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COP12: Time for blue economies in Africa, says Bamba, head of Abidjan Convention


The need to link the protection and conservation of the marine environment with sustainable development and improved livelihoods for local communities was highlighted when specialists from five continents began meeting on Monday, March 28, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the Expert Segment of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Abidjan Convention. Addressing the meeting, the Executive ...

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African ministers adopt Durban Declaration for accelerating SDGs implementation


Arising from the 2017 World Water Day Celebrations and the Global Launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017 entitled: “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” which ended on Sunday, March 26 2017 in Durban, the Republic of South Africa, water and sanitation ministers from across Africa have adopted the Durban Political Declaration for accelerating the implementation of the sustainable development goals ...

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Ogun battles illegal logging, urges tree planting


The Ogun State Government has called on “Baales” and other community leaders in the three senatorial districts to partner government in tackling nefarious activities of illegal loggers in the state-owned forest reserves. Commissioner for Forestry, Kolawole Lawal, made the call recently during an interactive session with the State Council of Baales in the ministry’s conference room, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the sate ...

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Earth Hour: Iconic structures go dark to support planet’s protection

Earth Hour

The United Nations on Saturday, March 25 2017 dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual “Earth Hour”, global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. In a video message, ...

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Why poverty pervades the land, by local council employees


The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has accused state governors of unfairly controlling the affairs of local government councils in the country. Union members came out in their numbers at a national rally last week in Calabar, Cross River State, clamouring for the autonomy of local councils in the country. They carried placards with different inscriptions such as: ...

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Man Utd, Neymar in £173m transfer talks


There is a serious transfer talks going on within the Manchester United camp and Neymar’s agent over a possible £173 million move deal. If the deal falls through, it means that the Brazil captain and Barcelona striker will receive a mind-boggling £416,000-a-week wage with a move to Manchester United. Manchester United’s strong interest in Neymar, according to reports in Catalonia, ...

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Holland sacks head coach, Blind


Holland has sacked head coach Danny Blind after 20 months in charge, due to poor results. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Sofia was Holland’s second in their opening five games in the World Cup qualifying group A and left the country in fourth place in the pool, already six points behind leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1 and three points behind ...

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Post-COP22: Nigeria explores fresh strategies for climate finance, action


The Federal Ministry of Environment (FMoE) has been asked to closely monitor developments at the Adaptation Fund to ensure that Nigeria benefits maximally from the financial resources provided by the fund. The Adaptation Fund is an international fund that finances projects and programs aimed at helping developing countries to adapt to the harmful effects of climate change. It is set up under ...

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Death toll in Sokoto meningitis attack now 21


The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 21. The state Health Commissioner, Dr. Balarabe Kakale, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Sunday, March 26 2017. Kakale gave an update on the state of high alert declared by the Ministry since March 20. ...

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Ghana emerges 40th party to Minamata Convention

Nana Akufo-Addo

The West African English speaking nation of Ghana on Thursday, March 23, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 40th Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This comes just a day after the Government of Honduras on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 ratified the Convention, thus emerging its 39th Party. Just last month, Liechtenstein and Togo endorsed the ...

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