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Govt, UN partner on food availability, safety in Nigeria

Edward Kallon

To check the growing inequality in food systems in Nigeria and to meet certain components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Federal Government is partnering with the UN to hold a food systems dialogue. Mr. Edward Kallon, the UNDP Resident Representative to Nigeria The Nigeria National Food Systems Dialogue (NNFSD) 2021 is preparatory to the Food Systems Summit scheduled ...

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DR Congo reports second positive Ebola case


A second positive case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in the health zone of Butembo, North-Kivu province, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to health authorities. An Ebola patient receiving treatment The response team said the second confirmed case is a 60-year-old farmer, who died on Feb. 10, 2021 with an epidemiological link to the first ...

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Two Nestlé for Healthier Kids schools get water and sanitation facilities

Nestlé for Healthier Kids

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities as it is one of the sure ways of preventing the spread of the virus yet, globally, billions of people still lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), increasing the risk of infections and diseases. L-R: Representative of the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola; ...

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Plans to reintroduce water bill disrespectful to Nigerians, say campaigners

National Water Resources Bill

The determination of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to reintroduce the National Water Bill is disrespectful to the wishes of Nigerians who have called for it to be trashed, civil society operatives have said. L-R: Akinbode Oluwafemi, CAPPA Executive Director; Comrade Musa Ukpo, Acting Gen-Sec of AUPCTRE; Aderonke Ige, Associate Director CAPPA; and Comrade Benjamin Anthony, AUPCTRE National President ...

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France drafts climate protection law with input from citizens

Barbara Pompili

The French government has drawn up legislation on climate protection that incorporates input from a citizens’ convention. The French Environment Minister, Barbara Pompili, said this on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 after a government meeting chaired by President Emmanuel Macron. French Environment Minister, Barbara Pompili “It’s not just about changing the engines in our cars or the machines in our factories. ...

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34 bodies recovered, 170 still missing in glacier tragedy in India

Himalayan glacier

Two more dead bodies were recovered on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from the areas affected by the glacier burst in India’s northern hilly state of Uttarakhand, taking the death toll to 34, a local senior police officer said. People walk past a destroyed dam after a Himalayan glacier broke and crashed into the dam at Raini Chak Lata village in ...

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141 NGOs seek moratorium on mining, oil and gas extraction in Greenland

Nalunaq gold mine Greenland

Some 141 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over the world have called on the Greenlandic and Danish governments and the European Union to help protect the Greenlandic and Arctic environment. The Nalunaq Gold Mine is Greenland’s first gold mine. Photo credit: Arctic Deeply The call was contained in an appeal published on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Greenland is said to ...

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Govt urged to phase out single-use plastic now, not in 2028

SRADev Meeting

There is an urgent need for the immediate phase-out of single-use plastic such as against the proposed 2028 deadline proposed in the National Policy on Plastic Waste Management. Physical participants at the Roundtable This submission formed part of the recommendations made in Lagos on January 29, 2021 at a Civil Society Roundtable Consultation on Plastic Waste Policy held at the ...

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Borehole sinking detrimental to earth structure – River Basin Authority

Drilling borehole

The Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA) has appealed to relevant authorities to expedite actions on public water supply system to reduce the rate of borehole sinking. Borehole drilling A water borehole is the use of a natural resource, by drilling to reach the large amount of water stored in water-bearing rocks in the ground below. Dr Adeniyi Aremu, ...

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China collaborates with WHO to trace origin of coronavirus

Wang Wenbin

China will maintain contacts with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in search of the origin of COVID-19, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Wang Wenbin WHO experts arrived in Wuhan, considered the ground zero of the outbreak on Jan. 14, and self-isolated until Jan. 29, and thereafter visited the Wuhan ...

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