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15 debarged as extraordinary protest rocks COP25

Climate protesters

Hundreds of protesters from civil society organisations, peoples’ movements, trade unions, Indigenous Peoples, youth, women and gender groups joined forces on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 to demand rich countries step up ambition and action to tackle the climate crisis. Climate protesters at Feria de Madrid The demonstration, taking inspiration from a popular South American form of protest known as a ...

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EU climate plan unveiled, kicking off ‘journey’ to zero carbon goal

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission unveiled its flagship environmental programme on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 designed to take the EU to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen made the “European green deal” a central part of her campaign to secure the EU executive presidency, promising climate-friendly transformation of agriculture, ...

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World Bank restates commitment to end poverty, reduce inequality

World Bank - NEWMAP

The World Bank has reiterated its commitment to ending extreme poverty and reduce inequality on the universe. Participants at the training workshop Majed Hamed, World Bank Lead Regional Safeguard Coordinator, made the submission in Lagos on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 during the opening of the Capacity Building Workshop on the New Environmental Safeguards Framework (ESF) organised by the World Bank ...

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Colombia to host 2020 World Environment Day on biodiversity

Inger Andersen

On the eve of a critical year for environmental decision-making, Colombia, Germany and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 announced that Colombia will host World Environment Day 2020 in partnership with Germany and that it will focus on biodiversity. Inger Andersen of the IUCN. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images World Environment Day takes place every year on ...

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COP25: Youths occupy talks to call attention on climate emergency

Climate strikers

As COP25 veers close to an end, youth activists in the morning on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 occupied the plenary hall. Climate strikers at COP25 Courtesy of Fridays for Future, about 50 climate strikers took to the stage after the High Level Event on Climate Emergency to show their enragement about the absence of enough climate action. The action was ...

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COP25: US, Global North hatchet job on climate negotiations

Donald Trump

The 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered its second week with the fog over the Paris Agreement deepening. With coal miners gathered around him, President Donald Trump of the US signed an Executive Order rolling back a temporary ban on mining coal and a stream protection ...

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Germany unveils €20m support for poor nations to accelerate climate ambition

Svenja Schulze

The Government of Germany announced in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 a €20 million trust fund for a joint collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) that will support developing countries in building more effective agriculture and land-use plans to accelerate the ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions ...

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Worry as South Africa approves GM maize varieties for release

Maize plant

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is extremely alarmed to learn that three genetically modified maize varieties developed by Corteva (new name of the Dow-DuPont merged entity) to withstand the application of the dangerous 2,4-D herbicide have been approved for general release by the Executive Council: GMO Act. ACB said it poses a threat to the health of food consumers, ...

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Partnership launches plan to end tuberculosis by 2022

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The Stop TB Partnership on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 launched the Global Plan to End TB 2018-2022, which calls for $2.6 billion per year for vital research and development of new tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tools, new drug regimens and a new vaccine, and $13 billion per year for TB care and prevention. With the new Global Plan, the Stop TB ...

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COP25: Concern over referencing of Paragraph 51 on loss and damage

Feria de Madrid

As the negotiations at the UN climate change conference (COP25) gradually progresses, ACT Alliance continues to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable developing countries who are already facing losses and damages from the effects of climate change. Discussions on the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM), a mechanism created to help countries avert, address and minimise losses and damages from climate ...

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