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Nagoya Protocol’s entry into force clocks two

The entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity was observed on Wednesday. Adopted in 2010 and entering into force on 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol aims to create equity between providers and users of genetic resources ...

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GCF approves $745m in funding proposals

Zaheer Fakir

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) on Friday in Songdo, Republic of Korea reached a new milestone with the approval of $745 million in funding proposals at its 14th meeting. The 10 newly approved projects and programmes have a total value of $2.6 billion, and will help 27 countries across the globe to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts ...

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UN urges nations to adapt food, agriculture to climate change


The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has called on countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development. The FAO, which made the call in a message to commemorate the World Food Day 2016, emphasised that, by strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers, food security for the planet’s ...

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Fresh call to improve water, sanitation, hygiene in hospitals


WaterAid on Friday in Abuja launched a new campaign for health professionals, calling on them to take action to call for improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene in hospitals around the world. Some 38% of clinics in low- and middle-income countries around the world do not have regular access to water; even more do not have basic, private toilets and a way ...

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Renewable energy campaign surpasses 100 partners


Power for All, a global campaign to radically accelerate the adoption of renewable, decentralised energy solutions and eradicate energy poverty, announced on Friday that it surpassed its pledge to recruit 100 civil society and private sector partners. The achievement, it added, signifies the increasingly important role that rooftop solar and renewable energy micro-grids will have in achieving universal energy access ...

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How to refocus nation’s renewable energy drive, by stakeholders


The Nigerian government has been told to prioritise national and community energy needs over global economic models that promote inequalities. This submission formed part of a set of demands made by a gathering of industry stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja, the federal capital city. Participants at a daylong Renewable Energy Conference organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth ...

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Climate change: What does 1.5℃ mean for Nigeria?

Chinma George

“As a child, I’ll go across Lake Chad on a hovercraft and think I’m going to England, today it’s a poodle.” Those are the words of Minister of Environment, Amina J Mohammed. That was many years ago. But, today, the story is different. Climate change has exacerbated the shrinking of Lake Chad since the 1960s from a total area of ...

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Platform to support SDGs financing emerges

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to him, the initiative can help in identifying and piloting innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions. “Financial actors and institutions are already beginning to develop solutions for attracting ...

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More investment required for urban resilience

Hurricane Matthew

Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the four billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up to ...

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WHO report indicates rising TB deaths

A TB patient

The newly released global tuberculosis (TB) report from World Health Organisation (WHO) is reporting the grim reality that more people are dying of TB than previously thought. According to the report, there was a 50 percent increase in deaths of children from TB, with 210,000 reported to have died of the disease in 2015. This increase, from 140,000 in 2014, ...

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