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Tickets trader Viagogo criticised for 'callous resale profiteering

MPs push for enquiry on ‘industrial touts fleecing fans’ as live events booker offers hundreds of Peter Kay charity show tickets

The ticketing website Viagogo has been branded “disgusting” for seeking to profit from a charity event hosted by the actor and comedian Peter Kay to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Criticism of Viagogo came as it emerged that the company and its competitors faced being questioned by a parliamentary select committee amid a political crackdown on ticket touting.

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Ousted Tata chairman says conglomerate could face $18bn writedown

Cyrus Mistry launches stinging attack on Indian firm, accusing bosses of a ‘total lack of corporate governance’

The ousted chairman of Tata has issued an excoriating critique of the Indian conglomerate and its leadership as he accused the business of causing “immeasurable harm” to his reputation.

Cyrus Mistry hit back this week after Tata Sons, the corporation that owns Jaguar Land Rover and the Port Talbot steelworks, announced his departure with sources close to the firm citing a “lack of performance”. His exit followed disagreements with Ratan Tata, a scion of Tata’s founding family, who will take over as interim chairman until a successor is found.

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Mauritius Communiqué as agreed at "Towards COP22: African Ministerial Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change
Balaclava, Republic of Mauritius, September 1, 2016 ‒ We, the Ministers and representatives of the participating countries to the “Towards COP22: African Ministerial Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change”, (hereinafter referred to as “AMCOECC”), held in Balaclava, Mauritius on September 1-2, 2016; Recognizing that more than 60 percent of the world’s economic output takes place near coastlines, and that in some African countries, the ocean economy contributes one-quarter of revenues and one-third of export revenues; Affirming that Africa relies on its oceans to feed its people, now and into the future; Noting that coastal population growth, overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, pollution, unsustainable tourism and other issues degrade marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystems, cause coastal erosion and flooding, and reduce livelihood opportunities, and aggravate poverty; Recognizing that one of the biggest threats to coastal and marine systems is climate change, the impacts of which are already being detected in many cases and areas of Africa; Affirming that developing ocean economies in a sustainable fashion is possible in a number of areas, including fisheries, aquaculture, minerals, energy, transport and trade, tourism and recreation, and marine biotechnology; Recalling the outcomes of several key international conferences pertaining to Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) treating the issues of oceans and climate change, such as the UN Declaration of Barbados and the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, the Nouakchott Declaration for the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, the UN High-level Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, the UN Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (Samoa Pathway), the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Addis Ababa Accord Agenda, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”, the African Union’s “African Decade of the Seas”, 2 the Islands Declaration on Climate Change of Saint Denis de la Réunion, and the Declaration of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on enhancing cooperation for sustainable development in the Indian Ocean region; Recalling also the decision of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to prepare a special report on climate change and the oceans and cryosphere by 2018; Building on the Lima-Paris Action Agenda which enhanced the implementation of climate action and which provided practical guidelines and orientations to both state and the non-state actors to implement the Paris Agreement and support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process, and also supporting the decision of the UN General Assembly to convene a high-level conference on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 in New York, June 2017; United in our common vision of a prosperous, resilient and inclusive Africa, in our belief that as a continent, we need to be part of the solution to climate change; Convinced that we have demonstrated leadership through our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) made at the UNFCCC’s COP21 in Paris and that now, we are ready for business and will embed climate considerations in developing our ocean economies; Supporting the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which includes specific SDGs on the sustainable use of the oceans, seas, on food security and nutrition, on poverty reduction and climate change amongst others; Alarmed that obtaining easy access to additional and predictable international finance, especially for African SIDS and Least Developed Countries remains a major obstacle for many African developing countries; Encouraged by the efforts of the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and other development partners to stimulate climate-smart ocean economies; Urging the full promotion of collaboration and regional cooperation among