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Women frontrunners incite support for Paris accord

Women's Forum

Women leaders, under the aegis of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, have declared their backing for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, saying that they are in support of global efforts to realise the landmark accord. At the close of a gathering on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy, the women declared: “We want to express ...

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Kenya to introduce better treatment for people living with HIV

Lelio Marmora

To accelerate access to better antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, the Government of Kenya and Unitaid on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 announced the introduction of a new first-line drug for people living with HIV, making Kenya the first African country to introduce the generic version of this new drug for routine use. Dolutegravir (DTG) has been the drug of choice for the ...

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Adesina’s emergence as 2017 World Food Prize Laureate hailed

Akinwumi Adesina

Nigeria’s Chargé d’Affaires to the U.S., Hakeem Balogun, and a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, have lauded the emergence of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate. Balogun and Okonjo-Iweala told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in the U.S. that Adesina’s selection for the prestigious prize was a great honour for Nigeria. Adesina, who ...

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Qatar is 150th Party to Paris Agreement

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

The State of Qatar on Friday, June 23, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The peninsular Arab nation has thus become the 150th country to endorse the global treaty, after Moldova, which ratified the climate accord on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Qatar’s ratification of ...

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Weather presenters launch ‘Climate Without Borders’

Weather presenters

An international group of weather presenters on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 formally launched an organisation called “Climate Without Borders” in Brussels, Belgium. The new body is designed to connect, equip and empower other weather presenters around the world to accurately report and inform audiences about climate science and climate action. The new group is supported by the UN Framework Convention ...

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GCF boosts Vanuatu’s capacity to access climate finance

Charlot Salwai

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has disbursed $296,000 to Vanuatu to increase this vulnerable island country’s capacity to access climate finance. The transfer of these funds is part of GCF’s readiness support, which assists developing countries ensure the climate finance they receive matches their own development needs. GCF is working with its delivery partner the Global Green Growth Institute, a Korean-based international ...

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Monsanto weed-killer Roundup causes cancer, says California

Roundup weed killer

The herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, will be classified by California as a carcinogen, “known to the state to cause cancer.” The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment reported the news on Monday, June 26, 2017 although it will officially take effect July 7. Monsanto sued the state earlier this year to prevent the listing, but ...

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Dakora replaces Kuku, as sciences academy inaugurates new council

Prof Felix Dapare Dakora

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 inaugurated a new Governing Council (GC) led by prominent scientist, Prof Felix Dapare Dakora, became President of the Academy for a three-year term running from 2017-2020. The 15-member GC, which comprises seven new members, four re-elected members, a member elected to a new post, the immediate past president, a ...

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CEM8: Clean energy challenge demands global leadership


Energy ministers and high-level representatives from 24 countries and the European Commission who met in Beijing, China from Tuesday, June 6 to Thursday, June 8, 2017 for the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) meeting, reviewed the latest advances in clean energy technology and discuss how to advance the global clean energy transition. “CEM is becoming a leading international cooperation platform ...

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Mourinho lays father to rest

José Mourinho

Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 buried his father, former Portugal goalkeeper José Manuel Mourinho Felix, who died at the age of 79. Mourinho was surrounded by fans and family members as he attended church service with his father’s coffin in his home town of Setubal in Portugal. The coffin, which was draped in the flag ...

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