Global Center on Adaptation and AUDA-NEPAD Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Accelerate Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Rotterdam, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on accelerating climate change adaptation efforts across Africa. Building on the AUC-GCA-AfDB Africa-led, Africa-owned Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), the partnership will support African member states to respond to the impact of the climate crisis.

The MoU establishes a framework for joint initiatives in such critical areas as access to climate adaptation finance, technical and institutional capacity building, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable land and water management, and disaster risk management inclusive the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative. The GCA and AUDA-NEPAD will also collaborate hand-in-hand to ensure full delivery on the $25 billion ambition of the AAAP by 2025 and to build the ground for even more ambitious follow-through beyond 2025.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the GCA regional office in Rotterdam, GCA CEO Professor Patrick V. Verkooijen said: “We are delighted to formalize our collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD through this MoU. Together, we will work towards a climate-resilient Africa by leveraging our combined expertise and resources to support innovative climate adaptation actions on the ground. AAAP is the world’s largest climate adaptation program and the full delivery on the $25 billion ambition it by 2025 is crucial to keeping Africa safe from the escalating impacts of the climate crisis. This partnership is a significant step in our mission to accelerate climate adaptation solutions for Africa.”

Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD said: “This MoU with the Global Center on Adaptation marks a pivotal moment in our efforts to build a resilient Africa. We are going to galvanize and double down on progress to fully deliver the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program, as well as to take it to the next stages with the full engagement of Africa. By pooling our strengths, we will enhance the capacity of African countries to adapt to climate change, ensuring sustainable development and improved livelihoods for all. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration that will drive impactful adaptation initiatives across the continent.”

Key areas of cooperation outlined in the MoU include:

  1. Access to Climate Adaptation Finance: enhancing access to international climate finance for adaptation projects in Africa.
  2. Climate adaptation and training: providing capacity-building initiatives to strengthen adaptation planning and implementation at the local level.
  3. Institutional Support and collaboration: supporting the programmatic activities of the AUDA-NEPAD Centre on Climate Resilience and Adaptation.
  4. Climate-Smart Agriculture: promoting climate-smart technologies to improve agricultural productivity and food security.
  5. Sustainable Land and Water Management: scaling up nature-based practices to manage land degradation and drought.
  6. Building Resilience and Addressing Fragility and Food Insecurity in Rural Settings: mainstreaming climate adaptation jobs in youth-led enterprises with innovative climate adaptation and resilience solutions; and supporting access to digital advisory services and scalable investments for improved and resilient livelihoods linked to the energy-water-food nexus in rural areas.
  7. Support African Member States on Disaster Risk Management: increasing integration of disaster risk reduction in regional and national sustainable development frameworks and testing risk-informed preparedness plans.
  8. Support for African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative: providing technical capacity to accelerate agroforestry investments to restore degraded landscapes and build resilient communities.
  9. Infrastructure Resilience: enhancing the resilience of infrastructure projects against climate impacts through capacity building and the identification of priority adaptation projects.

The GCA and AUDA-NEPAD will also jointly organize events and advocacy initiatives to promote climate adaptation. This includes participation in such continental and global climate forums as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Africa Climate Weeks and the GCA Annual Climate Adaptation Summit.

Notes to Editors
About the Global Center on Adaptation
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that promotes adaptation to the impacts of climate change. It works to climate-proof development by instigating policy reforms and influencing investments made by international financial institutions and the private sector. The goal is to bring climate adaptation to the forefront of the global fight against climate change and ensure that it remains prominent. Founded in 2018, GCA embodies innovation in its approach to climate adaptation as well as in its physical presence. It operates from the largest floating office in the world, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Together with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and partners, the GCA is spearheading the world’s largest adaptation program, the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), which aims to shape $25 billion in climate proofed development investments by 2025. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Beijing, China. The GCA will open a new Africa Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in 2025.

About the African Union Development Agency
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) is the development agency of the African Union. It is mandated by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government to coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realization of Agenda 2063. Its other objectives are to strengthen the capacity of African Union Member States and regional bodies, advance knowledge-based advisory support, undertake the full range of resource mobilization and serve as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners.

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Anuncia Transição de CEO para o dia 1º de julho de 2024

TEMECULA, Califórnia, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376), após uma votação do Conselho hoje anunciou que a partir de 1º de julho de 2024, Adrian Ridge sucederá a Peter Wagner como CEO da Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (parte da Divisão Industrial da Nikkiso). Wagner permanecerá no Conselho como Presidente Executivo do Nikkiso CE&IG Group.

