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SBSTA issues Reflections Note ahead of Bonn climate talks

Paul Watkinson

The Chair of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) has released a Reflections Note in advance of SBSTA’s 50th session, providing information on the status of work on SBSTA agenda items and proposed organisation of work. Paul Watkinson, Chair of the SBSTA SBSTA 50 will take place in Bonn, ...

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Plateau ignores activists’ protests, passes bill to privatise water

Our Water Our Right Coalition

The Plateau State House of Assembly on Thursday, May 30, 2019 passed the bill seeking to privatise the water sector, ignoring vehement protests by a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state. Lagos CSOs protesting against water privatisation at a town hall meeting The bill was passed after the legislators considered report of its Standing Committee on Parastatals ...

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Environmentalists task Buhari on climate change, others

Muhammadu Buhari

Some experts in the environment sector in Abuj, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 urged President Muhammadu Buhari to promote initiatives that would mitigate the effects of climate change. President Muhammadu Buhari The environmentalists, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), advised the president, who has  been inaugurated for the second term in office, to pay more attention to ...

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Sanwo-Olu declares state of emergency on environmental, traffic management matters

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babjide Sanwo-olu of Lagos State has declared a state of emergency on environmental, sanitation and traffic management matters. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Sanwo-Olu declared this while signing the first executive order of refuse management, traffic management and public works on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. This, according to the governor, would start the process of ...

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No Tobacco Day: Buhari urged to prioritise enforcement of laws

Tobacco Regulations

Advocates and public health professionals who converged on Abuja on Thursday, May 30, 2019 to mark the World No Tobacco Day 2019 have charged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to give priority to the enforcement of the National Tobacco Act, 2015 in his four year term which began on Wednesday, May 29. L-R: Lawrence Izang of UniAbuja Smoke-free Club (holding ...

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AFF marks anniversary with tree planting craftsmanship in Karura forest

10th Anniversary of AFF

 With 10 years of active interest in tree conservation and sustainable forest management, members of the African Forest Forum (AFF) demonstrated their experience in hands-on plants-man-ship at a tree planting spree to boost the Karura forest in Nairobi. Planting of trees and at celebrations marking 10th Anniversary of AFF The tree planting exercise as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations according to the chair of AFF governing councils was testament to the ...

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UN decries rising internal displacement in urban areas

Filiep Decorte

The UN on Thursday, May 30, 2019 decried the rising internal displacement in urban areas which it said are caused by conflict and disasters. Filiep Decorte Filiep Decorte, Deputy Director of New York office of UN-Habitat, said that “the world is experiencing more conflicts while urbanisation is taking place in risk-prone areas”. Decorte said on the sidelines of the first ...

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AfDB supports clean energy portfolios in Africa

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said that, as a policy, it is supporting clean energy portfolios in Africa, given that as it has an internal greenhouse gas accounting tool that provides the estimated cost of emissions saved or avoided. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina The bank made this known in a statement by its Communication and External Relations Department on ...

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Peralta emerges president as first UN-Habitat Assembly convenes

UN-Habitat Assembly

On Monday, May 27, 2019, the first ever session of the Assembly of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) (UNHA 1) started its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Following UN-Habitat’s restructuring, its Assembly replaces the Governing Council and will be the highest-level decision-making body on sustainable urbanisation and human settlements. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Acting Director-General, UN ...

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Ghana’s forests: To conserve or not to conserve

Nigeria REDD+

In 1998, when the 30 Global Significant Biodiversity Areas (GSBAs) were established in Ghana, the purpose included promoting the status of areas of biological diversity hot spots in the country. Eleven years down the line in 2009, the Forestry Commission (FC) was committed to ensure the conservation of these areas under the REDD + package. This meant that these areas ...

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