President of Kenya visits GCA Headquarters to mobilize action ahead of Africa Climate Action Summit

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — His Excellency William S. Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, visited the floating headquarters of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) in Rotterdam today to participate in a Strategic Dialogue on the Africa Climate Action Summit.

The Africa Climate Action Summit is being co-hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission on 4th to 6th September 2023, and is co-convened by the African Development Bank and GCA. The visit follows a meeting between Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of GCA and President Ruto in Nairobi in February 2023 where they discussed driving the implementation and financing of climate adaptation through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

GCA, as the only international organisation focused exclusively on climate adaptation, is working closely with the Government of Kenya to mobilize financial commitments for adaptation during the Africa Climate Action Summit. The Strategic Dialogue discussed developing Adaptation Country Investment Compacts and other mechanisms to determine the adaptation investment needs and financing opportunities for each country. The Summit will coalesce partners, including international financial institutions and the private sector, around accelerating adaptation financing and climate action leading into the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit and COP28.

The President, who is the Chair of the African Union’s Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, was welcomed to the city of Rotterdam and the GCA Headquarters by GCA CEO Professor Verkooijen; the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb; Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-2010) and GCA Executive Board Member and Feike Sijbesma, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum, GCA Co-Chair.

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and GCA Co-Chair; Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment and Dr. Kevin Kariuki, Vice-President of the African Development Bank joined the Strategic Dialogue virtually to discuss the Africa Climate Action Summit. The discussion highlighted the importance of rich nations coming forward with commitments to honor the pledges made at COP26 in Glasgow to double adaptation financing by 2025 and how the Summit can help deliver the priorities of African governments to advance the “Green Agenda for Africa” including opportunities in green industrialisation.

Speaking during the dialogue, His Excellency William S. Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, said: “The world is now edging close and closer towards the brink of a climate disaster whose warning signs so far are the most catastrophic environmental and atmospheric phenomena humankind has ever encountered. The GCA exists to remind us of these fundamental truths, and to mobilise and empower effective responses in ways that are both reassuring and inspiring.”

Professor Patrick Verkooijen highlighted the importance of the Africa Climate Action Summit to mobilize climate finance for adaptation: “African countries are at ground zero of our climate emergency – they are already losing up to 15% of GDP growth due to climate change even though they are responsible for only 3% of global emissions. They must be given the chance to survive and thrive even as they suffer the impacts of a crisis they did not cause. Africa has the solutions but it needs climate finance and investment. I commend President Ruto for his leadership in hosting the Africa Climate Action Summit and look forward to the real and tangible commitments it will deliver.”

Notes to Editors

About the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP)
An Africa-owned and Africa-led program, the AAAP, is a joint initiative between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and GCA with the goal of mobilizing $25 billion for adaptation in Africa by 2025 through four pillars: food security, resilient infrastructure, youth entrepreneurship and job creation, and innovative climate adaptation finance. The African Union endorsed AAAP’s two financing mechanisms. The first mechanism is the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility hosted by GCA, which has already influenced over $5.2bn in investment for adaptation in Africa since its inception in 2021. The AfDB administers the second financing mechanism through the climate set aside under the ADF-16 replenishment, which builds on the AfDB’s commitment to finance $12.5 billion of adaptation programs – half of the AAAP investment target.

About the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sectors. Founded in 2018, GCA operates from its headquarters in the largest floating office in the world, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Beijing, China.

About the Africa Climate Action Summit
The Africa Climate Action Summit in Nairobi will be held from September 4th to September 6th. This summit is expected to bring together leaders, experts, and policymakers from across the world to discuss the pressing issue of climate change and its impact on Africa. The Africa Climate Action Summit will focus on a number of key areas, including adaptation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and climate finance. Participants will share their experiences, best practices, and strategies for addressing climate change, and will work to develop a roadmap for African countries to achieve their climate goals.

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Ghana loses $300 million worth of gas to flaring – PIAC report

Ghana lost $300m worth of natural gas in the upstream petroleum sector through flaring, the 2022 Annual Public Interest Accountability Committee (PIAC) Report on Management and Use of Petroleum Revenue has revealed.

The volume of gas flared in 2022, 25.3 billion cubic feet (bcf), increased by 19.3 per cent compared to a volume of 21.2 bcf recorded in 2021.

