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Five countries to present Voluntary National SDG Reviews in 2021

Sustainable Development Goals

Five countries are planning to present voluntary reviews of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation at the national level during the 2021 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Voluntary national reviews (VNRs) are a component of the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. They are carried out voluntarily by national governments ...

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AGRA is not the face of agriculture – Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

The announcement of the nomination of Agnes Kalibata as the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the 2021 UN Food Summit is very troubling. It is not a shock because of the person of Kalibata but because of the office she occupies as the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). It is a shock ...

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AfDB approves close to $35m to Liberia for renewable energy

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Fund (AfdB) has approved a $34.74 million grant and loan to boost renewable energy access and promote an attractive investment climate in Liberia. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina At a signing ceremony on January 29, 2020 in Monrovia, Dr. Orison Amu, the African Development Bank’s Country Manager in Liberia, and Samuel Tweah Jr., Liberia’s Minister of Finance & ...

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COP26: Japan urged to increase national climate targets

Shinzo Abe

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the Climate Action Network (CAN) in Japan have called on the Japanese government to substantially increase its national climate targets in line with the science and to cease all new fossil fuel production. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Photo credit: The campaigners made the call at a press conference on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.  With ...

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Coronavirus: Biosafety agency charges staffers on awareness raising


The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has urged its Biosecurity Department to initiate public awareness mechanisms that will educate the public on what to do and who to contact in the case of suspected infection of coronavirus. NBMA Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Rufus Ebegba, with the management and staff of the Biosecurity Department during the meeting The NBMA Director ...

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Groups hail gazette of Tobacco Control Regulations

tobacco smoking

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have hailed the Federal Government for the gazette of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Regulations 2019. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The gazette of the NTC Regulations 2019 by the Federal Ministry of Health is the final step that gives ...

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Coronavirus: Global preparedness, response plan requires $675m – WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO), says the international community has launched the $675 million preparedness and response plan to fight further spread of the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and globally. An health official attend to a coronavirus patient in China The world health body made this known in a statement on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. WHO stated that the ...

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Climate change: Experts warn over increasing heatwave in Nigeria

heat wave

Some lecturers in the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Rivers State on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 blamed the increasing heatwave mostly experienced at night to change in global temperature. Above-danger heat stress: A man cools off amid searing heat wave Prof. Prince Mmon, an environmentalist in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, UNIPORT, confirmed the development to the ...

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Experts meet on drugs, vaccines to set coronavirus research agenda

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Experts will meet in Geneva from Feb 11-12, 2020 to set research and development priorities for coronavirus drugs, diagnostics and vaccines to combat the outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Speaking at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday, ...

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Lebanese promised me $2,000 monthly salary – Trafficked woman


Operatives of the Lagos State Command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons have arrested a Lebanese who hoodwinked and trafficked a mother of three to Lebanon after promising her a whooping monthly salary of $2000. NAPTIP also arrested two women, Juliet and Chioma, for selling and buying of a day-old-baby The victim, simply identified as ...

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