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Global aviation industry signs “historic” deal to cut emissions

The global aviation industry has reached a “historic” deal to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a senior official with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has said.

The deal in Montreal, Canada follows the entry into force this week of the UN-led climate change accord, known as the Paris Agreement, in which countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions in order to keep temperature rises to below to 2 degrees Celsius.

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UN and Africa: focus on African development, climate change and SDGs

Terrorism “threat of the century” says Chad President

The President of Chad has described terrorism as the “threat of the century” facing Africa. Extremists, including those belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist group, have destabilized much of the Lake Chad Basin triggering a humanitarian crisis. Daniel Dickinson reports.

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African development possible if illicit financial flows are stopped

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“New era” for climate change action

The world is entering what’s been described as a “new era” in which to take action to reverse damaging rises in the planet’s temperature.

On Friday, world leaders will gather the United Nations in New York to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change which was approved by the international community in the French capital last December.

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“Everyone is responsible” moving climate agenda forward

“Everyone is responsible” for moving the climate change agenda forward following last month’s historic agreement in Paris.

That’s the view of Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, widely accepted to be the author of the whole “sustainable development” concept.

More than 190 countries agreed to limit global temperature rises due to emissions to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

The first female Prime Minster of Norway is now UN Foundation Board Vice Chair, and she was awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2016 on Tuesday.