In the report titled ‘The state of the energy and extractive sectors of Ghana: Critical reforms required for sustainable economic recovery,’ the Civil Society Organisation observed that the gas was flared at a time when domestic consumption of processed gas, known as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), was growing exponentially, leading to increased imports.

It also constituted about 10 per cent of the total 253.56 bcf of both Associated Gas (AG) and Non-Associated Gas (NAG) produced from the three oil fields of Jubilee, Sankofa Gye-Nyame (SGN) and Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN).

Gas flaring is the process of burning of the natural gas associated with oil extraction. It is regarded as a waste of a valuable natural resource that could either be used for productive purposes, such as generating power, or conserved.

Compared to the 2021 volume of 256.26 bcf of raw gas produced, the total production for 2022 represented a production decrease of 7.7 per cent.

The report, which was launched on April 20, 2023, indicated that the SGN Field, relatively gas-concentrated, produced the highest volume of combined AG and NAG of 129.39 BCF while the Jubilee and TEN Fields produced 68.48 bcf and 55.68 bcf, respectively.

A breakdown of the report revealed that gas production from the SGN field recorded an increase of 6.4 per cent from 121.6 bcf in 2021 to 129.39 bcf in 2022.

Meanwhile, total gas flared for the period was 3.56 bcf, while a volume of 52.87 bcf was utilised as injected gas with a total of 67.9 bcf of gas exported to Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) and 4.07 bcf used as fuel.

In the Jubilee fields, gas production decreased by 2.9 per cent from 70.53 bcf in 2021 to 68.48 bcf in 2022.

Also, a volume of 17.43 bcf representing 25 per cent of total gas produced was injected for pressure support while a total volume of 3.76 bcf, representing 5 per cent of the total gas produced was used to power gas turbine generators.

A volume of 11.41 bcf representing 17 per cent of the total gas produced was flared on the Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) Floating Production Storage Offloading Vessel (FPSO) while 35.88 bcf representing 52 per cent of gas produced was exported to GNGC.

It was also highlighted that gas production on the TEN Field declined by 13.2 per cent from 64.13 bcf in 2021 to 55.68 bcf in 2022.

About 68 per cent of gas produced in the field, totalling 38.03 bcf was used as gas injection for pressure support while a volume of 10.33 bcf, representing 19 per cent of the total gas produced was flared.

A volume of 3.78 bcf of gas, representing 7 per cent of the produced gas was also exported to GNGC and a volume of 3.53 bcf, making up 6 per cent of produced gas was used for fuel.

Speaking at the launch, Nasir Alfa Mohammed, the Vice Chair of PIAC,said the flaring of gas kept occurring due to inadequate investment and lack of facility to store the commodity.

The challenge was highlighted in a report release in May 2022 by the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) which revealed that the country lost 47 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas to flaring between 2019 and 2021.

The energy policy think tank said the gas flared amounted to money that went down the drain because of limited investments in the gas subsector.

Aside the economic loss of flaring, the activity is known to have a negative environmental impact and a contributor to global warming.

Source: Ghana News Agency

VGMA 24 Overview: Black Sherif wins big; thrills on red carpet and the stunning performances

The 24th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) night was jam-packed with lots of musical and fashion thrills while excelling artistes picked up their honours.

Many controversies have arisen in the social space regarding the recipients of certain awards and pageantry on the red carpet, as well as the best and average performances on the night.

Awards

Black Sherif won the coveted Artiste of the Year award, having also bagged three awards, including the Best Music Video, Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year, and Best Hip-Hop Song.

King Promise, who has over the past years received several nominations but couldn’t get an award, won his first major award at the VGMAs after he won Album of the Year with ‘5 Star’.

He was also adjudged the Afrobeat/Afro-Pop Artiste of the Year.

It was a big night for Piesie Esther, as she won some major honours for the first time in her 20-year music career.

She was adjudged Gospel Artiste of the Year and also won the Best Gospel Song of the Year, beating off competition from the likes of Joe Mettle, Perez Music, Diana Hamilton, Celestine Donkor, and MOG Music.

It was also a breakthrough night for young rising Afrobeat artiste Lasmid, who was adjudged the Best New Artiste of the Year ahead of Djay, Malcom Nuna, DJ Azonto, Chief One, and Ewurabena.

Sarkodie, who is arguably the most decorated Ghanaian artiste added to his trophy cabinet after picking up the Best Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year and Best Collaboration of the Year.

