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Stakeholders task government on framework to implement climate change policies


Stakeholders in the environment sector have called on the federal government to create what they describe as a holistic institutional framework for the implementation of climate change policies in the country. This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day stakeholders’ meeting of Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) in the environment sector with ...

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St Kitts and Nevis ratifies Minamata Convention

Timothy Harris

Seven days after a rash of ratifications triggered the Minamata Convention on Mercury into force, the Government of St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby making the twin island nation the 53rd future Party to the Minamata Convention. History was made on Thursday, May 18, 2017 when the global treaty came into ...

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Shell inducts top-performing students into mentorship programme


Beneficiaries of The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture undergraduate scholarship who have consistently earned excellent grades have been inducted into a new mentorship programme aimed at grooming them for entry into the oil and gas industry and motivating them to maintain their top academic performance. “Our ‘Shell Meet Scholars’ programme is an extension of our joint venture’s education initiative for ...

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: WaterAid demands improved sanitation access to women, girls

Dr Michael Ojo

On the occasion of the Menstrual Hygiene Day, WaterAid says it aims to help change the secrecy, shame and stigma associated with menstruation – a situation faced by some 800 million women around the world on their periods. “Why does WaterAid want to bring periods out of the closet? The easier it is for people to discuss menstruation, whether they ...

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PIGB: NEITI lauds Senate, urges House for speedy action

Waziri Adio

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has welcomed what it describes as a “bold step” by the Senate to pass the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Abuja. The decision of the Senate to consider the bill as priority resulting in its passage is not only legendary, but historic given the challenges the bill ...

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Flagship UN ocean summit to mobilise action to reverse marine degradation

Ocean pollution

The United Nations has said that it will bring together Heads of States, Heads of Governments and other high-level delegates, representatives from civil society organisations, the business community, intergovernmental and UN agencies as well as renowned personalities, and other ocean and marine life advocates at the Ocean Conference on June 5 to 9, 2017 in New York to spur action to ...

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Bigwig firms seek to put a price on carbon

Nicolette Bartlett

New insights on carbon prices to transform the power sector were launched on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by the world’s first industry-led initiative convened by business leaders from Bank of America, Barclays, PGGM, MN, Engie, Iberdrola, NRGand Hermes Investment Management. The power sector accounts for a quarter of global emissions and defining investment-grade carbon price ranges will help companies better understand risks ...

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How to unlock private investment for climate action

Tom Kerr

In 2016, the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement accelerated already growing markets for climate-smart investment. And 2015 was another record-breaking year for renewable energy, with nearly $350 billion invested, more than double the amount going to fossil-powered generation. The growing attraction of climate business was evident at last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, where more and more major ...

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How Ghebreyesus emerged new WHO boss

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who Member States of the World Health Organisation (WHO) elected on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 as the new Director-General of the UN body, overcame opposition from two other contestants. Dr Ghebreyesus, who was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, contested with two other niminees for the position: Dr David Nabarro of the United Kingdom of Great ...

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Croatia emerges 147th Party to Paris Agreement

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

Two months after the country’s Parliament endorsed the ratification of the Paris Agreement in April, Croatia on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification for the global treaty on climate change. The European nation has thus become the 147th Party to the Agreement, closely following Nigeria (146th Party), which also recently ratified the climate pact. However, Croatia’s ratification ...

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