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Kenya Transition to a Green Economy Could Bring Gains of US $45 billion by 2030, Boost Food Security

Posted by African Press International on March 24, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Kenyan Minister, UNEP Executive Director Among those to Launch Joint Report

What: Launch event for The Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya

When: Tuesday, 25 March, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Conference Room 4, UN Compound, Gigiri

Who: Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya, Alice Kaudia, Environment Secretary, State Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya

Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits – equivalent to an estimated $45 billion by 2030 – as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity, according to a new report to be released jointly by UNEP and the Government of Kenya.

Speakers at the launch of The Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya will outline the report’s main findings as well as real-life case studies from across Kenya.



United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Charles Blé Goudé transferred to the ICC

Posted by African Press International on March 24, 2014


Situation: Côte d’Ivoire
Case: The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé

Today, on 22 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the national authorities of Côte d´Ivoire following a warrant of arrest issued by the ICC on 21 December 2011. He is being transferred to the ICC detention Centre at The Hague, Netherlands.

Pre-Trial Chamber I will set a date for the initial appearance hearing in due course. During the initial appearance hearing, the Chamber will verify the identity of the suspect and the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings. He will be informed of the charges against him.

The date and time of the initial appearance hearing will be announced in due course by a media advisory and on the ICC Twitter account.

Background: On 30 September 2013, ICC Judges unsealed an arrest warrant against Charles Blé Goudé, initially issued on 21 December 2011. Charles Blé Goudé, national of Côte d’Ivoire, 42 years of age, allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the territory of Côte d’Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.

Pre-Trial Chamber I is composed of Judges Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (presiding judge) Hans-Peter Kaul and Christine van den Wyngaert.

The arrest warrant against Charles Blé Goudé is one of the 3 arrest warrants issued until now by the ICC in the context of the Court’s investigation in Côte d’Ivoire.

On 3 October 2011, Pre-Trial Chamber III granted the Prosecutor’s request for authorisation to open investigations proprio motu into the situation in Côte d’Ivoire with respect to alleged crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction, committed since 28 November 2010, as well as with regard to crimes that may be committed in the future in the context of this situation. On 22 February 2012, Pre-Trial Chamber III expanded its authorisation to include crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction allegedly committed between 19 September 2002 and 28 November 2010. The ICC Office of the Prosecutor’s investigation in Côte d’Ivoire is on-going.

Côte d’Ivoire had accepted the Court’s jurisdiction on 18 April 2003 and this was reconfirmed by the Ivoirian Presidency on 14 December 2010 and 3 May 2011. On 15 February 2013, Côte d’Ivoire ratified the Rome Statute.

The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.



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