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Over 1,000 institutions divest from fossil fuel

Fossil fuel pollution

As governments meet in Poland for another round of climate talks, a major milestone was reached on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in the worldwide movement to divest from the fossil fuel companies driving the climate crisis, with the announcement that over 1000 institutions with managed investments worth almost $8 trillion (€7 trillion) have committed to divest. The 1000th institution to ...

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S. Africa dedicated to low-carbon economy in Africa, says minister

Nomvula Mokonyane

The South African government will advance the agenda of inclusive growth, a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy not only in the country but also on the African continent, an official said on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, said this when she announced the government’s plan to host the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Conference, ...

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Nigerian businesses continue to invest in sustainable practices

Generator Pollution

With a variety of environmental problems plaguing Nigeria, along with the rest of the world, consumers and executives alike are looking to multinational companies in search of direction regarding sustainable business practices. Following reports that air pollution in Nigeria causes more deaths than both malaria and AIDS combined, companies are beginning to understand the importance of engaging in sustainable business practices in ...

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Nigerians tasked to use Green Bonds to bridge infrastructure gap

Mary Uduk

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 said the nation’s huge infrastructure gap could be addressed with investments in sustainable finance initiatives such as Green Bonds. Ms Mary Uduk, the SEC Acting Director-General, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on the sidelines of the Green Bond issuance rules ...

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Nigeria set to issue second Green Bond

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Federal Government says arrangements have been completed for the issuance of its second Green Bonds in December to facilitate the funding of climate change projects in the country. Alhaji Ibrahim Jubril, the Minister of State for Environment disclosed this in a statement by Alhaji Saghir Mohammed, the Director of Press on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Abuja. The minister, ...

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UN chief advocates inclusive, sustainable industrial development in Africa

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Africa, saying it is critical for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Guterres stated this in his message for the 2018 Africa Industrialisation Day, themed: “Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa: A pathway for accelerating Africa’s structural transformation, industrialisation and pharmaceutical production.” Africa Industrialisation Day is ...

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Nigeria, UNIDO sign $60m new country programme

Li Yong

The Federal Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) have signed a $60 million new country programme for inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Nigeria for 2018-2022. The programme is to guide UNIDO’s programme/projects interventions in Nigeria during the period; build on the cumulative achievements of past Country Programme implemented by Nigeria/UNIDO; and to strengthen synergies by collaborating ...

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Guterres charges delegates at maiden geospatial information summit

António Guterres

The inaugural United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) is being held in Deqing, East China’s Zhejiang Province. The event started on Monday Nov. 19, 2018 and will end on Nov. 21. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a video message to the congress, expecting the UNWGIC to “use geospatial information to build a safer, better world where no one is left ...

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World set to negotiate fresh biodiversity action framework

Sharm el Sheikh

In collaboration with the Government of Egypt, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will hold its 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP14) in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, from November 14 to 29, 2018, under the theme “Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet.” From November 14 to 15 at the High-Level Segment, some 80 ministers ...

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‘Geography, a strong foundation of human environment’

The President, Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG) Prof. Kayode Oyesiku, has urged federal and state governments to pay close attention to geography being a strong foundation of human environment. Oyesiku made the call on Monday, November 5, 2018 during the opening ceremony of the 59th annual conference of the association at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State. The conference ...

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