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US an important partner of UNFCCC, says Espinosa

patricia espinosa

Patricia Espinosa, who last year took the helm as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was in the United Kingdom last week to speak with businesses, NGOs and Nick Hurd, the UK climate change minister, on how to sustain and increase momentum on climate action. Previously a Mexican diplomat and minister, Espinosa is tasked with ...

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OPEC chief, Barkindo, reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

The leadership of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has reaffirmed the group’s commitment to tackling global climate change through the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement. OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Barkindo, who is a Nigerian, spoke at the International Petroleum Week on Tuesday, February 21 2017 in London, the United Kingdom. He said: “Let me stress that OPEC not only ...

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Paris Agreement: ADB plans 2030 climate strategic framework

Takehiko-Nakao

In response to climate action commitments made under the COP 21 Paris Agreement by member countries, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is developing a Climate Change Strategic Framework, which will spell out the organisation’s future direction regarding climate change from 2017 to 2030. Additionally, the strategic framework will feed into its new corporate strategy toward 2030, which is currently under ...

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Paris Agreement: Deutsche Bank pulls out of coal projects

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Deutsche Bank, the biggest bank in Germany, has said it will stop financing coal projects as part of its commitments under the Paris agreement to tackle global warming. “Deutsche Bank and its subsidiaries will not grant new financing for greenfield thermal coal mining and new coal-fired power plant construction,” it said in a statement. Existing exposure to such projects will ...

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US will veer off climate policy course, says official

Myron Ebell

The United States will switch course on climate change and pull out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his inauguration. “(Trump) could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package,” Ebell told a conference ...

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US warned not to dump Paris climate accord

Donald Trump, US president

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has warned US President Donald Trump not to pull out of the Paris climate accord. “Ultimately, this is about the competitiveness of the United States,” Espinosa, a former Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Slovakia, said recently in an interview. During the election campaign, Trump ...

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Mali is 61st nation to ratify Paris Agreement

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali

Mali on Friday, 23 September 2016 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is coming as Ukraine and the Federated States of Micronesia last week deposited their instruments of ratification of the global pact with the UN body. It brings the number of Parties that have ratified the ...

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Nigeria will reverse effects of climate change, says Buhari

Climate Action

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to a global effort to reverse the effects of the negative trend. The President said this while addressing the opening of the meeting on Taking Climate Action for Sustainable Development in New York, co-hosted by Nigeria and the United Nations Environment ...

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Signatories rise to 188 as Nigeria endorses Paris Agreement

Climate Action

Nigeria on Thursday, 22 September 2016, signed the Paris Agreement, bringing the total number of signatories to 188. President Muhammadu Buhari signed on behalf of the nation during a brief ceremony at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holding at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA. This follows the signing of the Paris Agreement by the Republic of ...

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Images: President Buhari signs Paris Agreement

Amina Mohammed

Finally, Nigeria has joined the list of nations that have signed the Paris Agreement on climate change. The country is however yet to ratify the global and widely-accepted treaty. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN Headquarters in New York, signed the dotted lines on Thursday on behalf of the nation.   ...

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