China Daily: A prize to win for your study-in-China story

BEIJING, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — China Daily, the largest national English-language news group in the country, is opening a submission contest for study-in-China stories, seeking fresh voices from international students.

Its in-house Study China platform, which provides a full range of information for international students, has launched a story-telling contest, offering the top prize of 10,000 yuan (approximately $1,563) and other prizes ranging from 100 to 3000 yuan.

From April 11 through May 31, the contest is open to current students and those who have finished their studies and gone back to their own countries.

Works can be submitted in three categories, including articles, photos, and videos. Languages in either English or Chinese will be accepted.

Apart from the above prizes, students will get a chance to see their stories featured in the China Daily app, one of the most popular English-language news apps in China.

Interested? You may submit your works by clicking the link below.

https://studychina.chinaservicesinfo.com/mycampusstorysubmit/

JinkoSolar and Must Zimbabwe Signed 100MWh ESS Distribution Agreement in Zimbabwe, Africa

SHANGHAI, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar, one of the largest and most innovative PV module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Must Zimbabwe, one of the biggest distributors of photovoltaic modules, inverters, batteries and energy storage system in Zimbabwe distribution market. According to the agreement, JinkoSolar will supply over 100MWh of its ESS products to Must Zimbabwe, including lithium iron phosphate battery system units for residential use and LFP container storage system for C&I power demand.

JinkoSolar’s energy storage system features higher energy density while maintaining long life span and strong safety. It uses a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) as its anode materials with the additional advantage of no memory effect so the battery can be charged and discharged shallowly and frequently, which can effectively improve the efficiency of the system. On top of that, it also possesses protection functions like over-charge, over-discharge, over-current and abnormal temperature, which guarantees reliability & safety over the lifespan.

Flexible design configuration is another key feature of JInkoSolar’s ESS to meet the requirements in different application scenarios in Africa. In areas with high operating temperatures and limited installation space, users can connect the battery units parallel to form a larger capacity battery pack to meet their requirements of long power backup time and long service life. In relatively developed areas of Africa, the system supports on- and off-grid switching function, which allows it to be integrated into the grid to maximize IRR and lower LCOE.

“The agreement signed between JinkoSolar and Must Zimbabwe indicates a significant relationship between two companies. As there is a booming ESS market in Zimbabwe, we’re certain that, together with JinkoSolar, we’ll be able to deliver desirable yet affordable ESS products & solutions in local market and develop a stronger local distribution network that meet our local demands,” said Mike Guo, Head of Must Zimbabwe.

“Clear as day, electricity demand is expected to double to over 2300 TWh in Africa by the end of 2040, with most of the additional demand stemming from productive uses and emerging middle- and higher-income households. And renewables will be the powerhouse that drives Africa’s brighter future. Our company is so proud to be part of African energy transformation and our PV+ ESS solutions can be applied in utility-scale projects connected to the grid, C&I power demand, or residential off-grid power demand,” said Jaffer Wang, GM of SSA, JinkoSolar.

As one of the world’s Tier1 solar manufacturers, JinkoSolar has strong commitment to offering a wide range of PV+ solutions, in which its Energy Storage System will achieve better electricity management for customers in Africa and elsewhere.

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Une réunion historique appelle à donner la priorité à l’eau et à l’assainissement pour remettre les objectifs sanitaires, climatiques et économiques sur la bonne voie.

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 18 mai 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Plus de 350 participants de 57 pays se sont réunis aujourd’hui à Jakarta pour l’ouverture de la réunion des ministres du secteur qui donnera lieu à une priorisation urgente de l’eau et de l’assainissement dans le monde.

