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Stakeholders endorse Shell’s Global Nigeria Forum

Simbi Wabote

Public and private sector players in the Nigerian oil and gas industry have described the annual Global Nigeria Forum (GNF) as a model worthy of emulation by the country’s local content regulator. They spoke at the fourth edition of the forum held in Aberdeen, Scotland on September 9, 2017 with the theme: “Enabling Competitive Local Content Through Sustainable Partnerships”. The ...

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Minamata Convention’s maiden COP commences as Indonesia, Lao ratify treaty

The first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) formally opens on Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The weeklong historic confab follows the entering into force of the Convention on August 16, 2017. Ahead of the COP, a Chemicals and Waste briefing focusing on preparations for the Conference took place on Tuesday, September 12 ...

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Collective climate action the only way forward, says COP23 President


Prime Minister of Fiji and incoming COP23 President, Frank Bainimarama, addresses the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York As we all know, the global community faces a great many challenges, of which climate change is only one. But I’m sure that we all want to send a message of solidarity and sympathy tonight to the ...

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Network to accelerate transition to low carbon launched

Zero Emissions Summit

Governments, businesses, and civil society organisations are stepping up efforts to encourage all citizens to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and have launched a new network dubbed “I-CAN” to work together to promote climate neutrality. As much as 70 percent of global consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions come from individual households. Launched on Zero Emissions Day in New York City, the ...

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World Contraception Day: Nigeria records high sexual activity, low contraceptive use


Sex can be a fun, pleasurable, and fulfilling part of life, but without protection, it can lead to SexuallyTransmitted Infections (STI) and unplanned pregnancies which can have huge impact on the individual as well as their partner’s life. As the world celebrates the World Contraception Day on every September 26 with a goal to reduce the level of unplanned pregnancies, ...

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UN urges support for humanitarian efforts in Lake Chad Basin

Mark Lowcock

The United Nations has underscored the need for sustained international support for the humanitarian response in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, where millions are said to be in need of emergency assistance. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, at a ministerial event held on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level session in New York, regretted the destruction caused ...

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Paris Agreement only chance for coral reef survival, says IUCN


Limiting global warming to below 2°C in line with the Paris Agreement provides the only chance for the survival of coral reefs, warns David Obura, Chair of the International Union for Conservation of  Nature (IUCN)’s Coral Reef Specialist Group, in a recent article in the journal Science. Latest data show that globally reefs have a chance of long-term survival if warming ...

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Scientists tasked on modern biotechnology

Rufus Ebegba

The Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has challenged Nigerian scientists to come out in their numbers and defend the usefulness of modern biotechnology to the growth and development of the country. Dr Ebegba threw the challenge during a keynote speech he presented at the 2nd SouthWest Agroecological Biosafety Awareness workshop at the Obafemi Awolowo University, ...

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Luxembourg is 77th Party to Minamata Convention

Xavier Betel

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Thursday, September 21, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 77th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This is following closely on the heels of the Federal Republic of Germany, which on Friday, September 15, 2017 did likewise to become the 76th Party to the mercury treaty. Luxembourg’s action is the third ...

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AMCOW set to celebrate 15th anniversary

Dr. Canisius Kanangire

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) has announced the convocation of its 15th anniversary celebration. The celebration, which is scheduled to hold from November 27 to 28, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria will also feature an Executive Council Meeting of African Water Ministers on November 27, and Strategic Dialogue with Development Partners on November 28, 2017. Organised by AMCOW in ...

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