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EU scheme seeks to strengthen resilience of returnee IDPs


The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in partnership with Mercy Corps is implementing a project aimed at strengthening resilience in six of the local government areas (LGAs) affected by insurgency in Borno State. The Borno “MAIDA” project reportedly aligns with the global objective of the EU’s planned support for early recovery in the state. The European Commission ...

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Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

Plastic pollution

Big brands – from Coke to Kellogg – pledged on Monday, October 29, 2018 to cut all plastic waste from their operations in what the United Nations called the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. The initiative comes as public pressure mounts on manufacturers and retailers to cut back the deluge of plastic packaging that is clogging landfills ...

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Governments asked to accelerate access to water, sanitation security for Africa

Makame Mbarawa

Water experts, policy makers, government representatives, UN agencies, donors and non-governmental organisations kicked off the celebration of the seventh edition of the Africa Water Week in Libreville, of Gabon on Monday, October 29, 2018 calling on African governments to reflect on achievements made so far towards availing clean water and sanitation services to all. The weeklong event is convened by ...

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Nigeria to attain polio-free status in next 11 months – NPHCDA

Isaac Adewole

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says Nigeria may be certified polio-free in next 11 months, if access to insecure areas in Borno, and some parts of the North-East improves. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, NPHCDA, disclosed this on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Abuja during the 36th meeting of the Expert Review Committee on Polio and Routine ...

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Group decries high rate of poaching of elephants, monkeys, others

Sumatran elephants

The Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP), has decried the rising rate of poaching and illegal trading in endangered animals such as elephants, monkeys, tortoises, and others. NAZAP in a communique issued in Abuja at the end of its annual general meeting and training, urged relevant agencies to curtail the activities of animal traffickers. The communique was signed by Francis ...

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Poisonous air has devastating impact on billions of children, warns WHO


Poisonous air is having a devastating impact on billions of children around the world, damaging their intelligence and leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday, October 29, 2018. In a study on the health effect of toxic air on children, the Geneva-based UN agency estimated 600,000 deaths below the age of 15 ...

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Venice braces for worst flooding in nearly 40 years


Italy’s lagoon city of Venice is bracing itself for the worst flooding event since 1979, amid a nationwide weather alert across Italy, local authorities reported on Monday, October, 29, 2018. “The high tide was due to reach 160 centimetres, a level that leaves 77 per cent of Venice’s historic centre under water,’’ the authorities said. On Dec. 22, 1979, the ...

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Environment stakeholders urged to address herders-farmers conflict

Lawrence Aliboh

The Federal Government on Monday, October 29, 2018 urged stakeholders in the environment sector to support its efforts to tackle the incessant herders-farmers conflicts in the country. Mr Lawrence Aliboh, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, gave the advice on in Akure, Ondo State, at the opening of the 12th National Council on Environment (NCE) meeting. He said that ...

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New Brazilian leader told to uphold climate commitments, safeguard human rights

Jair Bolsonaro

After what seemed a polarising electoral campaign that promoted hatred and division, candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the runoff for the presidency of Brazil on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Bolsonaro had vowed to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement but retracted that proposal days before the election. However, he has indicated he will weaken the form and enforcement of Brazil’s ...

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Planners, statisticians seek global definition for cities


As part of efforts to provide the necessary technical support to countries for effective monitoring and reporting on human settlements indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration the European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ...

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