Como CEO, Ridge, que atualmente é Vice-Presidente Executivo de Operações e Manufatura do Nikkiso CE&IG Group, impulsionará os resultados operacionais e financeiros e preparará o Grupo para o crescimento futuro. A nova função de Wagner como Presidente Executivo se concentrará em impulsionar a visão e a estratégia de longo prazo do Grupo na qualidade de consultor.

“Em seis anos sob a liderança de Peter, a Nikkiso CE&IG mais do que quadruplicou os negócios e está posicionada para um forte crescimento contínuo”, disse Toshihiko Kai, Presidente e CEO da Nikkiso. “Queremos agradecer a sua liderança e dar as boas-vindas a Adrian como novo CEO do Grupo.”

Antes de ingressar na Nikkiso em 2018, Wagner foi CEO e Diretor de Marketing do LEWA Group. Ridge ingressou na Nikkiso em 2022, após aproximadamente 30 anos na Atlas Copco onde atuou em vários cargos de liderança.

Sobre a Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Desde a sua criação em 1953, a Nikkiso contribuiu para resolver questões sociais, antecipando as mudanças com tecnologias e produtos pioneiros no mundo e no Japão. No âmbito industrial, a Nikkiso criou novos mercados ao desenvolver produtos no campo da energia, produtos relacionados à hemodiálise para a indústria médica, e aeroestruturas de CFRP (plástico reforçado com fibra de carbono) para a indústria aeroespacial.

Sobre a Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group é um fornecedor líder de equipamentos criogênicos, tecnologias e aplicações para os segmentos de mercado de energia limpa e gás industrial. O Grupo emprega mais de 1.600 pessoas em 22 países e é liderado pela Cryogenic Industries, Inc., uma subsidiária integral da Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376) no sul da Califórnia, EUA.

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Le groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases annonce un changement de direction au 1er juillet 2024

TEMECULA, Californie, 14 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE : 6376) annonce ce jour qu’à l’issue d’une délibération du Conseil d’administration, Adrian Ridge succédera dès le 1er juillet 2024 à Peter Wagner à la présidence du groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases. Ce groupe fait partie de la branche industrielle de la maison mère. Monsieur Wagner conserve son siège au Conseil et y exercera les fonctions de Président exécutif du groupe Nikkiso CE&IG.

À la présidence du Conseil d’administration, Monsieur Ridge, actuellement Vice-président exécutif de l’exploitation et de la branche industrielle du groupe Nikkiso CE&IG, veillera à en piloter les performances opérationnelles et financières et à préparer le groupe pour sa future vague de croissance. Sous sa nouvelle casquette de Président exécutif, Monsieur Wagner se concentrera sur la vision et la stratégie à long terme du groupe et assumera le rôle de conseiller.

« Au cours des six ans du mandat de Peter Wagner, l’activité de Nikkiso CE&IG a plus que quadruplé et le groupe est en pole position pour enregistrer une croissance continue appuyée », observe Toshihiko Kai, Président et directeur général de Nikkiso. Et de conclure : « Je tiens à le remercier sincèrement pour sa direction, et j’accueille volontiers Adrian Ridge à la présidence du Conseil ».

Avant de rejoindre Nikkiso en 2018, Peter Wagner était PDG et directeur général du groupe LEWA, tandis qu’Alan Ridge a choisi Nikkiso en 2022 après avoir passé près de 30 ans chez Atlas Copco, où il a occupé divers postes de direction.

À propos de Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Depuis sa création en 1953, Nikkiso a contribué à la résolution des conflits sociaux en anticipant les changements d’époque au moyen de technologies et de produits d’innovation parmi les premiers au monde et au Japon. Dans le secteur de l’industrie, Nikkiso a suscité de nouveaux marchés en développant des produits propres au domaine de l’énergie, des produits propres au domaine médical et liés à l’hémodialyse et des structures aériennes en polymère renforcé de fibres de carbone (ou PRFC) pour le compte de l’aérospatiale.

À propos du groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases

Le groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases est un fournisseur leader d’équipements cryogéniques et de technologies et d’applications conçues pour les marchés inhérents à l’énergie propre et aux gaz industriels. Il emploie plus de 1 600 collaborateurs répartis dans 22 pays et se place sous la tutelle de Cryogenic Industries, Inc., une entreprise située au sud de l’État californien des États-Unis, elle-même une filiale en propriété exclusive de Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE : 6376).

