New Data Protection Solution Launched by Commvault and Huawei

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At the Huawei Connect 2022-Dubai, data protection and data management software company, Commvault, and Huawei launched a data solution to provide End to End (E2E), secure, and reliable data protection to enterprise customers.

Nizar Elfarra, the Middle East Regional Channel Director of Commvault

The Commvault and Huawei solution brings a range of advantages.

  • Instant backup and recovery with 3x higher backup and 5x higher recovery bandwidths than similar products in the industry.
  • Optimal security with resilient ransomware protection and E2E encryption.
  • Extreme agility offers data protection for all data types, including physical, virtual, cloud, and Software as a Service (SaaS) data, all with just one system.

Nizar Elfarra, the Middle East, Regional Channel Director Commvault said: “For 10 years, we have cooperated with Huawei in data protection services, and this new solution effectively ensures data security and availability for all workloads in both on-premises and cloud environments for our customers.”

Michael Fan, Director of Huawei Data Storage Solution Sales noted: “A change is going to come, with the shift from Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) to Flash-to-Flash-to-Anything (F2F2X). Here, Huawei leads the market with its dedicated OceanProtect backup storage products and, together with its partners, will deliver industry leading backup solutions to customers, making it a premium backup storage option for various application workloads.”

For more details, visit https://e.huawei.com/en/products/storage/oceanprotect

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Huawei and IEEE-UAE Section Jointly Release L3.5 Data Center Autonomous Driving Network White Paper

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 in Dubai, Huawei released the L3.5 Data Center Autonomous Driving Network White Paper together with IEEE-UAE Section and industry forerunners UAE’s Ankabut and Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK). This white paper provides deep insight into the architecture, key capabilities, and typical application scenarios of L3.5 autonomous driving networks (ADNs) in data center scenarios, as well as deployment practices for key sectors such as finance, public service, and energy. This white paper serves as an informative point of reference for enterprises and can help take the automation and intelligence of data center networks (DCNs) to new levels.

White Paper Launch Ceremony

According to the white paper, as the digital economy becomes a key driver for global economic growth and enterprise data centers expand rapidly, data center networks urgently need to solve the following challenges:

  • Multi-cloud and multi-DC heterogeneous networks have become the norm for enterprises. As such, enterprise customers need to centrally manage and coordinate multi-cloud DCNs and multi-vendor network devices.
  • The ADN needs to seamlessly integrate into enterprises’ O&M systems and IT processes, which vary significantly between enterprises, to implement intelligent closed-loop management throughout the process.

To address the above challenges, the White Paper proposes the L3.5 data center autonomous driving network, which implements high-level automation and intelligence capabilities such as unified management, flexible orchestration and collaboration, and simulation in multi-cloud and multi-vendor networks, in addition to interconnecting with enterprises’ IT management systems to achieve end-to-end automation.

The White Paper illustrates the key technologies of L3.5 ADNs for data centers:

  • Open programmability platform: centrally manages heterogeneous networks and devices.
  • Intent orchestration platform: helps implement highly automated multi-cloud and multi-vendor heterogeneous networks and provision cross-cloud networks in seconds.
  • APIs published from orchestrated service flows: seamlessly integrates into enterprise O&M systems and IT processes, slashing the number of work orders and reducing the amount of repetitive manual work by more than 70%.

“Huawei’s data center autonomous driving network is the industry’s first to evolve from L3.0 to L3.5. This is the result of our deep insight into real-world service scenarios and pain points of customers across sectors such as finance, public service, and manufacturing, as well as our joint innovations with industry forerunners,” said Arthur Wang, Vice President of Huawei’s Data Center Network Domain. “The White Paper shares best practices across these sectors, to enhance enterprises’ competitiveness by optimizing their network architectures and operating modes and helping them build agile and reliable services while reducing their OPEX and CAPEX.”

To date, Huawei’s Data Center Autonomous Driving Network Solution has been deployed in data centers of more than 10,000 customers across sectors such as finance, public service, manufacturing, and energy.

For more information, please visit the website of Data Center Autonomous Driving Network:
https://e.huawei.com/en/solutions/business-needs/enterprise-network/data-center-network-new/adn

To download the L3.5 Data Center Autonomous Driving Network White Paper, please visit:
https://e.huawei.com/en/material/networking/604d7c910e884a0d9005cdb0513c87ee

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HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 in Dubai: Innovative Infrastructure Drives Industrial Digital Transformation

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — HUAWEI CONNECT Dubai was held in the United Arab Emirates, with more than 3,000 industry stakeholders coming together to discuss around the theme of “Innovative Infrastructure to Unleash Digital”. Representatives from Egypt’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Nigeria’s Galaxy Backbone Limited, Huawei, and other organizations shared their latest digitalization practices, exploring new paths to industrial digital transformation.

Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa Area

Ken Hu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, delivered a keynote outlining three ways the ICT ecosystem can help break through common barriers in digital transformation:

  • Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources.
  • Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and truly make the most of cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive leapfrog development.
  • Build out local digital ecosystems including partner development, strengthening the digital talent pool, and providing more support for SMEs.

Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa Area, gave the opening remark that expressed gratitude to customers and partners for their ongoing trust, and reaffirmed Huawei’s commitment to contributing to local development. He also talked about three key initiatives of Huawei and its customers and partners to unleash digital productivity. Together, they work to build a solid digital foundation for all and reinforce local digital ecosystems to support the future of digital nations.

Innovative, scenario-based technologies enhance digital infrastructure to unleash digital productivity

Bob Chen, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG, discussed how multi-tech synergy is critical for finding the right technology for the right scenario. He explained in his keynote speech “Innovative Digital Infrastructure Accelerates Digital Transformation” that “Data is at the core of digital transformation, and data ingestion, transmission, storage, and analysis are key steps. Huawei provides full-stack products and product portfolios to support end-to-end data processing, accelerating customers’ digital transformation.”

In terms of data connectivity, Huawei unveiled NetEngine AR5710, a hyper-converged gateway that is ideal for small and midsize branches, and NetEngine 8000 F8, an ultra-compact universal-service aggregation router. These all-new products are helping lay a solid data foundation to further unleash digital productivity.

In terms of data transmission, Huawei has been exploring how to apply the fifth generation fixed network (F5G) evolution across various industries. In addition, Huawei and a Dubai customer jointly launched a digital pipeline corridor inspection solution based on the optical fiber sensing technology, enabling automatic pipeline corridor inspection.

Regarding data storage, Huawei and Commvault, a data management software company, jointly launched a data protection solution that provides enterprise customers with secure and reliable data protection from end to end. This helps create a reliable and efficient storage foundation, allowing enterprises to maximize the value of data.

Joy Huang, President of Huawei Cloud Strategy & Industry Development, pointed out that Huawei’s approach to digital transformation has three pillars: greener infrastructure, ongoing innovation, and shared experience. Huawei Cloud aims to be the best digitalization partner for customers, and is working with partners and customers to unleash digital with Everything as a Service.

Innovative infrastructure is being deployed in industries to drive industrial digitalization

At the event, customers from various industries in the Middle East and Africa also shared their best practices with Huawei in digital transformation.

Dr. Hesham Farouk Ali, Egypt’s Assistant Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that ICT would make education more people-centric and accelerate the transformation of both teaching and learning methods. Huawei’s expertise in education and research networks, cloud, and AI is providing key support and laying groundwork for the digitalization of higher education in Egypt.

Baffajo Beita, CIO of Galaxy Backbone Limited, stated that Galaxy and Huawei have been innovating together to help Nigeria build a unified e-government cloud network, accelerating the government’s digitalization and boosting the country’s digital economy.

Huawei Empower Program: building a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners

At the event, Huawei launched the Huawei Empower Program, which aims to help develop a thriving digital ecosystem for global partners. Through this program, Huawei will conduct joint innovation with its partners via OpenLabs, empower partners with a new framework, a new plan, and an integrated platform, and create a talent pool through the Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei Authorized Learning Partner (HALP) programs. Huawei also announced an investment of US$300 million into this program over the next three years to support its global partners.

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Huawei Showcased Its Oil & Gas Solutions at HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 Dubai

DUBAI, UAE, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 Dubai, Huawei launched two scenario-based oil and gas solutions: Integrated Oil & Gas Field Network and Smart Gas Station.

Integrated Oil & Gas Field Network Solution for All Your Networking Needs    

Oilfield network systems face a range of challenges, such as messy network architectures, multiple network layers, difficult O&M, and low reliability. These issues slow digitalization at oil and gas fields.

Drawing on its wealth of experience in network planning and consulting, Huawei has built an integrated network specifically targeted to oil and gas fields. The solution uses edge computing, AI, hard pipe isolation, and IPv6+. The result is a unified network architecture that can be centrally managed as well as a multi-purpose network with integrated security.

  • Unified architecture: The solution adopts a full-stack combination of network technologies, involving industrial PON, Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and IPv6, creating an integrated network for oil and gas fields. The unified network architecture streamlines the cloud, network, edge, and devices, covering all oil and gas field service scenarios.
  • Centralized management: A single O&M management platform integrates all third-party network devices, centrally manages devices on the entire network, and visualizes the whole network for routine O&M.
  • Multi-purpose network: Huawei’s integrated oil and gas field network solution unifies the architecture, experience, and O&M. It carries multiple services, such as production, video, office, and community on one physical network, reducing enterprise investment.
  • Integrated security: Using advanced hard pipe isolation technologies such as Flex-E and NHP, Huawei’s solution enhances security isolation between service networks without increasing network construction costs.

