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UN defies Covid-19, continues to build climate resilience

Youssef Nassef

Despite the COVID-19 crisis, work is said to continuing apace on efforts to build resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change. Youssef Nassef, Director of the Adaptation Programme of the UNFCCC secretariat Last month (March 2020), the Adaptation Committee (AC) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted its first-ever virtual meeting, thereby showing a determination ...

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Coronavirus spread undetected in U.S. for weeks in February, researchers say

New York City

The first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in New York City was reported at the start of March – but new research suggests the highly contagious disease had already silently spread to thousands of people in at least five U.S. cities by then. New York City Researchers at Northeastern University told The New York Times that they believe the virus was ...

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Buhari alerts ECOWAS leaders on challenges posed by COVID-19

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has called on fellow ECOWAS leaders to look beyond the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and tap into various opportunities that it presents for the betterment of lives in Member States. President Muhammadu Buhari The president made the appeal during an Extraordinary ECOWAS Summit on COVID-19 which was held via teleconferencing under the chairmanship ...

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NOSDRA yet to establish links between oil spills, dead fishes on Niger Delta coastline

Dead Fishes

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region. Dead fishes along the coastline in Bayelsa State, Nigeria The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation that is aimed at unraveling the cause ...

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UN demands action to prevent malaria, vaccine setbacks amid pandemic

Pedro Alonso

The fight against malaria and mass vaccinations against other diseases must not be disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Dr Pedro Alonso, Director, Global Malaria Programme of the WHO Annual malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could double to 769,000 this year if the distribution of mosquito nets is suspended and ...

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UNICEF launches Global WASH Framework for urban areas

Water

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a Global Framework for Urban Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), which offers a strategic vision for urban WASH programming across global, regional, and country levels. Through the Framework, UNICEF intends to increase its engagement in urban areas and create a common vision for its approach to urban programming that focuses on marginalised children and their families. ...

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Strikers call on youths to join online actions

Onine climate strike

The worldwide youth movement that brought over 10 million people to the streets in September 2019 is calling on people from across the world to take part in online climate actions on Friday April 24, 2020. An onine climate strike The strikes were moved online due to the COVID-19 crisis. Youth strikers are calling for urgent action and a just ...

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Ghanaian authorities urged to prioritise water access to curb Covid-19 spread in rural communities

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, one thing has become clear – the need to prioritise water provision, particularly to rural communities, where populations are most vulnerable due few water facilities and unsafe water. Unless attended to, this will make the risk of spread in rural areas much higher than in urban areas. Mohammed Abdul-Nashiru, Country Director, WaterAid Ghana ...

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Earth Day: Biosafety agency calls for action to change lives

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has called for concerted action to change lives and make the world better. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Ebegba made this call in a statement issued on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Abuja against the backdrop of the 2020 World Earth Day marked on Wednesday. ...

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Covid-19 outbreak proves pangolin, wildlife trafficking harmful – UNODC

Ghada Fathi Waly

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has joined others to cautions the world on the harmful effects of wildlife trafficking to both humans and animals. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General/Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) A statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 said that wildlife such as bats and ...

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