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Media executives commit to awareness raising on drought, flood management

Global Water Partnership West Africa

About 20 media women and men from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo took part in the regional workshop on “Integrated Drought and Flood Management: Contribution of media men/women in advocacy and awareness-raising in West Africa”. The meeting, co-organised by Global Water Partnership West Africa (GWP-WA), the Volta Basin Authority (VBA) and the Country Water Partnership ...

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World Toilet Day and Nigeria’s sanitation challenges

Open defecation in Lagos

“We go to the stream, we don’t have water here, even toilets; we usually use the bush. A woman was bitten by a snake while defecating in the bush and another one was bitten when she went to pick firewood for cooking. “We want the government to help us, especially on these toilet and water issues. Some women urinate anywhere ...

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Group advocates holistic approach to sustainable water resource management

suleiman adamu kazaure

The Global Rights, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has described lack of access to potable water as “the greatest threat” to Nigeria’s security. It has thus called for a holistic approach to water resource management in the country. Ms Abiodun Baiyewu, Executive Director of Global Rights, made the assertion at a stakeholders’ engagement dialogue with the theme: “Contextualising Nigeria’s Resource Management in Mining and ...

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Worry as toxic dioxins found in toys, recycled plastic products

Toys

A study released on Friday, November 23, 2018 and titled: “Toxic Soup: Dioxins in Plastic Toys” shows high levels of toxic brominated dioxins in eight toys and one hair clip made of recycled plastic stemming from electronic waste. Dioxin content in toys from Czechia, Germany, France, Portugal, Argentina, India and Nigeria was comparable to the levels found in previous studies ...

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Experts seek review of management of African cities

Marrakech

A team of experts has underscored the need to revisit urban management strategies of African cities. At a workshop on “Harmonised Regional Framework for Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting of the New Urban Agenda” on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at the ongoing Africities 8 Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, participants also raised concern about the building the capacity of local communities and ...

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Adesina named 2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate

Akinwumi Adesina

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee has named President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, as one of the two 2019 Laureates for the Sunhak Peace Prize. The other is Waris Dirie, 53-year-old supermodel and anti-FGM activist. As an agricultural economist, Dr. Adesina, 58, has been a leader in agricultural innovation for over 30 years. He has ...

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Under-fire Solheim quits UNEP

Erik Solheim

UN Environment chief Erik Solheim effectively left his role on Thursday, November 22, 2018 after an audit questioning his huge travel expenses triggered an outcry, UN officials said. The former environment minister of Norway had been at the helm of the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) since June 2016. A UN audit found that Solheim had spent nearly $500,000 on ...

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Tanzania develops 16 new drought, disease tolerant banana varieties

Banana tree

The Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) on Thursday, November 22, 2018 said that it had developed 16 new banana varieties, which are resilient to drought and diseases, billed to revolutionise the crop in the east African nation. Daud Mbongo, a researcher from the Institute of Uyole centre in south-western Tanzania’s region of Mbeya, said that the banana varieties were developed ...

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Nigeria set to issue second Green Bond

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Federal Government says arrangements have been completed for the issuance of its second Green Bonds in December to facilitate the funding of climate change projects in the country. Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril, the Minister of State for Environment disclosed this in a statement by Alhaji Saghir Mohammed, the Director of Press on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Abuja. The minister, ...

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Virtual summit: Countries urged to raise ambition to tackle global warming

Hilda-Heine

Countries of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) reportedly broke new grounds on Thursday, November 22, 2018 by successfully organising the first gathering of Heads of States and governments completely online at www.vitualclimatesummit.org, setting a precedent for a future of low emissions international fora. The zero-carbon summit, which came as a response to the scientific report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last September, aimed ...

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