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COVID-19 response demands better use of science and technology – UN DESA

Liu Zhenmin UN DESA

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with around 2.5 million confirmed cases so far, requires a far more collaborative relationship between scientists and policymakers, and the fruits of scientific research, including potential vaccines, must be shared universally, says the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General ...

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How firm’s support improves livelihood of youths in rural Mali

Youths in rural Mali

Momou Dembélé, 30, is a qualified electrician. Married with two children, she left her hometown of Kimparana, where she trained, for Ségou in central Mali. Youths in rural Mali With her husband’s support, she landed her first job with Moulin Moderne du Mali (Modern Mill of Mali, or ‘M3’), which produces wheat flour and pasta products. “M3 was a real ...

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Earth Day: How world can recover from coronavirus, climate disruption – Guterres

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary General, Anthonio Guterres, in a message to observe the International Mother Earth Day, laments the current Covid-19 pandemic and the climate change scourge ravaging the world. He offers six climate-related actions to shape the earth’s recovery UN chief, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten On this International Mother Earth Day, all eyes are on the COVID-19 ...

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Earth Day: PACJA calls on nations to think green in Covid-19 fight

Mithika Mwenda

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has called on African states to give the Covid-19 pandemic a greener look and attempt to juggle the two crises with sincerity. Executive Director of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Mithika Mwenda Speaking on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 to mark the Earth Day, the PACJA Executive Director, Mithika Mwenda, said it would ...

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50th Earth Day: Hard global climate change lessons from COVID-19 pandemic

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth II of England marked her 94th birthday in mournful silence. In a thoughtful consideration of the mood of her country where over 17,000 lives have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic, she decided to forego the usual gun salute and  celebratory display of military power as well as the ...

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End of the Illusory Civilisation, by Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

The illusion that the petroleum civilisation will last into the foreseeable future has always been a marker that our vision is rather limited. The civilisation has been preserved by our collective myopia. You may call it wilful denial. Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) It has been easy to ignore the cases of gross ecological harms imposed ...

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‘Earth School’ to keep students connected to nature amid COVID-19

Inger Andersen

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition has come together to launch “Earth School,” which provides free, high-quality educational content to help students, parents and teachers around the world who are currently at home. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed, Earth School takes students ...

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Plateau quarantines 600 travellers for violating Covid-19 lockdown order

Simon Lalong

The Plateau State Government has quarantined no fewer than 600 travellers in two of its observation centres in the state for violating the lockdown order. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State State Commissioner for Health, Mr Lar Ndam, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Pankshin. Ndam decried the attitude of some indigenes staying in other ...

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Wellcome, DFID support Africa COVID-19 response with €2.26m

Dr. John Nkengasong

Wellcome and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) have awarded a grant of €2.26 million to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to support COVID-19 response in Africa. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong This was disclosed in a statement posted on Africa CDC website on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. It said that the ...

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Work on national climate plans not on hold – Espinosa

patricia espinosa

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has underlined the need to continue to drive ambition and ensure that countries’ national climate action plans, known as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), are as robust as possible. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC The UN Climate Chief made the submission on Monday, April 20, 2020 ...

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