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Coal phase-out: Announcing CO2-pricing triggers divestment

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Putting the Paris climate agreement into practice will trigger opposed reactions by investors on the one hand and fossil fuel owners on the other hand. It has been feared that the anticipation of strong CO2 reduction policies might – a “green paradox” – drive up these emissions: before the regulations kick in, fossil fuel owners might accelerate their resource extraction to ...

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Dutsin-ma varsity establishes directorate to combat desertification

Desertification in Nigeria

The Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, has established its Directorate of Desertification Monitoring and Control as part of its efforts to guard against desert encroachment in the country. Prof. Armaya’u  Bichi, the Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of the university, disclosed this on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Dutsin-ma during a pre-convocation media briefing. He said, “The directorate will train people on how ...

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Global South experts selected for Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship

Andrew Quinn

The 2018 class includes experts in infectious diseases, community-led development, human rights, health and vaccinations, and environmental conservation The Aspen Institute on Tuesday, January 23 announced the 2018 class of the New Voices Fellowship, a programme designed to ensure experts from the developing world have a voice in the global development discussion. The 20 new Fellows are leading public health specialists, ...

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Africa’s progress depends on the creative energy of its youth, says Bouchamaoui

Ouided Bouchamaoui

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate, Ouided Bouchamaoui, has warned that Africa’s growing youth population could be a plus for Africa or a political time bomb. This, according to her, depends on how leaders anticipate the future. In remarks she made at the African Development Bank’s Eminent Speaker Series seminar on Monday, January 22, 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on ...

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World needs broader appreciation of nature’s contributions to people – Experts

Professor Sandra Díaz

Plentiful food, clean water and healthy air are among the most valuable and visible benefits of nature to people. This has reinforced the widespread, and increasingly controversial, belief that nature is mainly a source of services or commodities. Writing in the journal Science, 30 global experts associated with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and led by Professor ...

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Edo schools to teach SDGs


No fewer than 100 schools and communities are to benefit from the teaching of two of the 17 United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Edo State by the Initiative for Climate Education and Energy Awareness (ICEEA). The President of the NGO, Mr Victor Osehobo, stated in an interview that, so far, the two benefitting schools are Winrose Secondary School ...

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Closing gender gap for economic growth, poverty alleviation


Successive governments have formulated and implemented policies to develop the Nigerian economy, with the present administration determined to do more by diversifying from oil and fighting corruption. However, closing the gap in men and women contributions to economic growth has yet to be adequately exploited as a strategy to develop the economy and alleviate poverty. According to the Global Gender Gap Report, ...

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How CODE mobilises rural communities for social accountability, grassroots development

CODE Jessu

Compared to other forms by which people decide and determine their political fortunes, democracy enjoys a greater approval and wider acceptance across the globe. Proponents of democracy as a preferred system of government boast about the potency of the system to strike the cord that energises the citizenry towards conscious and active participation in matters relating to self-preservation and government ...

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Communication and Development: Promoting science for sustainable livelihood

SDGs champions

Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocates for equitable access to science, technology and innovation particularly in Less Developed Countries (LDCs). In this write-up, Coordinator, Journalists for Social Development Initiative (JSDI), Etta Michael Bisong chronicles what his organisation is doing to promote this goal and ensure sustainable living          What motivated the Science Café Science & technology has ...

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Achieving SDGs via early childhood development

School children

Early Childhood Development (ECD), from conception to pre-primary education age, has been globally recognised as foundation for adult health, productivity, learning and social cohesion. ECD includes health of mother and unborn child, nutrition, responsive care, early learning, security, safety to ensure improved care and support for growing child, thereby giving him a good head-start in life. Analysts, therefore, note that ...

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