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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Asians share climate experiences at GCF regional dialogue


The Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) first Structured Dialogue with Asia opened on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Denpasar, the capital city and main hub of the Indonesian province of Bali. The forum is seeking a common cause amid diversity in bringing together representatives from 24 nations, even as participants set out to share their climate experiences, and advise the GCF on ...

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Transparency agency begins audit of petroleum sector

Waziri Adio

The process for a comprehensive independent audit of the oil and gas sector by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has commenced. The independent audit, to be conducted in line with the principles and standards of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, will cover the period 2015 and 2016 respectively. Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio, announced this recently ...

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NPFL advised on league management as Super Sport ends sponsorship


Following Super Sport’s stoppage of the sponsorship of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), the League Management Company (LMC) has been advised to look inward towards live transmission of its league matches. Former Director of Marketing of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Adama Idris, said it has become crucial for LMC to shift base to local stations who, according to ...

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Arctic is shifting rapidly, unexpectedly, scientists warn


A new scientific assessment of climate change in the Arctic, by the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), concludes that the Arctic is shifting – rapidly and in unexpected ways – into a new state. If current trends are allowed to continue, they will have increasingly profound impacts on human health and safety, industries and economies, and ecosystems around ...

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Why world’s largest investors are taking climate action


The world’s biggest investors are responding to the global commitment to tackle climate change and are rapidly scaling up action to protect their portfolios, reveals the annual benchmark report on the industry from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP). Sixty percent of the world’s 500 biggest asset owners, with funds worth $27 trillion, now recognise the financial risks of climate ...

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Indigenous Colombian Amazon forest peoples demand rights


Traditional authorities and elected leaders of the Uitoto, Muinane, Andoque and Nonuya peoples of the Middle Rio Caquetá region of the Colombian Amazon are in Bogotá between the 25th and 28th of April, 2017 to represent the peoples and Traditional Association of Indigenous Authorities – the Regional Indigenous Council of Middle Amazonas (CRIMA) in meetings with different State institutions and international agencies. ...

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Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions COPs open with GEF, Nigeria side-events


The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-8) and the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-8) commenced on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings, which are being ...

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Destination 1.5: A non-negotiable tool for mankind’s survival


The 4th of November 2016 is a day which I hold dear in my heart and remember vividly, this is because it was my birthday and most especially, the Paris Agreement entered into force. What a coincidence you must say, but to me it was one of the gifts I got on this special day. Nigeria is one out of the ...

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Dangote, Gates: Why we’re hopeful about improving health in Africa


Nigerian billionaire and owner of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist, Bill Gates, in this jointly-written opinion piece, renew hope for proper healthcare on the African continent  This week, more than 138,000 vaccinators will fan out across five African countries in the Lake Chad area in a push to eliminate polio in Africa ...

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Tanzania expels UNDP country head


Tanzania has expelled the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the country, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. It blamed Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, for the “deteriorating performance” of her office, driven by what it called her “strained relations” with staff. Neither she nor the UNDP has commented. But local media have linked the ...

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