Smart Gas Station Solution, an All-in-One Experience

Gas stations are a key daily service for oil retail. Digital technologies are opening new opportunities for business and services at gas stations.

As part of this process, Huawei has integrated its full-stack technical capabilities and worked with partners to build the smart gas station solution. The solution features a central digital platform for the entire enterprise. It also establishes video collection specifications, IoT access standards, and unified station-level data models. Then, it integrates isolated service subsystems such as fuel dispensers, liquid level meters, and payment platforms. The result is a comprehensive analysis and display platform that allows the oil retailer to remotely and intelligently manage station data.

In addition to centralized control, Huawei has also launched an intelligently integrated and converged edge platform based on FusionCube for edge intelligent convergence. The platform integrates the existing infrastructure and service systems of gas stations and enables simplified O&M. It also integrates computing, storage, network, and AI algorithms to deliver IoT and sensing for various service requirements.

  • Smart services: For example, customers can refuel without getting out of their cars. As such, it takes just 2 minutes to refuel instead of 6. Users are happier and stations are more efficient.
  • Smart marketing: The system pushes oil price change information and promotions to engage users and increase revenue from main and retail services.
  • Smart management: All operations are visualized, identifying any risky actions, tracing records, and using reliable data to support service decision-making and O&M.

In the future, Huawei will continue to explore oil and gas industry scenarios. Through multi-technology collaboration and scenario-based solution exploration, Huawei will continue to innovate, unleash digital productivity, and fuel the digital transformation of the oil and gas industry.

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https://e.huawei.com/en/solutions/industries/oil-gas

WFP Namibia Country Brief, September 2022

In Numbers
Net Funding Requirements: USD 3.5 m (October 2022 – February 2023)
People Assisted in September 2022:
Home-Grown School Feeding Programme: 11,730 school children
Integrated Community-based Food Systems Projects: 1,457 beneficiaries
Operational Updates
WFP in partnership with the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, the Embassy of Brazil, the African Group of Ambassadors, and the Otjozondjupa Regional and local government, conducted a monitoring visit for the Tsumkwe Community Based Integrated Food Systems Project in Otjozondjupa Region. The Tsumkwe Integrated Food Systems project was launched in August 2021 to stimulate the local economy and improve livelihoods through the production of healthy food.
Key achievements of this project funded by the Brazilian Government and the African Group of Ambassadors are: introducing 2 hectares around the Tsumkwe clinic for growing vegetables- spinach, cabbage, beetroot, and onions, the construction of a poultry house with support from FAO, clearing of 65ha for project expansion, generating employment for youth, and starting community-led backyard projects.
Ondera Resettlement Farm Digital Hub – On 25 August, WFP handed over 60 Information Technology (IT) items, including computers, printers, and ergonomic office furniture, to the Ondera Resettlement Farm in Oshikoto region. In September, 40 youth were trained (47% male, 53% female) on basic computer usage and provided with certificates. In addition, WFP trained 7 trainers on computer basics to adopt a Training of Trainers approach for building the digital capacity of the remaining youth in Ondera.
Partnerships
Cassie Platform – WFP in partnership with Tololi, a tech startup, is piloting an e-commerce platform for Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) and smallholder farmers (SHF) countrywide. This platform identifies SHF near HGSF schools in search of local fresh produce. The platform is being piloted in 5 regions (Kunene, Omaheke, Hardap, Kavango West, and Kavango East).

Source: World Food Programme

United Nations Spending Restrictions Loosened Thanks to Recent Structural Changes, Management Chief Tells Fifth Committee, Outlining Key 2022 Financial Indicators

