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The ICC Judges are expected to interpret the amendments correctly, says the President of the Assembly of States Parties Ambassador Tiina Intelmann

Posted by African Press International on December 2, 2013

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Kenya went to the Twelfth Session of the  Assembly of States Parties with one aim – to get the amendments through, so that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto is no longer distracted by the International Criminal Court‘s demand for their continuous presence in court during the proceedings.

The Twelfth Session of the ASP – Hague

Published on 29 Nov 2013

28 November 2013 – Closing remarks of Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, President of the Assembly of States Parties, to the 12th Session of the ASP.

http://youtu.be/BdDwSkc6Gjg

Kenya managed to secure support from willing Nations enabling for the passing of the amendments. The President and the deputy President will now be able to perform their duties as the constitutional demands of them, without interference and interruption from any quarters.

Exclusive Interview: ONE on ONE with the President of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann:

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Closing the first Somalia specific United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) Course

Posted by African Press International on December 2, 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) together with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Somalia and with the support of the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM (UNSOA) hosted the first Somalia specific United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) Course from 24 to 29 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The course aiming to improve the effectiveness of international relief operations in Somalia and promote effective humanitarian-military relationships, brought 23 participants from AMISOM (civilian, military and police components) and humanitarian organizations working in the operation in Somalia.

Speaking on behalf of the AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM during the closing ceremony, AMISOM Head of the Political Affairs Unit, Ambassador Basile Gatereste, said “such course comes at a decisive time in Somalia when a structured and principled dialogue with humanitarian actors working in Somalia is greatly needed”.

Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia also expressed his satisfaction and stressed that “the humanitarian civil-military coordination is a critical instrument to advance the humanitarian action in Somalia and this course is a unique opportunity bringing the humanitarians and AMISOM to understand each other”.

The 5-day course is one of the tools used by OCHA to improve the responsiveness, effectiveness, and efficiency of humanitarian relief operations. This specific course program focused on the use of foreign military and civil defense assets in support of humanitarian activities in the specific context of Somalia, and the relationship between military, especially AMISOM, and civilian organizations in complex emergencies. This initiative is part of an ongoing program to promote humanitarian civil-military coordination.

 

SOURCE

African Union Commission (AUC)

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Africa’s Natural Resources – the need to place value

Posted by African Press International on December 2, 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 2, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ African Ministers and Experts Spotlight Efforts to Incorporate Natural Wealth Accounting in Development Planning

What: Press conference on “Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE)” in Africa meeting

When: Wednesday, 4 December 10:30 a.m.

Where: Press Room, UN Compound, Gigiri

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Natural capital is a critical asset, especially for low-income countries where it makes up around 36 per cent of total wealth, according to World Bank estimates. For these countries, especially in Africa, livelihoods depend directly on healthy ecosystems.

Incorporating natural capital into national accounts can support better decisions for inclusive development.

Natural capital is not readily captured in markets, so we don’t really know how much ecosystem services contribute to the economy and livelihoods. We often take these services for granted and don’t know what it would cost if we lose them.

Natural capital accounting can provide detailed statistics for better management of the economy.

For example, land and water accounts can help countries interested in increasing hydro-power capacity to assess the value of competing land uses and the optimal way to meet this goal.

Ecosystem accounts can help biodiversity-rich countries design a management strategy that balances tradeoffs among ecotourism, agriculture, subsistence livelihoods, and ecosystem services like flood protection and groundwater recharge.

The international VANTAGE conference – which will take place in Nairobi from 3 to 4 December 2013 – will showcase successful efforts by countries and organizations to value and account for natural capital.

Such pioneering initiatives go beyond the traditional growth and development measurements such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and contribute to building inclusive green economies.

More than 100 participants will take part in the conference, including 5 African ministers and 3 deputy ministers.

The expected outcome document will chart the way forward for the VANTAGE programme, including ways it can support governments in incorporating natural resource accounting in their national wealth indicators.

 

SOURCE

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

 

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