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  •   The high level Eritrean delegation led by Mr Osman Saleh Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly met and held talks with Mr Antonio Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations focusing on bilateral relations and issues interest of both parties According to the office of the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN the Eritrean delegation also held similar meetings with Ms Amina Mohammed UN Deputy Secretary General and Ms Martha Pobi UN Deputy Secretary General
    Delegation of Eritrea holds talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations
      The high level Eritrean delegation led by Mr Osman Saleh Minister of Foreign Affairs on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly met and held talks with Mr Antonio Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations focusing on bilateral relations and issues interest of both parties According to the office of the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN the Eritrean delegation also held similar meetings with Ms Amina Mohammed UN Deputy Secretary General and Ms Martha Pobi UN Deputy Secretary General
    Delegation of Eritrea holds talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations
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    Delegation of Eritrea holds talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations

    The high-level Eritrean delegation led by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, met and held talks with Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, focusing on bilateral relations and issues.

    interest of both parties.

    According to the office of the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN, the Eritrean delegation also held similar meetings with Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Ms. Martha Pobi, UN Deputy Secretary-General.

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday morning returned to Abuja after a successful participation in the 77th session of the high level meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York United States The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential jet conveying the president and other members of the entourage landed at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 6 25 a m While in New York President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events including bilateral meetings Buhari attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria s statement The Nigerian leader was also the first speaker on Wednesday to deliver Nigeria s statement to the world leaders assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to constitutional term He told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders The president also engaged in various bilateral talks with some world leaders on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly He also alerted the world leaders on the danger of escalation of the war in Ukraine saying the conflict further justified Nigeria s resolute calls for a nuclear free world and a universal Arms Trade Treaty Buhari said the call had become necessary to prevent global human disasters He therefore demanded that world leaders must find quick means to reach consensus on the nuclear non proliferation Treaty with related commitments by nuclear weapon states The president also at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held on the margins of the UNGA77 in New York on Sept 22 expressed delight that Nigeria s investments in improving security were yielding fruitful results He therefore lauded the Nigeria military for making significant progress in the fight against insecurity and building the momentum in reducing challenges to its barest minimum Buhari also spoke at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres He restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy He said this would be in response to the world wide efforts for the preservation of the environment Also at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum on Sept 23 Buhari described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported more than 1 69 billion worth of goods to the U S adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Buhari also held bilateral talks with the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Wednesday where he called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives He said the actualisation of the UN resolution which proposed a two state solution to the crisis between Israel and Palestine required a platform to think creatively on how to engage the rest of the world on the matter The president also engaged in various bilateral talks with some world leaders on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly At a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis Buhari urged for a closer partnership with Nigeria in education health security and non oil and gas sectors While stressing the importance of education and knowledge he said the time had come to begin to look at practical ways of tackling health challenges coming without notice The president also on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria Buhari made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic catastrophic weather events and conflicts The Nigerian leader also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country Buhari at a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development urged African leaders to fight tirelessly to get rid of corruption The president who spoke in his capacity as the African Union Champion on efforts to eliminate corruption on the continent lamented that the continent had remained at the far end of global development index because of its menace The event held at the margins of UNGA77 on Sept 24 was co hosted by African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa s Development AUDA NEPAD and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC While providing his perspectives on the effects of corruption on the continent and the way forward the Nigerian leader said he was honoured to serve as AU Champion on anti corruption since 2018 Buhari also on Friday inaugurated Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework INFF for Sustainable Development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari returns to Abuja after outing at UNGA77 in New York
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday morning returned to Abuja after a successful participation in the 77th session of the high level meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York United States The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential jet conveying the president and other members of the entourage landed at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 6 25 a m While in New York President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events including bilateral meetings Buhari attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria s statement The Nigerian leader was also the first speaker on Wednesday to deliver Nigeria s statement to the world leaders assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to constitutional term He told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders The president also engaged in various bilateral talks with some world leaders on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly He also alerted the world leaders on the danger of escalation of the war in Ukraine saying the conflict further justified Nigeria s resolute calls for a nuclear free world and a universal Arms Trade Treaty Buhari said the call had become necessary to prevent global human disasters He therefore demanded that world leaders must find quick means to reach consensus on the nuclear non proliferation Treaty with related commitments by nuclear weapon states The president also at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held on the margins of the UNGA77 in New York on Sept 22 expressed delight that Nigeria s investments in improving security were yielding fruitful results He therefore lauded the Nigeria military for making significant progress in the fight against insecurity and building the momentum in reducing challenges to its barest minimum Buhari also spoke at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres He restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy He said this would be in response to the world wide efforts for the preservation of the environment Also at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum on Sept 23 Buhari described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported more than 1 69 billion worth of goods to the U S adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Buhari also held bilateral talks with the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Wednesday where he called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives He said the actualisation of the UN resolution which proposed a two state solution to the crisis between Israel and Palestine required a platform to think creatively on how to engage the rest of the world on the matter The president also engaged in various bilateral talks with some world leaders on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly At a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis Buhari urged for a closer partnership with Nigeria in education health security and non oil and gas sectors While stressing the importance of education and knowledge he said the time had come to begin to look at practical ways of tackling health challenges coming without notice The president also on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria Buhari made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic catastrophic weather events and conflicts The Nigerian leader also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country Buhari at a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development urged African leaders to fight tirelessly to get rid of corruption The president who spoke in his capacity as the African Union Champion on efforts to eliminate corruption on the continent lamented that the continent had remained at the far end of global development index because of its menace The event held at the margins of UNGA77 on Sept 24 was co hosted by African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa s Development AUDA NEPAD and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC While providing his perspectives on the effects of corruption on the continent and the way forward the Nigerian leader said he was honoured to serve as AU Champion on anti corruption since 2018 Buhari also on Friday inaugurated Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework INFF for Sustainable Development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari returns to Abuja after outing at UNGA77 in New York
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    Buhari returns to Abuja after outing at UNGA77 in New York

