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COP21: Summary of negotiations on Friday, December 4

ADP Co-Chair Ahmed Djoghlaf

On Friday, 4 December, the ADP contact group considered a revised compilation text throughout the day. In the morning and afternoon, informal consultations and contact groups finalised work under the SBs, and a contact group under the COP took place. The SBI and SBSTA closing plenaries took place in the evening. ADP CONTACT GROUP In the morning, ADP Co-Chair Ahmed ...

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Why we killed escapee lion, by Jos Park


The management of the Jos Wide Life Park in Plateau State, Nigeria, has said that it invited troops to kill an escapee 43-year-old lion because it has no tranquilisers with which it could have sedated the animal. The lion had strayed away after escaping from its cage. John Doy, General Manager of the Park, said the organisation lacked tranquilisers because it ...

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Media not connecting climate change, migration, food security, says IFAD report

SG Meeting

Top news media are failing to identify climate change as a contributor to some of the world’s biggest crises, including migration, food insecurity and conflict, says a new research report funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and presented at the 21st UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris on Friday. “The media, whether local or global, are ...

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Africa asked to lessen dependency on external health funding

Prof. Aggrey Ambali

The 4th African Medicines Regulators Conference jointly organised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African Union and World Health Organisation (WHO) came to an end on Friday, December 4 with a call on African nations to curb their dependency on foreign funding for health. It held for three days in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The meeting sought ...

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Fresh World Bank funding for water in Africa, India

Laura Tuck

The World Bank Group has announced a significant boost in funding for water programmes Kenya, the Niger River Basin, Morocco and India to help tackle inherent challenges. The move came as World Bank Group Vice President for Sustainable Development, Laura Tuck, warned that, in just 35 years, 40 percent of the global population will be living in water scarce countries. That’s compared ...

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Africa raises red flag on possible Paris outcome

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu,

Leading members of the African Group of Negotiators and civil society leaders at the ongoing Paris climate talks have expressed their dissatisfaction with the pace of the negotiations so far. At an event on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris under the theme “Paris Outcome and Africa’s Adaptation Need,” Prof Seth Osafo, Lead Negotiator with African Group ...

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Paris pledges €1 million to Green Climate Fund

Anne Hidalgo

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on Thursday announced a pledge of EUR 1 million ($1.05 million) to the Green Climate Fund. The pledge was announced during a meeting between Mayor Hidalgo and Héla Cheikhrouhou, the Fund’s Executive Director, at the Paris Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Paris is currently hosting the UNFCCC climate conference (COP 21). Over 40 countries have pledged ...

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Nations, groups launch construction alliance to curb climate change


Eighteen countries (Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America) and over 60 organisations on Thursday at the UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris launched an unprecedented Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to speed up and scale up the sector’s huge potential to reduce its emissions and ...

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Firm unveils CityInSight energy, emissions model for cities


Canadian climate change and urban planning consultancy Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) on Wednesday launched CityInSight: an open source energy, emissions and finances model for cities, at the COP21 in Paris. “Cities are demonstrating the will to take on energy and emissions challenges. CityInSight enables cities to rigorously explore the impact of policies and investments on the transition to a low ...

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G77 sheds light on climate agreement’s financial arrangements


South Africa’s Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China (to which Nigeria is aligned with), said on Wednesday in Paris at the ongoing COP21 UN climate change summit during the Open-Ended Consultation on Finance Process that the financial mechanism of the Convention must serve as the financial mechanism of the legal agreement I have the ...

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