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Fiji outlines priorities for COP23 presidency


Fiji has outlined its leadership priorities ahead of its Presidency of COP 23 – the UN negotiations on climate change – on day one of a three-day meeting (30 Jan. – 1 Feb.) between Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and a delegation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) led by its Executive Secretary, Ms. Patricia Espinosa. ...

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US warned not to dump Paris climate accord

Donald Trump, US president

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has warned US President Donald Trump not to pull out of the Paris climate accord. “Ultimately, this is about the competitiveness of the United States,” Espinosa, a former Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Slovakia, said recently in an interview. During the election campaign, Trump ...

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How Fulani herdsmen invade farms, wreak havoc in Rivers communities


“They destroyed my cassava, yam, cocoa-yam, vegetable and my traps as well, everything has been destroyed. Oh! If you see what these herdsmen have done to me, you will weep for me.” This was the lamentation of one Mr. Chijoke Nwachukwu, a farmer from Mgbede community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. “Every place we used to farm ...

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$2m LafargeHolchim Awards empowers sustainable construction


Urban planners, architects, engineers, builders, construction firms, project owners, students and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are targeted participants at the 2017 LafargeHolchim Construction Awards competition, which is seeking smart solutions for cities and the built environment. The competition, which awards a total of $2 million in each three-year cycle, seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic ...

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Lagos waterfront evictions: More dialogue, fewer demolitions

makoko lagos

“I found this demolition as an inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of the right to dignity enshrined in Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.” – Justice Onigbanjo of the Lagos High Court, Thursday, 26 January 2017. Since Justice Onigbanjo of the ...

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Global coalition to create vaccines, prevent epidemics emerges

Bill Gates

A global coalition to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases has emerged with the ambitious aim of protecting the world from future epidemics. Announced at the recently held World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the initiative has an initial investment of nearly $500 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Britain’s Wellcome Trust and the governments of Japan, Norway ...

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Ogun seeks support for reforestation project


The Ogun State Government says it has requested for technical support and grant-in-aid from the Federal Government to further boost its reforestation programmes in its nine Forest Reserves. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the disclosure while speaking at a meeting with the Executive Director, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) in Ibadan, Oyo State. The Commissioner, through his ...

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Presidential Order may impact human, treaty rights violations

Donald Trump

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) has expressed it support to the statement by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) rejecting last week’s United States (US) President’s Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum to expedite the review and approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and other pipelines. The President’s Memorandums call for the elimination of obstacles to the construction of the DAPL ...

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Africa goes online with water sector, sanitation reporting

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

Ahead of the upcoming 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union holding 30th and 31st January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) has activated the online portal of the continent’s water sector and sanitation reporting system. The new Pan African Monitoring and Reporting System serves as a platform to report progress on the implementation ...

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Report accuses World Bank of subsidising fossil fuel, undermining climate commitments

Jim Yong Kim

A new analysis of the World Bank’s $5-billion-dollar policy loans shows lender supporting investment incentives for coal and other fossil fuel projects in Southeast Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, threatening climate change efforts, indigenous groups and natural resources World Bank policy loans are creating subsidies for coal, gas and oil projects and undercutting initiatives to build wind, ...

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