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Need for disaster management-gender mainstreaming policy implementation underscored


Participants at the just concluded two-day National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) organised and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported Expert Review Workshop held at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos, Plateau State, have emphasised that all hands must be on deck in implementing the policy on mainstreaming gender in disaster management when it becomes a working ...

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Paris Agreement: There’s nothing Washington can do to stop us, says Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

While U.S. President Donald Trump was on Thursday, June 1, 2017 announcing the nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,  American philanthropist and UN envoy, Michael Bloomberg, on the other hand was doing what appears to be the exact opposite – filling a significant funding gap arising from Trump’s action and ensuring that America and other countries fulfill ...

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Changing environmental trajectory to build Africa’s sustainable cities


The Nakivubo wetland, one of several large wetland systems within and around the Ugandan city of Kampala, is severely degraded. The volumes of contaminated runoff entering wetland channels from informal areas and partially treated wastewater from the overburdened sewage works have increased significantly. The city is considering rehabilitating the Nakivubo wetland, but it would cost $53 million, in addition to ...

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Trump Paris Agreement rejection described as ‘call to action’

Scott Vaughan

U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change puts the United States at odds not just with the international community, but with overwhelming scientific evidence and the publicly expressed wishes of hundreds of American companies, from Apple to Exxon. These are part of sentiments expressed by Scott Vaughan, President and CEO of International Institute for Sustainable ...

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Climate justice must be prioritised, say faith-based groups

ACT Alliance

The ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, have called for a prioritisation of climate justice as US President Donald Trump on Thursday, June 1, 2017 issued executive order withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.  They express deep dismay at the development, which they believe goes against global commitments to address climate change. The ...

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Unpacking re-source democracy

Nnimmo Bassey

In his remarks made at the Sustainability Academy themed “Unpacking Re-Source Democracy” and held on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), observers that the pulling away of the USA, the second largest greenhouse emitter, from the global climate space, as outrageous as it is, only confirms that power only respects primitive ...

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Civil society groups call for immediate clean-up of Ogoniland


The Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe on Friday, June 2, 2017 called for the immediate clean-up of Ogoniland in Nigeria, as it was stated should happen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). One year on from when the implementation of UNEPs report on Ogoniland was officially supposed to begin, the communities of the Niger ...

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World Environment Day: Chevron highlights commitment to connecting people to nature

Jeff Ewing

The World Environment Day (WED), held annually on June 5, is the biggest event to celebrate and promote environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe. Established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1972, WED aims to raise global awareness and mobilise humans to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. This global event is ...

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Paris Agreement withdrawal: Trump in discord with reality – Activists

Donald Trump

The decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement signals that the Trump Administration is in total discord with both reality and the rest of the world, the Climate Action Network (CAN) has said. According to the group, the first to suffer from “the injudicious decision” is the American people. “This action is totally contrary to their best interests: their ...

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Condemnation, despair as Trump withdraws U.S. from Paris Agreement

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 1, 2017 finally announced his long-awaited decision for the country to withdraw from the Paris Agreement during a Rose Garden address. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect its citizens,” he said, “the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.” The process could be a lengthy one, as both ...

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