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Obama’s Nairobi visit should unlock funding to tackle climate change

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By Mithika Mwenda

More than five years ago, in the dark negotiating halls of the Copenhagen climate talks, an agreement was struck that included a pledge of 100 billion dollars to help developing countries, like my beloved Kenya, cope with the havoc caused by climate change and facilitate a shift to low-carbon development pathways.

Back then, we didn’t call it a success. But it was something. A concrete manifestation of the understanding that rich countries caused climate change, and developing countries are on the front lines in the fight against it.

As momentum is growing ahead of the Paris climate talks in December, I’m hopeful that the time is right and world leaders can come together and build on that commitment and understanding. Because this is a crucial year when it comes to tackling climate change. The world has a unique opportunity to collectively turn one of the biggest challenges facing humankind into one of the greatest opportunities to build healthy planet. It’s an opportunity that we must capitalize on to ensure a better world for future generations.

But the question nagging me is: how can we reach a new agreement when old commitments haven’t been fulfilled? As of today, Development Agency Oxfam estimates that less than $20 billion per year of the $100 billion pledged for the Green Climate Fund have been flowing to developing countries.

As President Obama pays us a visit to demonstrate his commitment to his brothers and sisters in Africa, I’m sure that he also brings a renewed commitment to help the continent adapt to climate change.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that by the year 2100, a 4.1°C increase in global temperature will cost the African continent 10 percent of its net GDP. UNEP also estimates that the costs of adaptation in the Least Developed Countries alone will rise to $50 billion per year by 2030, with a total of around $150 billion per year in all developing countries.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are not simply sitting by. Instead, they are collectively spending around $5 billion annually from their own budgets to adapt to climate change – far more than they receive from international sources in climate finance. Sadly, this is money that could be instead going towards building schools, roads and hospitals. Increasing financial flows to developing countries is essential to accelerate their transition to low-carbon energy systems and to protect vulnerable communities. And it is essential to bring about success in Paris.

Time and time again, President Obama has emphasized that no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that the United States stands up as a leader to ensure more governments deliver strong commitments on how to close the funding gap.

The climate crisis will never be tackled unless vulnerable developing countries receive the financial support they need to build resilience and cope with natural disasters and weather patterns. Taking actions now is not only important because of the dangers of disruptive climate change, but because a new climate economy will create better business opportunities, and improve our health, prosperity, and security.

Failure is not an option for Kenya, or Africa, and indeed for humanity.

The dramatic scenes of Vanuatu, where a Cyclone Pam left widespread destruction, will happen time and time again around the world, with increasing frequency. Even our own Mombasa will not be spared in the whole equation. It also is at risk of sinking.

I urge President Obama to stand in solidarity with the African continent, which has by far borne the greatest brunt of the global climate change crisis, despite us contributing the least.

Developed countries must demonstrate that they will abide by their previous commitments before entering into new ones. The survival of African countries – and our planet, depends on it.

It’s not about charity. It’s about justice. And survival.

 

Mithika Mwenda is the Secretary General, Pan African Climate and Justice Alliance (PACJA)