African nations for sharing of capacity, data, and research for the sustainable management of marine resources; Noting the importance of establishing regional centers of excellence to advance ocean economies, including in the Indian Ocean region, and commending those countries that have already taken steps in this direction, among which the Republic of Mauritius; Thanking the Government of the Republic of Mauritius for its initiative to host the AMCOECC and the World Bank Group and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for their leadership in supporting the development of climate-smart ocean economies; Call onAll parties, including governments, private companies, development and other financial institutions, to factor sustainability and transparency into any investment program designed to develop ocean economies, and thus to conduct proper environmental impact assessments and foster the resilience of planned investments to likely climate change impacts, and their inclusiveness;African countries to promote sustainable resource use practices in a transparent manner and ratify the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing;African countries to implement their NDCs, in particular the actions designed to foster the resilience of oceans and coastal areas;International organizations to help African countries refine their NDCs to include oceans and coastal areas among their priority targets;Development partners, in particular the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to prepare a package consisting of technical and financial assistance in support of ocean economies and the resilience of oceans and coastal areas to climate change, including through NDC implementation, and to present a proposal at COP22, meeting in Marrakesh in November 2016;African countries to include climate-smart ocean economies in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Africa Dialogue in Cape Town in October 2016 and in the Africa Adaptation Initiative, and to promote new initiatives on climate-smart ocean economies;Accredited entities under the GCF to prepare program proposals on ocean economies and climate change in Africa for submission to the GCF;The international scientific community to work closely with regional centers of excellence and development partners, to assist African scientific, research and educational institutions in developing knowledge about the current and likely impacts of climate change in the future, and in building African capacity in support of climate-smart ocean economies;Sub-national jurisdictions to create a network to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful and sustainable action in support of climate-smart ocean economies;Leaders at COP22 to take action in support of climate-smart ocean economies, and the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to convene a dialogue on African oceans and coasts during Oceans Day.
Africa’s Ocean Economy: Ministers, World Bank and Partners Call for Action-Oriented Sustainable Climate-Smart Investment
Balaclava, MAURITIUS, September 6, 2016— African Ministers from coastal countries and small island developing states along with the World Bank and development partners met in Mauritius on September 1 and 2 at the African Ministerial Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change to discuss the importance of building sustainable climate-smart ocean economies in Africa. In a final communiqué, known as the “Mauritius Communiqué”, the Conference participants agreed on a common vision of a prosperous, resilient and inclusive Africa, and noted that the continent will be a leader in the pursuit of climate-smart ocean economies. “The Mauritius Communiqué contains a strong call for climate action in favor of African oceans and coasts,” said Jamal Saghir, Senior Regional Adviser at the World Bank and Co-Chair of the Conference. “The World Bank, together with the African Development Bank and FAO, will prepare a package of measures, consisting of both financial and technical assistance, to support African countries in developing their ocean-based economies in a sustainable way.” Saghir added that the package, which could include up to $670 million from the World Bank’s IDA fund and matching requests to the Green Climate Fund and other sources, will be submitted to African countries for consideration. As part of the “Mauritius Communiqué,” governments, private companies, development and other financial institutions agreed to factor sustainability and transparency into all investment programs to develop ocean and coastal economies and conduct proper environmental impact assessments. The Communiqué established a link between the development of the ocean economy and climate action. Besides the call for submitting programs to the Green Climate Fund, there is also an expectation that African countries will revisit their Nationally Determined Contributions to take oceanic and coastal issues into account. The small island state yet large ocean state of Mauritius provided a remarkable setting for the conference. “Mauritius is proud to have shown leadership and convened this important conference – the first one in Africa and the world. The Conference helps Africa speak with one voice on the topic of the ocean economy and climate change, which is so crucial for the continent’s future,” said Hon. Mr. Xavier Luc Duval, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius. “The private sector participated fully and a number of investment opportunities were discussed.” Like other island nations, Mauritius has lost 11 percent of its coastline to severe erosion, while live coral is decreasing.  