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Ministers: Water is at core of sustainable development


Ministerial Declaration on Monday, 13 April 2015 at the 7th World Water Forum in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations assembled in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, on 13 April 2015 on the occasion of the Ministerial Conference of the 7th World Water Forum, “Water for Our Future”, Reaffirming the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions entitled ...

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Off-grid scheme underlines role of mini-hydro in Nepal


As a follow up to the awareness campaign on rural energy for policymakers in Eastern Africa, held in Arusha, Tanzania in June last year, SmartVillages Initiative has launched a Smart Villages and Practical Action off-grid village energy workshop in Nepal. The Arusha workshop explored the East African/Tanzanian environment for village energy, local case studies, challenges and opportunities, with a view ...

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Sustainable energy: Ban Ki-moon seeks financial commitment

Ban Ki Moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in New York called on business leaders to expand investment in low-carbon growth and opportunities to advance sustainable energy for all and tackle climate change. He made this submission in a statement to The Future of Energy Summit 2015, organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Noting that global investment in renewable power and fuels ...

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African ministers restate demand for finance-based climate pact

Mrs. Laurentia Laraba Mallam

Ministers from governments across Africa including Nigeria have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, including through market and finance opportunities, sufficient to fulfil Africa’s development aspirations. With countries set to approve a new climate change agreement under the UN in Paris in December, African ministers stressed the region’s readiness and ...

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Kenya urged to lift ban on GMO imports


Delegates from 30 countries from around the world, attending an international Agri-biotech and Biosafety Communication conference in Nairobi, have called on the Kenya Government to lift a two-year ban on GMO imports. Addressing the delegates comprising of farmers, scientists, policy makers, private sector, the media and science communicators, the Principal Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development, Dr, ...

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7th World Water Forum kicks off in South Korea


The 7th World Water Forum (WWF), a triennial global gathering of water professionals and practitioners,  kicked off on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in  South Korea, with the Korean President Park Geun-hye urging the over 20,000 participants to find solutions to water-related international disputes. “I think linking waterways between South and North Korea will help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula which ...

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Worry as water scarcity hits communities in Ekiti

Bunmi Adebayo

The long walk to proper hygiene, sanitation and portable water seems to be an endless one in Ekiti State, South West Nigeria, as recent findings have revealed that some communities do not have access to one of the essential needs of man. This revelation came to the fore during a fact finding mission embarked upon by some team of journalists ...

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7th climate summit: Lagos takes stock, celebrates success stories

It’s time for stock-taking at the globally-acclaimed Lagos State Annual International Climate Change Summit, where eggheads will next week look inwards and set an agenda for the future. After a chain of six successful forums that sought to explore the challenges and opportunities of climate change in Lagos in particular and the world in general, organisers of the event are ...

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Making Nigeria climate resilient (2): Clarifying some terminologies


The popular media and the public often confuse a number of concepts and issues related to climate change. I was at a technical review meeting late in 2014 when a “scientist” insisted that climate change is the same as global warming. Despite some clarifications and even protests from many other colleagues, our scientist stood his ground. I kept my cool ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (16)


I have always emphasised that COP 21 in Paris is not only a platform for negotiation but an opportunity to pursue the road to low carbon economy. Some of the parties, while addressing the reduction of emission, are also planning how to manage and consistently look at the risk adjusted investment into a new fora of sustainability activities and programmes. It is a ...

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