Muyatwa Sitali, SWA Head of Country Engagement and Lucinda O’Hanlon, SWA Head of Policy and Strategy welcome 350 participants to the 2022 Sector Ministers' Meeting on water and sanitation in Jakarta, Indonesia

Parmi eux, 50 ministres de l’eau, de l’assainissement, de la santé, de l’environnement et de l’économie se sont réunis pour discuter de la pandémie de COVID-19, de l’urgence climatique et d’une économie mondiale en difficulté, qui ont menacé des décennies de progrès en matière de développement durable. L’événement a été accueilli par le gouvernement indonésien et organisé par le partenariat mondial des Nations unies Assainissement et eau pour tous (SWA) et l’UNICEF.

Lors de l’ouverture de l’événement, Patrick Moriarty, président du comité directeur du SWA, a déclaré, “L’eau et l’assainissement sont indispensables pour prévenir les urgences de santé publique, ils font partie intégrante du soutien au développement économique et sont impératifs pour rendre les communautés résilientes au changement climatique.”

L’accès à l’eau et au savon permettra de générer 45 milliards de dollars par an et de réduire jusqu’à 20 % la propagation des infections dans une épidémie de type COVID-19.

Environ 74 % de toutes les catastrophes naturelles survenues entre 2001 et 2018 étaient liées à l’eau. Quarante pour cent de la population mondiale est très vulnérable à l’impact du changement climatique.

L’accès universel à des toilettes dont les déchets sont gérés en toute sécurité générera 86 milliards de dollars par an en productivité accrue et en réduction des coûts de santé.

“L’eau et l’assainissement sont le fondement de tout développement durable – et la clé pour aider les enfants à survivre et à s’épanouir. Lorsque 300 000 enfants meurent encore chaque année de maladies liées à une eau insalubre et à un assainissement inadéquat, nous savons que nous devons faire plus”, a déclaré Catherine Russell, Directrice générale de l’UNICEF.

La Réunion des ministres du secteur fournira aux dirigeants politiques les preuves et les meilleures pratiques dont ils ont besoin pour donner la priorité aux investissements dans le secteur eau et assainissement, ce qui, à son tour, soutiendra les Objectifs de développement durable. Elle vise également à transformer la collaboration interministérielle au niveau national autour des droits humains à l’eau et à l’assainissement, ainsi que l’échange, l’enseignement et la coopération internationale.

Elle a été précédée d’un processus préparatoire de six mois aux niveaux mondial et national, auquel ont participé 126 gouvernements et organisations.

À PROPOS DE L’ASSAINISSEMENT ET DE L’EAU POUR TOUS 

Assainissement et eau pour tous (SWA) est un partenariat multipartite composé de gouvernements et de leurs partenaires de la société civile, du secteur privé, des agences des Nations Unies, des institutions de recherche et d’enseignement et de la communauté philanthropique. Ensemble, les partenaires de SWA stimulent le dialogue politique de haut niveau – aux niveaux national, régional et mondial – et coordonnent et suivent les progrès accomplis dans la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU en matière d’assainissement, d’eau et d’hygiène. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site www.sanitationandwaterforall.org.

À PROPOS DE L’UNICEF

L’UNICEF travaille dans certains des endroits les plus difficiles du monde, pour atteindre les enfants les plus défavorisés de la planète. Dans plus de 190 pays et territoires, nous travaillons pour chaque enfant, partout, afin de construire un monde meilleur pour tous. Le travail de l’UNICEF est entièrement financé par le soutien volontaire de millions de personnes dans le monde et par nos partenaires au sein des gouvernements, de la société civile et du secteur privé. Suivez l’UNICEF sur Twitter et Facebook.

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Landmark Meeting Urges Prioritization of Water and Sanitation to get Health, Climate and Economic Targets Back on Track

JAKARTA, Indonesia, May 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More than 350 participants from 57 countries gathered today in Jakarta for the opening of the Sector Ministers’ Meeting which will generate urgent prioritization of water and sanitation worldwide.

Muyatwa Sitali, SWA Head of Country Engagement and Lucinda O’Hanlon, SWA Head of Policy and Strategy welcome 350 participants to the 2022 Sector Ministers' Meeting on water and sanitation in Jakarta, Indonesia

Among them were 50 ministers of water, sanitation, health, environment and the economy, who met to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and a struggling global economy, which have threatened decades of progress on sustainable development. The event was hosted by the Government of Indonesia and convened by the United Nations-hosted Sanitation and Water for All global partnership (SWA) and UNICEF.

