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UN Biodiversity Convention, Future Earth collaborate for global conservation goals

  The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Future Earth today agreed to strengthen their collaboration around a number of key areas. The memorandum of understanding, signed at at the twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, being held 11 to 14 December in Montreal, Canada, is

KWS new digital radio system for wildlife surveillance

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS),  a state agency in charge of wildlife managemenrt has said that it has put in place a state-of-the- art digital radio system to improve its efficiency in surveillance of wildlife in the country. The project has been accomplished through assistance from the French government which extended a 700-million shillings loan

Crisis of invisibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Less than 1 in 2 births registered

Ninety-five million children have not had their births registered across Sub Saharan Africa, and if decisive action is not taken, these numbers will soar to 115 million by 2030, UNICEF said today. According to UNICEF, the data has been released so as to prioritise birth registration as a first and critical step to a functional

Caution as Madagascar’s plague epidemic slows down

Although the unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar’s is slowing down, the WHO has however cautioned that the response be sustained. “The worst of the outbreak is over, but we must stand ready to detect and respond to new infections until the end of the plague season in April 2018,” said WHO Director-General Dr

Kenya launches Agency to Regulate Veterinary Medicines

  A new agency to oversee the regulation of all veterinary medicinal products in Kenya has officially been launched.   The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is now mandated to oversee the manufacture, importation, exportation, registration, distribution, prescription and dispensing of veterinary medicines. Previously, this role fell under the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and the

Number of children stunting on the rise in Africa, WHO says

  The number of stunted children in Africa is on the rise, according to the newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa. The Africa Nutrition Report, launched this week in Abidjan, Ivory Coast describes the current status in relation to six global nutrition targets that member states have

Governments Meet to Fast Forward Implementation of Paris Agreement’s Goals

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference opens on Monday, with the aim of launching nations towards the next level of ambition needed to tackle global warming and put the world on a safer and more prosperous development path. The Conference, coming just two years after the landmark adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, will also

Governments need to ensure rules are followed in education

By Manos Antoninis No matter your job, you need standards to ensure that you are working to meet your objectives. Unfortunately, where education and schools are concerned, these standards sometimes do not exist. Or, more often, they are not enforced. Schools are decidedly sub-standard in some places, with those in sub-Saharan Africa facing particularly strong

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