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday morning returned to Abuja, after a successful participation in the 77th session of the high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York, United States.

    The  News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential jet conveying the president and other members of the entourage landed at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 6.25 a.

    m. While in New York, President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events, including bilateral meetings.

    Buhari attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria’s statement.

    The Nigerian leader was also the first speaker, on Wednesday, to deliver Nigeria’s statement to the world leaders, assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to constitutional term.

    He told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders.

    The president also engaged in various bilateral talks with some world leaders on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    He also alerted the world leaders on the danger of escalation of the war in Ukraine, saying the conflict further justified Nigeria’s resolute calls for a nuclear-free world and a universal Arms Trade Treaty.

    Buhari said the call had become necessary to prevent global human disasters.

    He, therefore, demanded that world leaders must find quick means to reach consensus on the nuclear non-proliferation Treaty with related commitments by nuclear weapon states.

    The president also at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held on the margins of the UNGA77 in New York on Sept. 22, expressed delight that Nigeria’s investments in improving security were yielding fruitful results.

    He, therefore, lauded the Nigeria military for making significant progress in the fight against insecurity and building the momentum in reducing challenges to its barest minimum.

    Buhari also spoke at a ‘Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change’ convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres.

    He restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy.

    He said this would be in response to the world-wide efforts for the preservation of the environment.

    Also at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum on Sept. 23, Buhari described the United States as Nigeria’s main trading partner and one of ‘‘our most important diplomatic partners’’.

    This, he said, underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade.

    The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020, Nigeria exported more than $1.69 billion worth of goods to the U.

    S., adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products.

    Buhari also held bilateral talks with the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, in New York on Wednesday, where he called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives.

    He said the actualisation of the UN resolution, which proposed a two-state solution to the crisis between Israel and Palestine, required a platform to think creatively on how to engage the rest of the world on the matter.

    The president also engaged in various bilateral talks with some world leaders on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    At a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Buhari urged for a closer partnership with Nigeria in education, health, security, and non-oil and gas sectors.

    While stressing the importance of education and knowledge, he said the time had come to begin to look at practical ways of tackling health challenges coming without notice.

    The president also on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria.

    Buhari made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, catastrophic weather events and conflicts.

    The Nigerian leader also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country.