Opening the event, Patrick Moriarty, Chair of SWA’s Steering Committee told participants that this triple crisis is deeply intertwined with water and sanitation, making government prioritization of these issues vital.

“Water and sanitation are indispensable for preventing public health emergencies, integral to supporting economic development and imperative for making communities resilient to climate change,” he said.

According to event organizers, access to water and soap will generate $45 billion per year, and reduce the spread of infections in a COVID-19-like epidemic by up to 20 per cent.

Approximately 74 per cent of all natural disasters between 2001 and 2018 were water-related, requiring urgent action. Forty per cent of the global population is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Additionally, universal access to toilets with safely managed waste will generate $86 billion per year in greater productivity and reduced health costs.

“Water and sanitation are the foundation of all sustainable development – and key to helping children survive and thrive,” said Catherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF.  ”When 300,000 children still die every year from diseases linked to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation, we know we need to do more.”

The Sector Ministers’ Meeting will equip political leaders with the evidence and best practices they need to prioritize investments in water and sanitation, which in turn will support the Sustainable Development Goals. It also aims to transform inter-ministerial collaboration at the national level around the human rights to water and sanitation, as well as international learning and cooperation.

It was preceded by a six-month-long preparatory process at both global and national levels, involving 126 governments and organizations.

ABOUT SANITATION AND WATER FOR ALL

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a multi-stakeholder partnership of governments and their partners from civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, research and learning institutions and the philanthropic community. Together, SWA partners stimulate high-level political dialogue – at the country, regional and global levels – and coordinate and monitor progress toward the sanitation, water and hygiene-related targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information visit www.sanitationandwaterforall.org.

ABOUT UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF’s work is funded entirely through the voluntary support of millions of people around the world and our partners in government, civil society and the private sector. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tigray War Costing 1 Million Children a Third Year of School, UN Says

GASHENA, ETHIOPIA — A total of 1.39 million children in the Tigray region are currently missing out on education because of Ethiopia’s civil war, according to the United Nations.

While journalists are banned from entering Tigray, VOA was able to access the neighboring Amhara region, where schools are beginning to reopen, after Tigrayan forces that occupied much of the region withdrew in December.

But the occupation left deep scars. Residents in the town of Gashena say Tigrayan forces used the classrooms as a base, left graffiti on classroom walls, insulting the Amhara ethnic group and Ethiopia’s prime minister, and dumped bodies into a mass grave on school grounds.

The Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front has denied such accusations and called for an independent investigation.

One student, Ayten Mune, recounted returning to the school after the Tigrayan forces had left.

He said that when he returned to the school, there were bloodstains, broken desks, and broken computers here and there. The TPLF had used the school as a hospital, which is why there was so much blood, he said.

The deputy headmaster of the school, Getnet Habtamu, said he had to mobilize local authorities to exhume the mass grave filled with bodies of soldiers and civilians killed during the fighting because of the psychological impact it had on students.

He said students refused to attend because the school was a total mess and that there was blood all over the place. He added that the community worked together to bring the students back to school, but teachers had to go door to door to the students’ houses to persuade them to come back.

Children traumatized

Farther north, near the town of Sekota, the U.N. provides schooling for children displaced by the conflict, but many of them, like Bertukan Gebrat, have been traumatized from witnessing the fighting.

She said her brother was killed in an explosion while he was playing with his friend and that she had seen many bad things. “I even saw people killed after having their limbs cut off,” she said.

Yasmine Sherif, the director of Education Cannot Wait, a U.N.-funded nonprofit, said education can play an essential part in helping children like Bertukan and Mune build resilience to trauma.

