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COP24 overshoots closing day amid hopes for a deal

Katowice COP24

Negotiators were preparing to work well past the official close of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice in the evening of Friday, December 14, 2018. The COP Presidency announced late Friday evening that the draft decision for 1/CP.24, 3/CMA.1 and other related decisions would be available after 1 a.m on Saturday, and that the plenary meetings would start at ...

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Chile to host UN climate talks in 2019

Sebastian Pinera

Chile has been selected to host the next United Nations’ climate conference in 2019, it was announced at the current meeting in the Polish city of Katowice on Friday, December 14, 2018. Brazil was initially slated to host the talks, but far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro pushed the Brazilian government to withdraw its offer to host conference. Under UN rules, next ...

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UK bids to host COP26 in 2020

Theresa May

“We have to make sure we can deliver a good COP, as 2020 will be a really vital COP, and we absolutely want to be part of that process. So, today I am announcing I have officially written to express the UK government’s interest in formally hosting COP in 2020.” With these words, Claire Perry, Minister of State at the ...

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Suleiman Hassan is new Minister of Environment

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Alhaji Suleiman Hassan as the Minister of Environment, following the resignation of the Minister of State, Ibrahim Jibril. Before his appointment, Hassan was the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing. Hassan’s appointment was conveyed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity ...

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It’ll will be ‘immoral, suicidal’ to fail to agree on climate change action – UN

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it will “not only be immoral, but suicidal”, should the world body fail to agree on climate change action. Guterres said this on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the ongoing 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. He challenged the more than 100 government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the ...

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COP24: WEP, Solidaridad, others unveil ‘smart’ initiatives

WEP Solidaridad

The Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Solidaridad Network Organisation, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) and Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) at the ongoing 24th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Katowice, Poland, presented smart projects and practices that can contribute towards achieving the Nationally Determined Contributions ...

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Community leaders challenge Shell at UN climate talks

Shell action

Communities directly impacted by Shell’s alleged abusive practices on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 spoke out as fossil-fuel trade association IETA hosted representatives from the Big Polluter for an event at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 24th conference of the parties (COP24) holding in Katowice, Poland. The side event held just days after a Shell executive was said to bragged about the ...

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Appeal Court nullifies conviction of Shell MD, others

Osagie Okunbor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has set aside the order of a High Court of Rivers State which sentenced the Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor, and two other senior officers of the company to three months in prison for contempt. The appellate court gave the ruling on Wednesday, ...

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COP24: Civil Society representatives denied entry to Poland

COP24 opening

Civil society organisations have alleged that Polish authorities denied entry and/or deported at least 14 of their colleagues due to attend the United Nations climate talks in Poland. The alleged deportations follow the enactment of national legislation earlier this year passed by the Polish Government in relation to the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United ...

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Environment minister emerges new Emir of Nasarawa

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has been selected as the 13th Emir of Nasarawa emirate in Nasarawa State. The emergence of Jibril as the new emir followed the death of Alhaji Hassan Abubakar II, the 12th emir, who died earlier in Novembber after a brief illness. The appointment was announced by the commissioner for Local Government ...

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