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India to host 14th UN land degradation summit

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

India will host the next global Conference on desertification, land degradation and drought from October 7 to 8, 2019 at the Vigyan Bhavan conference centre in New Delhi.  Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD Participants from 197 Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will have access, for the first time, to a wealth of vital new scientific data, say ...

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Global movement against water privatisation converge on Abuja


Global activists, thought leaders, labour unions and human rights advocates will congregate in Abuja from January 29 to 30, 2019 for a national summit that will make advancements on achieving the human right to water in Nigeria and around the world. The Abuja city gate The summit, which has “Nigeria’s Water Emergency: From Resistance to Real Solutions Against Corporate Control” ...

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Japan’s Abe to put trade, climate at centre of G20 agenda

Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 said he would seek to use his chairmanship of the Group of 20 leading economies to rebuild trust in the global trade system. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Photo credit: His speech to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps was significant at a time when a bitter ...

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New Zealand issues alert over toxic shellfish


New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 issued a public health warning on the consumption of toxic shellfish from the coastal area of the Bay of Plenty down to Bowentown Heads. Shellfish Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region in the North Island have shown levels of toxins above the safe limit, said ...

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NEMA reviews National Contingency Plan to tackle climate change, complex emergencies

Mustapha Maihaja

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it is currently reviewing the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to effectively tackle issues of climate change and complex emergencies. Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA Director General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, said this on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Enugu in an address at the national workshop on the review of the NCP. ...

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WaterAid commits N52m to water project in Bauchi

Kaduna community

WaterAid Nigeria, in partnership with the Bauchi State Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA), said on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 that it would spend about N52 million on provision of potable to 15 communities in Kirfi Local Government Area of the state. Children of Unguwan Gandu Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State fetching water from a handpump borehole provided ...

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Government, Global Fund sign $71.2m agreement to fight TB, others

Dr Osagie Ehanire

The Federal Government and Global Fund has signed a funding support agreement worth $71,216,215 for the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire A statement signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations in the Ministry of Health, quoted the Health Minister of State, Dr Osagie Ehanire, as saying that ...

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UN lauds Kenya for building boat from plastic waste


Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment, Joyce Msuya, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 commended Kenya for developing a homegrown dhow. from plastic waste. The Flipflopi The dhow is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with settee or sometimes lateen sails, used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Msuya ...

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Circular economy crucial for Paris climate goals

Paris Agreement

The world can maximise chances of avoiding dangerous climate change by moving to a circular economy, thereby allowing societies to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Action. Jubilation greeted the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. Photo credit: This is the key finding of “The Circularity Gap Report 2019”, released by the organisation ...

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Lagos killing water corporation to pave way for privatisation, activists allege


Members of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) have accused the management of the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) of systematically crippling the corporation to pave way for privatisation. L-R: Akinbode Oluwafemi, Comrade Isimeme, Abiodun Bakare and Ayodele Akele At a media briefing held in Lagos on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the activists ...

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