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Action needed to end deadly clashes between herders, farmers – Guterres

Antonio Guterres

The United Nations stands ready to support efforts to resolve deadly clashes between farmers and nomadic herders in areas of West and Central Africa, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Thursday, June 28, 2018. More than 80 people in central Nigeria were killed in land disputes between the two sides this week. However, this has been a long-standing issue with ...

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International Day of the Tropics: Region to host two-thirds of world’s children by 2050


By 2050, the tropical region will host most of the world’s people and two-thirds of its children. The UN, which made the disclosure on Friday, June 29, 2018 in commemoration of the International Day of the Tropics, pointed out that the proportion of the urban population living in slum conditions is higher in the Tropics than in the rest of ...

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Stakeholders told to promote low-carbon growth initiatives to address environmental challenges

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Environmental and health experts have urged stakeholders to promote low-carbon growth initiatives to solve environmental problems, decrease climate change risks and impacts on ecosystems as well as human health. They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, June 29, 2018. The experts agreed on the need to create a national ...

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Ethiopian dam endangers Kenya’s Lake Turkana


Lake Turkana National Parks in Kenya was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting, due to impacts from the Gibe III dam. The decision follows the recommendation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the Committee’s advisor on nature. According to IUCN, water levels ...

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Stakeholders urge stiffer penalties against environmental offenders

Cart pushers

Stakeholders have called for stiffer sanctions against defaulters of environmental laws to prevent practices that pose danger to the environment. The stakeholders made the call at a two-day consultative meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction organised by Christian Aid, an International non-governmental organisation, in Kaduna on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was ...

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Jibril to GEF Assembly: How Nigeria is caring for the environment

GEF Assembly

From the clean-up of oil spill in Ogoniland in the polluted and restive Niger Delta region to the implementation of the Great Green Wall Initiative of restoring degraded desert-prone northern region as well as the execution of several erosion control and biodiversity conservation programmes, the Nigerian government believes it is on course in creating and sustaining an ideal environment to ...

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Côte d’Ivoire resolves to ratify Minamata Convention, ban lead paint

African Centre for Environmental Health

Côte d’Ivoire has restated its commitment to ratifying the Minamata Convention to deal with the negative effects of mercury on health and the environment. Officials have also agreed to place a ban on the use of lead in paints in the country. These resolutions formed the highpoint of submissions by a gathering of stakeholders on Monday, June 18, 2018 in ...

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AfDB, NIRSAL, IITA begin scheme to increase food production

Aliyu Abdulhameed NIRSAL

The African Development Bank (AfDB), Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Thursday, June 28, 2018 commenced a technology improvement system to increase agricultural yields in the country. Mr Aliyu Abdulhameed, the Managing Director of NIRSAL, said this at a meeting of agriculture stakeholders aimed at creating a plan for agricultural transformation ...

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Liverpool to host global observance of 2018 World Cities Day

Albert Dock Liverpool

The 2018 World Cities Day global observance will be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, on October 31. The announcement was made by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, at the International Business Festival being hosted in the city. The event will be jointly organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Liverpool City Council and the Shanghai People’s Government. The ...

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Second largest reef on Earth off ‘danger list’

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – the world’s second largest coral reef system after the Great Barrier Reef – has come off the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The decision was taken on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in ...

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