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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lekan Fadina: Africa’s finance negotiation options in Lima

Prince Lekan Fadina, Executive Director at Centre for Investment, Sustainable Development, Management and Environment (CISME), is a negotiator and member of Nigeria’s official delegation to COP 20 in Lima, Peru   COP 20 in Lima, Peru is an important event that its outcome will have a great impact on the global climate and development agenda. It is coming with the ...

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Nature Tribunal to hear 12 cases at COP 20 in Lima


The International Rights of Nature Tribunal will convene in Lima, Peru during the 20th UN COP on Climate Change to hear 12 international cases that are aligned with conference’s priorities. Each case will be reviewed within a framework based on Rights of Nature and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. “We the people assume the authority to conduct ...

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Firm commences design of Accra Ambassador Heights Hotel

SY Design, an internationally recognised hotel architecture and interior design firm, has been hired to design Ambassador Heights, the new luxury residential development at the Moevenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, the Ghanaian capital city.  The firm was responsible for the creation of the coveted suites and Presidential Suite at the Ambassador Hotel in addition to recent work on impressive projects ...

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Femi Olomola emerges 21st president of Town Planners Institute

For effective management of Nigerian cities, authorities must put in place legal and administrative framework, which must be jealously guided and strictly adhered to by the relevant professionals within the real estate sector, the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) has said. A major highlight of the annual conference is the election of Dr Femi Olomola as the 21st NITP ...

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Our Lima COP 20 position, by civil society groups

We, the representatives of Nigerian Civil Society under the aegis of Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) held nation-wide consultations and mobilisation meetings on the imperatives of Climate Justice and Post-2015 Agenda as well as draw strategies and action plans for a robust participation in COP 20/CMP10. The meetings which took place from the 15th to 20th of ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Why Nigeria does not need GMOs

In keeping with our tradition of seeking ways to build common understanding on critical issues, no matter how complex, today we are considering “The Food We Want” and the need to have wholesome food. It is a great honour to examine this topic with you, members of The Young Environmentalists Network (TYEN). Being children from primary and secondary schools we ...

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Reactions trail UNEP Emissions Gap Report release

The recent release of United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Fifth Emissions Gap Report is attracting a growing number of voices, including those of the 900 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working together in Climate Action Network (CAN), which are calling for governments to scale up climate action to achieve a phase out of carbon pollution to zero by mid-century. Similarly, Executive Secretary ...

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International Conference of Urban and Regional Planning (ICURP) 2014 in photos

Efforts to tackle the growing challenge of urbanisation on the African continent were revisited recently as settlement development practitioners gathered for three days in Lagos to explore the emerging African Urban Agenda. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of Lagos in Nigeria hosted professionals and students from around the world to discuss the continent’s human settlements trials. ...

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Planners devise modalities for realistic African Urban Agenda


Participants made up of representatives of academics from 25 universities and research institutions in eight countries, public and private sector built environment practitioners, independent researchers, civil society organisations, professional bodies, international development agencies including ICF International, UN-HABITAT and the media recently brainstormed for three days in Lagos. The event was the International Conference of Urban and Regional Planning (ICURP) 2014, ...

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Peru activists murder in spotlight ahead COP 20


A new report by Global Witness sheds light on what’s driving the high number of killings of environmental defenders in Peru, less than a week before the country hosts the UN climate talks in Lima. Peru’s Deadly Environment calls into question the commitments of Peru to protect its carbon-rich forests and the people who live in them, in light of unfettered illegal ...

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