Bonn New initiatives in energy water and agriculture sectors announced at UN

In the water sector, the majority of national climate plans with an adaptation component prioritize action on water, yet financing would need to triple to $295 billion per year to meet such targets, said experts on Friday. “Sustainable use of water for multiple purposes must remain a way of life and needs to be at the center of building resilient cities and human settlements and ensuring food security in a climate change context,” said Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of the Women for Water Partnership. The international water community co-signed on Friday what it called a “nature based solution declaration” to encourage the use of natural systems in managing healthy water supplies. Around 40 per cent of the world’s population will face water shortages by 2050, accelerating migration and triggering conflict, while some regions could lose up to six per cent of their economic output, unless it is better managed. “Involving both women and men in decision making and integrated water resources initiatives leads to better sustainability, governance and efficiency”, said Ms. Verhoef-Cohen. Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of the organization Women for Water Partnership, at the UN Climate Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. Photo: UN News/Jerome Bernard New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday, at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement. The Marrakech Partnership aims at catalyzing greater climate action by public and private stakeholders as the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, calls on countries to combat climate change by limiting the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius and strive not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.Cleaner energy developmentIn Bonn, new initiatives were announced to push forward the transition to renewable energy and to show that more ambitious clean energy development can quickly become a bigger part of national climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. “With the price of renewable and storage technologies tumbling, and greater understanding on how to set the policy table for a cleaner energy mix and more integrated energy planning, the question before decision makers is, why wait?” said Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). Among key announcements, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a new report, Untapped Potential for Climate Action: Renewable Energy in Nationally Determined Contributions, which suggests there is substantial scope for countries to cost-effectively increase renewable energy. The Climate Group also announced new members to its recently launched EV100 campaign, a major new global electric transport initiative designed to make electric vehicles “the new normal.” And 13 countries with the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced this week the launch of a new multi-year, 30 million euros plan to support clean energy transitions around the world.Investing faster and further in agricultural climate actionRegarding agriculture, leaders and experts said that investing faster and further in agricultural climate action and to support the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale farmers will unlock much greater potential to curb emissions and protect people against climate change. “Countries now have the opportunity to transform their agricultural sectors to achieve food security for all through sustainable agriculture and strategies that boost resource-use efficiency, conserve and restore biodiversity and natural resources, and combat the impacts of climate change,” said René Castro, Assistant-Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In the livestock sector, for example, FAO estimates that emissions could be readily reduced by about 30 percent with the adoption of best practices. FAO released a new Sourcebook on Climate-Smart Agriculture. It recommends scaling up public and private climate finance flows to agriculture; spurring public-private partnerships; strengthening a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder dialogue; investing in knowledge and information; and building capacity to address barriers to implement climate action.Managing healthy water supplies read more

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John Bercow orchestrated row over Donald Trumps UK visit government sources believe

first_img“Bercow did this to win Labour, SNP and Lib Dem support for staying on,” a senior member of Theresa May’s Government said. “He has orchestrated the whole thing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It had previously been expected that Mr Bercow would stand down next year.But after making his comments about Mr Trump, Mr Bercow has been supported by numerous MPs from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, who said they would oppose any attempt to oust him.It means it is likely that Mr Bercow will be able to remain in post for years. It is understood that Mr Bercow has told friends and allies he wants to remain in post until at least 2020. Cabinet ministers have told the Telegraph that they believe Mr Bercow (centre) intentionally created the row as part of a plot to ensure he stays on as Commons Speaker until at least 2020Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Lord Fowler, the Speaker of the Lords, expressed anger that he was not consulted by Mr Bercow about his statement. He suggested that he and Mr Bercow should be stripped of their ability to “effectively veto” foreign leaders from addressing Parliament. John Bercow “orchestrated” a row over Donald Trump’s visit to the UK to allow him to stay in post as Commons Speaker until 2020, government sources believe.Mr Bercow was accused of violating his political impartiality after he said on Monday that he wanted to prevent the US President from addressing Parliament during a forthcoming state visit.He said he wanted to stop Mr Trump from speaking in Westminster Hall because of his “racism and sexism”.It prompted one Conservative MP, James Duddridge, to table a motion of no confidence in Mr Bercow, which has been formally supported by two Tory backbenchers.However, Cabinet ministers have told the Telegraph they believe Mr Bercow intentionally created the row as part of a plot to ensure he stays on as Commons Speaker until at least 2020. Allies of Mr Bercow said that he had simply been responding to a point of order in Parliament by Stephen Doughty, a Labour MP, calling on officials to withhold permission for an address to Westminster Hall by Mr Trump.But a number of Conservatives claim that Mr Bercow knew the question was coming and had pre-prepared his remarks.Mr Bercow drew a furious response from ministers on Monday when he told MPs: “We value our relationship with the United States. However, as far as this place is concerned, I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall. After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump, I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.”center_img A number of Conservatives claim that Mr Bercow knew the question was coming and had pre-prepared his remarks A number of Conservatives claim that Mr Bercow knew the question was coming and had pre-prepared his remarksCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Cabinet ministers have told the Telegraph that they believe Mr Bercow intentionally created the row as part of a plot to ensure he stays on as Commons Speaker until at least 2020. Alec Shelbrooke, a Tory MP, on Friday voiced support for Mr Duddridge’s motion, saying that although Mr Trump’s “faith-based migrant ban” is “discriminatory” and “wrong”, Mr Bercow had “politicised the office of Speaker and his position is untenable”.However, Labour MPs defended Mr Bercow.Kate Osamor said: “John Bercow has my full support and I won’t be voting for a motion of no confidence.”And Seema Malhotra, a former shadow minister, said: “Lots of support for Speaker Bercow, who does his job with impeccable fairness and honesty.”Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, has written to the Speaker to stress his support for him. Bercow did this to win Labour, SNP and Lib Dem support for staying onSenior member of Theresa May’s Governmentlast_img read more

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