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UN Summit delivers step up in ambition, action on pathway to key 2020 climate deadline

UN Climate Action Summit

Major announcements by government and private sector leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit boosted climate action momentum and demonstrated growing recognition that the pace of climate action must be rapidly accelerated. The 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York City Some 77 countries committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, while 70 countries ...

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UN climate, environment goals to gel under Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Lina Pohl and Horst Freiberg

When the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration kicks off in 2021, it will strengthen the fight against climate change, providing an umbrella for a range of U.N. conventions and sustainable development targets, including climate, biodiversity and anti-poverty goals. Lina Pohl and Horst Freiberg. Photo credit: GLF/Pilar Valbuena The initiative, which will be the subject of discussions among 700 delegates attending the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference at the United Nations ...

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Recyclepoint, British American Tobacco sign MoU on corporate waste recycling

Waste recycling

Recyclepoint and British America Tobacco (BAT), West Africa on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on corporate waste recycling programme to promote and inculcate the habit of wastes sorting. Industrial waste recycling process The Chief Executive Officer of Recyclepoint, Mazi Alison Ukonu, said at the ceremony that it was part of the company’s sustainability week to ...

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Buhari unfolds plans to reverse climate change in Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 23, 2019 in New York announced robust plans and initiatives by his administration to reverse the negative effects of climate change in Nigeria. President Muhammadu Buhari A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, said the plans were revealed in his address to the United Nations ...

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African negotiators to UN Summit: Climate change receiving continent’s priority attention

African Group of Negotiators

The African Group of Negotiators (AGN) has said that, because climate change poses a primary threat to sustainable development, it is receiving priority attention from countries on the continent. Some members of the African Group of Negotiators In its Key Messages for the United Nations Secretary-General Climate Summit that held in New York on Monday, September 23, 2019, the AGN ...

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Climate Strike: Why we mustn’t turn blind eye to our children’s fears – Mwenda

Mithika Mwenda

In a Solidarity Statement delivered on Friday, September 20, 2019 during the Global Climate Strike, Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), makes a passionate call to world leaders over the future of tomorrow’s leaders in the light of the climate change threats Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) The writing ...

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Activists, grassroots groups tackle oil executives on climate change

Philip Jakpor

Climate justice groups that converged on New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly Climate Action Summit have carpeted CEOs of oil corporations for what they described as “climate deception” and failure to take responsibility for knowingly fuelling the climate crisis. Philip Jakpor of the Environmental Rights Action (ERA), the Nigerian chapter of Friends of the Earth ...

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Okereke resumes as head of Ekweueme varsity’s Centre for Climate Change and Development

Alex Ekwueme Federal University

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, an international climate change expert, political scientist and formerly of the University of Reading, United Kingdom, is now Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University (AE-FUNAI), Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi state, Nigeria. Outgoing Ag Director, Dr. Robert Onyeneke (left), presenting handover notes to Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke. He officially resumed his new line of duty at ...

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Rivers Day: Group seeks legal backing for rights to waterways

River Ethiope

The Foundation for Conservation of Nigerian Rivers (FCNR) has presented two draft bills to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law. The River Ethiope The presentation was made on Monday, September 23, 2019 as part of events for the World Rivers Day that was officially observed on Sunday, September 22. It had “Waterways in our communities” as its ...

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Strengthening capacity key to economic development, says Ebegba

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that Africa does not lack capacity but the need to strengthen its capacity is very key to the development of the economy. Dr Rufus Ebegba The DG/CEO made this assertion when he received participants of the ICGEB/NABDA/NBMA/SCBD GMO detection training in his office on ...

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