    Buhari at a High-Level side event on ”Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development’‘, urged African leaders to fight tirelessly to get rid of corruption.

    The president, who spoke in his capacity as the African Union Champion on efforts to eliminate corruption on the continent, lamented that the continent had remained at the far end of global development index because of its menace.

    The event, held at the margins of UNGA77 on Sept. 24,  was co-hosted by African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    While providing his perspectives on the effects of corruption on the continent and the way forward, the Nigerian leader said he was honoured to serve as AU Champion on anti-corruption since 2018. Buhari also on Friday inaugurated Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) for Sustainable Development.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reassured Nigerians that with the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military insecurity in the country would soon be a thing of the past The Nigerian leader currently engaged with official activities at the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly UNGA77 in New York United States gave the assurance at bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin on Saturday Buhari had earlier addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday for the last time as Nigeria s leader In the farewell speech he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders He also alerted the world leaders on the danger of escalation of the war in Ukraine saying the conflict further justifies Nigeria s resolute calls for a nuclear free world and a universal Arms Trade Treaty Buhari said the call had become necessary to prevent global human disasters He therefore demanded that world leaders must find quick means to reach consensus on the nuclear non proliferation Treaty with related commitments by nuclear weapon states Also while in United States the Nigerian leader lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1 855kg of cocaine The president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to the Chairman of the NDLEA retired Brig Gen Buba Marwa from New York Buhari said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart The NDLEA had announced the highest cocaine seizure worth over 278 million dollars and arrest of drug barons including a foreigner in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos The president also at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held on the margins of the UNGA77 in New York on Sept 22 expressed delight that Nigeria s investments in improving security were yielding fruitful results He therefore lauded the Nigeria military for making significant progress in the fight against insecurity and building the momentum in reducing challenges to its barest minimum The president pledged that the Federal Government would do more to improve security recognising that the sector is another critical element in the flow of investment and overall economic and infrastructural development Buhari also spoke at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres He restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring that there is a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy He said this would be in response to the world wide efforts for the preservation of the environment Also at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum on Sept 23 Buhari described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported over 1 69 billion worth of goods to the US adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Buhari also held bilateral talks with the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Wednesday where he called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives He said the actualisation of the UN resolution which proposed a Two State solution to the crisis between Israel and Palestine required a platform to think creatively on how to engage the rest of the world on the matter In a separate meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis Buhari urged for a closer partnership with Nigeria in education health security as well as non oil and gas sectors While stressing the importance of education and knowledge he said the time had come to begin to look at practical ways of tackling health challenges that come without notice Mitsotakis told the president that Greece possessed the technological know how in security surveillance as well as intelligence gathering and utilisation and was in a position to assist Nigeria The president also on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria Buhari made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic catastrophic weather events and conflicts The Nigerian leader also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind Buhari at a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development urged African leaders to fight tirelessly to get rid of corruption The president who spoke in his capacity as the African Union Champion on efforts to eliminate corruption in the continent lamented that the continent had remained at the far end of global development index because of its menace The event held at the margins of UNGA77 on Sept 24 was co hosted by African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa s Development AUDA NEPAD and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC While providing his perspectives on the effects of corruption in the continent and the way forward the Nigerian leader said he was honoured to serve as AU Champion on anti corruption since 2018 Buhari also on Friday inaugurated Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework INFF for Sustainable Development The event was also held on the margins of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 in New York NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At UNGA77, Buhari again vows to end insecurity as he salutes military onslaught on criminals
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reassured Nigerians that with the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military insecurity in the country would soon be a thing of the past The Nigerian leader currently engaged with official activities at the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly UNGA77 in New York United States gave the assurance at bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin on Saturday Buhari had earlier addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday for the last time as Nigeria s leader In the farewell speech he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders He also alerted the world leaders on the danger of escalation of the war in Ukraine saying the conflict further justifies Nigeria s resolute calls for a nuclear free world and a universal Arms Trade Treaty Buhari said the call had become necessary to prevent global human disasters He therefore demanded that world leaders must find quick means to reach consensus on the nuclear non proliferation Treaty with related commitments by nuclear weapon states Also while in United States the Nigerian leader lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1 855kg of cocaine The president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to the Chairman of the NDLEA retired Brig Gen Buba Marwa from New York Buhari said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart The NDLEA had announced the highest cocaine seizure worth over 278 million dollars and arrest of drug barons including a foreigner in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos The president also at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held on the margins of the UNGA77 in New York on Sept 22 expressed delight that Nigeria s investments in improving security were yielding fruitful results He therefore lauded the Nigeria military for making significant progress in the fight against insecurity and building the momentum in reducing challenges to its barest minimum The president pledged that the Federal Government would do more to improve security recognising that the sector is another critical element in the flow of investment and overall economic and infrastructural development Buhari also spoke at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres He restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring that there is a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy He said this would be in response to the world wide efforts for the preservation of the environment Also at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum on Sept 23 Buhari described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported over 1 69 billion worth of goods to the US adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Buhari also held bilateral talks with the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in New York on Wednesday where he called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives He said the actualisation of the UN resolution which proposed a Two State solution to the crisis between Israel and Palestine required a platform to think creatively on how to engage the rest of the world on the matter In a separate meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis Buhari urged for a closer partnership with Nigeria in education health security as well as non oil and gas sectors While stressing the importance of education and knowledge he said the time had come to begin to look at practical ways of tackling health challenges that come without notice Mitsotakis told the president that Greece possessed the technological know how in security surveillance as well as intelligence gathering and utilisation and was in a position to assist Nigeria The president also on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria Buhari made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic catastrophic weather events and conflicts The Nigerian leader also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind Buhari at a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development urged African leaders to fight tirelessly to get rid of corruption The president who spoke in his capacity as the African Union Champion on efforts to eliminate corruption in the continent lamented that the continent had remained at the far end of global development index because of its menace The event held at the margins of UNGA77 on Sept 24 was co hosted by African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa s Development AUDA NEPAD and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC While providing his perspectives on the effects of corruption in the continent and the way forward the Nigerian leader said he was honoured to serve as AU Champion on anti corruption since 2018 Buhari also on Friday inaugurated Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework INFF for Sustainable Development The event was also held on the margins of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 in New York NewsSourceCredit NAN
    At UNGA77, Buhari again vows to end insecurity as he salutes military onslaught on criminals
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    At UNGA77, Buhari again vows to end insecurity as he salutes military onslaught on criminals

