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Lagos among world’s dirtiest cities, say waste managers

Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM)

The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), popularly known as Public Private Participation (PSP), says Lagos State has now become one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Vice-Chairman of AWAM, Mr David Oriyomi, who made the assertion on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Lagos while speaking with newsmen, said the city had become dirty due to deliberate attempts ...

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Global goal to end poverty by 2030 unlikely – World Bank

Jim Yong Kim

People living on less than $1.90 a day have fallen to record low of about 655 million – or nine per cent of the world’s population. Meanwhile, a global target of ending extreme poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met, the World Bank said on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Without significant shifts in policy, about 480 million people – ...

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Abu Dhabi named world’s safest city

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been named the safest city in the world for the second year by Numbeo. Numbeo is a website for crowd-sourced global data, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism said on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Abu Dhabi surpassed more than 300 cities across the world, including Tokyo, Japan, Basel, Munich, ...

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Countries aren’t pricing carbon high enough to meet climate targets – Report

Carbon rates

Governments need to raise carbon prices much faster if they are to meet their commitments on cutting emissions and slowing the pace of climate change under the Paris Agreement, according to a new OECD report. The report, titled: “Effective Carbon Rates 2018: Pricing Carbon Emissions through Taxes and Emissions Trading”, presents new data on taxes and tradeable permits for carbon emissions ...

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CSOs flay Africa’s poor implementation of environmental policies

AMCEN Plenary

African Civil society organisations (CSOs) have raised concerns on lack of follow up and implementation of environmental policies by African governments. In a statement to the 7th special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), the CSOs observed the need to move away from talk shows where policies are discussed but little or nothing is done in ...

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Africa’s Environment Ministers call for action through innovative solutions

Dr. Nezha El Ouafi

Guided by global environmental concern, ministers of environment and government representatives of African nations have committed to promote and invest in innovative solutions while implementing concrete actions to overcome environmental challenges facing the continent. In a ministerial declaration issued on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the closing of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), African governments agreed to ...

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1.3b people at risk of tuberculosis – WHO

Dr Teresa Kasaeva

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that a quarter of the world’s population has TB infection or some 1.3 billion people are at risk of developing TB during their lifetime. According to WHO, countries are not doing enough to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 despite global efforts that averted about 54 million TB deaths since 2000. WHO, at the release of ...

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73rd session of UN General Assembly opens in New York

María Fernanda Espinosa

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 with its President, Ms María Fernanda Espinosa, pledging to use her tenure to bring the world body closer to the people. Espinosa, in her inaugural keynote address to the 73rd session of the 193-member General Assembly, also pledged to use her tenure to strengthen the people’s ...

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UNGA: Experts explore ways to close Africa’s adaptation gap

President Ali Bongo Ondimba

Experts will on Monday, September 24, 2018 in New York gather to consider the most effective measures to help close the adaptation gap in Africa, which observers estimate to be in the region of $7 billion. The forum holds courtesy of the first Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) Partner Roundtable Meeting in the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA). ...

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Nigeria, others for UPS Foundation’s $2.6m environmental grants

Eduardo Martinez

Nigeria and Austria have been named new beneficiaries in 2018 to the UPS Foundation, which announced on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 that it will award nearly $2.7 million in grants to preeminent environmental organisations worldwide. The UPS Foundation, which leads global citizenship and philanthropy programmes for UPS, says the missions of these organisations align with the UPS environmental sustainability goals, which address ...

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