With Earlier, Timely Payment of Assessed Contributions, Organization Can Focus on Programme Delivery Rather Than Liquidity Control, Delegates Hear
Outlining a brighter financial picture for the Organization than in recent years, the United Nations top management official told delegates of the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today that structural changes approved in June at their second resumed session have eased the need for spending restrictions.
While this means the Organization can now focus on programme delivery instead of liquidity management, Catherine Pollard, Under Secretary General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, said senior managers will keep carefully monitoring cash flows and reach out regularly to delegates to ensure cash shortages place operations at risk.
“Spending restrictions in the last few years may have averted a cash crisis and a disruption of operations, however, they hampered budget implementation and mandate delivery,” she said, adding that several activities and outputs were either postponed or cancelled. Despite the relaxing of hiring and spending restrictions in May, the Organization last year experienced the lowest rate of budget implementation since 2010. Fortunately, the Committee decided in June to use $100 million, of $279 million in unspent funds, to increase “on an exceptional basis and without setting a precedent,” the Working Capital Fund. “This decision is both timely and helpful, as the return of $279 million would have triggered a liquidity crisis again,” she said. [See paragraph 4 in Press Release GA/AB/4388 for details.]
Ms. Pollard detailed three main categories the regular budget, peacekeeping operations and the international tribunals as she laid out the Organization’s key financial indicators for 2022.
Full implementation of the Organization’s programme of work depends on realistic budget levels and timely contributions to ensure a stable, predictable financial situation throughout the year, she said, adding the Secretariat is committed to provide transparency and use the resources entrusted to it in a cost-effective, efficient manner. Member States meeting their financial obligations in full and on time is key, she stressed, noting that as of today, 13 October, 13 Member States have done so.
“As we have said on several occasions in recent years, predictability in the timing and amount of collections is critical for managing the Organization’s cash outflows and planning spending properly.” She appealed to the Member States who paid earlier this year to commit to their new positive payment patterns and asked others to commit to earlier payments. “The more we collect early, the greater will be our confidence in committing funds when we need them for programme delivery,” she added.
Ms. Pollard said Chart 1 shows how monthly regular budget collections continued to fluctuate significantly each year. For example, in 2022, the Organization collected $21 million more than anticipated in the first quarter, yet collections trailed estimates from April to nearly the end of September. There was a gap of more than $250 million for nearly four months and a peak of $279 million at the end of the second quarter. “Although collections were lagging, we did not see reason for concern, firstly because we had started the year with a healthy cash balance, and secondly, because several Member States had informed us about their payment plans,” she added. In September, the Organization borrowed the full amount of the Working Capital Fund to ensure sufficient cash to meet payroll obligations.
The Secretariat is waiting for the fourth quarter’s outcome from two perspectives: first, whether total collections in the quarter produce lower year-end arrears than in 2021; and secondly, whether the Organization collects more in November than December, similar to 2021. This pattern reduces uncertainty for fourth-quarter spending, she explained.
As seen in Chart 2, which tracks regular budget cash balance trends, stringent cash conservation measures over the last few years effectively increased liquidity to ensure business continuity, reducing the risk of disruptions by exhausting reserves, including the surplus cash of closed peacekeeping missions. Thanks to those steps, the regular budget cash deficit occurred later in the year from 2018 to 2021. However, in 2022 the Organization had to borrow from the Working Capital Fund in September, earlier than in 2021. “The maximum cash deficit has also been reducing each year since 2019, and we are optimistic that we will not have to borrow from closed peacekeeping missions this year,” she said.
Chart 3 shows the regular budget cash position available on 30 September 2021, 31 December 2021 and 30 September 2022. The amount of expected cash surplus at the end of 2022 will depend on collections in the fourth quarter. “We are reasonably certain that this will be less than last year, because we assessed nearly $77 million less than the budget due to return of unspent funds,” she said.
Chart 4 summarizes the status of regular budget assessments as of 30 September 2021 and 30 September 2022. In 2022, assessments were issued for $2.93 billion, $22 million less than the $2.95 billion issued as of 30 September 2021. Payments received were $300 million less, with $2.2 billion received by 30 September 2022, compared with $2.5 billion on 30 September 2021. She said the Chart also reflects a reduction in unpaid assessments from $1.3 billion as of 30 September 2021, to $1.2 billion as of 30 September 2022. This was because the Organization started the year with less outstanding assessment than in 2021, she told delegates, adding: “We hope the year-end arrears will remain stable or decrease further, as large arrears deplete liquidity reserves”.
As seen in Chart 5, 131 Member States had fully paid their regular budget assessments in full by 30 September 2022, compared to 130 Member States at the end of September 2021. Chart 6 lists the 131 Member States that have paid their assessed contributions in full. She thanked the States and acknowledged the advanced 2023 payments from India and Nauru.
Chart 7 shows the 62 Member States who had yet to pay their assessments to the regular budget in full, as of 30 September 2022 one less Member State than a year earlier. She noted that since the cut-off date, Guinea has paid in full, bringing the count of fully paid Member States to 132. Chart 8, on unpaid regular budget assessments, provides a comparative view of the largest outstanding assessments as of 30 September 2021 and 30 September 2022. According to the chart, the United States was responsible for the largest portion of unpaid regular budget assessments, owing $915 million as of 30 September 2022, compared with $1.002 billion on 30 September 2021. Brazil followed, owing $56 million, compared with $58 million in 2021, and then the Russian Federation, which owed $53 million at the end of September this year, compared with zero at the end of September 2021.
Ms. Pollard then turned to peacekeeping operations, which have a different financial period than the regular budget and run from 1 July to 30 June. As shown in Chart 9, assessments during 2022 totalled $7.4 billion, with $3.8 billion being assessed in July for the fiscal 2022/23 year for mandated periods. Assessments in 2022 were higher because a part of the 2021/22 fiscal year was assessed in January, after the new approved scale of assessment was in place, she explained. Collections as of 30 September 2022 tallied $5.0 billion and the total amount outstanding on 30 September 2022 was $3.7 billion, compared to $2.3 billion on 30 September 2021. Chart 10 indicates that on 30 September 2022, 43 Member States had paid all peacekeeping assessments in full, compared with 42 on 30 September 2021. Since the cut-off date, Kiribati, Mozambique, Namibia and the United Kingdom had paid their assessments in full.
Chart 11 provides an overview of outstanding assessments for each peacekeeping operation. The $3.7 billion outstanding on 30 September 2022 comprises $3.3 billion owed to active missions and $396 million for closed missions. For active and closing missions, out of $3.3 billion, $2.7 billion relates to 2022 assessments, while $621 million relates to assessments in 2021 and before.
Chart 12 lists Member States with unpaid peacekeeping assessments as of 30 September 2022, as well as their outstanding amounts as of 30 September 2021. According to the chart, the United States was responsible for the largest portion of unpaid peacekeeping assessments, owing $1.53 billion as of 30 September 2022, compared with nearly $1.3 billion on 30 September 2021. China followed by owing $736 million this year, compared with zero at the end of September 2021; and then Japan, which owed $306 million this year, compared with zero in 2021. The Chart notes that Japan made a payment of $271.6 million after 30 September 2022.
She then reminded delegates that in resolution 73/307, the General Assembly decided that the Secretary General should issue assessments for peacekeeping operations for the full budget period, including the period for which the mandate has not yet been approved by the Security Council. It was understood that the “advance” assessment will be due within 30 days of the effective date of the extension of the mandate.
Chart 13, on advance collections for peacekeeping, shows the impact of the Assembly decision. In July 2022, $2.5 billion was assessed for peacekeeping operations for the “non-mandated” period through the 30 June 2023. Comparatively, such assessments for “non-mandated” periods were $2.5 billion for 2020/21 and only $381 million for 2021/22, she said. The lower amount for the 2021/22 period is due to the non-availability of scales for the January-to-June 2022 period. This chart shows the amounts paid voluntarily by Member States against these assessments. Chart 14 shows those Member States that have paid in full for the period ending 30 June 2023, including the non-mandated period.
Along with the Assembly decision in resolution 73/307 to remove restrictions on the cross-borrowing of cash for active missions, the assessment and collection for non-mandated periods continues to improve the overall liquidity of active peacekeeping operations, she said. To provide another mechanism to ease liquidity problems, the Assembly, in resolution 76/272, directed the use of the Peacekeeping Reserve Fund as the first choice for borrowing for active peacekeeping operations, retaining $40 million to support new missions and the expansion of existing missions, as originally intended for the Fund.
Chart 15 shows the status of peacekeeping cash over the last three years. As of 30 September 2022, the cash balance consisted of about $2.4 billion in the accounts of active and closed missions, and the Peacekeeping Reserve Fund, she said. The use of the Fund the first source for borrowing for peacekeeping operations is restricted to new operations and expansion of existing operations. The cash of each mission is delineated in a separate account, as directed by the Assembly, and cross-mission borrowing is used when needed, she explained.
Chart 16, on outstanding payments to Member States, shows the total liabilities for payments as of 30 September 2022. Payments for troops, formed police units and for contingent-owned equipment claims totalled $26 million for active and closing peacekeeping operations and $86 million for closed missions. With the approval of Assembly resolution 76/280, the $86 million for closed peacekeeping missions will be settled in early 2023. Payments for contingent-owned equipment and troops/formed police unit costs are settled for all missions up to 30 June 2022 except African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Chart 17, on outstanding liabilities to Member States, shows the breakdown of the overall amount owed for troop and formed police units, and for contingent-owned equipment to Member States as of 30 September 2022.
Turning to the international tribunals, Ms. Pollard said Chart 18 lays out their financial situation. As of 30 September 2022, total contributions outstanding for the tribunals tallied $55 million, compared with $60 million as of 30 September 2021. This includes amounts outstanding for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was last assessed in 2016; and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, last assessed in 2018.
Chart 19 lists the 107 Member States that had paid their assessed contributions in full for all the tribunals, three less than 30 September 2021. Chart 20 provides the breakdown of unpaid assessments while Chart 21 shows the month-by-month position of the tribunals’ overall cash balances, over the last three years. As per Assembly resolution 76/272, the surplus cash in closed tribunals will be used for regular budget liquidity if needed, from January 2023.
Chart 22 lays out the status of assessments and unpaid assessments for each of the three categories of operations, she said. Year-end numbers are provided for 2020 and 2021 and third-quarter comparisons for 2021 and 2022. It also provides an overview of the evolution of the cash situation for all three categories of operations, as well as the evolution of the outstanding payments to troop/police contributing countries for active peacekeeping operations, she said.
The Fifth Committee will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Friday, 14 October, to discuss the proposed 2023 programme budget for special political missions.
United Nations Office for Partnerships
ANNEMARIE HOU, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, introduced the annual report of the Secretary General on the Office (document A/77/320). By engaging key stakeholders, the Office serves as a global gateway to catalyse and co create collaborations that accelerate solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To fulfil its mandate, the Office leverages expertise and networks across its initiatives and programmes, which include the Sustainable Development Goals Strategy Hub, United Nations Democracy Fund, United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), United Nations Partnership Trust Fund and the Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocates and Climate Action Team. In mobilizing action towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Office organized key events, convenings and initiatives which included the virtual Sustainable Development Goals Moment during the Assembly’s high-level week. It also conceptualized, curated and delivered significant activations which included a performance and interview with BTS which garnered more than 80 million views towards growing the global movement for the Global Goals. The new Sustainable Development Goals Studio, built in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and the Netherlands, streamlines the creation of original and compelling content for contemporary audiences, she added.
The Office also manages distinct programmatic trust funds. As the primary interface between the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations system, UNFIP has collaborated on almost 700 innovative, cross-sector projects in the past two decades, she said. In 2021, UNFIP disbursed $11.9 million in funding from the United Nations Foundation for United Nations projects. The United Nations Democracy Fund, she continued, subsists entirely on voluntary contributions from Governments; enables projects that empower civil society, promote human rights and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes and has supported over 880 projects in more than 130 countries. In 2021, the Fund disbursed $9.2 million for 34 projects. Going forward, the Office will continue to foster the inclusive and transformative engagement of partners and invest in its capacity to deliver results and take partnerships to scale, she said.
JIBRAN KHAN DURRANI (Pakistan), speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China, commended the United Nations Office for Partnerships for advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and providing partnership and advisory outreach services. He then spotlighted two new initiatives: a $20 million investment in the “Women Rise for All” to promote health and economic empowerment of women for a fair recovery from the pandemic and a $24 million investment in the New Frontiers in Research Fund for post-pandemic recovery. The Group noted the United Nations Foundation’s role in mobilizing private contributions to the COVID 19 Solidarity Response Fund, effective use of social media platforms through the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates and improved trends in the United Nations Democracy Fund’s fifteenth and sixteenth rounds of funding, he said.
The Group, he continued, deliberated on the Democracy in Action reports and noted UNFIP’s increased activity in global health and girls in education. As the United Nations Foundation has funnelled $2.2 million to various United Nations agencies as a fiscal agent, the Group would be interested in learning more through consultations, he said. He encouraged the United Nations Office for Partnerships to strengthen partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations, support the development efforts of developing countries and enhance accountability and transparency.

Source: United Nations

Lasting Peace in Africa Unattainable without Ambitious Climate Action at All Levels, Assistant Secretary-General Tells Security Council