“When you see family members, parents, siblings, rape, killing, injury, a child during the formative years see all this violence or are even the subject of this violence, will logically become traumatized and that’s why mental health and psychosocial services are another very existential, lifesaving component of education,” she told VOA via Zoom.

She added that while food security and access to water are essential to people displaced by war, education is also essential in the long term if countries are to build back effectively and avoid future conflict.

For the nearly 1.4 million students entering their third school year disrupted by war in Tigray, the consequences will likely be felt for the rest of their lives.

Source: Voice of America

Seasonal precipitation predictions in Desert Locust summer/winter breeding areas (June – November 2022)

The latest models suggest that La Niña will continue to persist during the summer and the negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) signal will intensify further. If the models are correct, the negative IOD will be one of the strongest, if not the strongest, on record this autumn. A persistent La Niña favours above-normal rainfall in summer breeding areas of the northern Sahel from Mauritania to Eritrea from July to September. A negative IOD favours above-normal rains in the summer breeding areas along the Indo-Pakistan border and dry conditions during the autumn in the Horn of Africa. As current locust numbers are extremely low, it will take several successive generations of successful breeding before locusts could increase to threatening levels.

Hence, the situation is expected to remain calm to at least October and likely beyond.

Summer breeding areas (June/July–October/November)

• Sahel of W Africa to Eritrea: wetter than normal (July–September), drier than normal (October), wetter than normal (November, Mauritania and Mali only)

• Yemen interior: wetter than normal (June–September), normal (October)

• NE Ethiopia (Afar region): wetter than normal (June–September), drier than normal (October)

• N Somalia / E Ethiopia (Somali region): wetter than normal (July–August), drier than normal (September– November)

• Indo-Pakistan: wetter than normal (June, September–October), normal (July–August)

Winter breeding areas (November)

• Red Sea: drier than normal

• Gulf of Aden: drier than normal

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

IGAD Ministerial Meeting on Ongoing Drought

May 13, 2022 (Nairobi, Kenya): Today, a high-level ministerial meeting on the on-going drought in the IGAD region took place in Nairobi at the invitation of IGAD’s Executive Secretary, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu. Ministers responsible for Disaster Risk Management in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda were joined by donors and international development actors to take stock of the situation, assess the immediate humanitarian needs, long-term resilience programming, and gaps in funding across the region.

In his opening remarks, Dr Gebeyehu said: “In the 3 weeks that have passed since we issued the last warning, the numbers of our brothers and sisters in need of humanitarian assistance has risen sharply. The most current estimates by experts across our Member States shows that across the IGAD region, approximately 40.4 million people are facing high levels of food insecurity. This is an increase of 30% from the 29 million that had been recorded at the beginning of April.”

IGAD estimates that 8.1 million people are food insecure in Ethiopia, 3.5 million in Kenya, 7.7 million in Somalia, 8.9 million in South Sudan, 10.6 million in Sudan, and 1.6 million in Uganda.

Addressing regional governments and international partners, Dr Gebeyehu reiterated the “call for an immediate increase of the emergency response, with a specific appeal for a total of 6.3 billion US Dollars, to address the drought situation in the region”. All in attendance agreed that the next six months are extremely critical to saves lives and livelihoods.

Dr Guleid Artan, Director of IGAD’s Climate and Applications Centre (ICPAC) explained that “for pastoral communities, recovery after drought is always the most challenging aspect of the entire scenario. It takes on average 5 years to build livestock back from one episode of drought. So, imagine the situation these people find themselves in after four consecutive failed seasons? No one anywhere in the world can prepare for this”.

In their communiqué, IGAD Member States acknowledged the severity of the situation and called to look beyond immediate assistance and rethink the region’s approach to resilience. The strategy adopted today highlights the need “to comprehensively address the disasters and climate risks through effective Disaster Risk Reduction actions for sustainable development, namely”. This was echoed by the attending partners – EU, IFRC, FAO, WFP, USAID, UNDP, UNOCHA, World Vision.

Source: Intergovernmental Authority on Development