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EU to purchase more 300m doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, research claims it might be effective against new strains

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission has renewed a contract with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech to purchase an additional 300 million doses of their vaccine against the coronavirus disease, President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, January 8, 2021. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission “As you know, we have right now access to 300 million doses of ...

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EU bans plastic waste exports to poor countries

Virginijus Sinkevicius

The EU will ban the export of plastic waste from the bloc to poor countries effective from January 1, 2021, it said on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, following concerns about pollution in third world countries. Environment Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevicius Plastic exports would also be “more strictly controlled,” according to the European Commission. The new rules still allow for “clean plastic ...

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EU agrees 2030 emissions-cutting goal of 55%

Ursula von der Leyen

EU leaders have agreed to cut carbon emissions by at least 55 per cent by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels – a big step up from the current goal. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen “Europe is the leader in the fight against climate change,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted. “We decided to cut ...

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EU leaders meet for summit dominated by Brexit, climate targets

Ursula von der Leyen

EU leaders will descend on Brussels for a two-day summit starting on Thursday, October 15, 2020 to discuss the status of fraught post-Brexit negotiations with Britain, the second wave of coronavirus infections hitting the union and the contentious climate targets. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen No major breakthrough or shift in position is expected on any of these ...

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EU may renovate 35m buildings by 2030 to hit climate goals

Kadri Simson

The European Commission wants to ramp up the rate of renovations of buildings that are inefficient in terms of energy use in the EU in the next decade to speed up the transition to climate neutrality. EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, said this while presenting the plan on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. ...

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EU chief announces 55% emissions reduction target for 2030

Ursula von der Leyen

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, announced plans on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to target a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a broader European Green Deal programme aimed at reaching “climate neutrality” by mid-century. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen “For us, the 2030 target is ambitious, it’s achievable and it is ...

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Sub-Saharan Africa to benefit €5bn from EU green plan

Ursula von der Leyen

Sub-Saharan Africa will  benefit €5 billion from EU Green Economy Recovery Plan, an EU official has said. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Mr Leonard Mizzi, the Head of Unit, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, made this known at the ongoing 2020 virtual summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) hosted by Rwanda. ...

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UNDP, EU want strong legislation to end rape, violence against women

Edward Kallon

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) on Thursday, August 6, 2020 called for strong legislation to help end the rising rape cases and violence against women in the country. Mr. Edward Kallon, the UNDP Resident Representative to Nigeria They made the call at a Virtual Roundtable Conference with traditional and religious leaders on “Eliminating Gender Based ...

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EU, UN, legislators strategise ways to tackle drugs related crime

Glen Richard

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) appears to be a major beneficiary of a set of reforms identified by a team of legislators as well as officials of international agencies to address drugs related crime in Nigeria. At the close of a three-day session (Tuesday, July 11 to Thursday July 13, 2017) in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, ...

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UNODC leads fight against corruption in Nigeria

UNODC

The International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated on December 9 of every year, especially by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU) and the US Embassy in conjunction with the government of Nigeria on the platform of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT). The IATT comprises 22 government agencies with Anti-Corruption and accountability mandates, but the menace is still a clear and present danger that ...

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