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reassured Nigerians that with the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military, insecurity in the country would soon be a thing of the past.

    The Nigerian leader, currently engaged with official activities  at the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York, United States, gave the assurance at bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheal Martin, on Saturday.

    Buhari had earlier addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday for the last time as Nigeria’s leader.

    In the farewell speech, he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders.

    He also alerted the world leaders on the danger of escalation of the war in Ukraine, saying the conflict further justifies Nigeria’s resolute calls for a nuclear-free world and a universal Arms Trade Treaty.

    Buhari said the call had become necessary to prevent global human disasters.

    He, therefore, demanded that world leaders must find quick means to reach consensus on the nuclear non-proliferation Treaty with related commitments by nuclear weapon states.

    Also, while in United States, the Nigerian leader lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1,855kg of cocaine.

    The president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to the Chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, from New York.Buhari said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart.

    The NDLEA had announced the “highest cocaine seizure” worth over 278 million dollars and arrest of drug barons, including a foreigner, in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos.

    The president also at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum held on the margins of the UNGA77 in New York on Sept. 22, expressed delight that Nigeria’s investments in improving security were yielding fruitful results.

    He, therefore, lauded the Nigeria military for making significant progress in the fight against insecurity and building the momentum in reducing challenges to its barest minimum.

    The president pledged that the Federal Government would do more to improve security, recognising that the sector is another critical element in the flow of investment, and overall economic and infrastructural development.

    Buhari also spoke at a ‘Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change’ convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres.

    He restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring that there is a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy.

    He said this would be in response to the world-wide efforts for the preservation of the environment.

    Also at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum on Sept. 23, Buhari described the United States as Nigeria’s main trading partner and one of ‘‘our most important diplomatic partners’’.

    This, he said, underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade.

    The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

    The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020, Nigeria exported over $1.69 billion worth of goods to the US, adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products.

