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UN moves to address linked climate change, biodiversity, desertification threats

António Guterres

Executive Secretaries of the United Nations (UN) Biological Diversity, Climate Change, and Desertification Conventions are calling for the establishment of a Facility to secure finance for large projects that will help to address common issues. “We are calling for the establishment of a new Project Preparation Facility to bridge this gap and promote an integrated, coherent and multi-disciplinary approach to ...

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REDD+ potential for abuses indicates need for indigenous rights-based approach

La Roya

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) has potential to exacerbate conflicts over land and abuses of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, unless it is reoriented to promote participation and to strengthen indigenous rights. In a new publication from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), scientists Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti and Anne Larson analyse multiple allegations of abuses of the rights ...

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Expert lauds President’s commitment to Ogoni cleanup

Fishermen Niger Delta

An Energy and Environmental expert, Prof. Adeola Adenikiju, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 lauded the Federal Government’s commitment to cleaning up Ogoni land. Adenikiju, a former President of the Nigeria Association of Energy Economics, gave the thumbs up in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. “I commend the effort of the government to clean ...

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UNICEF urges religious leaders to promote nutrition

Pernille Ironside

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on religious leaders in the country to promote nutrition needs of the Nigerian child. UNICEF said this is to build a healthy country. The focal person of UNICEF in Nasarawa State, Mr Adikwu Moses, made this known in an interview with newsmen after a two-day workshop held in Karu Local Government Area ...

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Three million persons stateless, says UN

António Guterres

The UN says three million people worldwide are stateless, most of them minorities, a status that deprives them of an identity, rights, and often jobs. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a report on Friday, November 3, 2017 said, muslim Rohingyas in Buddhist-majority Myanmar form the world’s biggest stateless minority, with some 600,000 having fled ...

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Governments need to ensure rules are followed in education

School children

No matter your job, you need standards to ensure that you are working to meet your objectives. Unfortunately, where education and schools are concerned, these standards sometimes do not exist. Or, more often, they are not enforced. Schools are decidedly sub-standard in some places, with those in sub-Saharan Africa facing particularly strong challenges. Many teachers are not sufficiently prepared in ...

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India: Ministry directed to notify Comprehensive Action Plan to improve air quality

Anumita Roychowdhury

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of India on Friday, October 27, 2017, directing the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to notify the comprehensive action plan for a longer term strategy for all key sources of pollution in Delhi and National Capital region (NCR). This action plan ...

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264m children worldwide are not in school, UNESCO says


Some 264 million school-age children and young people worldwide were not in education in 2015, the United Nations culture and education agency, UNESCO, said on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The agency, in a progress report on the UN’s development goals for education, said that after a decline in the early 2000s, out-of-school rates have started to stagnate. “Worldwide, there was ...

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Asia rights commissions call for concrete action to secure land rights

South East Asia

The 7th Regional Conference on Human Rights and Agribusiness in South East Asia on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 issued a resolution calling for a range of measures aimed at securing real change in land tenure recognition and security. The resolution calls for accessible mechanisms to map and register customary lands, to provide clarity of ownership. The resolution also called for a rethinking ...

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Stakeholders asked to bridge gaps identified in implementing EIA Act

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, on Monday, October 23, 2017 urged stakeholders to bridge the institutional and legislative gaps identified in the course of implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act. The minister, who was represented by Dr Shehu Ahmed, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, gave the advice in Abuja at a workshop organised on ...

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