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Cities support climate plans, urban agenda

Seoul Mayors Forum

The Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, which took place on 1 to 2 September 2016 in Seoul City Hall in Korea, focused on how leading local government coalitions – the Compact of Mayors and newly formed Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy – relate to the Paris Agreement, as well as the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the Habitat III Conference. The Forum featured discussions among ...

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Dignitaries to grace advocacy planning book launch

Yacoob Abiodun

All roads will next week Tuesday (September 6, 2016) lead to the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Victoria Island in Lagos, where dignitaries will gather to honour a veteran town planner, author and planning advocate. Yacoob Abiodun, erstwhile Secretary of the National Housing Policy Council, will not only be launching his second book that day, but also celebrating ...

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Lagos moves against illegal structures in Ikoyi, VI, Lekki

The Lagos State Government on Sunday read the riot act to all the owners of illegal structures, shanties, street hawkers and those who have converted walkways into trading points and food courts in Ikoyi, Victoria Island (VI) and the Lagoon Front of Lekki, giving them 14 days’ grace to remove such illegal structures. In a press statement signed by the ...

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US indigenous groups kick against pipeline erection

Dakota Access pipeline protest

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) last week jointly submitted an urgent action communication to four United Nations (UN) human rights Special Rapporteurs. It cited grave human rights and Treaty violations resulting from the construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in close proximity to the Standing Rock Reservation by the United States ...

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Abuja-Kaduna train service rakes in N5m in two weeks


The Abuja-Kaduna train service recorded N5 million income within the first two weeks of operation. This was disclosed by Fidet Ikhiria, the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). Ikhiria made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while travelling on the train from Abuja to Kaduna on Saturday. The Managing Director of NAN, Bayo Onanuga, and ...

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NITP: Time to change rebranding tactics


The above acronym stands for Nigerian Institute of Town Planners. It is a professional association that was established in Nigeria in 1966 as an umbrella organisation for those who have attained the requisite academic qualification and certification in the study of Urban Planning (or Town Planning). Urban Planning is a specialised field of study about how a town or city ...

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Street trading in Lagos: Pros and cons


Since the ban on street trading in Lagos by executive fiat of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Amobode, which took effect from July 1, 2016, there was public outcry against the ban order. A lot of the commentaries in all the media – radio, television, social media and the newspapers – have overwhelmed readers and listeners of news. These commentaries are ...

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How urbanisation drives deforestation, by study

Tom Prugh

Cities’ sustainability efforts may be undermined by urban destruction of forested carbon sinks. Worldwatch Institute’s “Can a City Be Sustainable?” examines the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profiles cities that are putting them into practice Urban centres lie at the root of an important – and often neglected – source of emissions: deforestation. According to Senior Researcher Tom Prugh in “Can a City ...

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Smart City Lagos: Necessity of the time (2)

Lagos Marina

In my previous article published in EnviroNews Nigeria edition of Sunday, June 26, 2016, I touched on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Lagos State Government (LASG) and Smart City Dubai for the creation of Africa’s first smart city, Smart City Lagos. Some issues of concern were discussed, which included location, state of preparedness by the LASG, pattern ...

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Paris emerges Global Earth Hour Capital 2016 winner

Paris, France

Paris is this year’s Global Earth Hour Capital. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge recognises the “City of Light” as a role model for climate action and awards Paris for its ambitious vision and successful engagement with business, civil society and other cities on its journey toward sustainability. Paris hosted last year’s historic global climate summit and has shown strong climate ...

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