UN Gender Action Plan to address Climate Change impacts on Women and Girls


The Gender Action Plan (GAP) of the United Nation Climate Change recognizes the differentiated impacts of climate change on women and men, according to UN Climate Change News.

Climate Change expertsfrom all around the world who gathered at UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany early May, 2018 agreed to step up action on gender and climate change through the GAP.

GAP supports the gender-related actions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change with respect to the Paris Agreement.

It  also urges immediate advancement of women’s participation, promotes gender-responsive climate policy and mainstreaming of the gender perspectives in the Paris Agreement’s implementation.

"We know that the role of women as agents of change and their participation in the political process contributes to the transformation of our society towards a low-carbon and resilient development", said Jeniffer Hanna Collado of the Dominican Republic’s National Council for C…

SOTU Print Journalists Competition 2016

By Kojanews Team

Call for Submissions 

The State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) calls out for submissions of articles from journalists working in the 10 African countries SOTU has membership; Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Tunisia. The competition is open to African journalists reporting on Human Rights and Governance issues in the print and digital media. Deadline: 31st May 2016 at 11:59 (GMT +3).


The State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) is a coalition of civil society organizations working together to advocate for the ratification, domestication, and implementation of African Union (AU) instruments (i.e. treaties, policy frameworks and standards). SOTU believes that the successful implementation of these instruments will have tremendous and positive impact on the lives millions of African citizens.

Theme: Human Rights and Governance in Africa Categories:

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Nairobi gears up for UN Environment Assembly

By Charles Ogallo,

Governments and civil societies around the globe are gearing up for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) set to be held from 23 to 27 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Under the theme Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development, the UNEA-2 delegates will be meeting at the UNEP headquarters based at Gigiri ,  Nairobi with a focus on Healthy Environment and Healthy People issues..

Various sessions have been lined up including a Ministerial Policy-Review Session where Governments’ Ministers will be setting agenda of discussion on International environmental policy and governance.

Illegal trade in wildlife, Science-policy interface, Chemicals and waste, Marine plastic debris, Ecosystem-based adaptation, Global Environment Monitoring System/Water Programme, Sustainable development and poverty eradication are among important topics of discussions,  according to a provisional Agenda of the 5 day conference.
Major groups and stakeh…

Former Norway’s Environment Minister to head UNEP

By Charles Ogallo.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr Erik Solhein , the former Norway’s Minister for the Environment as the next Executive Director of the Nairobi based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
 Mr Solhein who is currently the chairman of the Development Assistance Committee of the organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD was appointed Tuesday following consultations between the UN Secretary General and  the Chairpersons of the regional groups of member states.
“United Nations Secretary Genral Ban Ki-moon , following consultations with the Chairpersons of the regional groups of member states has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Erik Solhein of Norway as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP” say s a statement released Wednesday  through UNEP website.
Mr. Solhein held also the post of Norway;’s Minister for Environment and International Development between 2007 a…

Ban Ki-moon formally appoints Espinosa to head UNFCCC

By Charles Ogallo.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has finally appointed Patricia Espinosa from Mexico as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Espinosa who did a great job in leading the Cancun COP in 2010 takes over from  the out-going UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres who prepares to step down in July this year. 

The ex-Mexican Foreign Minister's appointment follows approval from the bureau of UNFCCC in Bonn Germany.

Christiana Figueres announced recently she will be stepping down in July after the successful Paris climate agreement to cut emissions.

The 59-year-old Costa Rican Thursday welcomed Espinosa's appointment saying
“I consider Patricia Espinosa the right person at the right time for advancing the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement”.

Figueres had earlier noted she would not accept any extension of her term as head of the Bonn-based UN Climate Change Secretariat after what she called the histor…

New resource on Hepatitis C for Journalists worldwide

The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) on Tuesday launched a new initiative to help journalists report on the staggering toll of Hepatitis C (HCV) as well as the scientific and political barriers to treating the disease.
Launched on World Hepatitis Day (July 28, 2015), the new website resources written by journalists for journalists to expose the complex issues preventing effective prevention and treatment of the disease as well as a database of HCV experts from around the world who can be interviewed on a range of issues– from physician/scientists and patient groups, to public policy experts.
According to the World Federation of Science Journalists, the global disease burden of viral hepatitis is staggering.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 130-150 million people have chronic HCV worldwide, and most of them are not even aware they are infected.
People with chronic HCV have a high risk of developing serious life threatening …

Nairobi City Joins Global Climate Change Action Commitment.

By Charles Ogallo.

More Calls for Radical Shift in News Presentation.


Journalists challenged to learn to write and publish news on mobile and other wearable devices while maintaining media and journalism ethics.

Participants in this year's World  News Congress in Washington DC believe that a radical shift in News presentation was urgently required to ensure modern day journalists conform to the fast changing consumer habits.

The professionals including prominent editors and media experts from across the globe warn that many jorunalists are doom to perish unless they evolve fast and embrace new technologies.

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