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175 nations sign Paris Agreement, 15 ratify treaty


In an extraordinary show of support for the Paris climate agreement adopted last December, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement at a ceremony at UN Headquarters on Friday 22 April that far exceeded the historical record for first-day signatures to an international agreement. The ceremony, held the first day the Paris Agreement was open for signature, marked the initial step ...

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11 ways Earth Day 2016 was observed globally

Berta Caceres

Earth Day is believed to be the largest secular event in the world. It has been described as the power of a contagious people’s movement that returns each year. This year, world leaders united in New York City to sign the Paris Agreement, a landmark achievement in the fight against climate change. According to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day ...

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Paris Agreement: Our fate is in our hands – Naoko Ishii

Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF

On Earth Day April 22, 2016, with a record number of countries signing the Paris climate agreement in New York, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility looks ahead at the G7 meetings next month and outlines why safeguarding the global commons is the wisest investment we can make. For the first time in seven years, environment ...

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Reactions trail signing of ‘historic’ Paris Agreement

Barbara Hendricks

Representatives from more than 150 countries, including nearly 60 Heads of State, on Friday 22 April gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to sign the historic Paris Agreement as governments take their first collective step from ambition to action after forging the new, global climate treaty in December. The event, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Earth ...

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Germany ratifies Nagoya Protocol, bolsters EU implementation


Germany is the latest country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation, bringing the total number of ratifications to 74. This includes 73 countries and the European Union (EU), which ratified the Protocol in May 2014. “I congratulate the Government of Germany and look forward ...

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1.5-degree still defines ambition for Paris Agreement implementation

Emmanuel M. De Guzman

Climate Vulnerable Forum leaders on Thursday urged a ministerial gathering of the “High Ambition Coalition” in New York to take the concrete steps needed to accelerate global climate action, on the eve of the signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change at UN Headquarters where over 165 countries are expected to participate. Speaking at the gathering, Secretary Emmanuel ...

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2016 Earth Day: Plant a tree, stakeholders urged

Tree planting

As the world marks this year’s Earth Day on Friday 22 April, government at all levels as well as private individuals and organisations have been urged to vigorously pursue tree-planting initiatives so as to check the myriad of environmental challenges. Concerned environmental experts made the call in separate interviews while commenting on the annual event which is marked on April ...

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Forum to evaluate UN Decade on Biodiversity’s half-way point


One of the main bodies under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB) is set to meet next week to discuss issues that will accelerate progress in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieving its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. At the 20th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, ...

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How environmentalist shunned financial gains to conserve nature

LUFASI Nature Park

At a time when many are falling over themselves to invest in landed property and reap billions, a man out of his deep commitment to the health of Mother Earth has instead chosen to invest his resources to conserve nature, Kayode Aboyeji reports A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, is a popular Chinese proverb and ...

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PETAN rebrands, commends Shell’s role in Nigerian content


The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), an association of indigenous service companies, has commended the pioneering role of Shell in the development of Nigerian content in the oil industry. “Most of us have our roots here,” said the Chairman of the association, Bank Anthony Okoroafor, as he led a team on a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of Shell ...

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