UN appoints Bank of England Gov. Special Envoy for Climate Action

The outgoing governor of the Bank of England is to lead the push by the United Nations for action in the global financial sector to tackle climate change. It was announced that Mark Carney will become the UN special envoy for climate action and finance once his seven-year term in Threadneedle Street ends on January 31. The appointment could end speculation over whether he was due to continue in the role further beyond that date, following several earlier extensions to his tenure due to Brexit. There was talk last month…

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N’Korea warns US, Europe against raising missile tests at UN

North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday against raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the United Nations Security Council saying it would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.” The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said last week it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The discussion was requested by Germany with the support of Britain and France. “We know well that the United States is behind impure moves of the UK,…

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Investors turn heat on Big Oil ahead of UN climate summit

Investors managing $15 trillion in assets turned up the heat on oil and gas sector on Wednesday ahead of a United Nations summit in New York aimed at accelerating efforts to fight climate change. Energy companies are on the front line of the global transition to a low-carbon economy, with investors potentially on the hook for hefty losses if the companies do not overhaul their business models in time. In its most detailed analysis of the energy sector, the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) said 31 out of 109 energy firms…

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Investors turn heat on Big Oil ahead of UN climate summit

Investors managing $15 trillion in assets turned up the heat on oil and gas sector on Wednesday ahead of a United Nations summit in New York aimed at accelerating efforts to fight climate change. Energy companies are on the front line of the global transition to a low-carbon economy, with investors potentially on the hook for hefty losses if the companies do not overhaul their business models in time. In its most detailed analysis of the energy sector, the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) said 31 out of 109 energy firms…

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60,000 persons displaced in Northeast Nigeria since November – UN

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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), says an upsurge in violent attacks in crisis-raven north-east Nigeria has displaced 59,200 people in the last three months. The UN migration agency warned in Geneva that Northeast Nigeria displacement crisis had continued due to “increased sophistication’’ of attackers. The agency noted the armed extremists, notably Boko Haram militants had contributed to a decade-long humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, that had spilled over into the Lake Chad region. “Since November, we have seen 59,200 displaced,” IOM Nigeria’s Chief of Mission, Frantz Celestin…

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Cholera in Borno spreads to 8 LGAs, 14 deaths recorded – UN

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The Borno State Ministry of Health has reported 380 cases of suspected cholera in eight local government areas (LGAS) in the state, including 14 deaths, as of September 5, 2018. According to the details released yesterday in the Cholera outbreak bulletin issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) , the deaths recorded are: Magumeri four, MMC three, Konduga three, Chibok three and Kaga one. Since the outbreak started on August 19, 2018 the following cases have been recorded: Magumeri 139, Chibok 78, Maiduguri Metropolitan…

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Displaced persons in southern Syria rises to 270,000 – UN

The United Nation on Monday said the number of people forced to flee their homes in southwestern Syria as a result of the two week escalation in fighting has climbed to 270,000. The UN said recently that 160,000 had been displaced as they fled heavy bombardment and mostly took shelter in villages and areas near the Israeli and Jordanian borders. “Our latest update shows the figure of displaced across southern Syria has exceeded 270,000 people,” Mohammad Hawari, UNHCR’s Jordan spokesman said. The UN has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in…

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UN tasks FG on security, condemns attacks in Damboa

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard has urged the Federal Government to step security activities aimed at protecting its people. The call came in its latest message condemning the twin suicide attacks on June 16, in the town of Damboa, Borno State, that left dozens of people dead and scores injured in one of the deadliest attacks the town has witnessed. “Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims in Damboa and to the Government and people of Nigeria. We wish the injured a speedy recovery,”…

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UN to honour 3 fallen Nigerian peacekeepers

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The UN will honour three Nigerian peacekeepers, as the world marks the 2018 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to be commemorated on June 1, at the UN headquarters in New York. The fallen Nigerian peacekeepers to be honoured includes Lt. Col. Ali Suleiman, who served with the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Others are Warrant Officer Remmy Amakwe, who was deployed with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur; and Mr Kolawole Shogaolu, who served in a civilian capacity in the UN Multidimensional…

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Buhari’s comments promoting violence in Nigeria, PDP tells UN, ICC

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has attributed the spate of violence in the country to inflammatory and anti-democratic comments by President Muhammadu Buhari. The party told the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague to condemn the statement attributed to President Buhari allegedly boasting of his human rights violation of Nigerians when he was military head of state. In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party ‎said Nigerians were shocked when the president boasted: “when I was in uniform,…

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