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COP25 protest: ‘We were pushed and bullied but will never be defeated’

COP25 protest

In what looks like an unprecedented crackdown on dissent, UNFCCC officials, organisers of the ongoing climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, de-badges civil society engaged in a protest on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, and removing access to all Observers. In a swift reaction, a team of some 17 civil society organisations has frowned at the development. They claim in ...

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15 debarged as extraordinary protest rocks COP25

Climate protesters

Hundreds of protesters from civil society organisations, peoples’ movements, trade unions, Indigenous Peoples, youth, women and gender groups joined forces on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 to demand rich countries step up ambition and action to tackle the climate crisis. Climate protesters at Feria de Madrid The demonstration, taking inspiration from a popular South American form of protest known as a ...

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Colombia to host 2020 World Environment Day on biodiversity

Inger Andersen

On the eve of a critical year for environmental decision-making, Colombia, Germany and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 announced that Colombia will host World Environment Day 2020 in partnership with Germany and that it will focus on biodiversity. Inger Andersen of the IUCN. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images World Environment Day takes place every year on ...

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COP25: Youths occupy talks to call attention on climate emergency

Climate strikers

As COP25 veers close to an end, youth activists in the morning on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 occupied the plenary hall. Climate strikers at COP25 Courtesy of Fridays for Future, about 50 climate strikers took to the stage after the High Level Event on Climate Emergency to show their enragement about the absence of enough climate action. The action was ...

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Senegal officially cancels controversial Bargny Coal Plant

Macky Sall

President of Senegal, Macky Sall, announced the cancellation of the Bargny coal-fired plant, in line with the country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. Coming amid COP25, this announcement has been welcomed by local communities and activists in Senegal, who for over five years have strongly opposed and actively campaigned against this coal power plant while pushing the government to invest ...

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How Nigeria can address institutional gaps in natural resource governance, by Ojo

ERA/FoEN Congress

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged to shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources by divesting from oil and gas and coal to renewable energy sources. Dr Uyi Ojo speaking during the opening of the 12th National Environmental Congress of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director, Environmental Rights ...

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COP25: Nigeria to engage in policy negotiations promoting NDCs

Nigeria COP25

As nations across the globe gather for the UN climate conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, with various expectations and agendas, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, has tasked Nigeria delegates to the summit to actively engage in international climate policy negotiations that will facilitate the realisation of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad ...

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COP25: Adebote, others share how youths lead climate action

COP25 youth delegates

In 2000, flood in Mozambique was responsible for 800 deaths, 329,000 displaced people and almost two million people affected in all. Between July 2011 and 2012, the entire East Africa region suffered a severe drought, said to be “the worst drought in 60 years.” Seyifunmi Adebote of Nigeria with some other youth delegates at COP25 Across the Lake Chad region, ...

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Big Polluters bankrolling COP25, research finds

Feria de Madrid

New research reveals that the corporations bankrolling the 2019 UN climate talks in Madrid, COP25, are some of Spain’s biggest polluters and tied to human rights abuses, shady lobbying and greenwashing around the globe. The Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain is venue of COP25 The infographic and fact-file, released on “Business and Industry NGO (BINGO) Day” a day dedicated ...

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UK court rejects registration of Ogoni suit judgment against Shell

Osagie Okunbor

A United Kingdom court on Thursday, December 5, 2019 dismissed the application by some leaders of Ejamah Ebubu community in Ogoniland to register the judgement of a Nigerian Federal High Court in the country for enforcement. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company Claimants had applied to register the judgement to enforce a N183 billion judgment sum, which they ...

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