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Resource-rich Africa well placed to transition to ‘green economy’ – UN official
UN.org ^ | 3/28/2011 | U.N. Press Release

Posted on 03/28/2011 10:16:47 AM PDT by wheresmyusa

Africa is well poised to take advantage of a host of opportunities on the continent for building a ‘green economy,’ one that generates decent jobs in an environmentally sustainable way, a senior United Nations official said today.

“This continent is in many ways the envy of the 21st century world,” Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), told African ministers of finance, planning and economic development gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Africa is rich in the kinds of natural resources that in many parts of the world have been over-exploited and diminished by centuries of unsustainable development,” he stated.

This includes not just precious and semi-precious metals, but also nature-based resources such as forests and biodiversity, which support tourism and could also underpin inventions and pharmaceutical breakthroughs.

At the same time, many parts of the continent are rich in so-called natural fuels such as wind, solar and geothermal.

“The fundamental question,” said Mr. Steiner, “is how will all this potential be harvested for the benefit of Africa’s citizens and in a way that promotes stability in Africa and beyond.”

He noted that the green economy is not a substitute for sustainable development, but a way of realizing it. “It is as relevant to developing economies and it is to developed ones; it is as central to more state-led economies as it is to more market-led ones. It is not a straitjacket, nor is it prescriptive.”

In February UNEP released a report outlining how investing 2 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) in 10 sectors can catalyze the transition to a green economy.

It also provided a global compilation of case studies from across the globe, including Africa, where forward-looking policies by governments are “watering the green shoots” of the global green economy.

One example is South Africa, whose Green Economy Plan focuses on investments that create more decent jobs, and where nearly $1 billion is being spent on railways, energy-efficient buildings, and water and waste management.

He also highlighted Kenya’s new green energy policy, including a feed-in tariff and 15-year power purchase agreement, which is catalyzing an initial target of 500 megawatts of energy from geothermal, wind and sugar wastes systems.

Later this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Kenya’s main geothermal sites, located north-west of Nairobi, to learn first-hand how these developments have been achieved, as well as how they are set to generate thousands of new jobs in the clean energy sector while reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels.

“The rest of the world can learn from Africa, but Africa can also learn from other continents,” said Mr. Steiner.

He added that the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, set to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 – 20 years after the Earth Summit of 1992, could prove to be one of the most transformative moments in international affairs.

“In 1992, we could only perhaps glimpse the scale some of the challenges emerging on the radar from climate change and the loss of healthy, productive cropland,” he noted.

“But in the world of the here and now, many of those challenges have become all too real. There is an urgency to swiftly and decisively evolve the sustainable development agenda onto a far more focused and far reaching level.”

He said that the question now emerging is not whether a green economy is desirable but how to realize a green economy in practical terms.

“Rio+20 offers an opportunity to accelerate and scale-up transitions, already under way across this region and indeed across the world in order to catalyze growth and employment opportunities for around nine billion people by 2050,” he stated. “But in a way that also maintains and enhances the regional and global planetary services that underpin wealth generation in the first place.

“Africa’s experience on what has worked and what has not worked over the past two decades offers an invaluable foundation upon which a transformational outcome next year can be built.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agenda21; development; sustainable
N. Africa is being prepped and will be ready shortly! YAY! /sarc
1 posted on 03/28/2011 10:16:51 AM PDT by wheresmyusa
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To: wheresmyusa

RIO should be a breeze for the globalists....Zero is 100% in their corner.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2693720/posts


2 posted on 03/28/2011 10:20:11 AM PDT by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: wheresmyusa

Actually it is well placed to provide PRC lebensraum.


3 posted on 03/28/2011 10:20:18 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans - Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: wheresmyusa

Zimbabwe will lead the way..............


4 posted on 03/28/2011 10:20:46 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: wheresmyusa

Ha! Just wait until China fully exploits Africa, or until the Islamic revolution spreads in Africa.

Then the UN can stop concerning itself with the hateful, greedy capitalist Americans (you know, the ones who consume all the resources and pollute the earth). Never mind that we have poured trillions and trillions in direct public and private aid to help Africa over the last century with little in return.


5 posted on 03/28/2011 10:21:47 AM PDT by Obadiah (If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?)
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To: wheresmyusa
Africa has had a Green economy for a few milennia:


6 posted on 03/28/2011 10:24:07 AM PDT by Regulator (Watch Out! Americans are on the March! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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To: Regulator

bttt


7 posted on 03/28/2011 10:25:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Psalm 144

I love pithy comments and this one was one of the best. I had to look up lebensraum and figure out PRC (People’s Republic of China), but it was well worth it.


