Nigeria, 22 Others Endorse COP26 Forest, Commodity Trade

Deserted image of southern Nigeria COP26 FOREST

The COP26 Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue has taken a significant step in bringing together over 20 countries to commit to protecting the world’s forests and natural habitats from destruction. Twenty-three countries, including Nigeria, endorsed a joint statement committing them to work together to protect the world’s precious forests while also promoting sustainable trade and supply chains of agricultural commodities. Launched in February, the FACT Dialogue brings key countries, which buy and produce products such as beef, soy and palm oil together to agree how these can be…

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Buhari approves reversed National Climate Change Policy

Buhari attends ecowas virtual meeting national climate change policy

President Mohammadu Buhari during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday has approved the Revised National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and the National Climate Change Programmes for Nigeria. This was disclosed in a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Environment signed by the ministry’s Director Press, Mr Saghir el Mohammed. Speaking on the development, the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood explained that the new Policy document captures updates of emerging issues in the sectors not reflected in the previous policy. These, according to…

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Recovery roadmap: WHO, partners urge gov’t to finance new $50bn

WHO DG on covid-19 recovery roadmap

The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined other partners in calling upon governments to finance a new $50 billion recovery roadmap to funding the equitable distribution of vaccines and other crucial health tools. The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom announced the plan, which is also supported by the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group. “This would help us dramatically scale up the production of diagnostics, treatments, oxygen, medical equipment and vaccines for equitable distribution,” said Tedros. “Furthermore, this new roadmap reflects the need to enhance…

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Remarks by David Malpass on COVID-19, Vaccine Equity

David Malpass speaking at World Health Organization Media Briefing

Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass at the World Health Organization Media Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: I join my colleagues in expressing the urgency to quickly make approved vaccines available to everyone.   My immediate priority is for countries that have sufficient supply to quickly release doses to countries that have vaccination deployment programs.  The World Bank has $12 billion in vaccine financing available now, and more if needed, to help countries buy and distribute COVID-19 vaccines and encourage vaccinations.  By the end of June, we…

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