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Nations to submit NDCs after Paris Agreement ratification

Parties to the Paris Agreement (or nations that end up signing the agreement) are expected to communicate their first nationally determined contribution (NDC) no later than when the respective instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession has been submitted. A feature of the Paris Agreement entails a change in status of the intended national climate action plans which almost all ...

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Concern as Zika virus spreads alarmingly

zika virus

As the Zika virus outbreak spreads across Central and South America, it appears to have landed in North America, where 31 people have been reportedly infected in the US. The infection has been linked to birth defects in newborns There are currently 31 people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, including three pregnant women – ...

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The online warriors, by Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati

My criticisms of the excesses of the online phenomenon in terms of its brazen abuse in an unregulated environment has often made me the target of attacks, with many insisting on quoting the opening paragraph of a piece I once wrote along these lines as if it is a memorial verse, but further developments have shown that indeed, liberal, accommodative, ...

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UN, US support Nigeria’s piracy, maritime crime war

maritime crime

Efforts are underway to prosecute and convict criminal gangs involved in piracy and maritime crime in Nigeria, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said. The UN body made this submission just as it disclosed that, with financial supports from the United States’ Department of State, it trained more than 30 participants consisting of Federal High Court ...

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New UNODC Rep, Cristina Albertin, commits to tackling Nigeria’s challenges

Ms. Cristina Albertin

Newly appointed Country Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nigeria, Ms. Cristina Albertin, has promised robust engagements with stakeholders towards successful delivery of the global mandate of her agency in the country. This she intends to do by ensuring timely and successful delivery on-going projects while also working closely with the media to create ...

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Oil firms influenced shifting of gas flare-out date – ERA/FoEN

Gas flaring in Ogoniland Nigeria

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described the Federal Government’s decision to further extend the gas flare-out date by International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the Niger Delta to year 2020 as the extension of an illegality that started with previous administrations. ERA/FoEN’s position is premised on media reports which indicated that the Group General Manager, ...

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Malawian communities seek to end open defecation

Mitress Januwale

About one billion people or 15 percent of the global population, including Malawians, practice open defecation, and ignorance of the consequences Twelve years ago today, Mitress Januwale was in great pain due to the death of her grandmother Myness Gilimoti to what was a suspected work of witchcraft, according to family members. Gilimoti died when she was more of a ...

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Youthfulness and 21st century Yoruba kingship

Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

For about six years now, tradition and youthfulness have been cohabiting in some notable Yoruba kingdoms, and the result of this is visible civilisation within these environs. The practice, which commenced with the enthronement of Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kesenla III), was not without initial criticisms because no one would have thought that a ‘youthful’ mind capable of the vast intelligence and maturity that became manifest in the Elegushi’s ability to continue to ...

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REDD+ offers powerful lessons for green growth

green growth

Ten years of experience from REDD+ can give low-emission development strategies a head start, writes Christopher Martius in Forest News. The article forms part of the CGIAR (Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research) Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry Climate-smart economic development doesn’t have to start from scratch. With a decade of experience and a wealth of research to ...

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How forest restoration project will benefit communities, by Ogun

The Ogun State Government has unveiled plans to embark on a Agro-Forestry and Forest Landscape Restoration Project with the aim of creating employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths. Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kolawole Lawal, who made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta at a parley with the project consultant, Mr Pierre Decroix, pointed out plans were in top gear for ...

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