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More companies commit to renewable energy


Wells Fargo & Co., Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and VF Corporation – owner of many apparel and footwear brands including The North Face, Timberland, and Wrangler – are among a group of world-leading businesses from diverse sectors of the economy that on Tuesday, during Climate Week NYC 2016, joined RE100 with commitments to 100% renewable power. The eight new joiners also include cloud computing companies VMware Inc. and Rackspace Inc.; global alcoholic ...

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Ukraine, Micronesia ratify Paris Agreement

Patricia Espinosa

Ukraine and the Federated States of Micronesia have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations. While Micronesia made the deposition last Thursday (15 September 2016, Ukraine ratified on Monday (19 September 2016). At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), held in Paris, France, the Parties adopted the Paris Climate Change Agreement ...

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600 firms factor Paris into business plans

Climate Change

Data released by the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) on Monday shows that over 600 major international corporations with a combined market cap of $12 trillion are already starting to factor the Paris Agreement on climate change in their business plans before the major environmental legislation has become law. This year’s CDP disclosures come against a backdrop of growing ...

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Group plans education for 800 million left-out children


The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission), a group of world leaders composed of presidents, former prime ministers, business and education leaders, has set out an ambitious and credible programme of reform that will guarantee a basic education to every single child. The Education Commission has set out the first-ever budget for global education, detailing from now ...

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PACJA emerges Forest Carbon Partnership Facility observer

Mithika Mwenda

The Nairobi, Kenya-based Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has been elected as an observer organisation to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), on behalf of all African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for the next two years. Through the Secretary General, Mithika Mwenda, PACJA will represent the interests and concerns of CSOs in the African region with regard to FCPF, ...

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Advancing NDC implementation in Africa


With the Paris Agreement signed and Parties’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted, countries have turned their attention this year to implementing the global climate change agreement. For individual countries, this means ratifying the agreement, moving from intended contributions to submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and translating the climate change targets outlined in contributions into concrete actions to be implemented ...

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Nigeria case informs fresh $35m Rotary polio support

Polio immunisation

$8.15 million will go toward stemming the recent outbreak in Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad Basin region Rotary on Tuesday committed an additional $35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, bringing the humanitarian service organisation’s contribution to $105 million in 2016. The announcement follows recent reports of three new cases of wild poliovirus ...

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ISSD: Africa urged to restore seed sector to boost productivity


African governments need to act now and revamp the continent’s seed sector for increased agricultural productivity. Delegates to the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference that ended on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, who made the submission, said that a vibrant seed sector would help Africa improve food and nutrition security. The experts were drawn from academia, government and ...

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Video: Family Planning

Family Planning

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Video: Nutrition in Nigeria

Nutrition in Nigeria

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