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Climate finance at COP26: Key issues for Africa

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

We are now a couple of weeks away from the UN’s COP26 in Glasgow where critical decisions that will shape the future of climate governance will be made. As the continent least responsible for, and yet most vulnerable to climate change, African governments cannot afford to be complacent on the need for strong negotiating positions and astute diplomacy in order ...

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World Habitat Day: Govt reiterates commitment towards carbon neutral cities


The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment toward carbon neutral cities and towns critical for climate resilience in the country. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said this in his keynote address to commemorate the 2021 World Habitat Day and World Cities Day on Monday, October 11, 2021 in ...

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WHO calls for ambitious climate targets to avoid ‘health catastrophe’

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made a strong call for ambitious new climate-change targets. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images “The burning of fossil fuels is killing us,’’ it announced in Geneva on Monday, ...

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Govt describes green economy as vast area for job creation

Dr. Chris Ngige

The Federal Government says there are vast opportunities for job creation in the green economy. Labour & Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige Minister for Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, said this at the opening of the 6th Meeting of the National Employment Council, with the theme, “Creating Environmental Friendly (Green) Jobs.” This is contained in a statement signed by ...

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Shell working to make Nigeria a gas hub in energy transition quest, says official

Igo weli

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) says it had begun working to transform Nigeria into a gas hub, within the Gulf of Guinea, as part of the global quest for cleaner energy. Country Head, Corporate Relations of SPDC, Igo Weli The company said it actively supports the nation’s Natural Gas Expansion Programme of the Federal Government introduced in ...

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Groups march on Lagos ministry, demand end to water privatisation

Our Water Our Right movement

Civil society and labour activists on the platform of the Our Water Our Right movement have called on the Lagos State Government to reject all forms of corporate control of water and privatisation of water services, including through so-called “public-private partnerships.” CAPPA’s Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, addressing participants at the Lagos Ministry of Environment and Water Resources The groups include ...

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Put human rights at centre of environmental policy, CSOs tell world leaders

Dr David R. Boyd

Over 150 civil society organisations (CSOs) and academics have signed open letter calling on world leaders to integrate human rights into global and national environmental policy and practice. Dr David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment In the lead-up to historic agreements on climate and nature being made in the next month, over 150 civil ...

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COP26: Least developed countries’ ministers set out priorities

Tandi Dorji

Ministers from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on Monday, October 11, 2021 convened for the LDC Group on Climate Change High-Level Ministerial Meeting to prepare for COP26 in Glasgow. The meeting closed with the adoption of the “Thimphu Call for Ambition and Action on Climate Change“, which lays out key priorities for the LDC Group. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Foreign Minister, Royal ...

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CBD COP15: UN urged to strengthen freshwater biodiversity protections

Patagonia Baker River

International Rivers on Monday, October 11, 2021 released a letter signed by more than 570 experts, scientists, engineers, researchers, and practitioners from 97 countries urging the United Nations and national delegates to strengthen actions to protect freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity as they gather this week for the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity ...

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Net-zero emissions: Defunding gas projects unhelpful to developing countries – Osinbajo

Osinbajo and Sharma

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the plan to defund gas projects in the run up to the global net-zero emissions target will be unhelpful to developing countries such as Nigeria. Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo (left), with COP26 President-Designate, Mr Alok Sharma Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Abuja, said the vice ...

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