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Leaders build climate ambition at Earth Day summit

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called on leaders everywhere to take urgent climate action.  “Mother Nature is not waiting,” he said. “We need a green planet – but the world is on red alert.” UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres The UN Chief, who made the submission on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the opening of the two-day Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted ...

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To save the climate, recognise our land rights, indigenous leaders tell summit

Tuntiak Katan

The Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, a coalition of organisations representing Indigenous and local communities from Brazil, Indonesia and the nations of the Amazon and Mesoamerica, has called for the recognition of the ancestral and traditional peoples’ lands. Tuntiak Katan, coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities The call was made on Thursday, April 22, 2021 during the Leaders’ ...

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Forum identifies key biodiversity knowledge gaps, priorities for science-policy research

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The virtual sessions of the joint fifth Science-Policy Forum for Biodiversity and the eighth International Conference on Sustainability Science closed on Friday, April 23, 2021 with participants identifying key biodiversity knowledge gaps and priorities for science-policy research, needs for capacity building, and opportunities for increased technical and scientific cooperation. CBD Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema Some 2,181 participants participated, with ...

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Sudan threatens to sue Italian firm implementing Nile dam, Ethiopian govt

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Sudan has threatened to sue the Italian company implementing the Nile dam and the Ethiopian government if the second filling of the dam is conducted without a legal deal. Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas issued the threat in a tweet. “In case the second filling is conducted without reaching a legal deal, Sudan ...

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Tanzania’s Zanzibar halts marine transport over looming tropical cyclone

Tropical cyclone Jobo

Tanzania’s Zanzibar on Saturday, April 24, 2021 announced the temporary suspension of marine transport due to the looming tropical cyclone, Jobo. Tropical cyclone Jobo hits Seychelles This is contained in a statement from the Minister of State in the Office of Zanzibar’s Vice-President. According to the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA), the cyclone is expected to make a landfall in Tanzania’s ...

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Climate change: KAD ICT Hub to provide weather data through digital applications

Yusuf Bashir

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) KAD ICT Hub, Mr Yusuf Bashir, says the initiative will bridge digital gap and entrench a culture of innovation in Kaduna State. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) KAD ICT Hub, Mr Yusuf Bashir Bashir in a statement in Kaduna, the state capital, on Sunday, April 25, 2021 said the initiative would also provide access to weather ...

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Leaders’ Climate Summit: Lofty words but blurred plan

Joe Biden

Some 40 world leaders gathered to participate in the Biden Administration’s first step onto the international climate stage. The Leaders’ Summit on Climate took place from April 22 to 23, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden at the Leaders’ Climate Summit The summit saw global leaders making big promises on carbon emission reduction, but the biggest red flag from climate activists ...

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Earth Day: GEF-SGP, GIFSEP launch Trees for School Initiative in Abuja

Trees for Schools Initiative

No fewer than 1,000 trees will be planted in 77 schools across Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory as part of efforts to fight climate change and protect the earth. Participants at the at the launch of the Trees for Schools Initiative This announcement was made known by David Michael Terungwa, the Executive Director of Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem ...

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Nigeria supports global action on Paris climate agreement, says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community of Nigeria’s readiness to mobilise relevant stakeholders towards climate action, as well as support for regional, continental and global multilateral initiatives on attaining the objectives of the Paris Agreement. President Muhammadu Buhari attending the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate The Nigerian leader, who gave the assurance at a virtual Leaders Summit on ...

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Agency reiterates commitment to ensuring biosecurity in Nigeria


The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has completed and submitted a draft National Biosecurity Policy to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), for consideration and approval. Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of NBMA (fourth from left), with members of the Senate Committee on Environment Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the agency, disclosed this in ...

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