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AfDB lauds AMCOW’s water monitoring, reporting system

Mohammed El Azizi

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has lauded the initiative by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to deploy web-based system to track and report on the implementation of global and regional commitments on water and sanitation in Africa. Mohammed El Azizi, Director of the Water and Sanitation department of the AfDB who also doubles as director of the African ...

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HIV: Ecobank renews collaboration with Global Fund

Ade Ayeyemi

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the leading Pan-African financial institution, through its Foundation, has renewed its partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a further three years. The relationship between the two organisations began in 2011, and the new agreement formalises Ecobank’s support for the Global Fund’s work in Africa. A selected high-level audience composed of business ...

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LDC group champions renewable energy initiative

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu,

Ministers and Heads of Delegation from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group have welcomed a new initiative designed to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency for the world’s poorest and least developed countries. The new initiative, called the “LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development”, is to be launched at the next UN climate change ...

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Canada proposes national benchmark for carbon pricing

Justin Trudeau

Canada has taken a remarkable step in the drive towards realising its climate change commitments, thanks to a fresh resolve to provide a yardstick to price carbon. In March 2016, the First Ministers committed to putting the country on a credible path to meet or exceed its national target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels ...

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Report lists benefits of secure land rights in the Amazon

Andrew Steer

Analysis of Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia finds land rights for indigenous communities in the Amazon is key to sustainable economic development, slowing deforestation and curbing climate change A report released in Washington DC on Thursday by the World Resources Institute (WRI) offers new evidence that the modest investments needed to secure land rights for Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon will generate ...

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Nigeria’s climate impact and 1.5-degree target

Lake Chad

As the world is confronted with the most threatened and complex challenges of climate change, developing countries are the most vulnerable and heavily impacted by climate variability, lacking the political and economic will to reduce and cope with the changes. These inadequacies often characterise the bloc’s negotiation setback among other world region in reaching a global climate agreement, though this ...

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Fossil fuel giants should pay

GHG emission

“Wild animals are confused, they see light for 24 hours and cannot understand what is going on. Children in Turkey are suffering from asthma as a result of pollution in the atmosphere. Ecosystems have changed and are still changing, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, the climate is obviously changing and at very rapid rate. Scientists have attributed all ...

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Tunisian, Vietnamese win COP22 Youth Climate Video competition

Nick Nuttall

Two young climate activists from Tunisia and Vietnam who tell their inspiring stories of climate action and building public awareness have been selected as the winners of the 2016 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. The winners, chosen through online public voting, are Faouzia Bahloul from Tunisia and Phuong Vu Hoang from Vietnam. They will travel to the UN ...

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My vision for AMCOW, by new head, Kanangire

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

Following his nomination and subsequent approval as AMCOW Executive Secretary by African Water Ministers during the last 10th General Assembly of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Canisius Kanangire has affirmed his readiness to stimulate the dawn of a new era for the African water and sanitation sector. Declaring his agenda on Thursday in Abidjan, ...

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CODE to observe US Presidential elections

Hamzat Lawal

A leading Nigerian Civil Society Organisation (CSO), the Abuja-based Connected Development (CODE), has been granted Observer Accreditation status in the State of Colorado for the upcoming November 8th, 2016 US Presidential Elections. The participants, comprising young people, are expected to join other observers in the United States to ensure a credible and transparent polls in the coming elections. Through the International Republican ...

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