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COP23: Over 830 bodies jostle to showcase climate action

World Conference Centre Bonn

The 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to hold November 6 to 17 in Bonn, Germany is said to be attracting a considerable level of interest, in the light of the number of side events applications received by the organisers. The UNFCCC disclosed that, by the end ...

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Transparency agency wants oil revenue savings transferred to Sovereign Wealth Fund

Waziri Adio

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has called for the transfer of all the country’s oil revenue savings into the custody of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). In an Occasional Paper titled: “The case for a robust oil savings fund for Nigeria”, NEITI stated that its position was informed by the transparency rating of the NSIA by the ...

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Government sets aside N1.6bn women empowerment fund

Aisha Jummai Alhassan

The Federal Government on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 said it had set aside the sum of N1.6 billion for women empowerment programme called the National Women Empowerment Fund. Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, made this disclosure at a town hall meeting with women groups in Dutse, Jigawa State. Alhassan said NAWEF is part of ...

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Stakeholders validate Liberia National Urban Policy paper


Between, April and June 2017, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Liberia led three validation sessions targeted at different urban stakeholder groups. During the workshops, participants reviewed the National Urban Policy (NUP) Discussion Paper for Liberia which covers key proceedings developed so far from the NUP process in the country. The completion of the NUP Discussion Paper for Liberia marks ...

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Group supports UNFCCC country climate reporting

Patricia Espinosa

The Information Matters project, established by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has set out on an ambitious task to strengthen the in-country capacities for enhanced climate reporting. To accomplish this, the GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), is providing support to a number of selected partner countries, in ...

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Cities urged to be part of 24 hours of climate action

Lagos Marina

Cities around the world can join the Climathon movement and take part in a 24-hour global hackathon to find solutions to city climate challenges. Organised by Climate-KIC, Climathon brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. The 2017 edition of the global 24-hour climate change hackathon takes place simultaneously ...

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Port Harcourt, Lagos listed among Africa’s worst airports

Port Harcourt International Airport

The current “Sleeping in Airport Survey” features two Nigerian airports among the worst 10 international airports on the continent. No airport in Nigeria makes the 10 best in Africa. Released October 15, 2016, the study rates the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State (PHC) very low, second only to the Juba International Airport, South Sudan (JUB), which is number ...

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Africa Day of Seas and Oceans: Liberia celebrates sustainable blue economy policy


All roads lead to Monrovia, the Liberian capital city, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15, 2017 when the Abidjan Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Anyaa Vohiri (Executive Director, EPA), and Liberia Maritime Authority host stakeholders in the nation’s maritime domain to a two-day symposium. The forum, which has “Encouraging Solutions to Marine ...

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Study links deaths in Bangladeshi children to agriculture chemicals

Bangladeshi children

Excessive and improper applications of insecticides and other agriculture chemicals in local fruit orchards may have triggered an outbreak of  acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a condition often associated with deadly inflammation of the brain, that killed 13 children in a rural Bangladesh community in 2012, according to a new study published online on Monday, July 24, 2017 in the American Journal ...

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Fishing: Makoko residents lament water pollution, dredging, seek government aid

Makoko fish oil

Residents of riverine Makoko area of Lagos State are not finding the effect on oil exploration in their waters funny. They are seriously lamenting dredging and water pollution in the area. However, they call on both the state and federal governments to assist them in their major occupation of fishing by providing them with good fishing equipment. During a community ...

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