While there is no direct link between climate change and conflict, the climate emergency is a danger to peace, especially in Africa whose high degree of vulnerability is exacerbating already existing risks, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today as the 15-member organ debated whether it is the appropriate forum to address the matter.
Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, said Africa is seeing temperatures changing faster than the global average. From Dakar to Djibouti, desertification and land degradation are driving competition for resources and eroding livelihoods and food security for millions. In the Sahel, meanwhile, extremists are exploiting intensifying conflict over resources for their own ends. “We cannot hope to achieve lasting peace if we do not meet our climate goals,” she continued, urging ambitious climate action and collaboration at all levels.
Tanguy Gahouma, former Chair of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change, also briefed the Council, said that climate change is leaving the already vulnerable on the front line of multiple and intersecting crises. Africa could be a powerhouse given its abundant natural resources and young population, he said, calling on the Security Council and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council to strengthen their partnership and focus on early warning, peacekeeping, good governance and protection of human rights.
Patrick Youssef, Regional Director for Africa for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), detailed the work that it is undertaking with communities in Africa for which the convergence of climate risk, environmental degradation and armed conflict is not an abstraction, but a reality. Humanitarians are not peacemakers, however, and they cannot respond alone to many challenges on the path to peace, he said, noting that the Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council can design responses to armed conflict that are climate sensitive.
In the ensuing debate, Council members and representatives of several other Member States expressed their support for building climate resilience in Africa, but diverged on whether climate change merits a higher profile on the organ’s agenda. Several speakers recalled the Council’s failure in December to agree on a draft resolution that would have integrated climate related security risk as a central component of United Nations conflict-prevention strategies. (See Press Release SC/14732.)
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Gabon, Council President for October, speaking in his national capacity, said that while his nation is among the most climate resilient countries in Africa, it is keenly aware of the consequences of its actions on other States. He called on the Council to lift the veil from its eyes and acknowledge the incontrovertible reality that climate change is a factor fuelling political instability and crises in many African nations.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway was among several delegates who underscored that climate change can drive conflict and pose a serious challenge to peacebuilding and peacekeeping. Climate and security are thus an issue for the Council and must be viewed as an integral part of crisis and conflict prevention and peacebuilding, she said.
The representative of the United States concurred, emphasizing that climate change exacerbates displacement and is a key driver of food insecurity across Africa, which is home to 17 of the world’s 20 most climate-vulnerable countries. “Climate change is a global challenge that requires urgent action, and it requires urgent action by this Council,” she said.
Kenya’s representative said that the Council must adopt a resolution that leads to pragmatic actions that can impact the day-to-day security of conflict-stricken communities. “The link between extreme-weather events, the majority caused by climate change, and major conflicts within the purview of the Council is undeniable,” he said.
Brazil’s representative, however, argued that climate change is neither a direct cause of armed conflict, nor does it directly threaten peace and security. The Council is not the adequate forum to address climate change, as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international framework for addressing the issue, he argued.
The Russian Federation’s representative said that including new themes in the Council’s work would, at best, result in the dispersal of resources and, at worst, become another tool to put pressure to bear on host States. To counter security threats, focus must be on sustained socioeconomic development, infrastructure, social services, and early warning and response mechanisms, he said.
Some delegates, acknowledging the opposing views within the Council, called for practical steps to be taken.
The representative of the United Arab Emirates urged a sharp increase in climate finance for fragile countries in Africa, through additional commitments by climate finance providers, and for more systematic and standardized reporting on climate security risks, providing the Council recommendations on how to react on such threats.
Ghana’s representative said that the Council must embrace climate action when it is relevant or useful to do so; to encourage strengthening of the capacity of regional and national actors to enhance early warning systems; and to enhance its collaboration with United Nations entities in the peacebuilding sector when addressing climate-related security threats.
Among non-members of the Council who took the floor, Germany’s representative, speaking on behalf of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security, underscored the growing list of countries facing instability and insecurity due to climate change. When climate change threatens peace, those States in Africa and elsewhere which are particularly affected deserve the Council’s full support, he said.
Egypt’s representative, whose country will host the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in November, said that there is a dire need for a holistic approach. Among other things, he said that conflict-sensitive adaptation efforts should include multidisciplinary projects to build resilience against the impacts of climate change and related security threats.
Also speaking today were the representatives of France, Mexico, India, Albania, Ireland, United Kingdom, China, Italy, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Ukraine, Poland, Colombia and South Africa.
The meeting began at 10:03 a.m. and ended at 1:13 p.m.
Briefings
MARTHA AMA AKYAA POBEE, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, said that although there is no direct link between climate change and conflict, climate change exacerbates existing risks and creates new ones. Africa, the continent with the lowest total greenhouse gas emissions, is seeing temperatures rising faster than the global average. It lies at the front lines of the unfolding crisis, she emphasized. From Dakar to Djibouti, desertification and land degradation are driving competition for resources and eroding livelihoods and food security for millions. In the Greater Horn of Africa, a devastating drought is forcing families to move far from their homes. In the Sahel, conflict over resources is intensifying. Extremists are exploiting these for their own ends, she noted.
“To support the African content in addressing the impact of climate change on peace and security, we need to act on multiple fronts. We can no longer afford to do business as usual,” she said. Ambitious climate action and accelerated implementation of the Paris Agreement are needed, she said, voicing hope that the twenty-seventh Conference of Parties on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will see meaningful commitments from the largest emitters. “We cannot hope to achieve lasting peace if we do not meet our climate goals,” she added. Underscoring additional priorities for action, she said there is need to increase capacity for risk analysis and to integrate a climate lens into conflict prevention peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts. With the help of innovation partners, the United Nations is tapping into new tools to better understand climate projections and trends to reinforce its analytical and early warning capacity. In that connection, the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel is expanding its capacity to advise partners on conflict-sensitive climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. The Peacebuilding Fund is increasingly adopting a climate lens, having invested over $85 million in more than 40 climate-sensitive projects since 2017.
Also needed are multidimensional partnerships that connect the work of the United Nations, regional organizations, Member States, international financial institutions, civil society, the private sector and international and local researchers, she said. Within its own system, the United Nations has established the Climate Security Mechanism, a joint initiative between the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Department of Peace Operations, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to address climate, peace and security risks more systematically. She called on Member States to work together in new and unprecedented ways, with the guidance of affected countries and Africa’s leadership. “Our response does not match the magnitude of the challenge we are facing. Let us move faster,” she said, urging more partnerships and collaboration at all levels.
TANGUY GAHOUMA, Former Chair of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change, said that the speed at which climate change is accelerating represents a challenge and a threat for the 54 countries in Africa. Moreover, Africa is the continent most plagued by instability and war, he said, citing a 2021 study by the Institute of Security Studies which observed that 80 per cent of the countries where peacekeeping forces are deployed — such as Mali, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia — are most sensitive to climate change. Further, by 2050, climate change will amplify by 10 to 20 per cent the number of people suffering from hunger, he said, adding that climate change and related disasters expose the vulnerability of an entire system and threatens lives and livelihoods, especially in conflict zones. “It is leaving the already vulnerable on the front line of multiple and intersecting crises,” he said.
Nonetheless, Africa could be a powerhouse, with its abundant natural resources and young population, eager to lift themselves out of poverty into the middle class, he continued. Hopeful initiatives such as the African Continental Free Trade Area could lead to the continent’s gradual integration into globalization. He called for a strengthened partnership between the Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council to tackle the climate, peace and security nexus through a focus on early warning, peacekeeping, good governance and protection of human rights. Noting that climate change impacts face no borders, he called for an integrated response that prioritizes adaptation and climate finance. He recommended the development of a climate risk assessment study, integrated integrate post-conflict reconstruction with a security risk dimension, fostering coordinated responses to cross-border threats and developing African priorities pertaining to climate finance and adaptation ahead of the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
PATRICK YOUSSEF, Regional Director for Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said that today, the ICRC works closely with communities in Africa for whom the convergence of climate risk, environmental degradation and armed conflict is not an abstraction, but a reality. However, those who are best equipped to provide climate finance and who can support climate adaptation are largely absent due to security risks. Detailing the ICRC’s work on the continent, he said that in several countries in the Sahel, it helps farmers and herders cope with increasingly variable rainfall and periods of water scarcity. In Burkina Faso, Central African Republic and Sudan, it provides solar-powered water pumps and high-yielding drought-resistant seeds, and trains women’s groups in year-round greenhouse agricultural production. In Mali, the ICRC focuses not just on structures, but also on information so that reliable climate and weather data reaches those who need it, namely the 80 per cent of the population that depends on rain-fed farming and grazing. In Niger, where conflict is forcing both host and displaced communities together in areas with scarce resources, the ICRC is designing an irrigation, agroforestry and agropastoralism program aimed at strengthening livelihoods and reversing environmental degradation, he said.
While front-line humanitarian action is a vital stabilizing factor in fragmented environments, humanitarians are not peacemakers and cannot respond alone to many challenges on the path to achieving sustainable peace, he said. The Security Council and the African Union’s Peace and Security Council are international bodies which can design responses to armed conflict that are climate sensitive. To address growing climate risks in conflict settings, context-specific responses must consider people’s individual needs and characteristics. The international community must share knowledge and align experiences, he said, adding that the Council can do its part with more regular and systematic discussions, including with regional and subregional organizations. Humanitarian organizations can help other actors bring a conflict-sensitive lens to their work and address some of the risks which limit their actions. Moreover, greater respect for international humanitarian law can limit environmental degradation, thus reducing the harm and the risks that conflict-affected communities can endure, including the effects of climate change, he said.
Without decisive support from the international community, what is happening now in many places in Africa will only get worse and existing vulnerabilities will multiply, he continued. “Building resilient communities alongside efforts to protect those communities from violence is critical,” he said, calling for increased resources to adaptation efforts, especially for countries experiencing armed conflict.
Statements
MICHAEL MOUSSA ADAMO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Gabon, Council President for October, quoted a statement from 2009 by the Africa Progress Panel chaired by the late Kofi Annan, noting that due to climate change impacts, 23 African States will face a high risk of violent when climate change exacerbates traditional security threats, while a further 14 African countries face a high risk of political instability. He went on to observe that since then, the international community has lost 13 years through insufficient action to reduce carbon emissions, despite ever more stark alerts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Due to the impact of unchecked climate change, as many as 22 million people are today threatened with starvation in the Horn of Africa, while the expansion of the jihadist movement in West Africa can be attributed to desertification which has resulted in increasingly stressed Pehl or Fulani nomadic herders struggling to find places for their cattle to graze.