    Buhari also held bilateral talks with the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, in New York on Wednesday, where he called on African countries and their Arab partners to work hard and be more united to realise common objectives.

    He said the actualisation of the UN resolution which proposed a Two-State solution to the crisis between Israel and Palestine required a platform to think creatively on how to engage the rest of the world on the matter.

    In a separate meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Buhari urged for a closer partnership with Nigeria in education, health, security as well as non-oil and gas sectors.

    While stressing the importance of education and knowledge, he said the time had come to begin to look at practical ways of tackling health challenges that come without notice.

    Mitsotakis told the president that “Greece possessed the technological know-how in security, surveillance as well as intelligence gathering and utilisation, and was in a position to assist Nigeria.

    The president also on Friday in New York called for more private sector participation in the humanitarian sector in Nigeria.

    Buhari made the call against the backdrop of lingering challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, catastrophic weather events and conflicts.

    The Nigerian leader also stressed the need for efficient collaboration among stakeholders involved in humanitarian action and disaster mitigation in the country.

    The event was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, entitled ”Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind”.

    Buhari at a High-Level side event on ”Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development’‘, urged African leaders to fight tirelessly to get rid of corruption.

    The president, who spoke in his capacity as the African Union Champion on efforts to eliminate corruption in the continent, lamented that the continent had remained at the far end of global development index because of its menace.

    The event, held at the margins of UNGA77, on Sept. 24,  was co-hosted by African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    While providing his perspectives on the effects of corruption in the continent and the way forward, the Nigerian leader said he was honoured to serve as AU Champion on anti-corruption since 2018.Buhari also on Friday inaugurated Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) for Sustainable Development.

    The event was also held on the margins of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York.
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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring that there is a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy He said this would be in response to the world wide efforts for the preservation of the environment Mr Femi Adesina the President s media aide said in a statement on Thurday that Buhari was speaking at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres The meeting according to Adesina is coming before the commencement of the COP27 in November this year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York United States At the meeting the Nigerian leader stressed that his administration had in August this year launched a home grown data backed multi pronged energy transition plan He highlighted some of the details in the plan saying it s the country s framework in achieving net zero emissions by 2060 The president said that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen bioenergy and waste to energy a pathway would be created for accelerated decarburization of energy systems and harnessing of new and diverse technologies According to him this is aimed at ensuring low carbon development while aligning to our broader developmental aspirations in a fair and just manner Speaking further the Nigerian leader said The plan also sets out a timeline and framework for the attainment of emissions reduction across five key sectors power cooking oil and gas transport and industry The president affirmed that gas would play a critical role as a transition fuel in Nigeria s net zero pathway particularly in the power and cooking sectors The clean energy goals of the plan include modernizing the power sector with large scale integration of renewable energy enhancing energy efficiency and conservation This is expected to generate 250 gigawatts of installed energy capacity with over 90 made up of renewables While expressing his confidence that the plan would put the nation on the path of prosperity Buhari said that a careful implementation would create significant investment opportunities He said it would also engender the establishment and expansion of industries related to solar energy hydrogen and electric vehicles It will guide Nigeria s rapid transition to renewable energy and result in significant job creation with up to 340 000 jobs created by 2030 and up to 840 000 jobs created by 2060 driven mainly by power cooking and transport sectors he added He commended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for his tireless efforts in the preparations for the COP27 and assured him of the support of the Nigerian Government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Climate Change: Buhari reiterates Nigeria’s strong commitment to Energy Transition Plan
     President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring that there is a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy He said this would be in response to the world wide efforts for the preservation of the environment Mr Femi Adesina the President s media aide said in a statement on Thurday that Buhari was speaking at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres The meeting according to Adesina is coming before the commencement of the COP27 in November this year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York United States At the meeting the Nigerian leader stressed that his administration had in August this year launched a home grown data backed multi pronged energy transition plan He highlighted some of the details in the plan saying it s the country s framework in achieving net zero emissions by 2060 The president said that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen bioenergy and waste to energy a pathway would be created for accelerated decarburization of energy systems and harnessing of new and diverse technologies According to him this is aimed at ensuring low carbon development while aligning to our broader developmental aspirations in a fair and just manner Speaking further the Nigerian leader said The plan also sets out a timeline and framework for the attainment of emissions reduction across five key sectors power cooking oil and gas transport and industry The president affirmed that gas would play a critical role as a transition fuel in Nigeria s net zero pathway particularly in the power and cooking sectors The clean energy goals of the plan include modernizing the power sector with large scale integration of renewable energy enhancing energy efficiency and conservation This is expected to generate 250 gigawatts of installed energy capacity with over 90 made up of renewables While expressing his confidence that the plan would put the nation on the path of prosperity Buhari said that a careful implementation would create significant investment opportunities He said it would also engender the establishment and expansion of industries related to solar energy hydrogen and electric vehicles It will guide Nigeria s rapid transition to renewable energy and result in significant job creation with up to 340 000 jobs created by 2030 and up to 840 000 jobs created by 2060 driven mainly by power cooking and transport sectors he added He commended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for his tireless efforts in the preparations for the COP27 and assured him of the support of the Nigerian Government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Climate Change: Buhari reiterates Nigeria’s strong commitment to Energy Transition Plan
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    Climate Change: Buhari reiterates Nigeria’s strong commitment to Energy Transition Plan

