Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation discussed preparations for a meeting on the Syrian People’s Congress, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before.
Lack of energy access presents a formidable challenge to Africa and lack of access to financing has been singled out as the biggest reason why over 620 million people living on the continent are stuck in energy poverty.
The issue of inadequate financing, especially for renewable energy sources, was among the pressing concerns as leaders, scientists and policy leader met at the Global Green Growth Week conference in Ethiopia.
Governments and their private sector and international development partners say Africa needs to attract financing for renewable energy for it to achieve most of the social development goals — SDGS. But the question is where the financing will come from and when?
Henning Wuester oversees IRENA’s work on knowledge, policy and finance, including the production of up-to-date renewable energy data and information and analysis to identify best practice in renewable energy policy and finance. He spoke with IPS about the potential of renewable energy in unlocking Africa’s green growth potential and why financing is crucial. Excerpts follow:
There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world, most of them living in the developing world. 600 million adolescent girls who each overflow with the potential to become an entrepreneur, a scientist, a visionary change-maker, or the leader of her country. But so many of these girls face daily, arduous barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential.