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GCF approves $315m in funding at final 2016 meeting

cochairs

The first Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting to be held in the Pacific, and the final for 2016 closed in Apia, Samoa, on Friday, December 12 having approved eight new funding proposals and accredited seven new partner entities. The fifteenth meeting of the Board (B.15) approved the following projects and programmes valued together at $315.24 million: $133 million for ...

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WBCSD, WMB welcome approvals on climate-related financial disclosures

Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business

The pair of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the We Mean Business Coalition (WMB) has welcomed the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure’s (TCFD) draft recommendations for businesses to disclose their climate-related financial risks and opportunities. According to the two organisations, companies and their boards must gain a firmer understanding of the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to their ...

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Petroleum technologists honour Shell boss

Mr. Osagie Okunbor

The Petroleum Technology Association (PETAN), an association of indigenous technical oilfield service companies in the upstream and downstream sectors, honoured the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) with the Distinguished Achievement Award (Corporate) at their 2016 Oil Industry Awards Dinner this month in Lagos, the latest recognition of the company’s pioneering role in Nigerian content development. PETAN also ...

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Global community in $75bn commitment to end poverty

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank [resident

A coalition of more than 60 donor and borrower governments agreed in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, December 15, 2016 to ratchet up the fight against extreme poverty with a record $75 billion commitment for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries. “This is a pivotal step in the movement to end extreme poverty,” World Bank ...

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Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Environment Minister, is UN Deputy Secretary-General

Hon. Minister of Environment

Incoming United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Thursday announced Ms Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary-General. Guterres made the announcement through the spokesman of the Secretary-General, Mr Stephane Dujarric. Mohammed, Nigeria’s current Minister of Environment, was former UN Under-Secretary-General to outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the 2030 Agenda for Development. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ...

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Lagosians regret absence of the unique Christmas weather in the state

christmas weather

Christmas weather December, aside being the end of the year based on the Gregorian calendar, is unique in many ways. One of the unique things about the Month is that it is the only time that most corporate organizations close shop to enable their workers  spend the yuletide with their relatives, loved ones and kindred. But beyond the shutting of ...

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CODE’s ‘Follow The Money’ celebrated

Hamzat Lawal

Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, has named Connected Development’s (CODE) Follow The Money initiative in the 2016 NT100 – a global celebration of this year’s 100 most inspiring social innovations using digital technology to drive social change around the world. NT100 plays a valuable role each year in inspiring those with the influence and resources to ...

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CBD, WWF champion biodiversity awareness

Marco-Lambertini

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (SCBD) and WWF International have signed an MoU to collaborate in implementing CBD’s Global Communications Strategy together with CBD Parties, partners and the broader conservation community to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 (ABT1) by 2020. The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by CBD’s Executive Secretary Braulio de Souza Dias and WWF International’s Director General ...

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Arctic warming triggers decline in sea ice, snow

Arctic warming

A report sponsored by American scientific agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 over the Arctic contributed to a record-breaking delay in the fall sea ice freeze-up, leading to extensive melting of Greenland ice sheet and land-based snow cover. Now in its 11th year, the Arctic Report Card, released recently at the ...

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Lagos intensifies clampdown on auxiliary nurses

midwives

The Lagos State Government wants the collaboration of residents of the state in its effort to stop auxiliary nurses and other unqualified medical practitioners from operating in the state. Director, Family Health and Nutrition, Lagos Ministry of Health, Dr. Folashade Oludara, who made the call at a recent forum in Lagos enjoined residents to report any private institutions still making use of auxiliary ...

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