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From Awareness to Action on Global Fatty Liver Day

Global Liver Institute Unites the Field in Times of Name Changes and New Treatments

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today marks the seventh annual Global Fatty Liver Day (formerly International NASH Day), led by Global Liver Institute (GLI) with the theme “Act Now, Screen Today.” This campaign underscores the crucial need for early identification and treatment of fatty liver disease to prevent its progression to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, or cancer.

Fatty liver disease is now estimated to affect 1 in 3 adults worldwide, and its prevalence is increasing. Fatty liver disease during childhood, once unheard of, is also on the rise. Early detection and timely intervention, whether through lifestyle changes or medical treatments, are essential in stopping and even reversing the progression of the disease. “Act Now, Screen Today” emphasizes that liver health is achievable, but action must begin immediately. Across the globe, partners are driving awareness and educational efforts and ensuring broader access to essential screenings and care.

Global Fatty Liver Day, observed annually on the second Thursday of June, is a rallying cry for collective action to address the growing prevalence of fatty liver disease, the most common liver disease worldwide. “Act Now, Screen Today” reminds everyone that liver health is within reach. Here are specific actions you can take today:

  • Take advantage of liver health screening events happening globally to get assessed for fatty liver disease or schedule a check-up with your doctor, especially if you are managing closely associated metabolic conditions like obesity or diabetes
  • Increase physical activity, as maintaining an active lifestyle can improve liver health
  • Learn about fatty liver disease and its risk factors to take proactive steps towards prevention and management yourself or learn more about the latest research and guidelines for your patients.

With a robust pipeline of pharmaceutical treatments that address diverse mechanisms of action in progress, it is important to identify individuals’ position within the progression of fatty liver disease so that they are poised to receive the most appropriate care possible. Notably, pharmaceutical treatments are available (for certain groups with advanced disease) in two countries, the United States (resmetirom) and India (saroglitazar).

“As a community, we stand at a critical time for the broader global health system to act now to support patients,” shares Donna R. Cryer, JD, Founder and CEO of GLI. “As pharmaceutical treatment options gain approval in different geographies, health payers and systems must listen to the call from global advocates and not place undue obstacles to care – whether that be required biopsy, ambiguous lifestyle requirements, or other hurdles – so that patients are able to access the care they require, no matter who or where they are.”

Recognizing the importance of early detection, a diverse range of partners, including healthcare providers, patient advocacy groups, and community organizations, have joined forces to “Act Now, Screen Today” and launch screening events around the world. From Chile to Nigeria to the Netherlands, the Philippines, and beyond, these events aim to raise awareness, provide education, and offer screening services to individuals at risk of fatty liver disease or the providers who care for them. Global Fatty Liver Day activities are driving positive change at the grassroots level.

“Global Fatty Liver Day is an urgent call-to-action to unite our global efforts to confront the scourge of fatty liver disease,” shares Cat Evans, Director of Program Operations at GLI. “We must act now. By working together, we have the power to create significant change in preventing and managing this pressing health issue through our collaborative efforts.”

Although the challenge of fatty liver disease to the well-being of communities around the globe is great, the power of locally-rooted, collective efforts can turn the tide towards positive change by heightening awareness, equipping people and their healthcare providers with prevention and management tools, expanding understanding of the disease through research, and protecting future liver health through effective policies.

About Global Liver Institute

Global Liver Institute (GLI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in the belief that liver health must take its place on the global public health agenda commensurate with the prevalence and impact of liver illness. GLI promotes innovation, encourages collaboration, and supports the scaling of optimal approaches to help eradicate liver diseases. Operating globally, GLI is committed to solving the problems that matter to liver patients and equipping advocates to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by liver disease. Follow GLI on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube, or visit www.globalliver.org. GLI is the host of Global Fatty Liver Day.

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Adalvo Secures First EU Generic Approval for Liraglutide Pre-Filled Pen

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Anil Okay, Adalvo CEO, expresses his thoughts on this milestone

SAN ĠWANN, Malta, June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adalvo announces the successful DCP approval for Liraglutide pre-filled pen, marking it as the first generic approval in the EU.

As a bioequivalent version of Victoza® pre-filled pen, indicated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, this peptide drug achieved global sales exceeding $4.8 billion in 2023, as reported by IQVIA.

The successful development of Liraglutide highlights Adalvo’s capability to offer a diverse and comprehensive diabetes portfolio, encompassing both complex peptide injectables and small molecule oral treatments.

