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Have you considered using a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) to host your e-learning programs? Cloud-based LMSs like Cloud Academy enable you to provide your faculty and employees with flexible, cost-effective, and productive eLearning with minimal start-up expenses, regular upgrades, quick installation capabilities, and better security. In essence, they satisfy the needs of today’s organizations while saving money and time.
So, here are some ways a cloud-based learning management system might assist your organization:
It is simple to install and maintain
Cloud-based LMSs are simple to set up and manage. This will help you get rid of a dedicated team of IT specialists installing, administering, and updating heavy software that earlier used to be present. With cloud-based LMSs, your provider may administer the platform quickly and remotely, add new features, and integrate and adapt it to meet your needs.
It leads to improved data security
Any user’s main goal is to keep confidential data secure while providing training or acquiring new skills. However, connecting with partners via social networking sites does not provide security because they lack the necessary instruments. But, users can share crucial information and knowledge safely using a Cloud LMS. It is safer to use as it is hosted on secure servers.
It is expandable.
A cloud-based LMS is a smart long-term investment for any organization, large or small because it is easily expandable to meet an increasing number of learners. They also allow you to manage and push certain users to ensure that everyone receives the online training they require when they need it.
It can change with changing needs
Whether you are a huge corporation or a budding startup, investing in a cloud-based LMS might be a wise long-term move. Cloud-based learning management systems are simply scalable and can support an increasing number of students. Your LMS supplier can assist you in meeting rising demand without the inconvenience of purchasing and installing new software.
It is easy to maintain.
In general, IT professionals use the Cloud LMS. It implies you don’t have to worry about normal technological problems or other operational issues that might come with new technologies. It also accommodates ongoing modifications and new features to ensure that the training remains effective. Users will receive all essential notifications, updates, and additional features on time, making it easier for businesses to administer LMS and devote IT resources to other critical aspects.
It aids in the streamlining of training.
Your whole training program, including course distribution, enrollment, projects, course completions, and more, maybe automated with a cloud-based solution. Cloud-based LMSs that are user-friendly encourage learning by providing learners with quick access to training materials from anywhere at any time.
It enables learning through collaboration
A cloud-based LMS is ideal for a geographically distributed workforce. Employees from all locations can access learning programs from a centralized pool online, maintaining consistency and easy content distribution and analysis across geographies. With a cloud-based LMS, you can also explore providing free localized learning solutions for employees who speak a different language(s).
It provides more storage space.
Owing to a cloud-based LMS, there is no need to save information on PCs or other devices because any data, including images and content, may be uploaded immediately to the LMS. The data can be easily shared remotely. Furthermore, it will not be lost due to faulty hard drives or permanently removed computer information.
Its operation does not necessitate management.
A cloud-based Learning Management System eliminates the need for software installation on your firm’s hardware system. Instead, the Learning Management System provider manages the software, so you just have to log in, produce your course material, and manage course distribution.
Cloud-based Learning Management Systems can improve your eLearning program by allowing you to administer your training and development from anywhere in the globe using only an internet-connected device, putting your firm ahead of the competition.
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At a glance, you might mistake the three-stall, white and green EV Plugin station in downtown Kigali for a collection of petrol pumps. This, however, is a charging station for electric vehicles (EVs), one of nearly 200 in the Rwandan capital.
Capable of charging both cars and motorcycles, the station in many ways symbolizes Rwanda’s hopes of becoming an electric vehicle powerhouse.
The country of 13 million has in recent years introduced tax breaks for EV buyers, cultivated local electric vehicle makers and unveiled ambitious plans to electrify public buses. The changes are part of the country’s efforts to curb rising air pollution and cut down on the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change. 
“E-mobility is one of the transport decarbonization initiatives the government has undertaken,” says François Zirikana, an e-mobility specialist with the City of Kigali. “Other initiatives include Kigali bike share scheme as well as car-free zones and car-free days.”
Close to 900 locally made electric vehicles now ply Rwanda’s roads, including motorbikes from startup Ampersand. Major global manufacturers have also targeted the country, which was home to the first electric Volkswagen in Africa. As well, electric trucks  have been used to deliver essentials in rural areas.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has supported Rwanda’s shift to electric vehicles, working with government officials to speed the rollout of electric motorbikes and three-wheelers. The work in Rwanda is part of a broader UNEP effort to limit air pollution, which kills an estimated 7 million people a year, many in developing countries.
UNEP’s Electric Mobility Programme supports more than 50 low-and-middle-income countries with the shift from fossil fuel to electric vehicles through projects such as the SOLUTIONS+ project implemented by the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative.
“To meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and to reduce increasing air pollution, it is essential that low- and middle-income countries are part of a global shift to zero emissions electric mobility,” says Rob de Jong, the head of the sustainable mobility unit at UNEP.
In order to accelerate the e-mobility uptake, the Government of Rwanda has put in place several strategies to serve as incentives. These include the introduction of lower electricity tariffs for electric vehicle charging as well as the exemption of duties for electric vehicles and their accessories.
“The government also plans to introduce a carbon tax to discourage polluting vehicles, impose a five-year age limit for imported second-hand cars and enforce existing emission measures to discourage the purchase of polluting vehicles,” says Zirikana. 
According to the Rwandan government, the cost of transitioning to e-mobility and the adoption of electric vehicles will be US $900 million. However, ​​transitioning to electric motorcycles alone, which is an important mode of transport, would save the Rwandan economy US $22 million in fuel imports every year.