8 posted on 03/28/2011 10:30:25 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: wheresmyusa
I don't know if the UN is right or wrong only their track record on getting anything right is horrific. The Green Economy is a total fraud in the United States, Europe, or anywhere else it's tried. So I cannot imagine it succeeding in Africa. Africa is a total mess and it would take an act of God to change the situation. The only two non-basketcase economies in sub-saharan Africa were South Africa and Rhodesia. They have been destroyed by European and US liberals. So I suspect China will step in now and dominate the continent as some say. However a word to the wise for the Chinese, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
9 posted on 03/28/2011 10:31:59 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: wheresmyusa
“Africa’s experience on what has worked and what has not worked over the past two decades 4,500 years offers an invaluable foundation upon which a transformational outcome next year can be built. another opportunity for me to bloivate, posture, and say nothing at all, while still collecting a fat salary for yet another year can be built.”


10 posted on 03/28/2011 10:36:34 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: wheresmyusa

The New Colonialism. White Euroliberal trash and a few local corruptocrats building a “green economy” on the backs of starving people in Africa.

}:-)4


11 posted on 03/28/2011 10:38:28 AM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: wheresmyusa
At the same time, many parts of the continent are rich in so-called natural fuels such as wind, solar and geothermal.

In africa, the wind blows, the sun shines and in some places volcanoes erupt.

The natives live in huts with roofs made of leaves and straw, sleep with the animals to stay warm, and have contracted and passed on AIDS from having sex with monkeys.

They are really green, but that green puss that is oozing from their skin can kill you.

12 posted on 03/28/2011 10:59:11 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: All; SWAMPSNIPER; Domestic Church; rightly_dividing; combat_boots; bronxville; cripplecreek; ...

Climate Justice: The Challenge for Global Governance
(based on the words and wisdom of the likes of Cass Sunstein, Samantha Power, Agenda 21 itself [*see footnotes*] and others....

http://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/files/buO8q4/Ackerly%20Vandenbergh%202008b.pdf


13 posted on 03/28/2011 11:01:34 AM PDT by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: wheresmyusa

Huts heated by burning dried elephant dung - a model for us all.


14 posted on 03/28/2011 11:10:56 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: wheresmyusa

...except Africa’s a latrine.


15 posted on 03/28/2011 11:17:37 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: wheresmyusa

Translation: China will be strip mining the entire continent, threatening and paying off the various dupes and tyrants in the UN, while Africans will be kept in environmentally-friendly dark, cold starvation.


16 posted on 03/28/2011 11:32:36 AM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldnÂ’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: wheresmyusa

Yes, having thrown off “colonialism” and replaced it with rampant domestic corruption, fed by the “international aid” industry, Africa is ripe again for the re-emergence of subsistence living.


17 posted on 03/28/2011 11:37:11 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: wheresmyusa
“This continent is in many ways the envy of the 21st century world,”

This is very much like saying your blind date has a great personality.

18 posted on 03/28/2011 11:59:25 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: wheresmyusa

Africa has some of the largest open pit mines in the world. Niger and Namibia produce 1000 tons a year of...wait for it...yellow cake, or uranium for those that don’t remember.

Then there are those shiny baubles mined down south.

Always thought open pit mining was considered as raping the planet, I.E. not very green.


19 posted on 03/28/2011 12:07:31 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Tea time!)
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To: SouthTexas

Raping the planet!! Well, that sounds like a horrifyingly “unsustainable” course of action! I’m sure they’d never.....


20 posted on 03/28/2011 12:30:20 PM PDT by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: Mr. Bird

“This continent is in many ways the envy of the 21st century world,”

Since when did “envy” become synoymous with “toilet”?


21 posted on 03/28/2011 1:13:45 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Obadiah

“Ha! Just wait until China fully exploits Africa, or until the Islamic revolution spreads in Africa.”

Another “great leap forward” is just around the corner. God help them.


22 posted on 03/28/2011 1:15:45 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: 4buttons

a green latrine?


23 posted on 03/28/2011 1:23:09 PM PDT by xp38
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To: wheresmyusa

A blast from the past.

24 posted on 03/28/2011 1:31:06 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: All; cripplecreek

Check this out....

Morocco: Democracy-Building and Sustainable Development

“While offering an innovative model that unites democracy-building with sustainable development, Morocco’s implementation must be absolutely bold to be successful. Clearly, based on the Moroccan model, the monarchy is open to transformative change of the whole of society, but through a bottom-up process driven by developmentally empowered and self-reliant local communities that are integrated in a decentralized national system and whose elected leaders are chosen based on their ability to help forge and respond to the consensus decisions of their constituents.”

http://www.moroccoboard.com/news/34/5145


25 posted on 03/28/2011 3:08:15 PM PDT by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: Psalm 144

“it is well placed to provide PRC lebensraum.”

Homerun!

Africa just needs to find its Himmler to invoke the “solutions” to the eastern territories.


26 posted on 03/28/2011 5:06:36 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: wheresmyusa
nature-based resources such as forests and biodiversity, which support tourism

In other words let's keep Africa as a nature preserve including it's quaint and interesting indigenous natives, living their stone age lifestyles for the education and amusement of twentyfirst century eurotwits on summer holiday.

27 posted on 03/28/2011 7:50:17 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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