Adalvo’s commitment to providing access to high-quality differentiated products while simultaneously navigating manufacturing complexities reinforces Adalvo’s position as a trusted leader in the pharmaceutical industry.

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At Adalvo, there are no half-measures – they are always on target. Their mission is to be faster and stronger than their competitors, driving their vision forward with a winning team.

Adalvo is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in all their endeavors and looks forward to continuing to deliver innovative healthcare solutions that make a difference in the lives of patients worldwide.

About Adalvo

Adalvo is a global pharmaceutical company, and one of the leading B2B pharmaceutical companies in Europe, with commercial partnerships in more than 130 countries and over 140 commercial partners globally. The company’s declared purpose is to make a difference for patients all over the world, driven by our smart collaboration network and commitment to delivering the highest quality differentiated products and services to our partners.

Adalvo takes pride in their ability to help partners reach their goals – be those increasing revenues or pushing into new markets. Tirelessly strives for excellence in all of its endeavours, driven by a deep-rooted passion for making a difference for partners.

The company’s purpose-driven culture is committed to improving the lives of patients around the world. Adalvo’s dynamic leadership team brings significant experience and industry know-how, which has helped to establish the company as a reliable global partner in the industry.

Contacts: Gabrielle Cassar, gabrielle.cassar@adalvo.com

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Cashew Coast lève 9 millions d’euros auprès d’AgDevCo pour développer son activité de transformation de noix de cajou bio et traçable en Côte d’Ivoire

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Cashew Kernels from Ivory Coast Cashew Coast

LONDRES, 13 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AgDevCo a le plaisir d’annoncer son dernier investissement en Côte d’Ivoire dans Cashew Coast, une entreprise de transformation de noix de cajou en pleine croissance, qui emploie 750 personnes et s’approvisionne localement auprès de plus de 7 000 agriculteurs.

La Côte d’Ivoire est le premier producteur de noix de cajou au monde. Ces noix sont cependant majoritairement exportées sous forme brute pour être transformées au Vietnam et en Inde, avant d’être expédiées vers les marchés finaux en Europe et aux États-Unis, un aller-retour long et coûteux.

Cashew Coast est le fer de lance d’une volonté nationale de retenir davantage de valeur dans l’économie Ivoirienne. En transformant localement et en exportant directement sa production vers les supermarchés et les utilisateurs d’ingrédients, l’entreprise peut payer des prix plus élevés aux agriculteurs qui lui fournissent des noix de cajou biologiques et entièrement traçables.

Avec un fort engagement social et environnemental, Cashew Coast a été le premier transformateur en Côte d’Ivoire à obtenir la certification BRCGS (norme mondiale de référence en matière de sécurité alimentaire). L’entreprise a également remporté le prestigieux prix Fairtrade Africa Award en 2023.

Le prêt mezzanine d’AgDevCo de 9,0 millions d’euros (5,9 milliards de FCFA) financera l’expansion de la capacité de transformation de l’entreprise et la construction de nouveaux entrepôts, ainsi que des programmes d’amélioration de la productivité des agriculteurs. L’investissement permettra de doubler les volumes transformés par l’entreprise pour atteindre 19 000 tonnes de noix de cajou par an.

« Transformer les noix de cajou à la source fait entièrement sens, tant d’un point de vue environnemental qu’économique. Nous sommes extrêmement ravis de commencer ce partenariat avec Cashew Coast qui soutiendra la croissance de l’entreprise, créera plus d’emplois dans les zones rurales et contribuera à faire de l’Afrique de l’Ouest un leader mondiale de la transformation de noix de cajou», a déclaré Ismail Sentissi, directeur des investissements d’AgDevCo pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest.

« Le financement flexible et de long terme apporté par AgDevCo, ainsi que leur expertise dans l’agro-industrie africaine et leur important réseau professionnel, sont autant d’éléments qui nous aideront à réaliser la vision de notre entreprise », a déclaré Salma Seetaroo, PDG et cofondatrice de Cashew Coast. «Nous sommes très heureux de conclure cet investissement et espérons que cette étape clé fera de Cashew Coast un modèle de réussite commerciale reproductible ailleurs en Afrique. »

AgDevCo est un investisseur spécialisé dans l’agro-industrie africaine. Avec 280 millions de dollars sous gestion, AgDevCo a pour ambition de contribuer à développer des entreprises durables et à fort impact sur le continent Africain, en créant des emplois, en produisant et en transformant localement, et en reliant les agriculteurs locaux au marchés finaux. AgDevCo a réalisé plus de 65 investissements à ce jour. Plus d’informations disponibles sur www.agdevco.com

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Cashew Coast raises €9 million from AgDevCo to expand its traceable organic cashew processing business in Cote d’Ivoire

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Cashew Kernels from Ivory Coast Cashew Coast

LONDON, June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Specialist agriculture investor AgDevCo is pleased to announce its latest investment in Cote d’Ivoire, into Cashew Coast, a fast-growing cashew nut processing business, which employs 750 people and sources from more than 7,000 smallholder farmers.

