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first_img13 December 2011 The outcome of the Durban climate summit is a historic achievement that will go a long way towards furthering the global climate agenda, says the head of the South Africa’s COP 17 delegation, Edna Molewa. Speaking a few days after Sunday’s conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, Molewa – South Africa’s minister of water and environmental affairs – described the final outcome as “precedent setting,” adding that it ranked with the 1997 conference at which the Kyoto Protocol was adopted. A comprehensive package agreement, the “Durban Platform”, was finally reached in the dying hours of the conference on Sunday morning. Molewa said the agreement “sets a new long-term pathway for the development of a fair, ambitious and legally binding future multi-lateral and rules-based global climate change system, which can balance climate and development imperatives.” The agreement also ensures the fair participation of all countries in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and in the future.‘New willingness to negotiate’ The Durban climate summit was characterised by a new willingness by parties to move beyond entrenched negotiating positions. COP 17 also ensured the survival of the Kyoto Protocol through the decision to adopt the second commitment period, capturing legally binding commitments of the developed countries beyond the first commitment period expiration in 2012. “Under the convention, we anchored emission reduction targets for developed countries that are not willing to be part of the Kyoto second commitment period, as well as emission mitigation actions of developing countries, and were able to elaborate the transparency and accountability framework for both developed and developing countries,” Molewa said. “Crucially, we have been able to preserve the multilateral rules-based system underpinning the mitigation regime by agreeing on a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, through an agreement to amend the Protocol, setting up a five-year second commitment period from 2013 to 2018.” It was noted that the US had not joined the Kyoto Protocol, and not all developed countries were prepared to place their commitments under the Protocol.Transparency of mitigation efforts To address this gap, a process to increase transparency of mitigation efforts was established. “In the case of developed countries, we will review and assess their economy-wide emission reduction targets and commitments. In the case of developing countries, we will increase the transparency of their nationally appropriate mitigation actions.” With regards to finance, Molewa noted that there was an agreement on the detailed design of the Green Climate Fund. Africa’s priority of adapting to the impacts of climate change was also firmly placed on the global agenda. The Durban agreement put into operation a number of international mechanisms to enable and support mitigation and adaption efforts of developing countries, particularly efforts needed in the least developed, African and small island countries.Common vision for global cooperation Looking to the future, Molewa said COP 17 reaffirmed a common vision for global cooperation on climate change to hold the increase in the global average temperature below two degrees or 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Molewa said forcing countries to do more than they were willing or able to was a recipe for failure, adding that the solution was to build a system that gradually transitioned to a low-carbon future and simultaneously created jobs, reduced poverty and improved quality of life. “Therefore, under the Convention, agreement was reached on the Durban Platform, which initiates negotiations next year, leading to a legal instrument, protocol or agreed outcome with legal force applicable to all countries that will be adopted by 2015 and be fully operational no later than 2020.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img3 February 2016 – Government is ready to welcome delegates to the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba to be held in Cape Town. The indaba will also showcase the country’s prowess in the areas of mining and related fields.• Download media advisoryThe Indaba, to be held from 8th to 11th February 2016 in Cape Town, is the world’s largest gathering of mining’s most influential stakeholders and decision-makers on the African continent.Government activities will commence with the Minister of Mineral Resources Mr Mosebenzi J Mosebenzi (MP) officially opening the Indaba on Monday, 8th of February 2016.The opening of the Mining Indaba by Minister Zwane will be followed by a media briefing.The media briefing is scheduled to take place as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 10:00 – 12:30Venue: Westin Hotel, Marco Polo Board Room, Cape Town, Western Cape ProvinceMinister Zwane will thereafter, together with the Ministers of Trade and Industry Dr Davies, Economic Development Mr Patell, Communications Ms Muthambi, Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Radebe and Public Enterprise Ms Brown, host an Investment Dialogue under the theme: “Driving competitiveness and ensuring growth and stability”.Details of the dialogue are as follows:Date: Monday, 08 February 2016Time: 14:00 – 16:00Venue: Auditorium IIPLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY ACCREDITED MEDIA WILL ACCESS THE VENUE, to register log on: https://www.miningindaba.comKindly confirm attendance with Neliswa Chiloane by Friday, 5th of February 2016, at the following email address: [email protected] by the Department of Mineral Resourceslast_img read more