Stonebwoy continued his domination in the Reggae and Dancehall genre as he picked the Best Artiste for the genre and also won the Best Afro-pop Song of the Year with his ‘Therapy’ hit song.

Amerado, after missing out to Lyrical Joe on last year’s Best Rap Performance award, finally picked up the most envious rap accolade with his ‘Obiaa Boa’ track.

Musical Performances

Kidi, after a short hiatus from the stage due to illness, made a strong comeback to the stage, putting on an astounding performance with the audience chanting his songs.

The stage choreography from last year’s Artiste of the Year winner was very artistic, as he delivered an emotional rendition.

Sarkodie, as usual, did not disappoint the patrons gathered at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre as he delivered a masterclass performance.

He started off showcasing his sublime rap prowess, and the auditorium went bouncing as he delivered his ‘Illuminate’ single. He was certainly the top performer on the night.

Ofori Amponsah, who won the 2006 Artiste of the Year award, reignited some Highlife vibes with a scintillating performance of some of his timeless hits, including ‘Emmanuella,’ ‘Odwo,’ and ‘Otoolege.’

The Highlife Superstar reminded Ghanaians about their unique musical prowess as he delivered a classic live band performance.

Black Sherif’s performance on the night was top-notch, as he energised the crowd with his music sermons and astounding word play.

Medikal also delivered a rap lesson and made an impressive entry on stage, while Epixode brought to the stage his astounding vocals.

Other artistes who performed on the night include Epixode, Gyakie, Lasmid, Piesie Esther, Kwabena Kwabena, King Promise, among others.

Red Carpet

The red carpet show at this year’s VGMA was very interesting, with some good and perfect customs that caught the attention of fashion photographers, bloggers, and some entertainment journalists.

DJ Azonto’s ‘awkward’ style of dressing sent social media buzzing as he appeared in feminine wedding attire.

The ‘Fa No Fom’ hitmaker got the attention of guests who were on the red carpet and were amazed by his style of dressing.

Kwabena Kwabena also stole the show on the red carpet with an oversized couture dress and got the attention of many photographers.

Stonebwoy and Black Sherif took a classic approach to the red carpet with a sleek suit, which made them standout.

Overall, suits and gowns were very dominant on the night, with scores of guests showing off the remarkable designs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mason to serve 24 years for defiling his 12-year-old daughter twice

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a 56-year-old mason to 24 years imprisonment for having sex with his 12 year old daughter twice.

Joseph Amon Neequaye is said to have had sex with his daughter after assisting her to do her homework.

Accused in open court denied having sex with his daughter on five occasions.

According to him, he had sex with his daughter twice, adding, on the first occasion, the victim came and slept by him and he ended defiling her.

On the occasion, Neequaye said it was the victim who put her breast in his mouth and he ended up defilng her.

Neequaye, charged with defilement and incest pleaded guilty and he convicted on his plea.

Neequaye pleaded with the court to forgive him and have mercy on him.

The court presided over by Mrs Christina Cann held that cases of defilement are on the ascendancy, and the accused ought to be given a deterrent sentence although he did not waste the court’s time.

Prosecution led by Superintendent of Police Agnes Boafo said the complainant was a trader residing at Dansoman, Accra together with the victim.

Prosecution said the victim’s mother had passed on and she was therefore residing with her grandmother.

It said accused, now convict was the victim’s biological father. The convict also reside at Mpoase in Dansoman, Accra.

Prosecution said the victim had been going to her father to collect money for school.

It said from January 2023 to April 2023, Neequaye took advantage of the victim by defiling her on five occasions in his room at Mpoase.

Prosecution said about three weeks ago, the complainant had information to the effect that Neequaye has been having sex with the victim.

It said based on that information, the complainant quizzed the victim and she confirmed the sexual encounters she had had with her father.

Protection said the complainant and other witnesses confronted the convict and he admitted that offence and pleaded with them.

On April 25, 2023, a report was made to the Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Dansoman and a medical form was issued to the complainant to seek medical care for the victim.

Prosecution said on May 2, 2023, Neequaye was picked up and in his investigation caution statement, he admitted having sex with the victim twice.

Source: Ghana News Agency

DJ Azonto steals show on VGMA 24 red carpet

The red carpet show at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) witnessed some beautiful and elegant displays of fashion, but it was DJ Azonto who grabbed all the headlines.

Patrons on the red carpet were amused with the ‘awkward’ style of dressing by the ‘Fa No Fom’ hitmaker, and he caught the attention of the fashion photographers.

