The Lifeline News Brief: April 9, 2021

What We’ve Been Reading: The Latest In Clean Cooking And Renewable Energy Innovation, Clean Water And Sanitation, Sustainable Development And Much More. 

Renewable energy access key to climate adaptation in Africa: UN chief
Support for climate adaptation in Africa is crucial, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in appealing for greater action to provide renewable energy to hundreds of millions who still lack access to reliable and affordable electricity.
Read more via UN News

Why Almost Half the Global Population Lacks Clean and Sustainable Energy for Cooking
Around 3 billion people globally have no clean or sustainable energy for cooking. A new World Bank report addresses the varied and diverse reasons for this challenge.
Read more via Forest News

Calling for US Leadership on Water Security to Combat COVID-19 Globally
Ahead of the Biden administration’s new National Security Strategy, organization Global Water 2020 makes the case for the inclusion of water security as an urgent and central component. Typically drafted in the first year of a new president’s term, the process will include input from over a dozen federal agencies to develop a new Global Water Strategy.
Read more via The Hill

Five Working Groups Considering Energy Actions to Recommend at UN Summit
In September of 2021, the UN will hold a high level dialogue on energy action. In preparation, five technical working groups focused on sustainable energy will aim to identify concrete steps for a roadmap to achieving SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
Read more via IISD

Coca Cola Foundation Celebrates Milestones Achieved by its Clean Water Access Program
The Coca Cola Foundation, through its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) is celebrating the extent of its reach across Africa to provide people with clean water and sanitation.
Read more via HapaKenya

Communities Most Vulnerable to Climate Change only get $1 a Year for Clean Water Access
A new report by WaterAid explains only 5% of global climate funding is spent helping countries adapt to their changing climate. The funding that is allocated often does not target communities most exposed to its impact.
Read more via Global Citizen

afCFTA and UNDP Announce New Partnership Towards Inclusive Growth in Africa
Together, the afCFTA and UNDP signed a strategic partnership to promote trade for Africa’s socioeconomic recovery from COVID-19.
Read more via Reliefweb

Advancing Women’s Involvement in ASEAN Energy Transition
Increasing women’s involvement in the energy sector will lead to more sensitivity towards women’s needs and rights, including access to clean cooking.
Read more via The Jakarta Post