Speaking in London in 2012, Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, observed that future wars will be fought not over oil and diamonds, but over water, food, and land, the Minister continued. While Gabon is among the most climate resilient countries in Africa, it is keenly aware of the consequences of its actions on other States. In a catastrophically warmer world, there will be hundreds of millions of climate refugees and the entire African continent will be destabilized, he said, calling for stepped up action on climate change action. The Council must lift the veil from its eyes and acknowledge the incontrovertible reality that climate change is a factor fuelling political instability and crises in many countries in Africa. “We cannot wait to act,” he said, calling for the implementation of adaptation policies and greater cooperation between stakeholders to curb the adverse effects of climate change on security and peace in Africa.
ANNIKEN HUITFELDT (Norway) said that there is strong evidence that climate change can drive conflict and pose a serious challenge to peacebuilding and peacekeeping. That clearly makes climate and security an issue for the Security Council, she added. “This should not be controversial,” she stressed, noting that Norway, together with other Council members, has consistently worked to ensure that climate risks and their impact on peace and security are reflected in Council resolutions and statements. Climate and security must be viewed as an integral part of crisis and conflict prevention and peacebuilding, she said, suggesting several key focus areas, including the need to build climate resilient communities, infrastructure and livelihoods to prevent tensions and avert a return to conflict. As this will require a steep increase in financing, Norway will double its climate finance and at least triple its support to climate adaptation by 2026, she said. Also needed is meaningful participation by those who are most affected, building on local knowledge and expertise, and ensuring local ownership. “We must connect solutions to climate and security challenges with other agendas that African countries prioritize,” she said, highlighting Norway’s work with national institutions in Niger to help farmers adapt to climate change. As well, new approaches to mediation and peacebuilding must be explored, she said, calling on the Council to “expand our narrative from talking about ‘climate and security’ to talking about ‘climate, peace and security’”.
LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD (United States) said the scientific reality is that Africa is home to 17 of the world’s 20 most climate-vulnerable countries. Climate change threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of Africans, exacerbates displacement and is a key driver of food insecurity across the continent. Some Member States engage in behaviour that not only exacerbates the climate crisis, but makes it more difficult to adapt, she said, pointing to the plundering of fish stocks, illegal mining and deforestation in rain forests, and the poaching of endangered species to be sold as luxury goods. Funds from those illicit practices fuel terrorist groups, causing even more instability and harm. “Climate and security are connected and must be at the top of this Council’s agenda,” she emphasized. Noting that some Council members argue that the organ is not the place to address climate-induced security threats, and that they worked to defeat an effort in that regard by Niger in 2021, she said: “Climate change is a global challenge that requires urgent action and it requires urgent action by this Council.” The United States is implementing a bold climate action agenda, she said, detailing its efforts to transition to a clean economy and financial support to other countries to address the impacts of climate change.
LANA ZAKI NUSSEIBEH (United Arab Emirates) said the Council has discussed the nexus between climate and security since 2007, but it has also failed to address it, as the list of countries and regions destabilized by drought, heatwaves, floods and other extreme weather events grows exponentially. Noting that climate finance flows to African countries account for only 4 per cent of the global total she said that many African countries, notably the most fragile, receive less than $2 per capita of climate finance. Although there is no agreement within the Council on a framework to address the links between climate change and security, she called for an acknowledgment of the urgency and wisdom of lifting investment to prevent climate impacts from escalating into security situations. In this regard, she called for practical steps to be taken, including a sharp increase in climate finance for fragile countries in Africa, through additional commitments by climate finance providers; for anticipatory action to be prioritized, including by the Council, which can help shift the institutional mindset from reaction to prevention; and for more systematic and standardized reporting on climate security risks, providing the Council recommendations on how to react on such threats, she said.
RONALDO COSTA FILHO (Brazil) said that the Security Council is not the adequate forum to address climate change. The Council’s primary responsibilities, mandates and tools must be preserved, and duplication of work avoided. Climate change is neither a direct cause of armed conflicts, nor does it constitute a direct threat to peace and security in the sense underscored in the United Nations Charter, he said. While the Council may be effective on the ground by contributing to host countries’ efforts to increase local resilience and build capacities, this does not imply that the Council has or should have a mandate to thematically address climate change. Emphasizing that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international framework for climate change, he said that proper forums, tools and mechanisms for mobilizing and providing climate action resources already exist within the Convention and the wider United Nations system and that none of them require the Council’s direct involvement. He warned against backtracking in the transition towards low emission energy systems, voicing concern about some developed countries’ recent moves that seem to signal a turn to dirty energy sources.
HAROLD ADLAI AGYEMAN (Ghana) cited several instances of climate change and security crises interacting on the African continent, including in the Lake Chad region where the lake’s contraction is a threat multiplier, amplifying food and water insecurity, loss of livelihoods, climate induced displacements and exacerbating vulnerabilities, tensions and conflict. “While there may not be a harmonized view over the degree to which climate change leads to insecurity, we cannot continue to disagree about the notion that in seeking to resolve conflicts, climate risks, where relevant, have to be tackled as part of peace efforts,” he said. He called on the Council to embrace climate action when it is relevant or useful to do so; to encourage strengthening of the capacity of regional and national actors to enhance early warning systems and data analysis critical for regional preventive action; and for the Council to enhance its collaborative arrangements with relevant United Nations entities in the peacebuilding sector when addressing climate-related security threats.
NICOLAS DE RIVIÈRE (France) said that the fight against climate is also a fight for international peace and security. The international community must build a virtuous circle between social and inclusive economic development and climate and biodiversity conservation actions, he said, pointing to the Great Green Wall project in the Sahel, to which France has contributed to mobilizing €16 billion. “The Council is playing its full role when it considers the threats linked to climate change,” he said, underscoring the need to better assess, anticipate and prevent the impact of climate change on international peace and security. He proposed that the Secretary-General prepare a biannual report to the Council on the consequences of climate change on international peace and security that would include recommendations for action. The appointment of a special envoy for climate security could meanwhile bring together the action of the international community. He called for a strengthened United Nations climate security mechanism in order to include climate change impacts when dealing with peace and security issues. “Our society pays an ever-higher price for inaction,” he said, calling on every State to make ambitious, firm and lasting commitments that respond to challenges and protect the most vulnerable.
ALICIA GUADALUPE BUENROSTRO MASSIEU (Mexico) said the Council must systematically consider how the effects of climate change undermine its attempts to respond to threats to global peace and security. She drew attention to reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on how climate change amplifies food insecurity and displacement, heightens tensions and impedes efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In the Sahel, intercommunal conflict has intensified due to increasingly scarce access to natural resources, while in Somalia, the worst drought in four decades has extended the influence of extremist groups. Noting that most African States are paying an exorbitant price for the climate crisis, she called for stepped-up financing for adaptation and mitigation measures to prevent the impacts of climate change from exacerbating conflict. Developed countries must meet their commitments in this regard, in line with the commitments agreed at the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties in Glasgow. Further, the Council can take into account data from the United Nations Climate Security Mechanism to undertake preventive action to prevent or mitigate humanitarian disasters. Noting that a draft resolution on the link between climate change and security was vetoed at the Council last year, she called on Council members to listen to African voices as they sound the alarm over the adverse effects of climate change on peace and security.
MARTIN KIMANI (Kenya), recalling a proposed resolution on climate and security in December that was vetoed by a Permanent Member despite Member States’ strong support, said: “This sad litany of short-sighted manoeuvring, resistance to responsibility, and double standards is where we find ourselves today. Detailing various recommendations, he called for overdue charter-level reforms of the United Nations, Bretton Woods institutions and the Group of 20 (G20). The Council’s permanent membership must be balanced and include States that can best represent the voice of the most climate-change affected countries. The Resilience and Sustainability Trust administered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) must act promptly to equitably reallocate $650 billion in special drawing rights for global public policy and climate adaptation. As well, the African Union must have a permanent seat in the G20. He went on to call for the removal of barriers to a high-energy future for all countries, particularly those in Africa. “The link between extreme-weather events, the majority caused by climate change, and major conflicts within the purview of the Council is undeniable,” he said, calling for investments into the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. The Council “cannot remain on the sidelines,” he said, urging the Council to deliver a resolution that leads to pragmatic actions that impact the day-to-day security of communities in conflict-areas within its purview.
RUCHIRA KAMBOJ (India) said that her country partners with African States in their pursuit of socioeconomic development, guided by their own priorities, including through the extension of concessional loans of $12.3 billion to various projects since 2015. Furthermore, in recent years, clean and green energy have increasingly driven India’s development programmes in Africa and beyond. Linking climate change to security would only intensify the historical injustice towards developing countries, who are already on the receiving end of the environmental crisis, she said, adding that there is no common, widely accepted methodology for assessing the links between climate change, conflict and fragility, as they are highly context specific. The oversimplification of the causes of conflict in certain parts of Africa will not help in resolving them, she said, adding that they can potentially be misleading. She underscored the need to address climate issues within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and not in the Security Council. “In fact, we view this as an attempt by developed countries to evade responsibility under UNFCCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change] and divert the world’s attention from an unwillingness to deliver where it counts,” she said.
ARIAN SPASSE (Albania) said the definition of security must include the threat posed by climate change so that the Council can devise appropriate security policies. A global integrated response must include the realization of pledges to keep global warming under the 1.5°C limit, measures to build resilience and foster adaptation, financial assistance to the most affected populations and investments in key country-led adaptation programs. He highlighted the need for all to have access to early warning systems, noting that only 40 per cent of the African population have such access. The devastating consequences of climate change on women and children must be taken into account, he added, pointing out that climate change intensifies the risk of gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse in internally displaced persons camps and hampers children’s access to education. Mitigating climate change must focus on protecting the most vulnerable people and communities by promoting inclusive governance and encouraging full and meaningful participation of all communities, women, youth, and civil society.
FERGAL TOMAS MYTHEN (Ireland) said that, at the upcoming twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties in Egypt, Member States must increase their ambitions to urgently deliver on the Paris Agreement. They must also make progress on commitments made at the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties on climate finance and on loss and damage, including through helping those the least prepared to face climate change effects. Across the African continent, the impacts of climate change have increased competition over scarce resources, he noted, adding that climate change is an exacerbating factor in armed conflict and recognized as the most consequential threat multiplier for women and girls. The African Union and the European Union have recognized the link between climate change and instability, and despite the Council’s failure to adopt a much-needed resolution on this issue in 2021, it has increasingly incorporated climate-related security risks into its peacekeeping mandates. He outlined initiatives that Ireland has undertaken, including through the Council’s Informal Expert Group on Climate and Security, which it co-chaired with Niger in 2021, and co-hosting a regional conference on climate change, peace and security in West Africa and the Sahel in Dakar in April.
