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Liberia Gets Top Post at COP23

first_imgJeremiah Garwo Sokan, Sr. EPA’s National Coordinator for the National Climate Change Secretariat, will represent the LDCs on the board from 2018 to 2019.Liberia has been elected as a member on the Board of Directors of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help steer the world to a safer environment by appropriately helping to manage funds meant for vulnerable countries and other communities at the ongoing global climate change conference in Germany.Liberia replaces Malawi on the Board, and therefore has acquired a top seat at one of the high tables at the ongoing 23rd edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, from November 6 to 17.The conference is being jointly organized by Fiji, which is presiding, with the support of the German government.Liberia’s election to the GCF Board places her in the spotlight to help in combating the impacts of climate change globallyAccording to a dispatch from Germany, Liberia was elected on the board to represent 47 “Least Developed Countries (LDCs),” following an intensive and competitive electoral process.EPA Executive Director, Anyaa Vohiri, who is attending the conference, has nominated the EPA’s National Coordinator for the National Climate Change Secretariat, Jeremiah Garwo Sokan, Sr., to represent the LDCs on the board from 2018 to 2019.“LDCs are countries which are mainly vulnerable to climate change, but have done the least to cause the problem,” the dispatch said. It would work together at the intergovernmental negotiations under the United Nation Funds for Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to demand wealthier nations act in accordance with their responsibility for creating the problem and addressing it, and to as well play a leadership role in global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change,” it said.Liberia’s election on the LDCs Board will leverage her more latitude to negotiate additional funding to enhance the country’s efforts in mitigating and adapting to the threats of climate change.The GCF also pays particular attention to the needs of societies that are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular the LDC, Small Island Developing States, and African States.The GCF launched its initial resource mobilization in 2014, and rapidly gathered pledges worth US$10.3 billion. These funds come mainly from developed countries and also from some developing countries, regions, and Paris, France.The conference of parties, through the UNFCCC, was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, which marked the beginning of the international community’s first concerted effort to confront the problem of climate change. Each year the parties to the agreement convene to assess progress in implementing the convention and, more broadly, dealing with climate change.However, at the 21st edition of the conference (COP21) held in Paris in November-December, 2015, the parties negotiated what is known as the Paris Agreement, which established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries.The agreement took effect nearly a year later. Signatory countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to make strong efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement is especially significant because it is a legally binding agreement.Governments, cities and regions from the 152 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, are meanwhile expected to by now meet their national climate change commitments looking for the clean energy, low carbon transport and finance solutions to make this a reality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL EDGED OUT BY DUBLIN IN CROKER LEAGUE CRACKER!

first_imgCormac Costelloe scores Dublin’s opening goal at Croke Park this evening.A pulsating National League encounter between Donegal and Dublin under the floodlights of Croke Park saw the men from the capital eventually pull away from their north-west rivals.In a game which had everything from sendings-off, black cards, goals as well as some tremendous football, no quarter was given by either side.If this was mundane league football, we’ll take it every weekend with the Dubs coming away winners on a final scoreline of 2-10 to 0-11. Donegal were put on the back foot early on despite taking the lead.Cormac Costlloe burst through on goal after a poor kick-out from Paul Durcan and blasted into the back of the Donegal net.An outstretched Durcan injured himself and had to be replaced by Michael Boyle.The Creeslough man did little wrong and could hardly have been blamed for Dublin’s second goal by sub Jack McCaffery late on. In between Donegal had matched Dublin in every department with Michael Murphy, Christy Toye, Patrick McBrearty and Neil Gallagher all putting in big shifts.Hits came in thick and fast throughout and at times it looked as if referee Deegan may lose control of the tie.Dean Rock was as accurate as ever for Dublin notching up five points with four of these coming from frees while newcomer John Small was named Man of the Match at centre-back for the Sky Blues.Dublin’s Kevin McManaman was sent for an early shower after a second yellow card early in the second half and it looked as if Donegal had been handed the advantage.Rory Gallagher sensed an opportunity and drafted in Colm McFadden in a bid to shore up more scores. But Gallagher’s side squandered six very kickable points from a collection of wides.With just two points between the sides, McCaffrey managed to split the Donegal defence and shoot into the roof of the net past Boyle.It was a killer blow for Donegal who were never going to pull five points back in what was a nip-and-tuck game throughout.Michael Murphy was shown a black card with three minutes left on the watch but at that stage it was incidental. Rory Gallagher should be pleased with his team’s overall effort but their accuracy in front of the posts will have to be worked on.There’s a lot of water still to pass under the bridge before the championship begins, but these are two teams who look capable of having another big say in where the Sam Maguire could be heading come September.DONEGAL EDGED OUT BY DUBLIN IN CROKER LEAGUE CRACKER! was last modified: February 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Croke ParkdonegaldublinNational Leaguelast_img read more