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Nigeria to develop GCF funding proposal, third climate communication

Dr Peter Tarfa

After preparing and submitting its First (FNC) and Second National Communications (SNC) to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November 2003 and June 2014 respectively, Nigeria will this week commence the preparation of the Third National Communication (TNC). At a project inception workshop holding from Tuesday, May 2 to Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Keffi Nasarawa ...

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GMOs: Science, food and public interest

HOMEF Biosafety Training

Should science not be to the advantage of society? Does science always serve the public interest? Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), posed these questions in his opening words at a Media Training on Biosafety organised in Abuja recently. The answers to these questions are obvious. The training session went ahead to question whether science was ...

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What Nigeria needs to curb child malnutrition, by expert

Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu

Nigeria needs some $912 million to tackle the scourge of child malnutrition, which is presently ravaging the country. Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, disclosed this at a two-day Media Dialogue on: “Leveraging Resources for Child Malnutrition in Nigeria,” held on April 28 and 29, 2017 in Enugu, Enugu State. Dr. Isokpunwu, who spoke on: ...

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Radio Report: Government urged to expedite action on Disaster Risk Reduction policy

Umaru Tanko Al-makura

Experts on environmental issues have urged the Federal Government to expedite action for immediate implementation of a policy on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). They spoke at a Validation Workshop in Keffi, Nasarwa State, organised by the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Shindong Bala was there and now reports.  

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UNTH, UITH approved as sites for surveillance of rotavirus disease

Dr. Faisal Shuaib

The Federal Government has approved Ilorin and Enugu University Teaching Hospitals as special sentinel sites for surveillance of Rotavirus Diarrhea disease and Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis in children. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal disease among infants and young children. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, made this known in a statement issued ...

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BRS Conventions: Nigeria clamours road map to actualise science-policy interface

Prof. Babajide Alo

Nigeria has underscored the need for the proposed actions for strengthening the Science-Policy Interface in the BRS Conventions. At a side event held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 during the 2017 Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions holding in Geneva, Switzerland, the West African country suggested the adoption of a comprehensive road map to ...

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Manual seeks to mainstream gender in climate action


The UN Women, with support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), has launched a new guidebook to help practitioners mainstream gender into climate change projects and programmes. It has been described as a “go-to” publication, which presents methodologies and tools to address the gender gap. Gender mainstreaming for climate change is the process of assessing and responding to the differentiated ...

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IPCC meets to draft Sixth Assessment Report outline

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold a scoping meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on from Monday May 1 to Friday, May 5, 2017 to draft the outline of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The meeting will bring together 200 experts from some 60 countries. The IPCC decided to produce the AR6 in February 2015. It is due ...

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UNDP, Chinese bike sharing platform raise climate awareness


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ofo, a Beijing-based start-up company that has become the world’s first and largest bike sharing platform, are joining forces to raise public awareness about climate change. The partnership will also provide financial support to innovative projects that address urban environmental challenges, expected to reach 100 million people, including school children, with campaign messages ...

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GMOs: Why we seek protection of food, environment, by activists


Speaking to media executives in Abuja recently, Nnimmo Bassey (Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (Convener of Nigerians against GMOs), Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje (Food Sovereignty Programme, Friends of the Earth Nigeria/Africa) and Dr. Ifeyinwa Aniebo (African Health Magazine), jointly demand the protection of food and the environment via the revocation of Monsanto’s GMO permits, as well as the repeal ...

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