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Nations must triple efforts to reach 2°C target, says UNEP report

Joyce Msuya

Global emissions are on the rise as national commitments to combat climate change come up short. But surging momentum from the private sector and untapped potential from innovation and green-financing offer pathways to bridge the emissions gap. Those findings along with a sweeping review of climate action and the latest measurements of global emissions were presented by authors of the 2018 ...

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How GWP, nations transformed Benin’s water sector

Global Water Partnership

A brand-new national water policy, an innovative water law and a foreign intervention running into millions of Euros now typify the hitherto sluggish water sector in Benin Republic. Courtesy of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), the West African nation has developed an effective Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) plan, which was facilitated by GWP Benin (the Country Water Partnership), with ...

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Expert says GMO cotton growing not cause of deaths in India

Bhagirath Choudhary

An expert on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) from India has told a UN conference on biodiversity that GMO cotton growing is not causing of deaths in the country. Bhagirath Choudhary, founder director of South Asia Biotechnology Centre, said that the cotton variety has nothing to do with suicide cases in the country. “The deaths are as a result of social ...

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UN commends governments in helping achieve biodiversity targets

cristiana pasca palmer

A senior UN official has commended sub-national governments in ensuring that the global biodiversity targets, known as Aichi Biodiversity targets, are achieved on the ground. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, told journalists that by being the nexus between the Parties and the local governments, the sub-national governments are responsible ...

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Bioinsecticides, safe alternative to Sniper – Biotech agency, BioCrops


Poisonous chemicals will no longer be used for the preservation of food, particularly seedlings, with the development of bioinsecticides, the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has said. Bioinsecticides are organic substances harmless to man the environment, regarded by scientists as safe alternatives to Snipper as a crop insecticide. The bioinsecticides are being produced by BioCrops Biotechnology Company Ltd, an indigenous company. ...

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Biodiversity: Conservationists clamour change of emphasis to water, energy, food

Frederick Kumah

Conservation experts have called on African leaders to change the global emphasis for development agendas to water, energy and food sectors. Frederick Kumah, Africa director, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), said that it is time for leaders to look at the deals that benefits people and nature. “Given the current projections, the continent’s population will double in 2050 hence ...

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Africities 8: Mayors reject discrimination, stigmatisation, xenophobia

Africities 8

African mayors and local authorities, who met at 8th edition of the Africities Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 20 to 24, 2018 have expressed the determination to establish a climate that is conducive to social harmony within the territories and which rejects discrimination of all kinds, stigmatisation and xenophobia. They made the submission in a resolution tagged: “Declaration of ...

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8th Africities Summit closes in Morocco with record participation

Africities 8

The eighth International Summit of Cities and Territorial Communities of Africa (Africities) closed on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Held since Tuesday, November 20 under the theme “The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories, The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments of Africa,” the summit saw a record of nearly 7,000 participants. The summit gathered ...

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Exposés as biodiversity summit celebrates 15th anniversary of Cartagena Protocol

Cartagena Protocol

Delegates at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at a side event celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Participants at the gathering, among other functions, explored key successes achieved under the Biosafety Protocol. Ulrika Nilsson of the CBD Secretariat, who opened the ...

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Climate finance growing, says UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

The Summary and Recommendations on the 2018 biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows of the Standing Committee on Finance shows that, on a comparable basis, global climate finance flows increased by 17% in 2015–2016 from 2013–2014 levels, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has said. The Standing Committee on Finance – the body that supports ...

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