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AU wants member states to acquire skills for accessing Green Climate Fund

AU Commission

The African Union (AU) Commission has urged stakeholders to train officials of member states, agencies and academic institutions on the skills of developing, implementing and monitoring of Green Climate Fund (GCF) Proposals. Prof. Sarah Agbor, the Commissioner, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Human Commission, made the call in Abuja on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 while declaring open ...

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Marshall Islands emerges new Climate Vulnerable Forum chair


The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia concluded its chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of the member states of the CVF with a handover ceremony held at Addis Ababa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 transferring presidency responsibilities to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Speaking at the event, Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minister of ...

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Groups slam inclusion of new coal in S’Africa’s electricity plan

Melita Steele

The inclusion of new coal in the updated draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) will cost South Africa close to R20 billion more than is needed to spend and will make electricity more expensive for all South Africans. If the Department of Energy were to publish the least-cost plan that civil society organisations have been demanding, it would not ...

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Flood: Kebbi spends N33m on clearing of drains, waterways

Alhaji Atiku Bagudu

The General Manager, Kebbi Urban Development Authority (KUDA), Malami Muhammad Shekare, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 said it had expended N33 million on evacuation of drains and clearing of waterways in the state. Shekare told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi that the exercise was part of efforts to prevent flooding in the state. He said the ...

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UNICEF prepares DRC school children for Ebola response

Anthony Lake

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said more than 82,500 children are being prepared for the new school year in Ebola-affected areas of the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNICEF said it was scaling up education, health and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to assist the schools to provide a protective learning environment for children and their teachers. The ...

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NISER wants more rural electrification projects to boost power supply

Ijan-Ilupeju Rural Electrification project

Nigerian Social and Economic Research Institute (NISER) in Ibadan on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 called for more rural electrification projects to boost power supply across the country. Dr Femi Ogundele of the Agriculture and Food Policy Department in NISER made the call while delivering a lecture at the NISER Research Seminar Series (NRSS). Ogundele spoke on the topic “Electricity Consumption ...

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Bauchi urged to settle N250m counterpart fund for water, sanitation project

Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has urged the Bauchi State Government to settle its counterpart fund of N250 million to enable it benefit from intervention fund under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project. UNICEF officer in charge of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Nigeria, Mr Zard Jurji, made the call on Monday, August 27, 2018 when ...

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World Water Week opens with call for more nature-based solutions

World Water Week 2018

Poor water management and stressed ecosystems cause poverty and violent conflicts. To avoid a global water crisis, more nature-based solutions are urgently needed. These were key themes during the inauguration of World Water Week 2018 on Monday, August 27, which has brought world leaders, water experts, development professionals and business representatives from all over the world together in Stockholm, Sweden. ...

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Erosion: Engineers advocate better environment management to check man-made causes

Erosion Anambra State

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has blamed manmade factors for the devastating effects of erosion menace in Anambra State and the entire southeast. Mr Edmund Nkalu, Chairman of NSE, Awka Branch, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Monday, August 27, 2018. NAN reports that the branch will hold a ...

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Kebbi SEMA assesses damages caused by flood in 11 councils

Alhaji Atiku Bagudu

The Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it has begun the assessment of damages caused by flood in 11 local government areas of the state. The Acting Executive Director, Abbas Kamba, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital. Kamba said that the aim ...

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