JAMES KARIUKI (United Kingdom), highlighting the undeniable link between climate, nature, peace and security in Africa and the world, said his country was the first to bring climate security to the Council in 2007 and hosted the first leader-level debate on the topic in 2019. Voicing regret about the veto that blocked Niger’s climate security resolution in December, he said that the Council can help ensure the United Nations system has the mandates and capacities to integrate climate into its analysis and response to the drivers of conflict and fragility. It is critical to accelerate climate action, deliver the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed last year and meet financing commitments to build resilience. In that regard, the United Kingdom has announced $23 million to support 1 million people in drought and flood-affected areas in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. Under the African Union Green Recovery Action Plan, it has funded experts in the African Union Commission and enhanced capacity to implement climate action plans across the continent, he added. Moreover, his country has committed £100 million to the Taskforce on Access to Climate Finance, part of which established a new Climate Finance Unit in Uganda’s Ministry of Finance. It has also committed to doubling its international climate finance to at least £11.6 billion up to 2026, balanced between mitigation and adaptation. The United Kingdom is taking responsibility for its impact on climate change, he added, noting that it was the first major economy to commit to reducing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
DMITRY S. CHUMAKOV (Russian Federation), citing the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change titled “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” said that compared to other socioeconomic factors, the influence of climate on conflicts is deemed to be relatively weak. What is needed to successfully counter threats are sustained socioeconomic development rooted in national priorities and local specificities, infrastructure, functional social services, and early warning and response mechanisms. Noting Africa’s 2063 Agenda for Development and the Silencing the Guns initiative, he said that the latter underscores the need to combat drought, desertification, deforestation and climate change in the context of sustainable development. “This is the missing link in attempting to forge the chain from climate to security and is the most important area for action to be taken,” he said. Turning to the Council, he said the inclusion of new generic themes at best results in the dispersal of resources and at worst morphs into another tool for the exertion of pressure on host States. In the so-called securitization of conflict, he said, the main proponents are developed countries which achieved their economic prosperity at the expense of the use of natural resources, including fossil fuels. Much of that wealth came and still comes from Africa, he added, highlighting that developed countries had started at deliberately advantageous positions and now continue to evade compliance with their own climate obligations.
DAI BING (China) said that while climate change may increase resource scarcity and tension, it does not necessarily lead to armed conflict. He pointed out that while Europe and Africa both experienced spells of intense heat over the past summer, the aftermath was different in both regions. The ability to withstand shock is crucial, he said, calling for targeted efforts to strengthen climate resilience and capacity building in Africa in order to improve its ability to respond to climate change impacts. These include increased investment for response capacity and disaster preparedness, including early warning systems, and stepped-up coordination between relevant United Nations and African Union bodies. For their part, developed countries must honour their climate financing commitments to Africa, not by chanting slogans but by meeting African needs. He emphasized the need for greater equity and justice, including by not obliging Africa to assume the same responsibilities in reducing emissions as developed countries, as the continent should be allowed development space.
FRANK JARASCH (Germany), speaking on behalf of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security, said that that group of more than 60 members from all regions of the world is united by a common concern, namely the increasing threat of climate change on livelihoods, food security, stability, sustainable development and prosperity, the effective enjoyment of human rights and, in turn, peace and security. The international community must intensify its efforts to address the climate crisis while immediately enhancing support for those most affected, such as African States. It must find ways to integrate conflict sensitivity into mitigation and adaptation efforts and ensure that climate policies and climate financing take conflict and fragility into account. Building climate-resilient systems that support peace and stability urgently requires a more concerted international effort and strong partnerships, he said, adding that the entire United Nations system must address this challenge, in all relevant forums and within all relevant mandates. He called for the strengthening of the climate security mechanism, saying that which enhances the capacity of the United Nations system to integrate the analysis and addressing of the adverse impacts of climate change on peace and security matters through effective interagency cooperation.
He welcomed the Council’s recognition of the effects of climate change when considering a growing number of mandates for peacekeeping and special political missions, noting that the Informal Expert Group of Members of the Security Council has proven crucial in informing the Council’s work in that regard. However, more needs to be done to ensure a truly systematic approach and to create the necessary tools for the United Nations system to do its part in preventing and resolving conflicts driven or aggravated by the effects of climate change. He urged all Council members to listen to the increasing number of countries who are experiencing instability and insecurity due to climate change and to support their request for Council action instead of blocking it. Such action includes creating and implementing frameworks that will enhance the Organization’s risk assessments and strategies which take into consideration the effects of climate change, capacity-building and operational response. When climate change threatens peace, African States and others particularly affected by the dramatic effect of climate change deserve the Council’s full support, he said.
OSAMA MAHMOUD ABDELKHALEK MAHMOUD (Egypt), noting its presidency of the upcoming twenty-seventh Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said his country is committed to strengthening joint efforts to address the existential threat of climate change. Noting the dire need for a holistic approach, he called for collective action to deliver on the $100 billion for climate finance. Moreover, concessional financing must be an integral part of the financial instruments provided to developing countries. He voiced support for the Secretary-General’s call to allocate 50 per cent of climate finance to adaptation and resilience, stating that estimates by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicate that annual climate adaptation costs in developing countries could reach $300 billion in 2030. He went on to say that conflict-sensitive adaptation should include multidisciplinary projects to build resilience against the impacts of climate change and related security threats.
MAURIZIO MASSARI (Italy), associating himself with the Group of Friends on Climate and Security, said the adverse effects of climate change, coupled with extreme poverty, food insecurity, institutional fragility and terrorism, pose a serious threat to international peace and security, while social tensions and conflicts can further reduce resilience to climate change. African States and their most vulnerable populations, including women and children, are often among those most impacted by the disruptions caused by climate change, which acts as a threat multiplier for violence and instability. Ongoing severe droughts and heatwaves in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel which are displacing millions and fuelling conflict represent not only an African problem, but also an alarm bell for everyone, requiring collective solutions to be found hand in hand with our African partners. He welcomed efforts by the continent’s Member States to draw the Council’s attention to the links between climate change and security in Africa and encouraged all Member States to back a strengthened partnership between the United Nations system and the African Union to tackle together the risks to peace and stability posed by the climate crises. Further, climate finance is critical and mitigation and adaptation should be further integrated in the formulation of mandates for United Nations peacekeeping missions, he said.
OMAR HILALE (Morocco) said his country has an ambitious policy to fight climate change and develop renewable energy sources. As a low emitter of greenhouse gases, representing less than 4 per cent of global emissions, Africa is unfairly suffering the drastic effects of climate change. Detailing Morocco’s efforts to combat climate change, he said it is providing financial and technical support for South-South cooperation to launch the Climate Commission of the Lower Sine Congo, the Climate Commission of the Sahel region and the Climate Commission of Island States. His country remains committed to South-South cooperation in agriculture, especially in Africa, which has over half of the world’s unused arable land. Africa’s young population and huge continental market of more than 1 billion people must be energized to ensure food security in Africa, he added. To keep their promise to developing countries, Member States must contribute to addressing the imbalances created by climate change, he said.
NEVILLE MELVIN GERTZE (Namibia) said that while a direct link between climate change and conflict is not one that can be draw naturally and logically, it is possible to recognize how climate change interacts with other variables such as social, political and economic marginalization, water scarcity, food security and resource competition. He urged the Council members to support Africa’s efforts to counter the impacts of climate change through investments in climate information services and disaster risk reduction as well as by helping to create frameworks to enhance risk capacity response. He further called on the international community to fulfil its commitment of $100 billion towards fighting climate change.
SAMADOU OUSMAN (Niger) said that although Africa has contributed little to climate change, it suffers disproportionately from its harmful effects, undermining the stability of some States. The climate security-development nexus is incontrovertible, he stressed, calling for effective tailor-made solutions to reflect new challenges. Climate action requires a more comprehensive global approach that includes land protection and recovery and the rational use and management of natural resources. Poverty and insecurity create fertile breeding grounds for violent extremism and terrorism, he continued. As such, it is essential to build the Council’s capacity to grasp the impacts of climate change through regular reporting by the Secretary-General that features in-depth analysis of current and future risks and action-oriented recommendations. That would enable the Council to deliver on its peacekeeping and conflict prevention mandates, he said.
KHRYSTYNA HAYOVYSHYN (Ukraine) said that the Russian Federation’s aggression against her country, a key global supplier of sunflower oil, corn and wheat, has led to global food shortages that affect 400 million people worldwide, many of whom live in Africa. The aggression has broken supply chains and aggravated threats already faced by African countries due to climate change, she said. Ukraine is committed to climate change action, she continued, stating that it was among the first countries in Europe to ratify the Paris Agreement and that it has pledged to reach climate neutrality by 2060. However, it is not possible to focus on these ambitions so long as the war of aggression distracts Ukraine and consumes its resources, she said. Nonetheless, Ukraine wishes to strengthen its engagement and dialogue with African countries, including on climate policy, she said, noting that it recently sent 50,000 tons of wheat to Ethiopia and Somalia as humanitarian assistance.
KRZYSZTOF MARIA SZCZERSKI (Poland), associating himself with the Group of Friends on Climate and Security, said the international community should be worried about Africa’s deteriorating food security, as food insecurity is a key driver of conflict and instability. “The Russian war against Ukraine has made an already critical food situation in Africa even worse,” he said, adding that the conflict has contributed to sharply higher food, fuel and fertilizer prices as well as supply chain disruptions. Enhancing climate resilience in Africa is an urgent and persistent need, he said, calling for regional infrastructure investments as a main tool for building resilience that can help to respond to climate change and other crises. While welcoming the Council’s inclusion of climate change language in resolutions concerning peace operations, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, South Sudan, and Somalia, he called for strengthened risk analysis and operational response to climate shocks.
LEONOR ZALABATA TORRES (Colombia), underscoring her country’s commitment to protecting rural families, indigenous communities and Afro-descendant populations, said that the climate crisis is causing more natural disasters, thus leading to increased internal population displacement as well as exacerbating inequalities and compromising food security. Higher food and energy costs are adding to the climate crisis and jeopardizing food security in Africa and other parts of the world. Worldwide, 345 million people are facing acute famine, many of them in vast regions of Africa, she said, adding that a lack of access to resources has serious implications for peace and security. Many regions of Africa are today on the front lines of this war against the planet, she said, urging the international community to act in solidarity and recognize the particular vulnerabilities that each region faces.
XOLISA MFUNDISO MABHONGO (South Africa) said that while extreme weather events, drought, water scarcity, food insecurity and desertification can increase the risk of violent conflict within sovereign States and across State boundaries, South Africa does not support expanding the Security Council’s scope to include a greater focus on climate change. Doing so detracts from the primacy of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is a fit-for-purpose United Nations entity that was specifically created to tackle climate change. Ahead of the twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties, which will soon take place on African soil, the focus should be on developed countries honouring their long-outstanding commitments to developing countries, he stressed, pointing out that the $100 billion per year which developed countries promised to make available to developing countries from 2020 has yet to materialize.
Mr. CHUMAKOV (Russian Federation), taking the floor a second time, said he would not respond to accusations made by some States that distort the reality that is unfolding today. Instead, he said that he merely wished to point out that while several States are exploiting Africa, the Russian Federation has been listening to Africa and stands ready to work with its agenda.

