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Least Developed Countries launch vision for climate-resilient future

Sonam P. Wangdi

Over two thirds (69%) of people killed in climate-related disasters in the past 50 years were living in 47 of the world’s poorest nations, according to findings released by the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit. Sonam P. Wangdi, the new Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group The LDCs – which make ...

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Industry leaders want Africa’s Great Green Wall actualised by 2030

Great Green Wall

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit, global leaders from government, business and civil society have issued a call to action to grow an 8000 kilometre wall of trees across the entire width of the African continent. Great Green Wall The Great Green Wall, an African-led movement, aims to, at once, drive forward climate-smart solutions and bring back life to ...

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Cleanup Day: Volunteers scrub Abuja, clamour public infrastructure

World Cleanup Day

September 21 of each year is a day set aside for worldwide action on the solid waste problem and, tagged “World Cleanup Day”, attracts some 380 million participants, representing 5% of the world’s population. A group of volunteers at the World Cleanup Day exercise in Abuja The day’s activities include litter picking, awareness creation and sensitisation among people in rural ...

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Nigerian groups join Global Climate Strike

Climate Protest Ghana

A coalition of civil society organisations working on climate change and sustainable development under the auspices of the National Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and the SDGs (NCSFPAS) on Saturday, September 21, 2019 led thousands of youths, farmers and women in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in commemoration of the Global Climate Strike. School children in Ghana join Global Climate ...

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Climate summit: Big companies commit to emissions slash

limate Strike San Francisco

No fewer than 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications have pledged to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future. Young people protest outside of the San Francisco Federal Building during a Climate Strike march in San Francisco, U.S. September 20, 2019 “We Mean Business”, a coalition ...

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UN Secretariat adopts plan to halve own emissions by 2030

Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Secretariat has adopted a new 10-year Climate Action Plan aimed at transforming its operations to achieve a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing 80 per cent of electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General The Plan was adopted just ahead of the Climate Action Summit, which is hosted by ...

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UN, Mayors launch tree-planting campaign to scale up climate action in urban areas

Olga Algayerova

Urban areas are said to be responsible for an estimated 75% of C02 emissions worldwide, making city-level action critical for global efforts to address the climate emergency. Mayors and other key urban leaders appear to have resolved to play a pivotal role in localising climate action, with immediate impact on the ground and the ability to mobilise citizens and different stakeholders. ...

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Youths vow continued pressure for urgent action to address climate emergency

Youth Climate Summit

A day after thousands of young people marched and rallied for urgent climate action on Friday, September 20, 2019, young leaders brought their message to the United Nations for the Youth Climate Summit, the opening salvo of the three-day long United Nations Climate Action Summit, which culminates on Monday, September 23. Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg (centre), speaks to guests ...

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Winners of 2019 Global Youth Video Competition unveiled

Niclas Svenningsen

Young people from Portugal, Brazil and the United States are being celebrated as the winners of the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition for telling inspiring stories of local climate action that can be scaled up and replicated around the world. Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action, at UN Climate Change In advance of this year’s edition of the Global Youth Video Competition, over ...

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Oxfam’s 2019 Global Strategy Forum: Pathways to the future

Oxfam’s 2019 Global Strategy Forum

Oxfam International convened its Global Strategy Forum from September 16 to 18, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum brought together 120 participants which included activists, experts and Oxfam staff to contribute expertise and experience, and have debates that will inform the organisation’s next global strategy and to shape its future. Participants at Oxfam’s 2019 Global Strategy Forum in Nairobi, Kenya ...

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