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  1. Orly Taitz, an attorney from Los Angeles, who retresenps already 200 militaries [in reserve – A.G.] who too do not wish to obey the orders of the Commander-in-Chief Obama. She and her assistants retired detectives from Scotland Yard conducted their own investigation, coming to a conclusion that Barak Obama is an impostor. And here is a main proof allegedly genuine birth certificate from Kenya, which states that a baby Obama was born in 1961 in Kenya. According to America law this means that Obama cannot be a president. According to the Constitution, only a native born person [they confused it with natural born – A.G.] may be elected a president. Therefore all his actions and executive orders are null and void. (Orly is speaking)The problem is that there is no valid Birth Certificate of Obama ever examined by officials. All that Obama displayed was a so called a Certification of a life birth, which was issued in 2007 when he began campaigning. (Man’s voice)It was exactly this document that Obama displayed at the beginning of his presidential campaign. It states that Barak Hussein Obama was born August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. Hawaii is one of the states of the US, therefore Obama is eligible to be a presidential contender. However in Orly’s opinion, this Certification of a life birth was a forgery, while the genuine birth certificate must be in Kenya. In order to determine the truth, she asked the court hearing the Major Cook case to subpoena Kenya and allow the expertise of the Obama’s birth record. Yet the court issued rather a strange ruling: to cancel mobilization of Major Cook. (Orly is speaking)His order to report in Afghanistan has been changed. Instead he received another order that he must not go to Afghanistan. (Man’s voice)In the process of investigation conducted by attorney Taitz, she figured out even more shocking evidence. It appeared that Obama had had several tens of fake IDs. (Orly is speaking)We used commonly accessible data bases, in which there were about 140 different addresses linked to Barak and Michelle Obama, and multiple Social Security numbers in his name. The one he currently uses belongs to a dead person (which would be 120 years old today). (Man’s voice)In attempt to get justice in the most democratic nation of the world, a group of military persons decided to attract attention of the mass media. To their frustration, even the media considered oppositional refused to cover anything related to illegitimacy of Obama. They believe it happens this way because American media is owned by the islamic financial circles, which seated Obama into the White House in the first place. (Speaks Neil Turner)Why does even the so called conservative TV Fox News refuse to touch the ineligibility issue? Because a significant part of it is owned by Saudi Princes and is under their influence. And yes, Obama is a moslem, that was figured out. Therefore we have a huge conspiracy of silence. (Man’s voice)Neil Turner is a former military too. 20 years ago he served in US Air Force as a military pilot. In his words, Barak Obama is a moslem in spite of his declaration that he is a Christian. One of the proof that Obama is a moslem is a deep bow to Saudi King during his visit in 2009. (Orly speaks)It is unheard of that an American President bows to anybody, particularly to the Saudi King. To the King of the country from where 15 of the 19 perpetrators of the 9/11 attack originate. [In this place Orly mispronounced the numbers erroneously (11), so I have corrected this – A.G. ] (Man’s voice)It is particularly painful issue for the USA which suffered so tragic and devastating attack from islamic terrorists on 9/11. This is one of the reasons that Obama’s opponents try to find more proofs that Obama in fact favors islam. (Orly speaks)A well known head of Brooklyn Borough [Mosque] told in an interview recorded on YouTube, that Al Mansur, an important islamic figure in the US came to him asking for a good reference to Obama applying to the Harvard University. During that conversation, Al Mansur told that the Saudi royal family backs Obama both morally and financially. (Man’s voice)At the beginning of 2009 Condolissa Rice mentioned that somebody attempted to gain illegal entry into the Data Base of the Department of State, trying to copy the passport data of Hillary Clinton, John MacCain and Barak Obama. A few months late a newspaper Washington Times reported about the first findings of the investigation. FBI figured out the suspect, who happened to be an American military Quarles Harris. He agreed to cooperate with the investigation and provide all the required information. However this investigation was closed, because soon Quarles Harris was found dead in his own office. Opponents of Obama do not buy as though that murder was a mere coincidence. (Speaks Neil Turner)The attempt was made in order to obtain the passport data of Obama, because that would be one more proof of his illegitimacy. They wished to kill Quarles because he was ready to reveal that information. This crime will never be resolved. (Man’s voice)Two weeks later December 14 there will be the most important trial in America: the military trial, not civil. The court will hear the case of this person, Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, who, unlike the other military questioning Obama, is on the active duty rather than in the reserve. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is a military doctor, who has been serving for 19 years, decorated with many medals of honor. He refused to obey the order and report second time into Afghanistan. (Speaks Lakin) First time in my long career of service to our great nation I must disobey all the orders originated from my Commander-in-Chief including the recent one to move into Afghanistan. Victor Prokopenko:We must say that the doubts about legitimacy of Obama’s presidency expressed by some of American journalists cost them their job. It is not our business, however it seems to us that the most natural way to stop ugly insinuations about legitimacy of Obama would be to produce his authentic birth certificate. Instead Obama behaves not like an American: he makes everybody belive as though nothing happens. We do not know whether it is coincidence, yet several other militaries related to this story have died. One as result of heart attack, another because of assault of hooligans, and another in a car accident.

  2. senza guardare l’esposimetro, ma non è che dico che lì dentro ci saranno -9 stop rispetto all’esterno, come faccio a dirlo? In base a che?Ciao Andrea.

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