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World Wetlands Day: How wetlands influence cities

Mechtild Rössler

In the light of the theme of this year’s World Wetlands Day, Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, has listed the roles wetlands play for cities as well as the whole of humanity. Celebrated globally on Friday, February 2, the World Wetlands Day 2018 has “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future” as its theme. According to Rössler in ...

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Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme

WHO Nigeria

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Integrated community case management (iCCM) is a cost-effective strategy that engages community health workers living in hard-to-reach areas to diagnose and treat three deadly but curable illnesses: malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. We have travelled for over two hours from Minna in Nigeria’s rural Niger State. The final 45 minutes are on unpaved ...

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Nigeria ratifies Minamata Convention as 88th Party


The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Thursday, February 1, 2018 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 88th Party to the Minamata Convention. Cuba had just days before on Tuesday, January 30 deposited its instrument of accession to become the 87th Party to the global treaty that aims to control the negative impact of mercury. Similarly, ...

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UNEP recommends public/private partnerships against hazardous waste

Julliette Biao Koudenoukpo

The Africa regional director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Julliette Biao Koudenoukpo, has called on African countries that have ratified the Bamako Convention to work in synergy with the private sector to better reinforce and drive actions against toxic waste dumping in the continent. Despite experiencing related challenges, Nigeria is yet to ratify the convention. She noted that waste dumping ...

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WHO embarks on yellow fever vaccination in Borno

measles vaccination

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will commence vaccination against yellow fever in Borno State as part of effort toward eliminating the disease in the country. Field Communication Officer of the organisation, Mr Chima Omiekwe, who disclosed this to newsmen on Friday, February 2, 2018 in Maiduguri, said the campaign would commence on Tuesday, Feb. 6 and end on ...

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Farmers urge establishment of gum arabic plantations to check desertification

Gum arabic plantation

Gum arabic farmers in Yobe State have urged the federal and northern state governments to establish gum arabic plantations to improve revenue generation and control desert encroachment in the north. Alhaji Jafaru Ayuba, spokesman of the farmers, made the call on Friday, February 2, 2018 in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, the state capital. Ayuba ...

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Investors asked to align portfolios with Paris Agreement


Greater ambition to divest from fossil fuel investments and consistent climate action is needed from the global investor community to accelerate the move towards a low-carbon economy and a climate-resilient future, top UN officials said at a major investor summit in New York this week. More than 450 investor, company and capital market leaders convened at the Investor Summit on Climate ...

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UN, partners provide clean energy to refugees

Renewable energy

The United Nations, together with partner organisations and governments, says it is helping refugees use clean energy for cooking, lighting and communicating by providing access to funding for such facilities in refugee camps. Above all, deploying clean cook stoves that do not rely on dirty energy is an essential component of meeting emissions goals worldwide and is an important measure ...

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Sunken Iranian oil tanker to remain on ocean floor


An Iranian tanker that sank following a deadly collision in December in the East China Sea is likely to remain at the bottom of the ocean, Chinese officials said on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Report says the oil tanker, named Sanchi, is currently lying at the sea bed about 150 metres below the surface, some 300 kilometres east of Shanghai. ...

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Mixed reactions trail increase in tolls on Lekki-Ajah Road, Ikoyi Link Bridge

Lekki Road toll plaza

Some motorists and passengers  plying the Lekki-Ajah Highway in Lagos State on Thursday,February 1, 2018 expressed mixed feelings over the increase in the tolls  at Lekki and Ikoyi Link Bridge Toll Plazas by the by the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) . The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the company had last Monday announced an upward review of toll ...

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