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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Why gender should be mainstreamed in disaster management, by NEMA


A call has been made by the Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr Mustapha Maihaji, for gender perspective to be adopted in disaster management policies in Nigeria. Making this call on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in his address at the commencement of the two-day NEMA organised and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported Expert Review Workshop at the ...

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Scientists unearth new, revolutionary ‘superfuel’


A discovery made 13,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains may forever alter the global energy industry, scientists have said. The mysterious crystal-like materials, which locals call the “Oro Blanco” (translated to mean White Gold), is said to be is 1,693 times more powerful than gasoline (or petrol) that runs the car. MIT researchers, Forbes, and The Daily Mail call it energy’s “Holy ...

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Polish city, Katowice, to host COP24 in 2018


The city of Katowice was on Thursday, June 1, 2017 announced by the Government of Poland as the venue for the 2018 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC), or “COP24”. Poland was chosen as the upcoming President by the Eastern European Group, whose turn it is to host ...

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Slovakia ratifies Minamata Convention

Andrej Kiska

The Government of Slovakia on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 54th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This is coming about a week after the twin island nation of St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 and making it the 53rd Party to the global treaty on Mercury. The Minamata Convention ...

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Kenya community refugee resettlement plan handed over to authorities

Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 invited ministers, Chief officers, directors and expert officers to discuss the content of the draft plan for Kalobeyei Refugee Resettlement in Kenya, including potential issues and development projects leading up to implementing the settlement development. Mr. Mark Ewoi Ewesit, Chief Officer from The Ministry of Lands, Shelter and ...

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Turbines at Tanzania power plant for upgrade


GE’s Power Services business (NYSE: GE) and Songas have signed a multiyear service agreement (MYA) to upgrade equipment at Songas’ Ubungo Power Plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The MYA encompasses GE’s Fleet360* platform of total plant solutions, helping Songas ensure the long-term, reliable operation of its power plant. The upgrades will help Songas increase the efficiency and the plant’s capacity at the ...

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Concern as climate change, plastics choke the ocean


Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has called for urgent action on climate change and marine plastic pollution to conserve the ocean and help ensure global food security, coastal protection and sustainable livelihoods. The ocean is said to ...

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