Cote d’Ivoire is the largest producer of cashew in the world. Most cashew nuts are still exported in raw form for processing in Vietnam and India, before being shipped to end markets in Europe and the USA, a lengthy and expensive round-trip.

Cashew Coast is in the vanguard of a drive to capture more value in the domestic industry. By processing the cashews at source and shipping directly to supermarkets and ingredient users, the company can pay higher prices to its farmers for fully traceable, organic cashew nuts.

With a commitment to the highest standards, Cashew Coast was the first processor in Cote d’Ivoire to achieve BRCGS certification (the leading global standard for food safety) for cashew kernel exports. It also won the prestigious Fairtrade Africa Award in 2023.

AgDevCo’s mezzanine loan of €9.0 million (5.9 billion FCFA) will finance the expansion of the company’s processing capacity and the construction of new warehouses, alongside farmer productivity programmes. The investment will double the company’s processed volumes to 19,000 tonnes of raw cashew nuts a year.

“On both commercial and sustainability grounds, it makes sense to process cashews at origin. We are delighted to begin this partnership with Cashew Coast which will support the company’s continued growth, create more jobs in rural areas and help build a globally competitive cashew processing industry in West Africa,” said Ismail Sentissi, AgDevCo’s Investment Director for West Africa.

“AgDevCo brings long-term, flexible capital, combined with agricultural acumen and a network of contacts that will help us achieve our ambitious goals,” said Salma Seetaroo, Cashew Coast’s CEO and co-founder. “We are very pleased to close this investment and hope this key milestone will entrench Cashew Coast as a successful and replicable African business model.”

AgDevCo is a specialist investor in African agriculture, growing sustainable and impactful agribusiness, with USD 280m under management. Their vision is a thriving commercial agriculture sector, which benefits both, people and planet, by investing in and supporting agribusinesses to grow, creating jobs, producing, and processing food and linking farmers to markets. They support their partners to work towards climate sustainability, and where possible, regenerative solutions. AgDevCo has made more than 65 investments to date. More information can be found at www.agdevco.com

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces CEO Transition July 1, 2024

TEMECULA, Calif., June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376), announced today after a Board vote, that effective July 1, 2024, Adrian Ridge will succeed Peter Wagner as Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group’s (part of Nikkiso’s Industrial Division) as Chief Executive Officer. Wagner will stay on in a Board role as Executive Chairman for Nikkiso CE&IG Group.

As CEO, Ridge, who is currently Executive Vice President, Operations and Manufacturing for Nikkiso CE&IG Group, will drive operational and financial results and ready the Group for future growth. Wagner’s new role as Executive Chairman will focus on driving the vision and long-term strategy of the Group in an advisor capacity.

“In six years under Peter’s leadership, Nikkiso CE&IG has more than quadrupled business, and is positioned for strong continued growth,” said Toshihiko Kai, President and CEO, Nikkiso. “I want to thank him for his leadership, and welcome Adrian as the Group’s new CEO.”

Prior to joining Nikkiso in 2018, Wagner was CEO and Managing Director at LEWA Group. Ridge joined Nikkiso in 2022 after approximately 30 years at Atlas Copco serving in various leadership positions.

About Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Since its establishment in 1953, Nikkiso has contributed to solving social issues by anticipating the changing times with world-first and Japan-first technologies and products. In the industrial business, Nikkiso has created new markets by developing products in the energy field, hemodialysis-related products in the medical business, and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) aerostructures in the aerospace business.

About Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

The Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group is a leading provider of cryogenic equipment, technologies and applications for clean energy and industrial gas market segments. The Group employs more than 1,600 people in 22 countries and is headed by Cryogenic Industries, Inc. in Southern California, U.S., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376).

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Canada Under Investigation by UN Partner for Anti-Black Discrimination

TORONTO, June 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a landmark decision, the international body that hands out human rights accreditations has concluded that there is enough basis to review Canada’s “A” status – an unprecedented move that puts it among the ranks of countries like Russia, Iraq, and Venezuela.

