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‘Africa is ready for Green Climate Fund’

Africa’s readiness to receive and deploy funds towards projects aimed at increasing the continent’s climate resilience capacity has been confirmed. Speaking at the fourth edition of the Climate Change Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Dr Abdalla Hamdok, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), declared that Africa is indeed ready for the Green ...

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Morocco welcomes PACJA, pledges support

Following the successful launch of the Moroccan chapter of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) at the sidelines of the African Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, the government of the Kingdom of Morocco has welcomed the initiative. While commending the organisation for its extensive advocacy on climate justice for Africa, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mining, ...

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Abdalla Hamdok: How Africa can feed its people, create wealth

Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (NECA), Dr Abdalla Hamdok, laments on Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco at the opening of the Fourth Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) that, of all the regions of the world, Africa remains the hungriest, producing only 10% of global agricultural output from farming systems that ...

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Fatima Denton: Africa can turn agriculture as engine of development

Director, Special Initiative Division at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (NECA), Dr Fatima Denton, says on Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco at the opening of the Fourth Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) that even though climate change constitutes the greatest challenge of Africans, it is also the continent’s greatest opportunity to widen out ripples ...

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European steel makers seek to stay afloat amid climate, energy agenda

The European steel industry is worried that a continental climate policy will engender regulatory carbon dioxide (CO2) costs that may undermine the sector’s wellbeing. The greenhouse gas (GHG) of most relevance to the world steel industry is CO2. On average, 1.8 tonnes of CO2 are emitted for every tonne of steel produced. According to the International Energy Agency, in 2010 ...

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Report urges accelerated action to meet biodiversity targets by 2020

Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity. Launched on Monday (October 6, 2014) one year before the halfway point of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the United Nations Decade ...

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Environmental activism under threat in Malaysia

On the eve of the October 10-18 global ‘Reclaim Power’ week, Friends of the Earth Malaysia and Friends of the Earth International urged the Malaysian government to cancel its plans for 12 unnecessary and damaging large dams. If the Malaysian government goes ahead with its plan to build these large dams in the state of Sarawak, the local environment and ...

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Climate change: Can Africa feed Africa?

The African continent, regarded as one of the most vulnerable regions to the impact of climate change, has taken up a campaign to utilise climate knowledge to transform agricultural production systems in order to sustainably feed herself and improve the people’s socio-economic wellbeing. Consequently, key stakeholders will gather next week for three days from Wednesday at the fourth edition of ...

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African nations, others prepare for REDD+

Nepal. Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Kenya have requested UN-REDD targeted support on legal preparedness. All are looking to adapt their existing policies, laws and regulations in order to support or put in place national REDD+ processes and strategies, with Kenya having requested the second stage of such support   Activities have been taking place over the past two years with ...

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Expert says hand washing curbs diseases beyond Ebola

Regular washing hand and use of sanitisers would eradicate polio, prevent pneumonia, typhoid fever, Hepatitis B and water born diseases, says Dr Rilwanu Mohammed. Mohammed, who is the Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday. He said that the awareness created on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ...

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