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UN Serves World Leaders Food Scraps for Lunch A bid to drive home a message about wasting food.

Food waste was a prominent theme at the General AssemblyFood waste was a prominent theme at the General Assembly. The United Nations agreed to set an unprecedented goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030Some of the most powerful people on the planet ate the food we throw away and leave to rot at supermarkets for their lunch recently.

About 30 world leaders including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Francois Hollande were served “landfill salads” made out of vegetable scraps for a high-level working lunch at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York. They were also given water drained from cans of chickpeas, burgers made from vegetables thrown away for being below quality standards, French fries produced using corn typically used as animal feed, and desserts consisting of coffee cherry pulp, cocoa bean shells and leftover nut skins.

The menu was created by award-winning chef Dan Barber and the former executive director of first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign, Sam Kass

We Care Solar is awarded US$1 million United Nations Energy Grant to expand the use of lifesaving Solar Suitcase

We Care Solar is awardedThe first ever US$1 million UN-DESA Energy Grant has been awarded to We Care Solar, a non-profit organization, to enhance and expand the use of its ‘Solar Suitcase’. By making solar power simple, accessible and affordable, this device allows for the provision of electricity for medical procedures during childbirth in many developing countries, helping to avoid life-threatening complications for mothers and children.

“The United Nations is shining a light on an area that has all too often been overlooked - the lack of reliable electricity in health facilities” said Dr. Laura Stachel, cofounder of We Care Solar, after receiving the award. “I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of health workers who have seen the miracle of light and power in saving lives, and we have much more work to do. This award is the beginning of a brighter future for women everywhere. No Woman should die giving life.” she said.

Pay Drechsel wins 2015 IWA Development Award

Pay DrechselPay DrechselScientist honored for work on wastewater and resource reuse in agriculture

This recognition is a fantastic acknowledgment of more than a decade of research Pay Drechsel, IWMI’s research theme leader for Resource Recovery, Water Quality and Health, has won the 2015 International Water Association’s Development Award for Research. The award was presented at the opening ceremony of the IWA’s Development Congress and Exhibition in Amman, Jordan on October 18.

Drechsel’s research has played an important role in developing options for safe wastewater use in countries where treatment capacities are low and informal wastewater irrigation is common. His studies continue to explore the importance of irrigated urban and peri-urban agriculture for food security in cities.

World Bank appoints Nigeria’s Arunma Oteh Vice President, Treasurer

Arunma OtehArunma Oteh The World Bank has announced the appointment of the immediate past Director General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission, Arunma Oteh, as Vice President and Treasurer.

Prior to joining the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria, Arunma was Group Vice President, Corporate Services, at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). In this role she oversaw a number of departments, including human resources, information and communications technology, and institutional procurement. From 2001 to 2006 she held the role of AfDB Group Treasurer, where she led AfDB’s fundraising and capital market activities across the world. Earlier roles at the AfDB, which she joined in 1992, included trading room management, investment portfolio coverage, and public sector lending.

Adesina assumes office as 8th President of the African Development Bank Group

Akinwumi AdesinaAkinwumi Adesina “We must light up and power Africa – as a Bank we will launch a new deal on energy for Africa”

Former Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina formally assumed office as the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. At a ceremony in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, he took the oath of office administered by Zambia’s Finance Minister and Chair of the Board of Governors, Alexander Chikwanda.

“I, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, solemnly declare and undertake … that I will abide by the provisions of … the … Bank, and discharge my duties … with loyalty, discretion and conscience. So help me God,” he swore, to sustained applause by the large audience.




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