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) — a United Nations partner — has launched a “Special Review” of the accreditation of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). This comes as the result of a complaint by a coalition of Canadian human rights organizations, which submitted federal findings of anti-Black discrimination at the Canadian Human Rights Commission as evidence.

Despite admitting to human rights violations, the Canadian government is currently vying for a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2028-2030, with a vote happening in 2026.

“With this international review, the Canadian government is now on notice,” says Nicholas Marcus Thompson, with the Black Class Action Secretariat, the coalition lead. “It cannot claim to be a global leader in human rights, while discriminating against its own at home.”

If the international body finds there are grounds to downgrade the CHRC to “B” status, for the first time ever, it will no longer have independent participation rights at the UN Human Rights Council, its subsidiary bodies, and some General Assembly bodies and mechanisms. Further, it will lose the right to vote and hold governance positions at GANHRI.

“The implications of this decision are very serious as Canada has never had its status reviewed in its more than 30 years as a GANHRI member,” says Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General for Amnesty International Canada. “We urge the Canadian government and the Commission to take all necessary measures to guarantee the integrity of the Commission and its critical role for Canadians.”

In line with the International Decade for People of African Descent, the coalition is calling for:

  • JUSTICE: Creating a properly funded direct-access model to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (removing CHRC’s role as a gatekeeper with the power to dismiss claims before they reach the Tribunal)
  • RECOGNITION: Expediting Employment Equity Act amendments to include Black people as an employment equity group.
  • DEVELOPMENT: Appointing a Black Equity Commissioner to address discrimination in the public service.

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On Feb 26, 2024, a coalition of human rights organizations submitted a complaint to the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

The coalition consists ofThe Black Class Action Secretariat (BCAS)the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)the Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (CBNA)The Enchanté Network, the Red Coalitionthe Federation of Black Canadians (FBC)613-819 Black Hubthe Black Canadians Civil Society Coalition (BCCSC) and The Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE)

The group provided as evidence: the findings of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s and the Senate Human Rights Committee’s findings of anti-black discrimination.

The complaint highlighted: violations to international human rights laws, and the Paris Principles, internationally agreed upon minimum standards which member human rights institutions are required to adhere to.

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) is one of the largest human rights networks worldwide, representing more than 110 National Human rights institutions. It is a recognised, and trusted partner, of the United Nations. GANHRI’s Sub-Committee on Accreditation is responsible for reviewing and accrediting national human rights institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles. The SCA met March 26-28 and published its report and recommendations on June 7, 2024. It decided to initiate a review of Iraq and Canada.

Canada has been a member of GAHNRI since its inception in 1993, through the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Its last accreditation review period was from 2016-2022, with its next review slated for 2027. This unprecedented “Special Review”, which Canada has never been subject to in its member history, will investigate the five year period preceding its most recent “A” status accreditation in 2022.

GANHRI members are reviewed every 5 yearsAs of December 2023, GANHRI is composed of 120 members: 88 “A” status accredited NHRIs and 32 “B” status accredited NHRIs.

There are currently two levels of accreditation:
Status “A” (Fully compliant with the Paris Principles): Institutions participate fully in the international and regional work and meetings of national institutions as voting members, and they can hold office in the Bureau of the International Coordinating Committee or any sub-committee the Bureau establishes. They are also able to participate in sessions of the Human Rights Council and take the floor under any agenda item, submit documentation and take up separate seating.
Status “B” (Partially compliant with the Paris Principles): Institutions may participate as observers in the international and regional meetings of the national human rights institutions. They cannot vote or hold office with the Bureau or its sub-committees. They are not given NHRIs badges, nor may they take the floor under agenda items and submit documentation to the Human Rights Council.

Countries that have previously been under Special ReviewBurundi, Madagascar, Nigeria, Chile, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Great Britain, Panama, Venezuela, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Russia, Iraq.

Special Review Process and timeline: GANHRI will conduct Canada’s Special Review in the fall of 2024, with a decision in the ensuing months. It will examine the five year period from 2016-2022 that led to its most recent “A” status accreditation. If Canada is downgraded to “B” status, it will no longer have independent participation rights at the UN Human Rights Council, its subsidiary bodies and some General Assembly bodies and mechanisms, and will lose the right to vote and hold governance positions at GANHRI.

