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GLF clamours end to persecution of Indigenous peoples, environmental rights defenders

Sengwer indigenous people

The international community has been called upon to urgently act to stop the growing threats of violence and criminalisation of Indigenous peoples and environmental rights defenders. Indigenous people from the Sengwer community in western Kenya. Photo credit: REUTERS/Katy Migiro The call was made at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) conference that came to a close on Sunday, June 23, 2019 ...

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Abidjan Convention holds Plenipotentiaries Meeting to ratify fresh procedures

Abou Bamba

The Convention for Cooperation on the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine Environment and the coastal zones of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region – simply known as the “Abidjan Convention” – is hosting a gathering of envoys to finalise amendments to its procedures that were proposed and adopted by Parties at the Twelfth ...

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Trump completes rollback of Obama climate rule on coal

Donald Trump

Despite a drumbeat of scientific warnings, the Trump administration on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 issued a new rule that cuts carbon emissions from power plants by less than half of what experts say is needed to avoid catastrophic global warming. President Donald Trump The Affordable Clean Energy rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), represents the Trump administration’s most ...

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Chinese, French, Georgian jostle to replace da Silva at FAO

Jose Graziano da Silva

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announced in Rome that the election for the agency’s top leadership posts will hold at its 41st Session and conference. Jose Graziano da Silva, outgoing Director General of the FAO The FAO Media Relations Office made this known in a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 ...

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Cameroon’s Monique Ntumngia wins WWF president’s youth award

Monique Ntumngia

Cameroon’s Monique Ntumngia, founder of “Green Girls”, a social business which educates young women from rural communities in the use of renewable energy, is the winner of the 2019 WWF International President’s Youth award. Monique Ntumngia receiving the award The prestigious award ceremony took place in Mombassa, Kenya on Thursday, June 13, 2019. According to the WWF, the award recognises ...

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World population to reach 9.7bn in 2050, says UN report

Nigeria Population

The world’s population is expected to increase by two billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report launched on Monday, June 17, 2019. Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population The “World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights”, which is published by the ...

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I’ll prioritise climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution – Andersen

Inger Andersen

Danish economist and environmentalist, Inger Andersen, on Saturday, June 15, 2019 took up her new role as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), promising to prioritise greater action on climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution during her four-year tenure. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Ms. Andersen was nominated for ...

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56th GEF meeting: $1bn approved for environment, climate action


Governments have approved programmes and projects worth almost $1 billion to tackle growing threats to the natural world – and to help some of the Earth’s most vulnerable people adapt to climate change – at two consecutive Global Environment Facility (GEF) meetings in Washington DC from June 11 to 13, 2019 . Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson, delivers her opening address ...

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UNESCO group urges abandonment of Lamu coal power plant

Lamu coal plant

The Advisory Group of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on Thursday, June 13, 2019 published a draft decision recommending the adoption by Member States at the next annual meeting in Baku, starting on June 30. Residents protest against plans to build the Lamu coal plant The experts of the consultative group are calling on the 21 member states of the committee ...

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Green Bond over-subscription indicative of environmental commitment – DMO

Patience Oniha

The Debt Management Office (DMO) says the results of the second Sovereign Green Bond demonstrates greater commitment from the public towards protecting the environment. Patience Oniha Director-General, Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (DMO) The organisation said this in a statement on Thursday, June 3, 2019 in Abuja, declaring the results of the auction which opened on June 3 as over-subscribed. According ...

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