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Government releases funds to pay allowances of Youth in Afforestation Personnel

The government has released funds to pay at least three months arrears of personnel of the Youth in Afforestation module, who have threatened to embark on a sit-down strike. The youth said they had not been paid their allowances for the past five months. Mr John Allotey, the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, confirmed that the workers were ...

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COVID-19 is biggest threat to child progress in UNICEF’s 75-year history

The COVID-19 pandemic is rolling back progress on key childhood challenges such as poverty, health and access to education, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report on Thursday, representing the biggest global crisis for children since the agency was founded 75 years ago.  The widespread impact of the pandemic continues to deepen, the report warned, increasing poverty, entrenching inequality and threatening the rights ...

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Women sweep UN’s 2021 ‘Champions of the Earth’ awards

A Caribbean-based prime minister, a scientist, a group of indigenous women, and an entrepreneur were announced on Tuesday as this year’s winners of the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth awards. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the all-female Champions were chosen for their impact and leadership in advancing bold action on behalf of people and the planet. “These Champions of ...

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Plastics in soil threaten food security, health, and environment: FAO

Plastic pollution has become pervasive in agricultural soils, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the UN agriculture agency, posing a threat to food security, people’s health, and the environment. While plastic refuse littering beaches and oceans draws high-profile attention, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Assessment of agricultural plastics and their sustainability: a call for action suggests that the ...

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Ashanti Regional Youth Network holds educational accountability dialogue

Ashanti Regional Youth Network, as part of its activities for the year, has held a dialogue among young people in the region and duty bearers on problems of education in the region.  The event was attended by the Ghana Education Service, the Association of TVET Institutions, the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, officers from their partners including the National Network ...

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US launches $45.5 million five-year project to improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Northern Ghana

The United States is committing $45.5 million over the next five years to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in Ghana. U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan joined representatives of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources to launch the project in Tamale today.  The U.S. Government, through USAID, will work together with the Government of Ghana (GOG) to enhance ...

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Africa Education Watch demands 50% increment in allocation to basic education

Education Think Tank, Africa Education Watch, has urged the government to increase the basic education share of the country’s education sector expenditure by at least 50% particularly to deprived public basic schools. This comes as part of its recommendations of a research work it launched on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, themed ‘A Study into the extent of deprivation in basic ...

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3rd African Girls’ Summit aimed at the fight against child marriage

Niger hosted the third African Girls’ Summit, as there is an upsurge of the violation of the right of the girl child and it couldn’t have come at a better timing for the fight against child marriage. The girls, who came from the four corners of the continent, made a strong appeal to African leaders and the international community to guarantee their ...

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COP26: Draft deal calls for stronger carbon cutting targets by end of 2022

Countries are being urged to strengthen their carbon-cutting targets by the end of 2022 in a draft agreement published at the COP26 Glasgow climate summit. The document says vulnerable nations must get more help to cope with the deadly impacts of global warming. It also says countries should submit long-term strategies for reaching net-zero by the end of next year. ...

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‘Dramatic’ boost needed in climate adaptation: UN environment agency

Although policies and planning for climate change adaptation are increasing, financing and implementation lag behind, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report launched on Thursday.  The Adaptation Gap Report 2021: The Gathering Storm calls for ramping up funding and action to address the growing impacts of climate change.  “As the world looks to step up efforts to cut greenhouse ...

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