Speaking about what inspired his ‘feminine’ style of dressing, DJ Azonto, whose real name is Mark Kwesi Arthur, said his choice was revealed through a dream.

‘This has always been my style of fashion ever since I emerged on the music scene, but this specific style was revealed to me in a dream, and I decided to give it a try,’ he said in an interview.

DJ Azonto, after missing out on the New Artiste of the Year award, expressed gratitude to his fans who voted for him in pursuit of the award and congratulated eventual winner Lasmid.

He further revealed that he had a lot in store for his fans, and they should watch out for more Amapiano songs as he eyes the Artiste of the Year award next year.

DJ Azonto, since his groundbreaking debut last year, has won numerous awards, including Best Song of the Year at the Ghana DJ Awards and Africa Spotlight Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Entertainment/Choice Awards, among many others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana’s level of free press reflects state of democracy – Sulemana Braimah

Mr Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director, Media Foundation for Africa (MFWA), says the level of press freedom in Ghana is a reflection of the country’s state of democracy.

Therefore, the decline in press freedom in recent years meant something was fundamentally wrong with the practice of democracy, he said.

Mr Braimah said this on Saturday during a radio discussion on ‘Poor Press Freedom: Time To Repeal False News Laws?’

Ghana has dropped from 60th to 62nd position on the global ranking on Press Freedom Index 2022.

But in Africa, it placed 9th, an improvement from its 10th position in the 2022 report. This is Ghana’s worst performance in 18 years since it placed 66th globally in 2005.

The Executive Director said happenings in the media were quite disturbing given the successes chalked in times past.

‘At a certain period in time, we were either 2nd or 3rd in Africa and in fact in 2018, we were number one in Africa but to now get to a situation where globally, we are ranked in the 60s is something that is certainly a worrying development,’ he stated.

He said the Government ought to demonstrate seriousness in promoting press freedom and expedite action on the National Comprehensive Framework on Safety of Journalists.

‘The reason why we are doing badly in press freedom is because we have a Government that keeps living in self denial. Way back in 2019, we kept ringing the alarm bells that press freedom conditions were getting bad in the country but we were repeatedly told that it wasn’t the case,’ he said.

Mr Samuel Akudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu and Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, said the Government must put steps in place to remedy the decline in press freedom.

‘Over the years, Ghana has been regarded highly and celebrated in terms of our democratic credentials. So, if in recent years, we have realised a decline, we must all be worried. Today, we are doing worse than countries like Burkina Faso, Mali and Sierra Leone that used to look up to us and this certainly does not make for glorious reading…’

He said the situation could negatively impact foreign investments, and Ghana’s global image.

The MP called for quick passage of the Broadcasting Law to deal with excesses in the media and promote responsible journalism

Source: Ghana News Agency

U17 AFCON: do-or-die game between Cameroon and Burkina Faso

The baby Lions have one last chance to determine if they advance to the next round of the U17 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria or exit the competition.

The defending Champions take on Burkina Faso on Sunday, May 7, at 8:00 pm, a fixture which will determine which side qualifies for the quarter-finals of the ongoing youth tournament.

Serge Mimpo, Cameroon’s coach, assured fans that they will not be disappointed this time. “We have our backs against the wall, and we have to win. We are going to do our best against Burkina Faso and I believe we will not disappoint Cameroonians. I’m certain about that,” the coach was speaking during the pre-match press conference.

His counterpart from Burkina Faso said they are determined to defeat the Lions.

“After Mali’s defeat, we were all frustrated but we are highly motivated for the game against Cameroon. We are here to win all the three points. We are not looking at the fact that the Lions are the title holders, we are here to play for a win,” Coach Brahima Toure said.

Both Cameroon and Burkina Faso lost their first games against Mali, 0-2 and 0-1 respectively. The two sides have no point behind Mali who are already qualified for the quarter-finals with 6 points in three-team Group C.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

President João Lourenço leaves London

Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, left London, United Kingdom Sunday, on his way back to Luanda, after having participated in the official coronation ceremony of King Charles III.

In London, where he was accompanied by the First Lady, Ana Dias Lourenço, the Head of State was part of the two thousand foreign dignitaries and other guests of the British Government.

The two-hour ceremony, which took place at Westminster Abbey, in London, was also attended by several Heads of State or their representatives, members of international organisations, the Commonwealth and the British Government.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)