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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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Shell seeks stakeholders’ support to curb oil pipeline vandalism


Shell Nigeria has called for stakeholders’ concerted efforts to curb the incessant vandalism of crude oil-bearing pipelines, highlighting the danger of continuous sabotage to people and environment. The General Manager, External Relations of The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Igo Weli, said such efforts to curb pipeline sabotage will save lives, secure communities and protect the environment. L-R: Encroachment ...

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Activists seek better social, environmental justice as Nnimmo Bassey clocks 61

Nnimmo Bassey

Dignitaries from virtually all the walks of life defied the gridlock that enveloped the Ikeja axis in Lagos on the evening of Tuesday, June 11, 2019 to honour activist, architect and clergyman, Nnimmoa Bassey, as he became a year older. Nnimmo Bassey and wife, Evelyn The gathering, tagged: “Nnimmo@61: Arts Meets Environment: An Evening with Nnimmo Bassey”, was hosted in ...

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Niger to build dam under $128m AfDB-supported Kandadji project

Akinwunmi Adesina

The Republic of Niger and the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 signed a $128.8 million financing agreement to support the “Kandadji” project for the regeneration of ecosystems and the development of the Niger Valley. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina Nigerien Minister of Planning, Aïchatou Kane Boulama, who signed on behalf of the Niger Government, expressed her gratitude ...

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Nigeria, six Sahel countries receive €152m humanitarian aid from EU

Muhammadu Buhari

The European Union says it has provided a fresh 152.05 million euros to Nigeria and six other Sahel countries to bring relief to people in need in the region. President Muhammadu Buhari The EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis management, Christos Stylianide, said this in a statement on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Abuja. “As countries in the Sahel ...

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EU focuses five-year agenda on protecting citizens, economy, climate

European Parliament

The European Union (EU) will seek to protect its citizens while boosting the economy, fighting climate change and bolstering the bloc’s global role. The European Parliament This is according to a draft document, which sets out priorities for the next European Commission for 2024. The next European Commission is to take up its work in November following EU-wide elections in ...

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Countries gather for landmark GEF Council meeting

Naoko Ishii

Delegates are arriving in Washington DC for what is arguably one of the most important Council meetings in the history of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It is expected to mark a pioneering shift of emphasis for the organisation that was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Naoko ...

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