mali and Niger. It was important for the commander to gain and increased understanding and assessment of the situation.

“We know the security challenges in Burkina Faso are significant and wide-ranging, but we are committed to helping them improve their capacity and security capabilities,” said Townsend. “It is important for the U.S. to continue to support the international effort taking place in Burkina Faso while containing the spread of terrorism.”

While there, Townsend stressed that Burkina Faso’s security challenges requires a broad political, economic, as well as military initiatives to bring about positive change. He emphasized the importance of exercises such as Flintlock and how AFRICOM provides military support to diplomatic and developmental efforts during meetings with the U.S. embassy team in Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso recently partnered with the Washington D.C. National Guard, making it the 14th state partnership in Africa. This program reflects the enduring relationship that exists between Burkina Faso and the U.S.

“The United States is a trusted partner standing with the government and people of Burkina Faso as they strive to create a bright future made by their own hands in the face of complex political, economic, and security challenges,” U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Andrew Young said, “Our approach focuses on strengthening the capability and capacity of all elements of Burkinabè society, government, security forces, and the people themselves as they respond to these threats.”

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Drive engagement. Drive volumes. Drive growth

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)

Extend your portfolio and target new customers with the multi-functional imagePRESS C165. The combination of our award-winning office and professional print technology. Turbo-charge sales and add value to your service business by inspiring your customers to get creative and produce exceptional quality print at the push of a button.

ADD VALUE. ADD VOLUMES.

Your customers need a reliable printer for the everyday jobs, but also want to create materials that pack a punch creatively. We’ve developed a printer that helps them be bold with their printing as well as have confidence that the basics still work as they’re used to.

Your customers may want to ‘wow’ their board with a smart presentation, print out agendas for upcoming conferences or use eye-catching formats for sales brochures. It’s now easy for them to do this – all at the push of a button. By encouraging them to try new styles and formats, they can create more in-house. Take the opportunity to push print volumes and it will mean more business for you.

Somesh Adukia Regional Sales Office Director, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (https://www.Canon-CNA.com/) says, We want customers to get value for money. This printer certainly gives that, and some, by combining the office and professional print worlds. Print is different. Print stands out. Print is profitable. Get your customers involved and start reaping the reward on your bottom line.”

OPEN NEW DOORS

One way to keep your business growing is to explore new markets. We’ve got the answer with this cost-effective and versatile printer. Perhaps you want to reach out to creative agencies looking to impress clients with new formats and effects. Or you need a way to sell to in-house print rooms or target small businesses and copy shops. You can start having those conversations now. Offer more services, build long-term relationships and boost your service revenues. With our portfolio, we’ve got a solution to meet any customer need.

A PARTNER YOU CAN RELY ON

“We’re here to help you go above and beyond your profit targets,” says Somesh Adukia. This solution is tailor-made for forward-thinking office and production print partners hungry for new business. With the popular hallmarks of our award-winning imageRUNNER ADVANCE range alongside our professional imagePRESS technology, your customers can confidently invest in us. The payoff is a reliable printer that won’t let you, or your customers, down and a partner that supports you every step of the way. Help grow your customers’ business and your revenues and margins will grow too.” 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

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About Canon Central & North Africa (CCNA):
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (https://www.Canon-CNA.com/) is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2016 was a strategic step that aimed to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus.

CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market. Canon has been represented in the Africa continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region.

CCNA will ensure the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace. With over 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’.

For more information, log on to: https://www.Canon-CNA.com/

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Marriott International offers members exclusive access to the glitz and glamour of catwalk in South Africa

19.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International’s (www.Marriott.com) recently unveiled travel programme, Marriott Bonvoy, will be presenting all things couture through a unique, thoughtfully curated, member-only experience at an event created by Red Carpet Creative in collaboration with Runway Prestige New York. To be held at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers from 11th to 13th October 2019, the event extends the glitz and glamour of global catwalk into South Africa with a group of New York Fashion Week designers showcasing their creativity in the Mother City.

Built on the belief that travel enriches the world and connects people, Marriott Bonvoy offers access to an extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 132 countries and territories providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling with passion and purpose. Under one set of unified benefits, Marriott Bonvoy simplifies rewards and offers members a holistic travel experience encompassing much more than a hotel stay.

One of the many sought-after benefits Marriott Bonvoy offers, is unmatched access and special member-only experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments – the travel program’s experiential platform – that allows members to bid for Moments that appeal to them with their Marriott Bonvoy points.

“Fashion is the universal language that speaks across cultural and geographic borders, inspiring passion and creativity and a sense of unique identity,” said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “Stepping up our experiences game, we are committed to giving our members more of what they love most – to travel with passion and purpose. Thoughtfully curated Marriott Bonvoy Moments, like this one, not only provide exclusive access to our members but also allow us to connect with them through their passions and make travel more meaningful.”

Marriott Bonvoy Moments is currently featuring an exclusive experience that throws a spotlight on South Africa.

Tailored to fit the fashion lover

Marriott Bonvoy members have the opportunity to bid their points to see New York Fashion Week designers gracing the runway at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, South Africa. Perfect for any fashionista, this experience includes two VIP tickets with backstage access to one of the rehearsals and a meet and greet with the designers.

The experience, which will be held on 11th October 2019, includes a one-night stay at the magnificent Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, nestled in the trendy Century City hub.

To secure your experience, log on to https://bit.ly/2lWQS3S.

With a rapidly growing member base in the country, South Africa continues to be a strategic growth market for the company. Previous experiences offered to Marriott Bonvoy members in South Africa include golfing at the award-winning 18-hole, Par 72 Championship Golf Course at African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection; and a Braai Masterclass with celebrity MasterChef South Africa Judge, Pete Goffe-Wood, at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Cape Town.