Source: United Nations

UNAM and NTA sign agreement

The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) is unable to identify and register eligible employer companies qualified for the vocational education and training VET levy introduced in 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) revealed.

The 2022 UNESCO global review on training funds in Namibia report said NTA estimates that only 15 per cent of eligible levy payers are registered as the entity finds it difficult to establish how many and which companies should be paying levies due to the lack of a unified database of Namibian employers.

The report said the training levy’s main purpose is aimed at mobilising additional resources for skills development and to allocate funds generated to training in priority skills areas.

However, according to the report, only 2 895 employers are registered as levy payers.

It stated that NTA, through the levy, collected N.dollars 380 million between 2018 and 2020, noting that companies with a projected annual payroll of less than N.dollars 1 million are exempted.

The report also indicated that about half of employers consider the levy as a tax, according to an employers’ organisation in Namibia, adding that currently NTA only deploys compliance inspectors as a means to increase compliance.

(NAMPA)

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2 (UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES, 13 OCT, AFP) – The United Nations General Assembly yesterday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexation of parts of Ukraine after Moscow vetoed a similar effort in the Security Council.

The General Assembly approved the resolution with 143 in favour and five against but 35 nations abstained including China, India, South Africa and Pakistan despite a major US diplomatic effort to seek clearer condemnation of Moscow.

The resolution ‘condemns the organisation by the Russian Federation of so-called referendums within the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine’ and ‘the attempted illegal annexation’ announced last month of four regions by President Vladimir Putin.

It calls on all UN and international agencies not to recognise any changes announced by Russia to borders and demands that Moscow ‘immediately and unconditionally reverse’ its decisions.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, had urged all nations to send a message that the world ‘will not tolerate seizing a neighbour’s land by force’.

AFP

3 (WASHINGTON, 13 OCT, AFP) – President Joe Biden’s administration said yesterday it would prioritise winning over China, seeing it as the only global rival to the United States, even as it also works to constrain a ‘dangerous’ Russia.

‘The post-Cold War era is over, and the competition is underway between the major powers to shape what comes next,’ Biden’s national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, said in a speech at Georgetown University to unveil the national security strategy.

The strategy said the 2020s would be a ‘decisive decade for America and the world’ – for reducing conflict, promoting democracy over authoritarianism and confronting the key shared threat of climate change.

‘We will prioritise maintaining an enduring competitive edge over the PRC while constraining a still profoundly dangerous Russia,’ the strategy said, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia ‘poses an immediate threat to the free and open international system, recklessly flouting the basic laws of the international order today, as its brutal war of aggression against Ukraine has shown’, the strategy added.

China, ‘by contrast, is the only competitor with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to advance that objective’, it added.

AFP

4 (WASHINGTON, 13 OCT, AFP) – A US jury ordered far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones yesterday to pay nearly US.dollars 1 billion in damages for falsely claiming that the deadly 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting was a ‘hoax’.

The jury in Connecticut, after three days of deliberations, awarded $965 million to the families of eight Sandy Hook victims and an FBI agent who brought the defamation case against Jones.

Jones, founder of the website InfoWars and host of a popular radio show, has been found liable in multiple defamation lawsuits brought by parents of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six teachers dead.

The 48-year-old Jones claimed for years on his show that the Sandy Hook shooting was ‘staged’ by gun control activists and that the parents were ‘crisis actors,’ but has since acknowledged it was ‘100 per cent real’.

InfoWars declared bankruptcy in April and another company owned by Jones, Free Speech Systems, also recently filed for bankruptcy.

AFP

5 (WELLINGTON, 13 OCT, XINHUA) – Food prices were 8.3 per cent higher in September 2022 compared with September 2021, New Zealand’s statistics department Stats NZ said today.

The annual increase was also 8.3 per cent in August 2022, the highest since July 2009, Stats NZ said.

In September 2022, the annual increase was due to rises across all the broad food categories measured, with grocery food being the largest contributor to this movement, it said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

NamPol and NAC sign MoU on safety and security

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Erongo Regional Commander, Commissioner Nikolaus Kupembona yesterday confirmed the recent discovery of human body parts discovered at a sewerage dam in Karibib, as those of the six-year-old Adrian Oswyn, who was reported missing on Friday at the town.

In an interview with the media yesterday, Kupembona said that some body parts (feet, hands and arms), were discovered in a plastic bag floating in the sewerage dam just outside town on Tuesday.

He added that the rest of the body was also discovered in the same place yesterday after a search was conducted by NamPol members, noting that the body was about 70 per cent decomposed when it was discovered.

“A DNA test still needs to be carried out just to verify that yes indeed, the body does belong to that of the missing boy, however the mother has positively identified the remains as those of her son,” he noted.

Kupembona added that although investigations are still at an early stage, the police have so far called in several people who are of interest for questioning.

Oswyn went missing after his grandfather escorted him halfway to his mother’s house, after visiting the grandfather the previous day.

The police further noted that when the mother, who assumed the boy was still at his grandfather’s, took some clothes for him, she did not find him at the house and was told that he had been escorted halfway three days earlier.

A missing person’s report was then opened the same day.

(NAMPA)

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2 (BEIJING, 13 OCT, AFP) – China’s 20th Communist Party Congress, which begins on Sunday, is expected to deliver President Xi Jinping a historic third term in control of a country his zero-Covid policy has closed off from much of the rest of the world.

Should everything go to plan, by the end of the twice-in-a-decade meeting, the 69-year-old will be reconfirmed as the party’s general secretary, cementing his position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

Security has been stepped up around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, where on Sunday almost 2 300 delegates from every province in China will gather at the imposing Great Hall of the People.

And as Xi continues to insist the country sticks to its policy of containing and eliminating the coronavirus within its borders, the Congress will take place under strict health protocols.

In a highly choreographed, mostly closed-door conclave, the participants will pick members of the party’s around 200-member Central Committee, which in turn selects the 25-person Politburo and its all-powerful Standing Committee – the country’s highest leadership body.

But in reality, ‘everything has been played out in advance, because the congress does not take place until the factions have agreed’, sinologist Jean-Philippe Beja told AFP.

AFP

3 (WARSAW, 13 OCT, DPA) – The Polish operator of the Druzhba oil pipeline that delivers Russian crude to Europe said there was no sign yet that a leak was caused by sabotage.

‘Based on first findings and the manner in which the pipeline was deformed, it appears that at this point there are no signs of any third-party interference,’ PERN said in a statement.

However, a more detailed analysis was being carried out to determine the cause of the damage and to repair the pipeline so that oil can resume flowing on the section at full capacity.

The leak, which was discovered in a field late Tuesday, is around 70 kilometres from the central Polish city of Plock.

DPA

4 (LONDON, 13 OCT, PA MEDIA/DPA) – Global wildlife populations have fallen by nearly 70 per cent in less than 50 years, conservationists warned as they called for immediate action to halt the nature and climate crises.

