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6.3m people face food crisis in S/Sudan – UN

South Sudan

UN agencies have raised the alarm of food crisis in South Sudan, projecting that about 6.3 million people are facing food insecurity one year after famine was declared in parts of the country. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that progress in preventing hunger-related deaths could be undone. ...

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Monika Weber-Fahr named Global Water Partnership’s new Executive Secretary

Monika Weber-Fahr

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) Steering Committee has announced the appointment of Dr. Monika Weber-Fahr as the GWP’s Executive Secretary, effective from May 7, 2018. Weber-Fahr joins the GWP after over 20 years in the development field, with diverse experiences in creating and sharing knowledge across global networks and communities. Weber-Fahr succeeds Rudolph Cleveringa, who is retiring. “At the start ...

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Taiwan commits to banning plastic items by 2030

Plastic bottles

Taiwan has announced plans to ban plastic items in an attempt to reduce plastic pollution. As reported by EcoWatch, Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Agency put forward a 12-year plan that will officially begin in 2019 with a blanket ban on plastic straws in stores and restaurants. In 2020, the ban will be extended to all dining establishments. By 2025 people will have to pay ...

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Restoring Lake Chad basin will boost agriculture, says UNESCO

Yemi Osinbajo

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Monday, February 26, 2018 said the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) would contribute to the economic and food reserves of countries on its borders if restored. Mr Getachew Engida, the Deputy Director General (DDG) UNESCO, said this at the opening of the International Conference on Lake Chad (ICLC) in Abuja. The conference, ...

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Polluted German cities see red over free public transport plan

air Pollution

Five test cities in Germany on Monday, February 26, 2018 opposed a plan to provide free public transport to improve air quality as unrealistic, despite pressure on Berlin to adhere to EU air pollution targets and avoid fines. “None of the municipalities has proposed completely free local public transport,’’ Bonn Mayor, Ashok Sridharan, said after discussions among the five cities ...

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World can attain zero hunger via nations’ cooperation – FAO

Suffyan Koroma

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says that the world can achieve zero hunger if all nations decide to work together. Mr Suffyan Koroma, FAO Country Representative for Nigeria, said this in Abuja on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the opening of a two-day workshop on “Mainstreaming Food Security in the Context of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Nigeria’’. He ...

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Nigeria reiterates commitment to restore dwindling Lake Chad

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, February 26, 2018 reiterated the Federal Government’s unflinching commitment to support all programmes and policies to restore the Lake Chad basin. Osinbajo said this in Abuja at the opening of the International Conference on Lake Chad, with the Theme: “Saving the Lake to Revitalise the Basin’s Ecosystem’’. According to him, saving the Lake is ...

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Lagos begins implementation of Land Use Charge, seeks residents’ cooperation

Akinwunmi-Ambode

Lagos State Government has begun the distribution of the 2018 Land Use Charge demand notices for properties across the state, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade, said on Monday, February 26, 2018. Ashade said the distribution, which commenced last week, ought to have been carried out much earlier in the year but was delayed by a review of the ...

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Biosafety agency to train journalists on GMOs

Rufus Ebegba

The Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, says the agency will soon educate journalists on the use, risks, benefits and handling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Ebegba said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, February 26, 2018 in Abuja. He said that the agency was ready to support all efforts aimed ...

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Shell wins Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry games for record third time

Shell Petroleum Development Company

For the third time running, Shell has won the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG), posting a commanding victory streak in the history of the 30-year old biennial competition. At the end of the week-long NOGIG 2018 in Lagos, Team Shell topped the medal table with 11 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze, leaving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ...

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