It would also take a sizeable bite out of the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving the climate crisis. According to the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, road transport contributes to 13 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2030, Rwanda is aiming to have 20 per cent of buses, 30 per cent of motorcycles and 8 per cent of cars electrified.
Globally, the transport industry is the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to produce more than 30 per cent of those gases in the future. It is also a leading emitter of short-lived climate pollutants and it contributes greatly to air pollution.
In collaboration with partners, UNEP is supporting African countries including Rwanda, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa, adopt soot-free public transportation through the introduction of electric buses as well as two- and three-wheelers.
Building upon its successful campaign to eliminate leaded petrol and reduce sulfur levels in diesel fuels, UNEP is supporting countries in developing strategic roadmaps and conducting feasibility assessments to establish the groundwork for a low-carbon future for public transportation.
While Rwanda is among the first African countries to embrace e-mobility, Zirikana explains that the country is still facing challenges with uptake due to issues, such as the relatively high cost of new e-vehicles, inadequate public charging infrastructure and a technical skills gap.
“The government is, however, endeavouring to address these challenges through various incentives, such as tax exemptions, as well as working with local e-mobility operators to provide training to the youth,” he says.
The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached last night by the European Parliament and Council ensuring all new cars and vans registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, the new CO2 standards will also require average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% by 2030, and new vans by 50% by 2030. This agreement marks the first step in the adoption of the ‘Fit for 55′ legislative proposals tabled by the Commission in July 2021, and demonstrates ahead of COP27 the EU’s domestic implementation of its international climate commitments.
Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said: “The agreement sends a strong signal to industry and consumers: Europe is embracing the shift to zero-emission mobility. European carmakers are already proving they are ready to step up to the plate, with increasing and increasingly affordable electric cars coming to the market. The speed at which this change has happened over the past few years is remarkable. It is no wonder that this file is the first one in the entire Fit for 55 package where Member States and the European Parliament have come to a final deal.”
This clear signal to manufacturers and citizens will accelerate the production and sale of low- and zero-emission vehicles and put road transport on a firm path to climate neutrality by 2050. This new legislation will make the EU’s transport system more sustainable, provide cleaner air for Europeans and marks an important step in delivering the European Green Deal. It clearly shows the commitment of the EU to reach its climate goals and shows that Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine is not slowing our clean energy transition but rather accelerating our work and making us progress faster to become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050.
Next steps
Today’s provisional agreement now requires formal adoption by the Parliament and the Council. Once this process is completed, the new legislation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and enter into force.
The revision of the CO2 emission standards for cars and vans is one of the ‘Fit for 55′ proposals presented by the Commission in July 2021 to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. The legislative tools are set to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future.
The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, and the President of the World Economic Forum, Børge Brende, today officially launched the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Serbia (C4IR Serbia) as part of the Biotech Future Forum 2022, which was held in the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.
C4IR Serbia was founded in March as a partnership between the Government of Serbia and the World Economic Forum. The centre is part of the global network of C4IR centres, acting as the foremost global platform for helping leaders anticipate exponential technologies and accelerate their inclusive and sustainable adoption.
With 16 centres across the network, C4IR Serbia is the first to lead on biotechnology and artificial intelligence for healthcare. The centre has already been pivotal in establishing cross-network collaboration and generating international learnings, while supporting the new biotechnology community in the country and helping to position Serbia as a country of new technologies, knowledge and innovation.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić said, “I am extremely pleased and honoured that Belgrade is the host of the first International Conference on the Future of Biotechnology. I hope that this is just the beginning for us, and the first step for Serbia to position itself among the leaders in the field of biotechnology in Europe. Science, innovation, technology, and creativity are our strengths, and thanks to this, Serbia has transformed in the last 10 years. Biotechnology, biomedicine, bioinformatics, and biodiversity will be among the most important priorities of the new Government and will be the focus of the work of the BIO4 Campus.”
Addressing the conference participants, Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum said: “With the establishment of the centre in Belgrade for the Fourth Industrial Revolution earlier this year, the World Economic Forum and the Government of Serbia are committed to supporting the accelerated adoption of emerging technologies in Serbia. Launching the centre at the Biotech Future Forum is a primary example of the contribution the centre already makes in bringing together local and international stakeholders to address critical opportunities and challenges to advance the benefits of biotechnology.”
The Biotech Future Forum, organized by the Government of Serbia, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), convened representatives of more than 20 countries.
Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme said, “UNDP is supporting the Government of Serbia in the digitalization process and to roll-out a range of digital solutions benefiting businesses and citizens. To help Serbia reap the benefits of biotechnology, not just for itself, but also for the progress of the region and beyond, we have been assisting the work of the new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Belgrade. It is our joint task to create adequate regulation, and ensure that these new technologies are developed, tested, and used for the benefit of the whole society, leaving no one behind.
The conference gathered the three sectors of society that have the greatest effect on the development of biotechnology – the public and private sectors and the academic community – to encourage cooperation and to exchange knowledge and experience. Representatives from five countries within the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network – Brazil, India, Israel, Rwanda, Serbia –shared their experiences in advancing the adoption of emerging technologies, including biotechnology and AI, in their healthcare systems. They highlighted the complex multistakeholder environment of biotechnology and also its massive potential for improving lives, along with the important role C4IR Serbia plays in driving responsible adoption both locally and globally.
The centre will continue to play a pivotal role in leading on biotechnology and the use of AI in healthcare in the growing Fourth Industrial Revolution network.
The World Economic Forum’s global C4IR network is a platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration, bringing together the public and private sectors to maximize technological benefits to society while minimizing the risks associated with 4IR technologies.
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