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Green Climate Fund approves new projects, new director

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 marzo 2019

The Green Climate Fund has approved US$440 million in financing for nine projects around the world, and appointed a new executive director, Yannick Glemarec, as the institution works to distance itself from internal disputes that led the fund’s previous head to resign.The GCF was established in 2010 as a mechanism to bring together developed and developing countries to fund climate adaptation and emissions reductions projects. So far countries have pledged US$10.3 billion in funding, and the fund has committed US$5 billion across more than 100 projects.A further pledging conference is due to take place later this year, and the fund has been under pressure to demonstrate its value and its ability to disburse money. Last July, the GCF’s executive director, Howard Bamsey, quit after the fund’s board failed to approve any of a slate of US$1 billion worth of projects that were up for review. Bamsey’s resignation deepened the sense of crisis around the GCF, which had already been the target of attacks from the Trump administration.Barack Obama’s administration pledged US$3 billion to the fund, but his successor reneged on the promise with US$2 billion still outstanding.The GCF has tried to improve the flow of projects by creating a new, simplified funding process. Two of the nine projects approved in February came through this new mechanism—both of them climate resilience initiatives. Among the approved projects are a US$100 million solar power programme in Nigeria and a US$96.5 million forestry scheme in Brazil.“GCF now has a US$5 billion portfolio in 97 countries supporting low-emission, climate-resilient development,” Javier Manzanares, the interim executive director, said. “With decisions to ensure better governance, new project approvals, and a reinforced readiness programme, this board meeting has left us in great shape for our first replenishment.” Glemarec is a veteran of the development sector, having served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and deputy executive director for policy and programme at UN Women until last year, as well as being the UN Development Programme’s executive coordinator for the Global Environment Facility between 2007 and 2012.

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Adam Thomas joins EJC as new Director

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 luglio 2016

Adam ThomasThe European Journalism Centre is pleased to announce Adam Thomas as its new Director. Thomas will fill the role vacated by departing Director Wilfried Ruetten, who has held the position since 2006. Adam Thomas brings experience of start-ups, traditional media industry and media development from both the private and non-profit sectors from his previous roles at Storyful and Sourcefabric.
“By choosing Adam Thomas as the new Director, the EJC wants to send a message,” said Vicent Partal, EJC Board Chair. “In the coming years we will dig deeper still into the most important questions journalism faces today. Adam has experience in developing some of the most successful projects in new journalism that we have seen in Europe. He is an asset that will help our organization to become a lighthouse for all those interested in innovation, in ethics, and in technology. The EJC plays a major role in helping our colleagues throughout the world to understand the changing scenario of the news business. We must preserve the best traditions of journalism in order to serve our communities and fulfill the role media must play in a complex world. Adam’s leadership will be crucial to achieving these objectives.” “The Board wishes to express its sincere and profound appreciation of Mr. Ruetten’s achievements since he took office in 2006. It is thanks to him that the EJC has successfully tackled the last decade’s changes in the journalism ecosystem and innovated its approaches, offers, and initiatives in response to the online environment. The foundation has weathered this transition with flying colours and proactively adapted new tools, developed new partnerships, and acquired new audiences in the process. Under Mr. Ruetten’s guidance, the EJC has become one of the most important supporters of quality journalism in Europe through up-to-date training, grant programmes, and accompanying activities.”Mr. Thomas will start as Director effective January 1st 2017. He will move to Maastricht in November 2016 to work with Mr Rütten on the transition. “I’m delighted to join the EJC,” Thomas said. “Technology is transforming media consumption, delivery, partnerships, ethics and experimentation. Through projects like the News Impact Summits, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme, Data Driven Journalism, and the Verification Handbook, the EJC has changed the way journalists work. I believe the EJC is now perfectly positioned to ensure the independence and importance of journalism with a new era of invention and profitability. The Board and I share a vision that places the EJC at the heart of the innovation and debate around journalism, ethics, and technology globally.”
Adam Thomas is an award-winning journalism and technology leader. In his previous role as Chief Product Officer at Storyful, he was responsible for the vision and delivery of over 20 innovative journalism products to 150 of the world’s biggest media organisations. Adam joined Storyful in July 2013 as director of Business Development. The company was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, and has grown from 27 people to over 120 in New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Dublin.Previously, he was Head of Communications at the international nonprofit Sourcefabric, where he managed communications strategy and community growth. Adam has worked on media development projects in over 50 countries worldwide. His teams and projects have won an INMA Global Innovation Award, the African News Innovation Challenge, a Guardian Digital Innovation Award (Best Technology for Social Change) and a Knight-Batten Innovations in Journalism Award. (photo: Adam Thomas)

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FRA’s new Director takes up the reins

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 dicembre 2015

viennaVienna. On 16 December, a new era begins for FRA as Michael O’Flaherty starts work as its new Director, actively taking part in the Agency’s Management Board meeting and in a public round table event welcoming him to Vienna. Here is keen to engage with partners and stakeholders.
“These are challenging times, in which we must remain firm in our human rights resolve. The Fundamental Rights Agency has a critical role to play and I take on the position of its director with a determination to ensure that it will deliver on its responsibility.”The Agency has built up an impressive body of knowledge and expertise. This work is of critical importance to support the EU institutions and Member States in finding sustainable solutions to the fundamental rights challenges in the EU today. I look forward to continue strengthening the impact of the FRA outputs whereby they contribute to the strengthening of fundamental rights protection in very concrete and practical terms.”I firmly believe in the importance of building alliances and working closely with FRA’s many partners and networks. Together we must build a culture of human rights that is embedded in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the other European and international human rights obligations. On this basis and in respect for our various competencies, we all working together will ensure societies that are open and inclusive and that promote, respect and protect all human rights for all.”

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