Ensuring women’s full economic participation

Women Police officers working in the Salem Police Station in Monrovia Liberia. Women make up 25% of the force in this station and are essential in policing in the area. They are helped by international police staff who guide them in procedure and integrity issues.

The G20 must form a comprehensive strategy to reduce the gender gap and better include women 
in the workforce, writes Julia Kulik Since 2008, G20 members have worked together to promote strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth and ensure that globalisation works for the benefit of all people. A central way to do this is to encourage the inclusion and full economic participation of women. Yet the G20 did not address the gender gaps in … [Read more...]

Reinvigorating investment


International financial institutions can help stimulate infrastructure investment through mitigating policy risk and improving local financing, say Erik Berglöf and Alexandru Chirmiciu, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Infrastructure is the battle cry of the day. The International Monetary Fund, of all institutions, even made it a theme of its recent annual meetings. In advanced economies with currently very low interest rates, … [Read more...]

Lagos Govt to Introduce 5,000 Air-Conditioned Buses to Replace “Danfos” from 2017


Speaking to journalists over the weekend, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos said that his administration, through the proposed Bus Reform Initiative will introduce 5,000 air-conditioned buses that will phase out commercial buses (Danfo) in the state. He said the Bus Reform Initiative is aimed at giving Lagosians an integrated public transportation system and will kick start this year with a sinking fund of N30billion. Ambode said his … [Read more...]

House Fellowship Leader Caught on Camera Stealing Laptops of Seminar Participants in Lagos


Operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday, arrested one Ikemefuna Aje, 47, a Aje was arrested after he stole 5 MacBooks, one HP computer and some assorted personal effects of participants of a seminar organised for internet brand managers at a popular hotel in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos. Ikemufuna, captured by the CCTV camera in the hotel, drove in and headed straight to the seminar room at a time when … [Read more...]

African Risk Capacity: insurance against disaster


African Risk Capacity (ARC) works with countries to improve their preparedness for extreme weather events and natural disasters, and at this year’s G7 summit, leaders endorsed ARC as a model for climate insurance. Ekhosuehi Iyahen, Lead Client Services Manager for Risk Transfer, discusses how the organisation is helping to build a more disaster-resilient Africa How would you describe the core vision and objective of ARC? Currently, the main … [Read more...]

The G20’s role in focusing international climate efforts


Ahead of the most highly anticipated climate change summit in years, G20 leaders must engage in a full discussion on financing mitigation efforts and deliver committed international support for green development, writes One Young World Ambassador Parker Liautaud The G20 summit in Antalya marks the final major gathering of world leaders before the start of the annual session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework … [Read more...]

Climate change and financial stability


Policy that takes environmental issues fully into account would improve the stability of the global financial system, explains Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme Inaugurated in 1999, the G20 is a forum through which 19 countries and the European Union – making up 85 per cent of global gross domestic product and two thirds of the world’s population – discuss, build consensus on and decide collectively to … [Read more...]

The G7’s global climate leadership


A comparison of the efficacy of the G7 and United Nations regimes indicates that the G7 has the power to succeed in global climate-change governance where the UN has failed, says Ella Kokotsis, Director of Accountability, G7 Research Group At times, apocalyptic claims about the threat of a changing climate have put the academic and scientific communities under attack, but mounting evidence now points to a real and potentially catastrophic … [Read more...]

Financing the transition to a green global economy


Investment in clean energy has risen substantially over recent years, but we are still not safe from the 2°C threshold for climate change. The world needs greater access to climate finance, explains Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Financing a transition to a low-carbon world – one that can keep a global temperature rise under 2°C this century – requires the determined and timely … [Read more...]

Immunisation: not just a lifesaver


Gavi has saved an estimated seven million lives. However, vaccination is also key to economic development, educational attainment and healthier lives, explains Dr Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance What could be more important than saving the life of a child? Saving not just one child, but hundreds of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the world. In January, German Chancellor Angela Merkel … [Read more...]

Energising the world, sustainably

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Global energy demand is expected to grow by 50 per cent over the next two decades. The dual challenge of broadening access to energy and reducing carbon emissions remains, says Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, OPEC With the world’s population expected to reach more than 8.6 billion by 2035 – an increase of around 1.4 billion from today’s level – and energy demand anticipated to expand by more than 50 per cent over the same period, … [Read more...]