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WHO committee says coronavirus not a global emergency

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday, January 23, 2020 said the novel coronavirus ailment is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images Several members of the WHO Emergency Committee considered that it was too early to declare it PHEIC, given ...

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Budget 2020: Govt asked to inaugurate Tobacco Control Fund

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Federal Government to immediately inaugurate the Tobacco Control fund as recommended in the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015, saying the near zero allocation to tobacco control in the recently passed 2020 national budget has reinforced the need to institutionalise a funding mechanism. The Nigeria National Assembly Complex, Abuja ...

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Davos: Civil society urges leaders to shift investments from fossil fuels into renewables

WEF 2020

For the first time, the latest edition of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Global Risk Report” identifies failure to mitigate and adapt to climate change as the greatest long-term risk the world faces in the short and long term (10 years). A session at the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland It took the destruction of forests, farmland, animals and ...

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COP26: Nigel Topping appointed UK High-Level Climate Action Champion

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping was on Thursday, January 23, 2020 appointed by the UK Government as its High-Level Climate Action Champion ahead of UN climate conference COP26 holding in November. Nigel Topping Mr Topping will help drive action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions on climate change and coordinate this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention ...

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WHO postpones decision on declaring China coronavirus as global health emergency

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 postponed taking a decision on whether the mysterious coronavirus that killed at least 17 people and sickened hundreds of others in China a global health emergency. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, ...

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Lagos cautions public over coronavirus disease

Prof. Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Government has alerted the public over the Novel Coronavirus, a new ailment believed to have emanated from South East Asia. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health To prevent any kind of transmission of any contagious infection, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health, advised members of the public to take precautions such as regular hand ...

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UNDP to implement EU’s €1m Africa Adaptation Initiative

Achim Steiner

Climate change impacts threaten economic and development gains across Africa. To address the pressing needs of the crisis, the European Union has announced €1 million in new funding to the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI). The grant will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and looks to expand the knowledge base to inform improved and more effective climate ...

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CDP celebrates companies leading climate action


Major North American brands including Alphabet, Citigroup, IGM Financial, Microsoft and Walmart have been named among 179 companies on CDP’s prestigious ‘A List’ for their leadership on corporate transparency and action on climate change, released today by global non-profit CDP. North American companies were strongly represented, reflecting 20% of the global A List, with the second most A List companies headquartered in the U.S. (35) after Japan (38). ...

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Summit moves to scale up investment for Africa’s clean energy transformation

Boris Johnson

Many African countries met in London on Monday, January 20, 2020 for the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit, which included African leaders, UK and African businesses, international institutions and young entrepreneurs. President Muhammadu Buhari represented Nigeria, supported by a strong Nigerian delegation.  Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Ahead of the UK-hosted UN Climate Summit (COP26) later this year, a ...

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Groups kick as military officers forcefully evict beachside communities

Forceful eviction

The Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement Federation (Federation) and Justice & Empowerment Initiatives – Nigeria (JEI) have condemned the demolition and forced eviction of Okun Ayo and Tarkwa Bay communities that commenced on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 by officials of the Nigerian Navy. Evicted residents look for a new way out Acting on “orders from above”, the Navy officers allegedly ...

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