Of the world’s 7.6 billion people, more than 4 billion are at a disadvantage in terms of health, education or economic opportunities only because they are young, a woman or both. This is everyone’s loss: the economic, social and legal obstacles hindering their well-being also limit their contribution to making the world a better place for all.
During the Forum, high-level representatives from governments, businesses, foundations and international organizations, met and shared ideas on concrete ways to achieve greater prosperity for all.
Her Royal Highness Princess Abze Djigma of Burkina Faso spoke about how technology can mitigate conflicts and support access to finance thereby creating opportunities for women and young people. A few of her statements during the forum:
– “Women are the first to pay back loans. To me this is AAA, but they do not benefit on the rate of AAA. How do you bring businesswomen on board if you do not change the banking system?”
– “Blockchain technology is there for small businesses. With this there is no corruption because it checks where the money goes with a rate upfront that we agreed upon, and it also checks whether the goods and services are delivered” said Princess Abze Djigma.
A very good example of the impact of the work of H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma and her Foundation can be found in village of Kalembouly. Kalembouly is a village in Burkina Fase more than 200 km south from the capital Ouagadougou. There is no electricity in the village itself nor in the direct environment. 2 years ago all children in the village got a solar lamp.
The impact of one light per family both for the children and for the families is huge and demonstrated in a report of Deutsche Welle below.
Centre-Sud Kamba-2017 project.
The ENGIE Foundation and the H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation worked together to empower 2000 schoolkids and their families in the rural areas of region Centre-Sud in Burkina Faso. For more information click here
The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) organised the 1st edition of the Conference of Paris, “Reshaping Globalisation, Managing Disruption”, on December 7-8, 2017 at the OECD Conference Centre.
The Conference of Paris gathered major international stakeholders and discusses and reassessed globalization with a particular focus on the role Europe can play. Among the distinguished speakers were the Presidents of Niger and Mauritius; ministers Canada, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, France, Senegal, Madagascar; the Director General of Unesco, The Secretary General of the OECD, the CEO’s from ENGIE, Mitsubishi, Power Corporation of Canada, BNP Paribas, Allianz, Amundi, Oreal, Cogeco, Total, Mmakau, Repsol Innogy and many more.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma participated in three different sessions.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma speaking at the Opening Diner of the Conference of Paris
Plenary session 3: “Accelerating the Ecological Transition; with or without the United States”. From left to right: Josu Jon Imaz, CEO Repsol, Philippe Sauquet, total, Géraldine Amiel (moderato), Bloomberg, Mansoor Hamayun, CEO BBOXX, H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, Peter Terium, CEO Innogy, Bridgette Radebe, Executive Chairperson Mmakau Mining, and Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens.
Round table 4: TOWARDS A NEW UNIVERSAL HUMANISM in collaboration with the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), with from left to right Gerard Mestrallet, Chair of ENGIE, H.R.H. Princess Abze, H.E. M. Cheikh Kanté , Minister of Senegal Amadou Kone, Minister of Ivory Coast, (H.E. Benjamina Ramanantsoa Ramarcel, minister of Madagascar is not on the picture).
During the conference H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma got interviewed by Anne-Marie Bissada of Radio France Internationale (RFI).
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma was the opening key note speaker at the World Efficiency Solutions Summit in Paris December 2017.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma speaking at the opening of the World Efficiency Solutions in Paris
World Efficiency Solutions, a premier international meeting for the low- carbon and resource-efficient economy, offered a comprehensive platform for accelerating the deployment of all stakeholders involved: Cities and territories; Companies of all sizes; Engineering and consultancy firms; Institutions/NGOs; Professional organisations; Research bodies and others
The summit in Paris was held under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron and with the support of the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Nicolas Hulot.
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn
The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are yearly conferences held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They serve as the formal meeting of the UNFCCC Parties to assess progress in dealing with climate change. This year the 23rd conference was held in Bonn.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, as deputy leader of the Burkina Faso delegation, attended again this year the annual conference. She participated in many formal and informal meetings. Below are pictures of some of the meetings. More pictures can be found in the Photo Gallery.
H.R.H. Princess Abze djigma at the opening of the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23 with Armin Laschet, Minister-President. State of North Rhine Westphalia Germany, Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor Bonn Germany and ICLEI First Vice President, and Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul and President of ICLEI.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma with Patricia Espinosa (M), Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Dr. Tania Rodiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
The Opening of the World Climate Summit with from left to right Elizabeth Press, Director Irena, H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, Envoy of the President of Burkina Faso for SDG’s and Climate Change, Jens-Peter Saul, Group CEO, Ramboll, Group CEO Ramboll, Thorsten Herdan, Director-General, Energy Policy, Heating and Efficiency, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy Germany, Naoko Ishii, CEO and President Global Environmental Facility. and Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs Philips Lighting
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma at the Austrian Welcome Reception with Patrick Sagmeister Deputy DG Advantage Austria, Mr. Andrä Rupprechter, Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Mrs. Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Vice President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, and Mr. Ashok- Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of Bonn
Can Business Save the Climate?
H.R.H. Princess Abze was one of the guests of in the Global Talk during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn together with Prof. Dr. Christof Erhart, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Deutsche Post DHL, Michael Hoelter, Deutsche Bank Asset Management and Dr. Felix Matthes of the Oeko Institut.
The Global Talk was presented by Deutsche Welle anchor Sarah Kelly.
For more details and to watch the Global Talk click on the picture below.
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