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Nigeria well represented at tobacco COP7, say delegates

Despite initial hiccups, the Nigerian delegation to the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) that ended on Saturday in New Delhi, India have expressed satisfaction with the country’s outing. The delegates, who were in India from November 7-12 2016, had officials from the Ministry of ...

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COP7: Nations adopt landmark tobacco control decisions

After one week of heated negotiations and intrigues, governments representing over 90 percent of the world’s population who attended Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO- FCTC) that ended on Saturday in New Delhi, India adopted policies that will protect public health over the narrow interests ...

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Government affirms confidence in controversial tobacco control committee

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has reaffirmed his confidence on the members of the National Tobacco Control Committee (NATOCC), saying that they have conducted themselves diligently within the ambit of their statutory role, which is advising him. The minister was responding to the advertorial that was published in The Nation newspaper of Thursday 6th October, 2016 titled “SOS: Save National ...

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WHO COP7 delegates demand end to tobacco industry interference
A gathering of delegates at the conference

Eighteen government delegates who represent the governments of more than 57 million people on Monday called for the strongest protections yet to guard against tobacco industry interference in public health policymaking. The appeal, released in an open letter on the opening day of the World Health Organisation’s Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) holding in New Delhi, India, sets ...

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Marrakech heralds new dawn of climate action

The UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech kicked off on Monday (November 7, 2016), just three days after the Paris Climate Change Agreement entered into force. At the opening, Morocco’s Foreign Minister and newly-elected COP22 President, Salaheddine Mezouar, underscored his country’s willingness to host the conference as a demonstration of Africa’s commitment as a whole to contribute to global efforts ...

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Rights commission demands freeze on agribusiness concessions

After a week of field investigations and discussions, the 6th Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness that held recently in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia issued a resolution calling for moratoriums to halt the further hand out of concessions throughout the region. The meeting noted how land conflicts as a result of agribusiness expansion are proliferating and urged a pause in the hand ...

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Paris Agreement: Green light illuminates call for action

A big green light for faster, stronger climate action was on Friday switched on as the Paris Climate Change Agreement entered into force, only three days before the start of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. “The Paris Agreement’s ambitious and essential goals are now a live reality for every government. From today, ever-increasing climate action becomes an ...

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Abuja anti-tobacco billboard targets lawmakers

As Akinbode Oluwafemi, deputy executive director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) unveiled an anti-tobacco billboard strategically located by the National Assembly complex in Abuja on Thursday (November 3, 2016), he says the development was informed by the need to press home demands for adoption of Regulations for Implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 Without mincing ...

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Healthcare delivery system and imperatives of change

The Nigerian healthcare delivery system is a source of concern to all and sundry because of the needless deaths of compatriots and the capital flight that the health sector has come to represent in our time. While the wealthy routinely fly out of the country to seek medical expertise, the middle class struggle to access the few private healthcare centres ...

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Lagos flags off anti-Lassa Fever campaign

The Lagos State Government will not relent in its effort at making the state the safest place to live in by providing a safe environment, the Commissioner for The Environment, Babatunde Adejare has said. Adejare made the assertion at the official flag-off of the Lagos State Market Deratisation Programme, aimed at ridding the state of the Lassa Fever vector at ...

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