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Water Day: Access to potable water is a human right – CSDevNet

Water fountain

The Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), a coalition of NGOs, says access to potable water is a human right and therefore nobody should be denied of the right. A water fountain. Photo credit: iStockphoto Dr Ibrahim Choji, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSDevNet, who made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ...

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AU agency prepares mechanism to respond to natural disasters


The African Risk Capacity (ARC), a specialised agency of the Africa Union (AU), has said that it was working on some mechanism to help member countries prepare for natural disasters like cyclones. Mohamed-Beavogui ARC Director-General, Mohamed Beavogui, said the agency was in the process of developing river flood and tropical cyclones models. This would provide immediate access to financing to ...

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Building resilience: Africa youths at forefront of climate action

Team Nigeria at the 40Under40 Dialogue

A three-day intensive climate change dialogue organised by Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office in partnership with Africa Climate Reality Project, took place from March 18 to 20, 2019 in Magaliesburg, South Africa. The dialogue, themed “Alternative Africa Climate Week: 40 Under 40 To Build Resilience”, compiled a group of Africa youth environmental activists, ...

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Radio Report: Lagos building collapse public hearing

Amidst public outcry over the recurring incidents of building collapse in the country, federal and state governments have been called to urgently come up with and implement policies mandating the engagement of relevant experts in all stages of construction. This was part of recommendations by at least 10 different professional bodies, during a public hearing on the collapsed three-storey building ...

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Water Day: Fresh hopes for Ghanaian communities without access to safe water

Gonteng community

Ghana on Friday, March 22, 2019 joined the international community to celebrate World Water Day on the theme: “Leaving no one behind.” The thought-provoking theme is an indirect reflection on why people do not have access to safe water and sanitation. A member of the Gonteng community drinking from the Porto River At the time of the celebration, little Ewura ...

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Malaria Day: A call for united action against malaria


With one month to go until World Malaria Day 2019, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria is mobilising leaders and citizens to work together towards a malaria-free world. The malaria-causing anopheles mosquito feeding on a victim Culminating in events in Paris on the April 25, this year’s World Malaria Day seeks to encourage as many people as possible across the ...

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CIFOR to partner with AFR100 Initiative

Robert Nasi

Amid preparations for the landmark U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has become the latest partner in the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100). Robert Nasi, Director General of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) The partnership aims to ensure effective alignment of CIFOR’s restoration activities within the AFR100 framework; maximise collaboration and knowledge sharing among ...

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Climate change: Way forward for Nigeria, by experts

Ann Umar

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, experts and professionals on climate change from across the globe gathered at Alex Ekwueme, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, to brainstorm on implications of the Katowice Climate Package for Nigeria. The event which took place at Needs Assessment Lecture Theatre of the University was organised by Centre for Climate and Development, AE-FUNAI, in collaboration with ...

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Water Day: Water dilemma of Ebute-Ilaje community


Yusuf Shittu, Mary Adeoye, Elizabeth Williams, Olajumoke Adebayo and Emmanuel Osinaike, who are members of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, are undertaking a community-based project to improve access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Ebute-Ilaje, a riverine slum community in Bariga area of Lagos State as part of the fellowship programme. In this piece, they highlight the fact that ...

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Water Day: Coalition leads Lagosians against privatisation of public water

Our Water Our Right Coalition

To commemorate the 2019 World Water Day (WWD) marked on March 22, the Our Water Our Right Coalition has led Lagos residents to ask the governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to forget any plan to privatise public water in the state but make provision of potable water a priority of his administration. Members of the Our Water Our Right Coalition at the town ...

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