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UN climate appreciates countries for leadership, timely support

Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, on Thursday, February 16 2017 in Bonn, Germany thanked a group of nearly 20 countries for their leadership in fully paying their 2017 contributions – in line with the agreed financial policy – that support the important work of the UN climate body. The contributions are crucial ...

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Great Green Wall tops UN actions supporting SDGs, G20 agenda

Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) has been listed among the United Nation’s several exemplary actions that support the UN Sustainable Goals and the G20 programme. This is coming even as United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, February 16 2017 to engage with G20 foreign affairs ministers on the issues of ...

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UN works to safeguard planet’s oceans

Healthy Oceans

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard on Wednesday, February 15 2017 at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June’s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet’s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems. “When leaders from across Governments, ...

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Africa: A continent of hope – Guterres

Antonio Guterres

António Guterres, the new Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), fresh from the recently-held African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – his first major mission in office – expresses his belief in the continent, saying that the world has much to gain from African wisdom, ideas and solutions Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of ...

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UN to enhance airports’ contributions to sustainable development

Dr. Fang Liu

The critical contributions made by airports to the sustainable socio-economic development of urban areas are to be enhanced through a new agreement made by the United Nations via two of its organisations: International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Initialled on Wednesday in Montreal, Canada at the ICAO’s World Aviation Forum by ICAO Secretary ...

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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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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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31 more nations ratify Paris Agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Paris Agreement on climate change on Wednesday in New York moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Several large emitting countries, which had not yet completed their domestic approval processes in time for the event, also announced they were committed ...

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Group plans education for 800 million left-out children


The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission), a group of world leaders composed of presidents, former prime ministers, business and education leaders, has set out an ambitious and credible programme of reform that will guarantee a basic education to every single child. The Education Commission has set out the first-ever budget for global education, detailing from now ...

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Ban Ki-moon accelerates fresh Paris Agreement drive


Countries are accelerating efforts to join the Paris Agreement on climate change at a special high-level event to be hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday, 21 September. “We must put the aspirations of Paris into action,” the Secretary-General said. “We have no time to waste, and much to gain, from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change ...

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