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Coal in commercial quantity discovered in Sokoto

Mining coal

Coal deposit in commercial quantity has been discovered in Sokoto State, a development observers describe as a boost to the Federal Government efforts to diversify the nation’s economy to agriculture and solid minerals. Other solid minerals so far discovered and awaiting exploration include phosphate (for making fertiliser), gold, limestone, gypsum, iron ore, copper, columbite, tantalite, zinc, and kaolin. Speaking during ...

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UN Security Council passes resolution on human trafficking

Yury Fedotov

Executive Director the United Nations Office on Drugs (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, has welcomed a resolution passed at the UN Security Council on Tuesday. “The resolution offers a powerful recognition by the international community that persons desperately fleeing armed conflict are especially vulnerable to trafficking in persons and to other forms of exploitation,” said the UNODC Chief. Mr. Fedotov was speaking ...

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World Bank, BNP Paribas to promote SDGs through innovative finance

Dr. David Nabarro

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development or “IBRD”) has teamed up with BNP Paribas to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through an investment solution being developed for institutional and retail investors around the world. The aim of the initiative is to launch a programme of equity index-linked World Bank bonds to allow investors to support and ...

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Finland may become first country in the world to ban coal

Sauli Niinisto

The Finnish Finland government has announced plans to stop using coal by 2030. Coal is believed to be one of the the dirtiest fuels on the planet. “Finland is well positioned to be among the first countries in the world to enact a law to ban coal … This will be my proposal,” Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn told Reuters. This is all ...

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Government committed to protecting environment, says minister


Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, has restated Federal Government’s commitment to empower Nigerians and to take actions to protect the environment to achieve sustainable development. Mohammed said this in Abuja on Friday, December 16, 2016 at an event to mark her one year in office. She said: “Empowering people, taking climate action and protecting the environment are at the ...

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Publication highlights indigenous peoples’ biodiversity positions

Florina Lopez

Representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have come together to launch the publication titled “Local Biodiversity Outlooks, Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Contributions to the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, a complement to Global Biodiversity Outlooks.” The publication is based on case studies from indigenous peoples living in countries as geographically diverse as Australia, Panama and ...

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Trio launches guide to mainstreaming biodiversity into Pacific Islands’ agriculture

Rio Conventions Pavilion

Environmental Awareness Raising The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on Friday, December 9, 2016 released a technical document that provides guidance on mainstreaming ecosystem services and biodiversity into agricultural production and management in the Pacific Islands. Launched during the Forest and Agriculture Day at the ...

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Governments urged to integrate biodiversity concerns into national strategies

Patricia Balvanera

World-renowned biodiversity experts are urging government officials from more than 190 countries meeting in Cancún, Mexico to step up efforts to integrate the protection of biodiversity into strategies, plans and polices in tourism and other sectors of the global policy-making agenda. Cancún, which is well-known for its tourism and home to a growing ecotourism industry expected to see a record number of ...

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CBD/COP13 forum focuses on business opportunities

Tatiana Ramos

Immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference, and in parallel with the High-Level Segment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of Mexico are hosting the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum in Cancun, Mexico, from 2-3 December 2016. Bringing together more than 250 experts from businesses, governments and NGOs, the focus of the 2016 Business ...

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Award-winning films preach message of sustainability

Global Sustainability Film Awards trophies

Winners of this year’s Global Sustainability Film Awards, run by the media charity tve, seem to drive home the message of sustainability. They have been described as creative, deeply moving and inspirational. At a black-tie awards ceremony at BAFTA on Monday November 28, 2016, the judges announced the winners in a worldwide competition showcasing the best of corporate sustainability. Winners ...

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