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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

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The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging [...]

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Global Festival of Ideas launches SDG Action Campaign

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The inaugural Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has convened thought leaders, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society activists in Germany this month to chart new thinking and action on the world’s biggest development challenges. The Global Festival of Ideas officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) action campaign at the event – showcasing the latest innovations, tools [...]

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Two African leaders named 2016 Champions of the Earth

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Two inspirational African environmental leaders are among the six recipients of the 2016 Champions of the Earth award. H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, received this top environmental accolade for his outstanding policy leadership outstanding in fighting climate change and in national environmental action. Masen – the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, received its award for its entrepreneurial vision [...]

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Innovative African ecopreneurs honoured by SEED Awards

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Every year, innovative African ecopreneurs from across the continent compete for the prestigious SEED Awards which honour starts ups that offer solutions to sustainable development challenges. This year, the award winners include roads made from recycled plastic, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinth plants, and shoes made from discarded and upcycled rubber tyres. About the SEED Awards The SEED Awards aim [...]

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Made in Uganda: Africa’s first solar bus

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To meet growing energy and sustainable development needs, the future of transport in Africa has to go green. Leading the way is Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation which has developed the Kayoola Solar Bus: a 35-seater electric solar bus with zero tailpipe emissions. This innovative and future-oriented initiative is being led by the Government of the [...]

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COP22 and the Future of Green Growth in Africa

Across the globe, nations have kick-started a new and exciting development agenda aimed at ending poverty and reducing risks linked with climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of our natural environment. This journey to a brighter, more prosperous and resilient future has been forged through two powerful and mutually re-enforcing pathways—the Paris Climate Change Agreement and [...]

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Cape Town Water Fund – First for South Africa

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South Africa’s first water fund is being established to help secure water for the city of Cape Town. The global conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Cape Town have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.  Water Funds have [...]

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Africa is home to some of the most innovative and sustainable global solutions in 2016

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The 2016 Sustainia100 presents this year’s 100 most innovative, available, scalable and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Almost a third of this year’s solutions are either developed or rolled out in Africa. From pay-as-you-go off-grid solar energy in Kenya to electric mini-cabs in South Africa, we can say that Africa is a [...]

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Six Key Emerging Environmental Issues

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A new UNEP report, Frontiers, highlights a number of the world’s key emerging environmental issues, which include the worrying rise in zoonotic diseases, the threat to human health posed by the alarming amount of plastic waste in our oceans and the crucial role the world’s financial sector can play in driving the planet to a low-carbon, [...]

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African Ministers Pledge Accelerated Action on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Illegal Trade in Wildlife

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Ministers of environment and representatives of over 45 African countries have agreed to accelerate action on issues ranging from the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to climate change and the illegal trade in wildlife. At the close of the sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo [...]

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