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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Healthcare professionals wary over health of South Africans

Jasper Westerink

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, on Monday, June 12, 2017 released the South African results of the second annual Future Health Index (FHI). The study builds on data from over 33,000 participants in 19 countries and advisory input from leading academic and global non-profit organisations. Local findings indicate that South Africans generally evaluate their health positively, with the majority ...

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Niger emerges 56th party to Minamata Convention

Mahamadou Issoufou

The Government of Niger on Friday, June 9, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby making the West African nation the 56th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This comes about a week after Finland on Thursday, June 1 endorsed the mercury accord, making it the 55th Party. Prior to that, Slokavia on Wednesday, May 31 ratified the Convention. The ...

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Eagles: Sports Minister summons NFF to crucial meeting


Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, is expected to hold an emergency meeting with the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The meeting is coming on the heels of Super Eagles 2-0 lose to visiting Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Saturday. The Minister’s Special Assistant on ...

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Group asks court to order government to provide free, pre-paid meters to all Nigerians


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued the Federal Government and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over “their collective failure, refusal and/or negligence toenforce their own directives to electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) to provide free pre-paid meters to all Nigerians and end the use of patently illegal, arbitrary, unfair and discriminatory estimated billing across the ...

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World Environment Day: Citizenry urged to join race to keep planet safe


Join the race to make the world a better place A place we can boldly call our own A place we can be proud to defend when called upon Join the race, this is the time   This is our world to make or mar it It is a gift to us all from God Let’s do our best to ...

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Otodo Gbame: Evicted slum dwellers mourn slain colleagues

Otodo Gbame

Waterside and slum dwellers, under the aegis of their umbrella body, the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation (Federation), say they stand with the families of two of their colleagues who were slain in the course of the violent April 2017 forced evictions at Otodo Gbame community in Lagos. At a funeral procession on Saturday, June 4, 2017 for the ...

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Why all government ministries should take up climate campaign, by Espinosa


Speaking at the G7 Bologna Environment Ministers’ Meeting on Sunday, June 11, 2017, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, said that the national climate action plans (“Nationally Determined Contributions”, or “NDCs”) governments have put forward under the Paris Climate Change Agreement are as much sustainable development plans as they are climate action ...

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UNDP, stakeholders develop 5-year strategic plan to transform Abuja


In an effort to transform Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into a smart city, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has undertaken an initiative aimed at developing a five-year (2018-2022) strategic physical plan for the showpiece city. The plan, it was gathered, is aimed at transforming the FCT into a modern city and making it compatible with the current ...

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African Groups demand increased ambition at 2018 Facilitative Dialogue


Ahead of the writing of the Paris Rulebook and preparations for the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, Major Groups attending this year’s Pre-AMCEN sessions have called on African governments to take stock of the current status of implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and identify barriers that need to be addressed with a view to enhancing ambition beyond what currently exists as NDCs. ...

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Images: Glamour as grantees showcase initiatives at GEF-SGP knowledge fair


Wednesday, June 7, 2017 turned out to be a day to remember as beneficiary organisations to the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) showcased in Abuja a range of successful initiatives being undertaken. The GEF-SGP in Nigeria, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), provides grants as well as technical coordination support to poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities ...

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