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UN partners private sector to tackle northeast humanitarian crisis


The UN system in Nigeria has partnered leading Nigerian companies from the banking, energy, legal and consumer services sectors to support the Federal Government to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the northeast. Head of Communications, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Mrs Samantha Newport, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Friday, November 16, ...

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UNIDO to sign fresh $60m Nigeria country programme

Li Yong

The Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Li Yong, will visit Nigeria on a two-day official assignment from November 19 to 20, 2018. This is Yong’s second visit to Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – since he assumed office as head of the UN organisation in 2013. One of Yong’s major engagement in Nigeria will be the historic ...

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India has made limited progress in addressing antibiotic resistance – Study

Chandra Bhushan

As the world observes the “World Antibiotic Awareness Week” from November 12 to 18, 2018 that is aimed at increasing global awareness of antibiotic resistance (AMR), the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in unveiling an assessment of India’s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (2017-21). The assessment, says the group, finds limited progress on only a few critical activities to contain ...

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INEC reaffirms commitment to deliver credible elections in 2019

Realnews Maureen Chigbo

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment and determination to deliver credible elections in Nigeria in 2019, which will embody the concepts of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability, by also ensuring that established rules are fully, fairly and impartially enforced. “At the risk of stating the obvious, let me say ...

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California Camp Fire death jumps to 63, missing 631

California wildfires

Investigators in California revealed on the night of Thursday, November 15, 2018 that another seven sets of human remains have been found in the northern part of the state’s Camp Fire, bringing the total number of people killed to 63. Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea, said that of those found dead, 53 have been positively identified. Three of the bodies ...

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Catholic doctors warn against release of GMO mosquitoes

GM mosquitoes

The Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ACMPN), Owerri Archdiocese, in a recent statement warns against the release of genetically modified mosquitoes and risk of infertility of people in West Africa Malaria is a serious public health issue, affecting millions of people annually. Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. Fortunately, since 2000, the ...

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Chinese Customs arrests 17 suspects for ivory smuggling

Ivory trafficking

China has arrested 17 suspected smugglers and seized 10 pieces of African ivory weighing 323.7 kg in total in a joint operation, Shenzhen Customs said on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The suspects, including six Hong Kong residents, attempted to smuggle the ivory to the Chinese mainland via Hong Kong, according to the customs. Shenzhen customs received a tip-off about the ...

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South Africa rejects Monsanto’s GM drought-tolerant maize


The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) says it welcomes the decision of the South African biosafety authorities rejecting Monsanto’s application for the commercial release or its genetically modified (GM) drought tolerant triple stacked maize: MON 87460 x MON 89034 x NK 603. At its meeting on October 2, 2018, the Executive Council: GMO Act, refused to authorise the GM maize for commercial ...

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North will experience severe, longer harmattan season, says NiMet

Sani Marshi

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has announced that the severity of harmattan period would be higher and longer over the northern states due to its proximity to the Sahara Desert compared to the south in 2018/2019 dry season. Director General of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on ...

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African ministers adopt Pan-African action agenda on ecosystem restoration


African Ministers of Environment together with partner organisations have committed to an ambitious action agenda taking a coherent approach to addressing the interlinked challenges of biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change. The action agenda will accelerate commitments for ecosystem restoration to improve resilience in the region.  Their deliberations represented the opening sessions of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference. The ...

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