WWF’s latest Living Planet report assesses the abundance of almost 32 000 populations of 5 230 species of animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish around the world and how they have changed over the decades.

It reveals population sizes declined by 69 per cent on average between 1970 and 2018, driven largely by the loss and break-up of natural habitat for agriculture, while climate change is also increasingly a threat to wildlife.

Species in freshwater lakes, rivers and wetlands have been worst hit, declining by an average of 83 per cent since 1970.

The worst declines are in Latin America, home to the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, where increasing deforestation is destroying trees and the species that rely on them.

Wildlife population sizes in the region have declined by 94 per cent on average in the past half century, the report said.

Experts said the Amazon is fast approaching a tipping point where it will cease to be a functioning rainforest, without which the world cannot avert dangerous global warming.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Namib Mills to increase product prices

Namib Mills has announced an increase in prices on their various products with effect from 14 November 2022.

Namib Mills in a media statement yesterday said the price increase is necessitated by the decline in the value of the Namibia Dollar compared to the US Dollar, shedding 17 per cent of its value over the last couple of months.

The product range to increase includes maize meal at 13 per cent; instant maize porridge by 9 per cent; and Pasta Polana and Pasta King at 3 per cent.

Wheat flour and complete mix will rise by 5 per cent; bread at 4 per cent and sugar at 6.5 per cent.

The company noted that there is a strong correlation between the maize price and the exchange rate because of maize being exported from South Africa.

(NAMPA)

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2 (TEHRAN, 13 OCT, AFP) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi today accused the United States of resorting to a ‘policy of destabilisation’ against the Islamic republic which is gripped by protests over Mahsa Amini’s death.

A wave of unrest has rocked Iran since the 22-year-old, an Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on 16 September after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

The street violence has led to dozens of deaths, mostly of protesters but also members of the security forces.

Hundreds have also been arrested.

‘Following the failure of America in militarisation and sanctions, Washington and its allies have resorted to the failed policy of destabilisation,’ Raisi said at a summit in Kazakhstan.

Washington has imposed rounds of crippling sanctions on Tehran since 2018 when then US president Donald Trump withdrew his country from a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.

AFP

3 (ROME, 13 OCT, AFP) – Italy’s parliament meets for the first time today since the far-right won elections last month, a key step in the process of forming a government.

Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party, which has neo-fascist roots, secured a historic 26 percent of the vote in 25 September polls.

But she can only form a government with her fractious allies, Matteo Salvini, head of the far-right League, and Silvio Berlusconi, founder of right-wing Forza Italia.

The three leaders have been tussling over the formation of a cabinet able to manage the myriad of challenges facing the eurozone’s third-largest economy, notably soaring inflation and an energy crisis linked to the war in Ukraine.

Meloni will almost certainly be nominated prime minister – the first woman to take the job in Italy – but must agree with her allies on ministerial appointments and a programme for government.

AFP

4 (MOSCOW, 13 OCT, AFP) – Russian-backed separatist forces in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine said TOday they had captured two villages near the industrial city of Bakhmut, posting small gains against Kyiv’s counter-offensive.

‘A group of DNR and LNR troops – with fire support from the Russian Armed Forces – liberated Opytine and Ivangrad,’ a statement released by separatist authorities said on Telegram, using acronyms for the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

The villages are located just south of Bakhmut, a wine-making and salt-mining city that used to be populated by some 70 000 people and which Russian forces have been pummelling for weeks to capture.

The reported gains come after weeks in which Ukrainian troops have been clawing back large swathes of territory in the south and east of Ukraine – including Donetsk – controlled by Russian forces for months.

The Ukrainian military said in an update this morning that it had repelled Russian attacks near the villages of Bakhmutske, Ozaryanivka, Ivangrad, Bakhmut and Maryinka.

AFP

5 (KUALA LUMPUR, 13 OCT, XINHUA) – The number of deaths in Malaysia rose 34.5 per cent to 224 569 in 2021 from 166 970 in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, official data showed today.

The crude death rate (CDR) also recorded an increase from 5.1 deaths in 2020 to 6.9 deaths in 2021 per 1 000 population, the Department of Statistics Malaysia reported.

All age groups recorded an increase in the number of deaths except the group aged 0-14 which saw the number decrease from 4 288 to 4 115 in 2021.

The number of deaths for the group aged 41-59 years recorded the highest increase by 44 percent, rising from 36 318 in 2020 to 52 282 in 2021.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Geingob commends government’s relationship with unions

President Hage Geingob on Thursday commended the relationship between the Government and trade unions, saying they are revolutionary partners whose collaboration is always in the interest of nationhood.

Geingob said this relationship was proven earlier this year during the negotiations for salary increments for civil servants between the Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) and the government, during a challenging economic situation.

‘There was a lot at stake and the ramifications of a strike would have gone far beyond what many could have imagined. Fortunately sacrifices were made, not in the interest of individuals, but in the collective interest of our Namibian House,’ he stated.

He stressed that the consequences of a strike by public servants in the midst of tough economic conditions could have taken the country to the brink of economic disaster.

Geingob made the remarks in a speech delivered on his behalf at the opening of NAPWU’s 10th elective national congress in Swakopmund.

The event is taking place under the theme; ‘Workers Demand Job Security, Affordable Services and Promote Productivity in the Era of Covid-19 and Beyond,’ a theme Geingob described as ‘providing an opportunity to strategise on how we can work together to ensure Namibia’s economic revival and continued path towards prosperity.’

Outgoing NAPWU president Sarafina Kandere commended the Namibian Government for the conducive environment created by the previous presidents, which enables NAPWU to function as an exclusive bargaining agent recognised by the government.

‘As a result, there have been no instances of uncontrolled job losses in the public service through retrenchments or the advocated reduction of the size of the public service wage bill as has been called for by those who are insensitive to the increasing unemployment rate in Namibia,’ she said.

Kandere, who is NAPWU’s first female president, expressed contentment with how the union pays attention to issues of gender and equality and women’s emancipation, among others.

The congress ends Friday and will elect the new leadership of NAPWU in the positions of the president, deputy president and general secretary, as well as office bearers.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Man allegedly kills mother with pounding stick at Diyogha village

A 21-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly killing his 57-year-old biological mother with a pounding stick.

The incident happened at Diyogha village in the Mukwe Constituency, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)‘s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Kavango East Region, Bonifatius Kanyetu, told Nampa on Thursday.

Kanyetu said the suspect, who was alone with his mother, also set her on fire as well as her clothes that she was wearing along with a blanket, in an attempt to destroy evidence.

He allegedly also tried to dig a hole to bury her but the sand was too hard to dig and so he fled the scene instead.

The scene was discovered by a member of the community on Thursday morning who had wanted to pay a visit to the deceased. The community member then alerted the police.

The body of the decease was taken to Andara State Mortuary for a post-mortem.

Police investigation into the matter continues.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Motorist arrested for allegedly endangering lives of police officers

A 27-year-old motorist was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly endangered the lives of police officers who were chasing after him.

In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Detective, Chief Inspector Timotheus Gabriel said the suspect was stopped by police officers on patrol in Otjiwarongo, and they administered a breathalyser test.

After the test showed that he had an excess amount of alcohol in his system, the suspect who was operating a mini-truck allegedly sped off and headed in the direction of Outjo, said Gabriel.

The officers, who were with a NamPol-branded minibus and a pick-up from the traffic department, then teamed up to chase after him.

In the process the pick-up, which was in close pursuit, was nearly involved in a collision on a curve approximately three kilometres south of Otjiwarongo, Gabriel said.

The two female police officers who were in the traffic vehicle survived the accident by veering off the road to the right side, where they drove into the bushes and their vehicle got stuck.

The officers were uninjured.

The suspect continued to flee at high speed towards Outjo, said Gabriel.

“Approximately 10 kilometres outside Otjiwarongo, some police officers managed to stop him and he was apprehended for defeating the course of justice and reckless and negligent driving, and later charged with drunk and driving,” he said.

The suspect was set to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Katjavivi contributes to IPU debates in Kigali

Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi on Wednesday contributed to the debates of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) underway in Kigali, Rwanda.

More than 1 000 parliamentarians from different countries are gathered there for a weeklong annual conference.

The IPU’s 145th annual conference which started on Tuesday in Kigali, is attended by more than 60 speakers of the national assemblies of different countries around the world under the theme ‘Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world’.

Katjavivi, who is the head of the Namibian delegation to the IPU, said in his contribution to the debates on gender equality that the theme is fundamentally linked to sustainable development which is vital to the realisation of human rights in all spheres, and which would promote a society where women and men would enjoy equal opportunities.

Katjavivi stated that the representation of women to positions of speakers, deputy speakers and chairpersons of parliamentary standing committees amongst others, should increase at the national assemblies of the IPU member states.

He said Namibia has so far achieved about 47 per cent of women representation in its National Assembly.

“Therefore, we Namibian parliamentarians are interested in improving our capacities in components of gender-based budgeting and engagements towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

He encouraged the IPU itself to also see to it that the number of women occupying a considerable number of seats at the IPU, as well as at the national assemblies of other member states of IPU, also improves since they are the drivers of change towards achieving this gender equality.

Katjavivi further told the IPU member states present at the meeting to strengthen efforts towards the eradication of child mortality rates at birth, as well as child marriage and exclusion of women in employment opportunities.

The IPU will continue to host several debates and discussions on various topics related to gender equality before coming to an end on Friday.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency