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Nigeria moves to implement Youth Employment Plan

Youth Climate Incubation Hub

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has commenced a nationwide campaign to comprehend the aspirations of young Nigerians on decent work. A gathering of Nigerian youth: Participants at the Youth Climate Incubation Hub in Owerri, Imo State The campaign, ...

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Echoes of Pain, by Hope Okpuwara

Surgery

Mama Kola was running. She’d run forward and then stopped, indecisive on what direction to take. She looked crazy with her hair spiky, eyes bloodshot and face lined with dried tears. Kola needed surgery after being run over by a hit-and-run driver The road was unusually quiet; not a single car drove by. Mama Kola was frantic. She was praying ...

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Six Portuguese youths sue 33 countries over climate crisis

Ursula von der Leyen

Four children and two young adults from Portugal have filed what looks like an unprecedented climate change case with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. They are asking the Court to hold 33 countries accountable for fuelling the climate crisis. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission The case, which is brought with the support of ...

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Biotech agency unveils plans to industrialise yam production

Yam Aeroponics

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it plans to industrialise yam production in the country to ensure food security, boost job creation and the reposition the economy. Producing seed yam in Aeroponics NABDA Director-General, Prof. Alex Akpa, said this in an interview after a tour of yam seed production facilities at the agency in Abuja on Wednesday, September 2, ...

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Activists want Congress to block Trump from drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

Donald Trump

In what looks like a blow to environmental conservation and Indigenous peoples’ rights, President Donald Trump has announced that he will open up the 1.6 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas drilling. President Donald Trump of the US The Arctic Refuge is said to be the largest remaining stretch of wilderness in the U.S. ...

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39 countries form Alliance for Poverty Eradication

Samson Itegboje

The UN General Assembly has inaugurated the Alliance for Poverty Eradication, aimed at galvanising multilateral and bilateral efforts. The Alliance was the focus of a high-level virtual meeting on trends, options, and strategies for eliminating poverty. Samson Itegboje, Interim Coordinator, Alliance for Poverty Eradication Thirty-nine countries are listed as members of the Alliance. The Alliance will be led by Interim Coordinator Samson Itegboje, ...

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Shomolu, Ikorodu residents in Lagos want govt to address water concerns

Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA)

Communities in Shomolu and Ikorodu have urged the Lagos State Government to urgently address the dire water situation in their localities that has made life unbearable for them. Officials of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) with residents of one of the communities visited The communities also want the state government to rehabilitate and make the waterworks in their ...

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A Walk in the Curfew, by Onome Olive Etisioro

Curfew

“Man is the pollution.” Evelyn huffed as she remembered her father’s favorite saying. It wasn’t like she hadn’t believed him; it was just that she was still quite surprised at how true his words had been in the end. Evelyn doesn’t see how the imposed curfew is going to change anything… Made her wonder, really, what things would look like ...

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PACJA warns Big Oil against plans to flood Africa with plastics

Mithika Mwenda

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has called on Africa and its people to rise against any trade deals and plans that may render their streets and communities a dumping ground for US waste. Executive Director of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Mithika Mwenda The Alliance, with at least 1,000 civil society organisations in 48 African countries under ...

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Improved climate action on food systems needed

Inger Andersen

Policymakers can improve the chances of achieving climate goals and limiting global warming to 1.5oC by making more specific commitments to transforming national food systems. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images “Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Food Systems”, a new report published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by WWF, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), EAT and Climate Focus, finds countries ...

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