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Kongsberg, Norway: Skrim Women Handball wins over Gjøvik by scoring 22 to 18 on Sunday the 8th of December

Posted by African Press International on December 14, 2013

Skrim handball coach Mr Henrik Wilhelmsen speaks to API after a win by his team over Gjøvik where they scored 22 to 18.

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UNIDO and Austria pave the way for a global network

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UNIDO and Austria pave the way for a global network of regional sustainable energy centres

 

VIENNA, Austria, December 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation, today signed agreements to support an existing renewable energy and energy efficiency centre in West Africa and to set up three more centres in East and Southern African and in the Caribbean region. The four project agreements will receive a total of approximately EUR 3.5 million in funding from the ADA.

“The regional renewable energy and energy efficiency centres are another good example of our fruitful partnership with Austria. Local companies and industry will benefit from the growing sustainable energy market opportunities, as well as from regional cooperation and South-South and North-South technology and knowledge transfer,” said LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO.

“We consider the regional centres to be a powerful way to simultaneously address the challenges of energy access, energy security and climate change mitigation in our partner countries. We are pleased to see that our initial contributions have already leveraged major funding commitments from international donors and generated tangible results and impacts. In this context, we would like to thank the Energy and Climate Change Branch of UNIDO for the excellent cooperation in previous years,” said Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the ADA.

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Praia, Cabo Verde, was established in 2010 to create favourable framework conditions for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The new project will strengthen the ECREEE’s capacity to deal with a rapidly growing project portfolio and expanding external demands for its services.

The two new centres in sub-Saharan Africa will seek to replicate the success of the ECREEE model. One will be established, together with the East African Community (EAC), to serve partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda; and the other will serve the 15 Members States of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). It is expected that both centres will be fully operational in 2014.

The third centre will be set up to meet the energy challenges faced by islands in the Caribbean region. Recently, UNIDO was requested by the Sustainable Energy Island Initiative (SIDS DOCK) of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to assist the island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific in the creation of similar centres. A final agreement on the centres is expected in 2014, which has been declared the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

 

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Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

 

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Norway gives NOK 20 million to UNICEF’s work in the Central African Republic

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Norway gives NOK 20 million to UNICEF’s work in the Central African Republic

 

OSLO, Norway, December 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/  “The situation in the Central African Republic is now so serious that the UN humanitarian system has decided to operate collectively at the highest level to mobilise staff, equipment and other resources. Norway is therefore allocating NOK 20 million in funding to UNICEF for its efforts to protect children in the country. In wars and conflicts, children are the most vulnerable group of all,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

 

The UN and aid organisations are reporting a dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic, as a result of the escalating armed conflict in the country. Violence against civilians is on the rise, including in the capital Bangui, and a growing number of people are being driven from their homes.

 

“Some of UNICEF’s most important work is protecting children from abuses and suffering caused by conflict. UNICEF ensures that families with children have access to water, shelter and food, and it establishes safe, child-friendly spaces where children can take part in activities and receive help to overcome traumatic experiences. Norway is now making a major contribution to this important work,” said Mr Brende.

 

Norway is providing humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic through the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières. Following this latest allocation, Norway’s humanitarian contribution will total NOK 52 million. This sum comes in addition to Norway’s contributions to UN funds and programmes in the country.

 

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Norway – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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UN’s Amina Mohammed in a meeting with Erna Solberg of Norway

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Amina Mohammed og Erna Solberg

Amina Mohammed og Erna Solberg. Foto: Statsministerens kontor

The Norwegian Prime Minister today met Amina Mohammed, special adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon responsible for UN development goals by 2015.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, is the leader of the Secretary General advocate group to meet the MDGs with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

– This work is an important starting point when new development for the years after 2015 shall be designed and was a key topic of conversation, the Prime Minister said.

– Education for all, especially girls’ right to education, is another important issue. This is a high priority in the government’s development policies, as well as the MDGs and to work with the new development targets for the years after 2015, said Solberg.

Amina Mohammed has broad international experience in the work on the MDGs, women’s education and development., including experience having worked for Nigeria‘s president and the Gates Foundation.

 

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