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Report underlines need for National Urban Policy for Palestine

Ramallah Palestine

The first State of Palestine Cities Report calls for development of a National Urban Policy and recommends that more effort should be made to improve the planning and governance frameworks, mainstream public participation policies and open up more space for citizens’ participation in decision-making. UN-Habitat on Thursday, August 31, 2017 launched the report jointly with the Palestinian Ministry of Local ...

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Five die as cholera rocks IDP camp in Borno

WHO IDP camp

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners are reportedly moving swiftly to help local health authorities contain a cholera outbreak in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in north-eastern Nigeria. A total of 69 cases including five deaths have been reported so far in the outbreak at Muna Garage, a camp on the outskirts of the Borno State ...

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Construction work on COP23 venue intensifies

COP23 site

The construction of the provisional structures required to make sure that all 20,000 plus delegates and visitors to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) scheduled November 6 to 17, 2017 in Bonn, Germany can be accommodated started this month and appears to be progressing as planned. The German government is building an impressive array of temporary buildings which will complement ...

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Flooding: Benue to review master plan of Makurdi, others

Makurdi flood

The Benue State House of Assembly on Thursday, August 30, 2017 directed the State Ministry of Lands and Survey to review the Master Plan for Makurdi as well as other urban centres in the state to forestall further violation of approved settlement patterns and checkmate incessant flooding. This followed the motion of urgent public importance moved by Mr Terkaa Ucha ...

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59 nations get $10m under GCF’s Readiness Programme

Howard Bamsey

More than $10 million to date has been disbursed through the Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) Readiness Programme, a flagship funding programme that provides resources to enhance country ownership and access to the Fund. The GCF Readiness Programme portfolio currently consists of 119 approved proposals for capacity building activities in some 88 developing countries valued over $39 million. Of this amount, $10 million has ...

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Rooftop solar can bridge India’s gap in rural health services, says report


Solar powered primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in Chhattisgarh admitted over 50% more patients and conducted almost twice the number of child deliveries in a month compared to power-deficit PHCs without a solar system, according to study released on Thursday, August 31, 2017 by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in India. The first-of-its-kind independent study, funded by Oxfam ...

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EnviroNews, others to receive awards at 8th Environment Outreach Public Lecture

Professor Hilary Inyang

Leading online environment and development magazine, EnviroNews Nigeria, along with several others organisations and individuals, will be honoured during the 8th Environment Outreach Magazine Public Lecture and Environmental Awards Ceremony scheduled to hold on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The “2017 Environmental Awards” honours individuals and corporate bodies that have distinguished themselves in various ...

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Africa no longer dumping ground for obsolete technologies, say water ministers

Africa Focus Sessions

The era of exporting obsolete technologies to Africa in the guise of meeting the continent’s infrastructure needs in the water and sanitation sector is over, say African water ministers. Ministers responsible for water and sanitation from across Africa made this declaration on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the just concluded Africa Focus Sessions of the ongoing 2017 World Water Week ...

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World Elephant Day: Saving the gentle giants

elephant ivory

When I conceived the thought to write about elephants as part of efforts to mark the World Elephant Day – observed on August 12, I got a link with a note about how an endangered species – a gorilla – was killed and butchered by hunters in Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria. The images were so gory. We habitually excuse the ...

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World Water Week: 2017 Stockholm Water Prize winners decorated

2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Two students from the USA, Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang, received the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 for their novel approach to detect and purify water contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.   ...

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