At the same time, the country has adopted measures such as banning sand mining, and the ministerial meeting here shared best practices and lessons learned for future development. African governments are concerned about coastal population growth, overfishing, as well as the degradation of marine and coastal diversity and ecosystems. All of these issues degrade oceanic and coastal resources, reduce livelihood opportunities, and aggravate poverty. Five hundred thousand people are impacted by coastal floods in West Africa alone every year. The cost of coastal erosion and degradation in Togo, for instance, and associated lost economic opportunity is about 3% of its GDP, or $296 million (in 2013). “Togo is hosting an Extraordinary Summit of the African Union on maritime safety and security and development in Africa in October,” said H. E. Andre Johnson, Togo’s Minister of Environment. “The Mauritius Communiqué will provide a very useful input to the Summit, and the Togolese government will champion the topic of climate-smart ocean economies going forward.”
Économie bleue en Afrique : la Banque mondiale, les ministres africains et les partenaires au développement appellent à des investissements durables et intelligents face au climat
Balaclava, MAURICE, le 6 septembre 2016— Les ministres africains de plusieurs pays côtiers et de petits États insulaires en développement, la Banque mondiale et des partenaires au développement se sont rencontrés à Maurice les 1er et 2 septembre lors de la Conférence ministérielle africaine sur les économies bleues et le changement climatique, pour débattre de la construction d’une économie bleue, durable et intelligente face aux enjeux climatiques en Afrique. Dans un communiqué final intitulé  « Communiqué de Maurice », les participants à la conférence ont exposé leur vision commune d’une Afrique prospère, résiliente et inclusive, et ont noté le rôle prépondérant du continent dans la quête d’une économie bleue et intelligente face au climat. « Le Communiqué de Maurice lance un appel fort à agir pour le climat afin de préserver les océans et les côtes africaines », a déclaré Jamal Saghir, conseiller régional senior à la Banque mondiale et coprésident de la conférence.« La Banque mondiale, avec la Banque africaine de développement et la FAO, préparera une série de mesures d’appui financier et technique pour aider les pays africains à développer une économie durable axée sur les océans. » Jamal Saghir a ajouté que ce projet d’aide qui devrait atteindre 670 millions de dollars et sera financé à part égale par l’IDA (le fonds de la Banque mondiale destiné aux pays les plus pauvres) et le Fonds vert pour le climat ainsi que par d’autres sources, sera soumis aux pays africains pour examen. Les gouvernements, les entreprises privées, les organisations du développement et d’autres institutions financières se sont engagées dans le « Communiqué de Maurice » à développer les économies bleues et côtières, et, à piloter des évaluations d’impact environnemental appropriées en intégrant une clause de durabilité et de transparence dans tous leurs programmes d’investissement. Ce communiqué établit un lien entre le développement d’une économie bleue et l’action pour le climat. Nous invitons les pays à soumettre des propositions de programmes au Fonds vert pour le climat et à réexaminer leurs contributions nationales pour tenir compte des problématiques océaniques et côtières. Maurice, petit État insulaire, mais grand État océanique, a fourni un cadre exceptionnel pour la conférence. « Maurice est fier d’avoir fait preuve de leadership en organisant cette importante conférence – la première en Afrique et dans le monde. Cette conférence aide l’Afrique à parler d’une même voix sur l’économie bleue et sur le changement climatique, deux problématiques essentielles au futur du continent », explique Xavier Luc Duval, vice-premier ministre de Maurice. « Le secteur privé a pleinement participé et de nombreuses opportunités d’investissement ont été examinées. » Comme d’autres pays insulaires, Maurice a perdu 11 % de son littoral en raison d’une importante érosion, et la barrière de corail se réduit. Le pays a adopté des mesures pour y remédier, notamment l’interdiction de l’extraction de sable. La Conférence ministérielle africaine sur l’économie bleue lui a permis de partager son expérience, de débattre des meilleures pratiques avec les autres pays et d’en tirer des enseignements pour le futur. La croissance démographique sur le littoral, la surpêche et la dégradation de la biodiversité des écosystèmes marins et côtiers sont autant de sujets qui préoccupent les gouvernements africains. Tous ces problèmes dégradent les côtes et les océans, réduisent les sources de subsistance pour les populations et aggravent la pauvreté. Cinq cent mille personnes sont touchées chaque année par les inondations côtières en Afrique de l'Ouest. Au Togo, par exemple, le coût de l’érosion et de la dégradation côtière, et le déclin des opportunités économiques qui en résulte représentaient environ 3 % de son PIB, soit 296 millions de dollars, en 2013. « Le Togo accueillera un sommet extraordinaire de l’Union africaine sur la sûreté et la sécurité maritime et sur le développement en octobre prochain », a annoncé André Johnson, ministre de l’Environnement du Togo. « Le Communiqué de Maurice apporte une importante contribution au sommet, et le gouvernement togolais plaidera en faveur des économies bleues intelligentes face au climat.»
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