Right to Breath: The Challenge of Environmental Governance in Nigeria

By: Chiwuike Uba– It is no longer news that Nigeria is currently classified as one of the most polluted countries in the world. Despite the poor environmental condition, the Government has no clear road map and ‘will-power’ to reduce and manage our environment for better breathing and better living. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), outdoor air pollution is a major environmental health problem affecting everyone in developed and developing countries and consequently, by reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma.

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Countries pledge US$4.1b to GEF to protect global environment

Close to 30 countries have jointly pledged US$4.1 billion to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to better protect the future of the planet and human well-being. With the health of the global environment worsening, the GEF has received strong support for its new four-year investment cycle, (known as GEF-7), to help safeguard the world’s forests, land, water, climate, and oceans, build green cities, protect threatened wildlife, and tackle new environmental threats like marine plastic pollution.

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