To enroll or learn more about Marriott Bonvoy, visit www.MarriottBonvoy.com. To check out more Marriott Bonvoy Moments visit www.moments.MarriottBonvoy.com.

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About Marriott Bonvoy:
Marriott Bonvoy (www.MarriottBonvoy.com) is the new travel program replacing Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) starting February 2019. Comprised of a portfolio of 30 hotel brands, members can earn and redeem points for hotel stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from Emirates NBD and Mastercard® in the UAE. The program offers 120,000 destination tours and adventures on Marriott Bonvoy Moments. When members book direct on Marriott.com they receive perks including free and enhanced Wi-Fi and exclusive member-only rates, and on the Marriott app they enjoy mobile check-in and checkout, Mobile Requests and, wherever available, Mobile Key. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here (https://bit.ly/2mpdAlv). Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook (https://bit.ly/2y5s64k), Twitter (https://bit.ly/2SWnFBR) and Instagram (https://bit.ly/2RvhCaD).

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). For more information, please visit our website at www.Marriott.com and for the latest company news, visit www.MarriottNewsCenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook (https://bit.ly/2MpbZrZ) and @MarriottIntl on Twitter (https://bit.ly/1RTI31H) and Instagram (https://bit.ly/2OQo2eD).

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Africa’s Commitment to Building a Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Future

18.September.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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This story is part of a series focusing on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and ambitious climate actions that countries are taking to bring about a low-carbon, climate-resilient transformation. It draws from projects being implemented by the World Bank’s NDC Support Facility.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • African countries could unlock major economic opportunities by delivering on their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as well as securing vital climate and development outcomes.
  • The World Bank’s NDC Support Facility is helping to mobilize resources to enhance African NDC targets on adaptation. These range from supporting the development of climate-smart agriculture investment plans in Mali, Morocco and Côte d'Ivoire to the innovative use of a web-Geographic Information Systems (GIS) decision-making support platform in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Overview:

Climate change threatens to push millions of Africans into poverty by 2030 and unravel hard-won development gains. Many African countries have made significant development achievements in the last few decades with annual growth averaging 4.5%, but increasing weather, water, and climate risks threaten these gains.

Transformative policies and climate-smart development approaches are crucial to adapt to the increasingly complex and uncertain impacts of climate change. They can unlock major economic opportunities for African countries. For instance, the total investment potential for clean energy based on existing national climate commitments in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa is nearly $783 billion, with buildings and transportation accounting for about $652 billion and renewable energy generation for about $123 billion.

Securing strong adaptation and resilience outcomes are also critical to boost responses to the impacts that are already being felt. African countries are improving adaptation actions both nationally through their NDC commitments – all African NDCs submitted so far incorporate adaptation priorities – as well as regionally, through initiatives such as the Adaptation of African Agriculture, the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program and the African Food Security Leadership Dialogue.

The NDC Support Facility is supporting several projects in Africa focused on boosting the resilience of vulnerable populations through climate-informed development and delivering strong adaptation outcomes. Here are two transformative examples.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Investment Plans in Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali_

The World Bank along with the NDC Support Facility has helped Morocco, Cote d’ Ivoire, and Mali develop climate-smart agriculture investment plans to scale up adaptation actions in their agriculture sectors. Developing these plans has delivered three transformative impacts.

First, for people: the plans were developed with wide participation from across public, private, and civil society sectors and reflect their mutual interests in NDC implementation. The development process for the plans themselves helped align national and agriculture-specific development strategies, bringing on board these various stakeholders, and effectively helped streamline each country’s NDCs in policy planning and budgeting.

Second, for policies and the private sector: the original NDCs identified priority sectors but did not provide underlying analyses on the investment opportunities they represented. Through the development of the plans, quantitative modeling and assessments of climate change impacts were undertaken to identify and prioritize investment opportunities in adaptation. The robust data and analyses not only provide input into policy decision making but also paves the way for the private sector to assess the profitability of investments in climate-informed projects.

And third, for partnerships: the development of the investment plans helped forge stronger partnerships not just between national institutions such as the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and others, but among development partners and regional actors, by harmonizing initiatives for cross-sectoral investment planning and implementation. The climate-smart agriculture investment planning approach is now being scaled up in other African countries to operationalize the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA), which was endorsed by 23 countries and the African Union.

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Tools to Map Climate Vulnerabilities and Design Resilient Projects in São Tomé and Príncipe_

The island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe is highly vulnerable to floods, coastal erosion and natural disasters and exposed to rising sea levels. Coastal settlements have burgeoned with limited land use planning, putting vital infrastructure, ecosystems, and local population at risk.

The country’s NDC strongly prioritizes improving capacities and tools for disaster risk management and increasing the resilience of key sectors including agriculture, fisheries and health. The government has also developed a multisector investment plan for climate action, with World Bank and Global Environment Facility support under the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program.

Through the NDC Support Facility the program also developed a decision-making support platform, which includes a web-Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tool. This provides information on climate risks based on vulnerability assessments across different sectors as well as on past, on-going and planned climate-resilient projects in the country. With this tool, government officials can incorporate climate risks when planning infrastructure such as roads and public buildings, ensuring that they are built at a safe distance from the shoreline.

In place since 2018, the platform is transforming the way planning and line ministries collaborate with each another. Institutions now have a common framework and standards for data sharing which is crucial for jointly planning and financing climate resilient infrastructure projects. Drainage structures are already being designed through cross-sectoral collaboration between the road and water sectors.

The platform is also helping donors identify investment opportunities that support adaptation actions in a variety of areas including those relating to the relocation of communities to safer zones, nature-based adaptation solutions, such as mangrove plantations, and building resilient transport infrastructure.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The World Bank Group.
Source: Apo-Opa