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Mwai Kibaki appointed Special Envoy

Fmr President Mwai KibakiFmr President Mwai Kibaki.Born in 1931 in Gatuyaini (Kenya), Mwai Kibaki was the third President of Kenya, serving from December 2002 to April 2013. He previously served as a Vice-President of Kenya (1978-1988), and has held several other cabinet positions. In his capacity as President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki initiated several reforms including free primary education for all children in Kenya (2003), and the revitalization of the healthcare system, among others.

He also spearheaded economic changes aimed at fostering the growth and development of Kenya. Since 2013, Mwai Kibaki has established the Mwai Kibaki Institute, which caters for several programmes including Water Diplomacy, Green Energy, Coffee Revitalization and many other development projects and activities.

Mwai Kibaki is also the Patron of the Millennium Water Alliance, a multi-donor-funded initiative that seeks to make potable drinking water accessible to communities that are under threat of water security and scarcity.

In Paris redux, India seen as stumbling block to climate deal

USUS Secretary of State John Kerry (second from right) and U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (second from left) joined European Commissioner for Climate Change and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete (center), Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna (third from right), Peruvian Vice Minister of Environmental Management Mariano Castro Sanchez-Moreno (right) and Rwandan Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta in Vienna this weekend. The countries, which helped form the “high-ambition coalition” at the Paris climate conference last year, are now pushing for a phaseout of hydrofluorocarbons, a climate superpollutant. Photo courtesy of Arias Cañete.Countries are making progress toward phasing out climate-forcing coolants globally but left a key negotiating session in Vienna yesterday with substantial work to be done before the year’s end.

The Obama administration has made amending the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty to phase down hydrofluorocarbons a top climate priority of its last months in office. Officials had predicted that the past 10 days of formal and informal talks would point the way to a final amendment to do so before parties meet in Kigali, Rwanda, later this year. But while countries coalesced around a narrower set of options on a few key issues, the negotiations did not produce the draft text for which many had hoped.

Advocates who attended the talks blamed India for seeking an amendment that would give poor countries 15 years to stop growing HFCs, despite the fact that they are expected to contribute most of the superpollutant’s growth.

Power with Purpose: don’t lose sight of these five women

FearlessFearless, driven and strong, our five Power with Purpose honorees show how great leadership can produce real change. Christiana Figueres, Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Kristalina Georgieva, Fayeeza Naqvi and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges without hesitation and are a well needed source of inspiration in an increasingly unstable world.

If you haven’t yet discovered their personal motivations and life stories, make sure to learn more about their hard work as climate champions, social entrepreneurs, global humanitarians, philanthropists and economists.

The economist with the EU budget in her hands

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva knows that it takes great leadership to produce real change. Now in charge of the EU budget, she’s the one ensuring that the budget is invested in ways that create the highest possible impact. She’s also working towards an impressive milestone: to make sure that women represent 40 percent of the Commission’s senior and middle management by the end of 2019.

Most would need a lifetime to achieve a fraction of what Kristalina Georgieva has done. After her top position at the World Bank she moved on to head the EU’s humanitarian agency where she delivered assistance to over 500 million individuals affected by conflict and disaster. To her, it’s about the “responsibility to do the right thing.”

Quentin Grafton

Professor Quentin GraftonProfessor Quentin GraftonR. Quentin Grafton, FASSA, is Professor of Economics, ANU Public Policy Fellow, Fellow of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

In April 2010 he was appointed the Chairholder, the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and between August 2013 and July 2014 served as Executive Director at the Australian National Institute of Public Policy (ANIPP). He currently serves as the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network.

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including and most recently the National Water Commission Professor Peter Cullen Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation(2011), the Vice-Chancellors’ Award for Education, Excellence in Supervision and the ANU Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011).




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2