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Why lawmakers are vital to climate diplomacy, by UNDP


If Nigeria is to harness the opportunities that the new global climate regime presents, the legislature must be equipped with the requisite knowledge to make laws that will facilitate successful implementation, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has said. Dr Beyai, who made the submission last Tuesday (27 July, 2016) during the “Roundtable on Pursuing ...

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10 LGAs to benefit from N8.8bn World Bank, Sokoto projects

Aminu Tambuwal

The World Bank and the Sokoto State Government are collaborating in the execution of various projects to the tune of N8.8 billion in the area of environmental management in 10 local government areas (LGAs) of the state. A statement issued by the spokesman to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Malam Imam Imam in Sokoto on Sunday, said that, under the Nigeria Erosion ...

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Maryland community suffers severe damage after flooding

Ellicott City

A community in Maryland in the US suffered “severe” damage from floods, including damaged buildings and cars swept away by rushing water, after around six inches of rain fell in the area on Saturday, officials said. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman told WBALTV flooding caused damage to buildings and cars in Ellicott City, a town of around 65,000 in Howard ...

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Aisha Buhari to launch anti-human trafficking policy document


The wife of Nigeria’s President, Hajia Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, will on Monday, August 1 2016 in Abuja unveil the National Referral Mechanism for Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria (NRM). The launch of the document, produced by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs ...

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Government, Shell collaborate on healthcare delivery

Mr. Igo Weli

The Federal Ministry of Health and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) are exploring partnership opportunities in healthcare delivery. At a just-concluded Health Concepts Validation Exercise organised by SNEPCo in Lagos, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, identified potential areas of collaboration in the delivery of primary and secondary healthcare. The session brought together a variety of international development ...

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Refugees groan under Middle East heatwaves

heat wave

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) will set up a committee to examine whether Mitrabah, Kuwait, set a new highest temperature record for the Eastern hemisphere and Asia, with a reported temperature of 54.0°C (129.2°F) on 21 July 2016. Large parts of the Middle East and North Africa were gripped by heatwaves in recent weeks. Temperatures exceeding by a large margin ...

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$6bn needed to meet 2025 water target, says report


Nigeria needs to invest about $600 million yearly in the water supply sector over the next 10 years if it hopes to achieve universal coverage of safe drinking water supply by 2025, a recently published report by World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) has said. Titled “State Water Agencies in Nigeria: A Performance Assessment”, the WSP report published in ...

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Paris Agreement: Peru ratifies, Nigeria prepares to sign

Patricia Espinosa

About three months after it signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, Peru last Monday (25 July 2016) deposited its instrument of ratification of the climate pact with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Peru, which hosted the 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the UNFCCC in its capital city of Lima ...

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Government raises Council, Board for Ogoniland clean-up


“The choice is for you to keep your environment clean and nurture the Niger Delta back to its lost glory. The beginning of this clean-up exercise is clear evidence that Ken Saro Wiwa and other sons of Ogoniland who fought hard for environmental justice did not fight in vain. Let this mark the beginning of the restoration not just of the environment of Ogoniland, but ...

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G20 finance ministers pledge to scale up green finance


G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors held their third meeting on July 23-24 in Chengdu, and issued the final Communiqué before this year’s G20 Summit in Hangzhou, emphasising the development of green finance and welcoming voluntary options developed by the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG). This year, green finance was incorporated for first time into the G20 agenda. ...

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