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Climate action an opportunity to forge peaceful, sustainable future, says Guterres

Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 issued a call to action to meet the climate challenge. Speaking to students, business leaders and academics at the New York University Stern School of Business, Mr. Guterres described both the increasing risks from climate change and the compelling opportunities provided by climate action to create jobs, ...

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Ghana forum demands year-long moratorium to address impact of illegal mining

Irresponsible Mining

The people of Bepotintin near Ashanti Bekwi in Ghana are probably relieved, following the arrest of the Chinese born “galamsey” or illegal mining operator, Aisha Huang, whose area of operation included their farmlands. They must be relieved because the continuous vandalising of their erstwhile cocoa farms has ceased. But their relief is short-lived, because their once lucrative cocoa farms are no ...

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World No Tobacco Day: How tobacco kills, scars environment, threatens livelihoods – WHO

tobacco smoking

Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever World Health Organisation (WHO) report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, WHO is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, and is calling on governments to implement ...

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70th World Health Assembly: Delegates agree on dementia, immunisation, others


Delegates at the World Health Organisation (WHO) organised World Health Assembly holding in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, May 29, 2017 reached new agreements on dementia; immunisation; refugee and migrant health; substandard and falsified medical products, and the world drug problem. Dementia Delegates at the World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia ...

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International Women’s Day for Disarmament and Peace: Laureates celebrate women’s role in peace initiatives

Alyn Ware

“Involving women in peace and disarmament processes elevates the prospect of their success.” Those were the words of recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council, a statement titled: “Women Leading for Peace” released on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to commemorate the International Women’s Day for Disarmament and Peace. “We highlight the success of peace and disarmament initiatives in ...

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Unlocking investment in sustainable landscapes critical for inclusive green growth – Report

Sara Scherr

Business participation and investment in sustainable landscapes is critical for achieving inclusive green growth, according to a new report released recently at the Forest and Landscape Investment Forum. The report, titled: “Business for Sustainable Landscapes: An action agenda for sustainable development”, underscores the numerous benefits that business can realise by investing in landscapes – from reducing their environmental and social risks ...

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Financial app reduces carbon footprint of 200 million Chinese consumers

Eric Jing

Some 200 million Chinese users of a digital payment giant are now using an app that gamifies carbon footprint tracking – cutting greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the massive potential of Fintech (financial technology) for supporting sustainable development. A report released on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by the Green Digital Finance Alliance, which works to make the benefits of greening ...

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Tiger Woods denies arrest on drug influence

Tiger Woods

Golf multiple champion, Tiger Woods, has revealed that alcohol was “not involved” in his arrest while driving in Florida, USA, early on Monday, May 29, 2017. The player, who was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), blamed “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medication”. Police records show the 41-year-old golfer was pulled over at about 3.00 local time, about 7.00 ...

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How Nigeria strives to achieve biodiversity conservation targets, by CBD

Gashaka-Gumti National Park

Government is ensuring the participation of Nigerians in wildlife enforcement, while limiting conservation to specific areas that does not conflict with the interests of the local communities. This is aimed at addressing challenges relating to the fact that conservation areas include the traditional hunting grounds of the communities living around such areas, so as not to deny them their hunting ...

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Dangote to spend $1b on rice cultivation


The Dangote Group has disclosed that it is investing $1 billion in rice cultivation in five states to boost food self-sufficiency. The organisation made the disclosure on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the just concluded 2017 Gateway Trade Fair, which was held in Abeokuta, and in respect of which it emerged as the second most patronised exhibitor. To mark its ...

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