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Time for a global green new deal – Garcetti

Eric Garcetti

C40 Chair-Elect and Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, in an open letter on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 insists that cities can win the fight against ecological devastation and economic dislocation Eric Garcetti For the last four decades, the science on climate change has been clearer and louder each year. We saw it coming – the voices warned us. And ...

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Africa develops financial tools to become drought-resilient

Ibrahim Thiaw

The Africa Risk Capacity (ARC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have said they will collaborate to support the development of financial tools to help Africa to adapt and become resilient to future drought and other extreme weather events. Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of UNCCD The partnership, it was gathered, will support African countries in managing the ...

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UN to support Nigeria’s strategies toward tackling climate change

Yury Fedotov

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says it is working to support the Nigerian government’s strategies toward preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism in the same way of tackling climate change. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) This is contained in a statement by Mr Sylvester Atere, the Outreach and Communications ...

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Gas flaring: Nigeria approves conversion of natural gas to methanol

Gas flaring

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) of Nigeria has approved the conversion of natural gas to methanol in order to address the environmental challenge caused by gas flaring in the country. Gas flaring Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President ...

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NCF seeks preservation of mangrove forest to stem flooding


The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 urged Nigerians to preserve the nation’s mangrove forest zone to prevent incessant flooding in the country. Mangroves The foundation’s Director-General, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, said that the mangrove, located along the nation’s coastal area, acts as a buffer to ocean surge that result to flood when sea level rises. The conservationist, ...

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WHO to declare global eradication of poliovirus type-3

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the world will soon be left with only one remaining wild poliovirus as it is expected to announce the eradication of the type-3 virus. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images According to WHO, since the UN health agency launched ...

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African airports convene to act against wildlife trafficking

Ivory trafficking

Recognisng the urgency of the wildlife trafficking crisis, airports in Africa have taken up a campaign to curb wildlife trafficking on the continent. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: Some 50 participants from these airports attended a workshop hosted by the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership during the Airports Council International (ACI) Africa Annual General ...

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Why Africa must lead fight to end child labour in tobacco sector

Child labour

If the world is going to achieve the UN’s sustainable development agenda and make a real difference in peoples’ lives by 2030, it will be because we take many bold steps that contribute to progress on the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. Child labour in a cocoa plantation The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is attempting to take one such bold step ...

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SDGs4Universities: 103 students commit to drive the global goals

Students of the Federal College of Education, Zaria in Kaduna State have made strong commitments to drive the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria. Some 103 students who participated at the SDGs4Universities workshop organised by the International Climate Change Development Initiative in October 2019 now see themselves as central players in issues of national and global development. Participants at the ...

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IPCC Singapore meeting to develop AR6 draft outline

IPCC Singapore Meeting

A scoping meeting of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Synthesis Report (SYR) is hoping to develop a draft outline that will form the basis for the development of the full AR6 Synthesis Report. Professor Chukwumerije Okereke (Nigerian IPCC author) (right) with Dr Youba Sokona, Co-Vice Chair of the IPCC, at the Scoping Meeting of the Synthesis Report of the Sixth ...

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