ADDITIONAL FILES:

VIDEO: GANRHI Meeting
https://www.instagram.com/reel/CzjpWKcJGhX/?igsh=ajk2dHlmcWVnZmd6

MAP: Countries subjected to Special Review
https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e4f35_458bc54c3f894c6690c810cb81e9b376~mv2.jpg

MAP: GANHRI countries with A/B certifications
https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Issues/HRIndicators/NHRI_map.pdf

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Avis aux médias : dans une decision historique, une instance internationale examinera l’accréditation du Canada en matière de droits de la personne pour cause de discrimination anti-Noir.e.s

TORONTO, 12 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dans une décision historique, l’instance internationale qui délivre les accréditations en matière de droits de la personne a conclu qu’il y avait suffisamment d’éléments pour revoir la classification de « statut A » attitrée au Canada. Il s’agit d’une décision historique qui positionne le Canada au même rang que des pays tels que la Russie, l’Irak et le Venezuela.

L’Alliance mondiale des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme (GANHRI), un organe des Nations unies, a lancé un « examen spécial » de l’accréditation de la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne (CCDP). Cette décision fait suite à une plainte déposée par une coalition d’organisations canadiennes de défense de la personne, qui a présenté des constats fédéraux de discrimination anti-Noir.e.s au sein de la Commission canadienne des doits de la personne à titre de preuve.

Bien qu’il ait admis avoir commis des violations des droits de la personne, le gouvernement canadien est actuellement en lice pour obtenir un siège au Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies pour la période 2028-2030, avec un vote en 2026.

« Avec cet examen international, le gouvernement canadien est désormais averti », déclare Nicholas Marcus Thompson, président et directeur général du le Secrétariat du recours collectif des Noir.e.s. « Il ne peut pas prétendre être un leader mondial en matière de droits de la personne, tout en discriminant les siens dans son propre pays. »

Si cette instance internationale estime qu’il y a des raisons de rétrograder la CCDP au « statut B », pour la toute première fois, le Canada n’aura plus de droit de participation indépendante au Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations unies, à ses instances subsidiaires ainsi qu’à certains organes et mécanismes de l’Assemblée générale. En outre, le Canada perdra le droit de voter et d’occuper des postes de gouvernance au sein de la GANHRI.

Si cette instance internationale estime qu’il y a des raisons de rétrograder la CCDP à la catégorie de « statut B », pour la toute première fois, le Canada n’aurait plus de droit de participation indépendante au Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations unies, à ses instances subsidiaires ainsi qu’à certains organes et mécanismes de l’Assemblée générale. De plus, le Canada perdrait le droit de voter et d’occuper des postes de gouvernance au sein de la GANHRI.

« Les implications de cette décision sont très graves pour le Canada. Elle risque de ternir irrémédiablement sa réputation de leader mondial en matière de droits de la personne. Au cours de ses 30 années d’adhésion à la GANHRI, le Canada n’a jamais vu son statut révisé », a déclaré Ketty Nivyabandi, secrétaire générale d’Amnistie internationale Canada. « Nous exhortons le gouvernement canadien et la Commission à prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires pour garantir l’intégrité de la Commission et le rôle essentiel qu’elle joue pour les Canadiens et Canadiennes ».

La coalition des groupes canadiens de défense des droits de l’homme, dirigée par Le Secrétariat du Recours collectif Noir (SRCN), demande :

  • JUSTICE : Le ministre de la Justice et le procureur général Arif Virani doivent amorcer la création d’un modèle d’accès direct au Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne qui soit adéquatement financé (ce qui éliminerait par le fait même que la CCDP puisse agir comme gardien ayant le pouvoir de rejeter les plaintes avant qu’elles n’atteignent le Tribunal).
  • RECONNAISSANCE : Le gouvernement canadien doit accélérer les amendements à la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi, attendus depuis longtemps, afin d’inclure les Canadiens noirs dans le groupe d’équité en matière d’emploi.
  • ACTION : Le gouvernement fédéral doit nommer un commissaire à l’équité pour les Noir.e.s qui sera un.e parlementaire indépendant.e chargé.e de superviser et de maintenir l’équité à tous les niveaux de l’administration et de la fonction publique.

REGARDEZ LA CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE, ACCÉDEZ AUX LIENS, AUX INFORMATIONS GÉNÉRALES ET AUX PHOTOS ICI : https://www.bcas-srcn.org/post/chrc-under-special-review-for-discrimination

CONTACT MÉDIA: Ginella Massa, de Massa Media & Comms | info@massamedia.ca

RENSEIGNEMENTS D’ORDRE GÉNÉRAL :

Le 26 février 2024, une coalition d’organisations de défense des droits de la personne a déposé une plainte auprès de l’Alliance mondiale des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme (GANHRI).

