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Issues unaddressed in climate smart agriculture discourse, by Nwajiuba


Challenges related to rising temperature and farm labour, changing rainfall in a dominantly rainfed system as well as increased frequency of occurrence of extreme weather events have either been partly addressed or totally neglected in the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) discourse. This was the submission of Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Imo State University, Owerri in a presentation at the ...

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GOCOP urges Senate not to deny Nigerians freedom of expression


The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) has called on the Senate not to deny Nigerians of their universally recognised right to freedom of expression. In a statement in Lagos on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Olumide Iyanda, the Guild said the draft bill to “Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Matters Connected Therewith,” which passed Second Reading in the Senate ...

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Africa demands more funding for climate change adaptation


More finance, capacity building for communities and institutions and use of technology are vital to making Africa adapt to climate change. Speakers during a side event at the ongoing COP21 conference in Paris on “Climate Change Adaptation funding in Africa: Experience from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and African Development Bank (AfDB)” have ...

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We need a legally binding agreement in Paris, African ministers insist


African Ministers for Environment (AMCEN) held a high-level meeting at the Africa Pavilion at the on-going climate change conference in Paris, France. The ministers from Africa’s 54 nations were briefed on the status of the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) and key points which they should focus on in the penultimate session of the discussions. Speaking to ...

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UN lists climate funding commitments


A number of climate funding announcements by developed country governments, multilateral development banks and multilateral climate funds have been made in the run-up to and at the COP21 UN climate change conference holding in Paris, France. The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has compiled the list below from public sources. The UNFCCC added that the compilation ...

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COP21 will produce a universal agreement, says Ban Ki-moon


UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has expressed optimism that the ongoing climate change summit in Paris will produce a universal and binding agreement. He made the disclosure on Sunday (December 6, 2015) while speaking to media executives during a visit to the research vessel, Tara. According to him, there was a strong commitment demonstrated by the over 150 world leaders, including ...

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Pope Francis prays for climate summit, charges delegates

Pope Francis

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis on Sunday (December 6, 2015) morning prayed for the success of the ongoing UN climate summit in Paris (COP21). Speaking to crowds in St Peter’s Square, he said he is following the talks closely. He added he was reminded of a question he asked in his recent encyclical, this morning saying: “What kind of ...

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Québec boosts GEF’s LDCF with $CAD 6 million

Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard

First-ever pledge by sub-national government to GEF climate fund boosts total new financing for LDCF to over $US 252 million The Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard, announced on Saturday in Paris a contribution of $CAD 6 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the GEF-hosted climate fund for the most vulnerable countries. The commitment, made at the Paris COP21 climate talks, ...

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Mixed reactions as ADP process is concluded, draft agreement sent to ministers


After four years of negotiations, Parties at COP21 in Paris on Saturday concluded the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) and arrived at a draft outcome for consideration and political negotiation by the Conference of Parties (COP). The mid-summit development has apparently set the pace for what looks like a constructive and decisive second ...

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Vietnam pledges $1 million to Green Climate Fund


Vietnam has pledged a contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Paris COP 21 talks, further broadening the base of support to the Fund. Forty-three states have now pledged support to the Fund, including both developed and developing countries. Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, announced the pledge of $1 million during his address to the Paris climate ...

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