first_imgThe only thing you need now is the willingness to hustle, your talent, and your ambition. Stop waiting to be discovered. Stop waiting for permission to share your gift. The world is waiting for you. As a young kid fronting a rock-n-roll band, I moved to Los Angeles in hopes of being discovered. In the days before the laptop and the Internet, you went to Los Angeles to play the Sunset Strip and wait for an A&R person from the record company to make you a star. You needed a gatekeeper to validate you, to give you permission to succeed.For a host of reasons, it didn’t work out that for me. But a lot has changed. More accurately, everything has changed.If you want to share you music, sell your music, and build a community of supporters, all you need is a little talent, a lot of ambition, a laptop, GarageBand, and a video camera. There are no gatekeepers between you and your people if you are willing to hustle.If you want to write long form news, magazines, or editorial commentary, all you need is a way with words, a point of view, a good hosting provider, a killer WordPress theme, and the willingness to engage with the community that cares about what you want to write about. There are no longer any gatekeepers between you and the people who are passionate about what you write.Maybe you want to write books. There isn’t any reason to send a manuscript to a big publisher. You live in a time where you will deprived of the honor of telling the story of how you were rejected by 78 publishers before someone finally believed you were good enough to be published. If you’ve got writing chops, go ahead and pound something out of your keyboard. You’ll be in Amazon in a minute.Entrepreneur? All of the above is true for you, too. You don’t even have to go beg a bank to give you money if you have a solid idea that you can sell.WordPress makes you a publisher. Chris publishes a magazine.Amazon.com puts you on their book shelves, with or without a publisher (and their recommendation engine beats all).YouTube gives you your own television station.iTunes gives you your own radio station. And it puts you in the record store.Google gives your people the opportunity to find you. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

first_imgA lot of people complain about being bored at work. They suggest the reason they’re bored is the nature of the work. That is to place the responsibility for your level of engagement on something external, instead of recognizing that it is internal.  How you feel about your work is a decision. The difference between work being boring and work that engages you—or even inspires you—is your willingness to bring your best self to that work.If you decide to make any project or task a passion project, giving yourself over that work, that work will not be boring. By the very nature of the energy you bring the work, it simply cannot be boring. Your effort, your energy, and your imagination are the variables when it comes to the quality of the work—and whether or not you are bored.The fact that you infuse the project with your talents and energies magically transforms something that might have been boring into something spectacular. Or maybe even better than spectacular, maybe something exceptional. It could set a new bar for what good looks like.The more challenging the project, the more interesting it becomes. If a project causes you to stretch and grow to obtain some outcome, it cannot be boring. This is true even if what you’re doing is not your favorite thing to do. The truth of the matter is much more in line with what Martin Luther King said:“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”The Buddhists would agree with Dr. King but say it in a different way. They would tell you that how you do anything is how you do everything.If the work is not challenging, then change the outcome to set a new standard that others will struggle to follow. Raise the bar on yourself and do work that is extraordinary. If you are bored, challenge yourself. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgAfter winning the historic World Cup, the Men in Blue headed home. And it was a hero’s homecoming for each one of them.From showering rose petals to bursting crackers and dancing wildly on streets to welcome the Indian Team, there was no stopping the frenzied fans and elated families.As master blaster Sachin Tendulkar arrived at his Bandra home on Sunday evening, rose petals were showered on his car.With the house all decked up, wife Anjali was seen eagerly awaiting his return and a proud mother welcomed Sachin into the house with an aarti.Having achieved the greatest feat, Tendulkar sounded ecstatic. “I am very happy. It is the greatest day of my cricketing career,” he said.Chennai lad Ravindran Ashwin returned home to a roar from his fans. Crackers were burst in front of his car, he was lifted on shoulders, garlanded and ceremoniously welcomed into his home.”I’m very emotional and happy that my son was part of WC winning team that we have been longing for 28 years, a dream for the entire family,” his mother said.Delhi boys Piyush Chawla, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir also returned home on Monday morning. Fans surrounded Virat’s car as Team India’s youngest player reached home.Having tasted World Cup glory at the age of 22, all Virat now wants to do is spend time with his family. “I dedicate my award to Sachin and personally to my dad. It’s a big moment for all of us and I am just looking forward to spending time with my family now,” he said.advertisementVirat later came out to shake hands with his young fans and was seen relaxing and playing with his dog Puzo.Gambhir came out to the balcony of his West Delhi home to greet fans eagerly awaiting the return of the top scorer of the final match. “It’s been a privilege and a great feeling. It has still has not sunk in,” said Kohli.Some members chose to keep the word given to the Lord before heading home. Says Suresh Raina, “Before the World Cup, I had thought I’ll come and thank the Lord if we do well and I’ve kept my promise.”While en route to his Jalandhar home, Harbhajan Singh stopped over at Fatehgarh to thank and seek the blessings of his guru.last_img read more