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Civil society seeks roadmap to implementation of Paris Agreement

Mithika Mwenda

The Africa civil society organisations under the umbrella of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) have called on the negotiators at the ongoing United Nations climate conference in Poland to come up with a comprehensive work plan that will help in implementation of the Paris Agreement. “We join the African Governments and experts in underscoring the vital importance of ...

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World Bank supports Bauchi’s water rehabilitation scheme with $65m

Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar

The world Bank has donated $65 million to support Bauchi State urban water rehabilitation scheme. The Task Team Leader of the Bank in Nigeria, Dr Jamal Alkairy, disclosed this when he led stakeholders in the water sector on a courtesy call to the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr. Audu Katagum, in Bauchi, the state capital, on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Jamal said the ...

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Nigerians tasked to use Green Bonds to bridge infrastructure gap

Mary Uduk

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 said the nation’s huge infrastructure gap could be addressed with investments in sustainable finance initiatives such as Green Bonds. Ms Mary Uduk, the SEC Acting Director-General, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on the sidelines of the Green Bond issuance rules ...

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No country can confront climate change alone, says Buhari at COP24

President Muhammadu Buhari COP24

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, December 3, 2018 in Katowice, Poland, said no country can confront climate change alone, even as he urged UN-member countries to rededicate themselves to the task of rebuilding and restoring a healthy environment for future generations. In an address to the opening session of United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), President Buhari warned that the ...

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Activists list ‘People’s Demand’ as climate talks begin

COP24 climate protest

A global coalition of more than 220 organisations has issued a series of demands to world governments as the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) began on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. The demands, endorsed by nearly 200,000 people from 128 countries, is expected to be the bar against which progress is measured in Poland. The coalition demands, ...

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We can’t afford to fail in Katowice, says Guterres

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, in his remarks on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, says that the job of delegates in the Polish city is to finalise the Paris Agreement Work Programme, and that there is no room for failure. Excerpts: We are in trouble. We are in ...

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Buhari joins other world leaders at opening of climate summit

Buhari COP24

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, December 3, 2018 joined other world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland for the ceremonial opening of the summit. The summit is the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP24. It also features the 14th session of ...

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Shell sets carbon cut targets after investor pressure

Ben van Beurden

Royal Dutch Shell caved in to growing investor pressure over climate change on Monday, December 3, 2018 with plans to set short-term targets for reducing its carbon footprint. BP and Total have already set short-term targets, but Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden had previously resisted setting hard goals, saying it would be “foolhardy’’ to expose Shell to legal ...

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UN chief welcomes G20 commitment to fight climate change

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the declaration released on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the conclusion of the 2018 G20 meeting, which reaffirms a commitment to raise ambition in the fight against climate change. The declaration notes a focus on four pillars at the meeting: the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and a gender ...

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COP24 to focus on carbon neutrality, gender equality – UN

COP24 opening

The two-week 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), which started on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Katowice, Poland, will focus on carbon neutrality and gender equality. The world is gathering to define how the 2015 Paris Agreement would be implemented and moved forward by its 197 parties, days after the UN sounded ...

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