La coalition est composée des organisations suivantes : Le Secrétariat du Recours collectif noir (SRCN)Alliance de la fonction publique du Canada (AFPC)Syndicat national des employées et employés généraux du secteur public (SNEGSP)Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (CBNA), Réseau Enchanté, Red CoalitionFédération des Canadiens noirs (FBC)613-819 Black HubBlack Canadians Civil Society Coalition (BCCSC), et l’Association canadienne des employés professionnels (ACEP).

Le groupe a présenté comme preuves les conclusions du Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Canada et de la Commission sénatoriale des droits de la personne en matière de discrimination anti-Noir.e.s.

La plainte souligne les violations de la législation internationale en matière de droits de la personne et des Principes de Paris, qui sont les normes minimales convenues à l’échelle internationale auxquelles les institutions nationales des droits de la personne sont tenues d’adhérer.

L’Alliance mondiale des institutions nationales des droits de l’homme (GANHRI) est l’un des plus grands réseaux de défense des droits de la personne au monde, représentant plus de 110 institutions nationales de défense des droits de la personne. C’est un partenaire reconnu et de confiance des Nations unies. Le sous-comité d’accréditation de la GANHRI est chargé d’examiner et d’accréditer les institutions nationales des droits de la personne conformément aux Principes de Paris. Le SCA s’est réuni du 26 au 28 mars et a publié son rapport et ses recommandations le 7 juin 2024. Il a décidé d’entamer un examen de la situation de l’Irak et du Canada.

Le Canada est membre de la GAHNRI depuis sa création en 1993, par le biais de la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne. La dernière révision de son accréditation a eu lieu entre 2016 et 2022, et la prochaine est prévue pour 2027. Cet « examen spécia l» historique, auquel le Canada n’a jamais été soumis depuis qu’il est membre, concerne la période de cinq ans qui a précédé sa dernière accréditation au « statut A », en 2022.

Les membres de la GANHRI font l’objet d’un examen tous les cinq ans. En décembre 2023, la GANHRI compte 120 membres : 88 INDH accréditées du « statut A » et 32 INDH accréditées du « statut B ».

Il existe actuellement deux niveaux d’accréditation :

Le « statut A » (entièrement conforme aux Principes de Paris) : Les institutions participent pleinement aux travaux internationaux et régionaux et aux réunions des institutions nationales en tant que membres votants, et peuvent occuper un poste au sein du Bureau du Comité international de coordination ou de tout sous-comité créé par le Bureau. Elles peuvent également participer aux sessions du Conseil des droits de l’homme et prendre la parole sur n’importe quel point de l’ordre du jour, soumettre de la documentation et occuper des places séparées.

Le « statut B » (partiellement conforme aux Principes de Paris) : Les institutions peuvent participer en tant qu’observateurs aux réunions internationales et régionales des institutions nationales de défense des droits de la personne. Elles ne peuvent ni voter ni occuper un poste au sein du Bureau ou de ses sous-comités. Elles ne reçoivent pas de badge de INDH, ne peuvent pas prendre la parole sur les points de l’ordre du jour et ne peuvent pas soumettre de documents au Conseil des droits de l’homme.

Pays ayant déjà fait l’objet d’un examen spécial : Burundi, Madagascar, Nigeria, Chili, Équateur, Honduras, Mexique, Indonésie, Jordanie, Népal, Grande-Bretagne, Panama, Venezuela, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Russie, l’Irak.

Processus d’examen spécial et chronologie : La GANHRI effectuera l’examen spécial du Canada à l’automne 2024 et prendra une décision dans les mois suivants. L’examen portera sur la période de cinq ans (2016-2022) qui a mené à la dernière accréditation de « statut A ». Si le Canada est rétrogradé au « statut B », il ne disposera plus de droits de participation indépendants au Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, à ses instances subsidiaires et à certains organes et mécanismes de l’Assemblée générale, et il perdra le droit de voter et d’occuper des postes de gouvernance au sein de la GANHRI.

DOCUMENTS COMPLÉMENTAIRES :

VIDÉO : Réunion de la GANRHI https://www.instagram.com/reel/CzjpWKcJGhX/?igsh=ajk2dHlmcWVnZmd6

CARTE : Pays soumis à l’examen spécial https://static.wixstatic.com/media/8e4f35_458bc54c3f894c6690c810cb81e9b376~mv2.jpg

CARTE : Pays de la GANHRI avec certifications A et B https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Issues/HRIndicators/NHRI_map.pdf

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