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THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
REMARKS AT ONE PLANET SUMMIT Paris, 12 December 2017
[as delivered]
President Macron, Excellencies, World Bank President Jim Kim, Ladies and gentlemen,
We are not yet winning the war on climate change — the defining challenge of our times.
The Paris Agreement lays the basis for ambitious action.
But we know that current commitments will not get us there.
Every day, in every region, the front pages are dominated by weather-related disasters – storms, floods, droughts, fires.

People, planet, prosperity and peace are four priorities shared by Africa and Europe, and areas where opportunities for beneficial cooperation abound. Over the past three decades, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has worked with many organisations and institutions across Africa. This report and its accompanying interactive online service, 'Africa StoryMaps', present the key findings from this collaboration, and set out options the decision-making, research, and education communities may consider.

The specific objectives of this component of the BASAL project (implemented by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) together with the Cuban Institutions partners), in consistency with the above overall objectives of the project, are:

ACEWATER2 Regional Meeting

This project, requested by the African Ministers of Water to DG Devco, intends to scale up the approach of the phase I of the project (pilot project) and to address the lack of sustainability in capacity building in the water sector in Africa.

The main activities of the project will consist in:

Strengthening of two existing NEPAD water Centres of Excellence networks in West and Southern Africa;

• Creation of two NEPAD water Centres of Excellence network in Central and Eastern Africa;

European Development days

Murray Biedler, Water Division, UNESCO & Paolo Ronco, Joint Research Center, EU Commission & Mila Palamar, ONE Ambassador at European Development Days, 

Europe’s leading forum on development since 2006, Organized by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

https://www.eudevdays.eu/about-EDD

The study reported below was commissioned by the International Water Association on behalf of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa. The International Union for Conservation Nature were also partner in developmnet of the study.

Launched by NEPAD on 1st Februray, the Call for Expression of Interest for Universities and Research Institutions in Water Sciences to constitute and become members of the AU/NEPAD Central and Eastern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence (AU/NEPAD CEANWATCE), is expected to receive Application until next 28th February 2017.

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