    President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards ensuring that there is a rapid and strategic transition to renewable energy.

    He said this would be in response to the world-wide efforts for the preservation of the environment.

    Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s media aide, said in a statement on Thurday that Buhari was speaking at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres.

    The meeting, according to Adesina, is coming before the commencement of the COP27 in November this year, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, United States.

    At the meeting, the Nigerian leader stressed that his administration had, in August this year, launched a home-grown, data-backed, multi-pronged energy transition plan.

    He highlighted some of the details in the plan, saying it’s the country’s framework in achieving net-zero emissions by 2060. The president said that through the use of emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen, bioenergy and waste-to-energy, a pathway would be created for accelerated decarburization of energy systems and harnessing of new and diverse technologies.

    According to him, this is aimed at ensuring low carbon development while aligning to our broader developmental aspirations in a fair and just manner.

    Speaking further, the Nigerian leader said: ”The plan also sets out a timeline and framework for the attainment of emissions reduction across five key sectors: power, cooking, oil and gas, transport and industry.

    ” The president affirmed that gas would play a critical role as a transition fuel in Nigeria’s net-zero pathway, particularly in the power and cooking sectors.

    ”The clean energy goals of the plan include modernizing the power sector with large-scale integration of renewable energy, enhancing energy efficiency and conservation.

    ”This is expected to generate 250 gigawatts of installed energy capacity with over 90% made up of renewables.

    ” While expressing his confidence that the plan would put the nation on the path of prosperity, Buhari said that a careful implementation would create significant investment opportunities.

    He said it would also engender the establishment and expansion of industries related to solar energy, hydrogen and electric vehicles.

    “It will guide Nigeria’s rapid transition to renewable energy and result in significant  job creation with up to 340,000 jobs created by 2030 and up to 840,000 jobs created by 2060 driven mainly by power, cooking and transport sectors,” he added.

    He commended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for his tireless efforts in the preparations for the COP27 and  assured him of the support of the Nigerian Government.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The President of the Republic of Seychelles Mr Wavel Ramkalawan met yesterday afternoon with the Secretary General of the United Nations HE Mr Antonio Guterres During the discussions the President reiterated his will that Seychelles continue to lead the democratic values in which the UN believes and that as a country Seychelles will continue to promote peace unity and sustainable development for a prosperous planet and harmony among nations towns Seychelles fundamentally believes in the United Nations and the principles rooted in the Charter of the United Nations For us this multilateral institution remains an indispensable forum where the entire world can come together to deliberate on international development issues that concern us all and where we all have a voice regardless of our size or economic power This is especially important for Small Island Developing States like us said President Ramkalawan For his part the UN Secretary General HE Mr Guterres expressed his gratitude for the Seychelles He pointed out that the country is rich in marine biodiversity which makes Seychelles an essential country that contributes to the global balance He said that this is a great contribution for humanity and for the world Other topics of discussion revolved around the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI the Blue Economy and the oceans climate change and Small Island Developing States SIDS
    Seychelles: President holds bilateral talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations
      The President of the Republic of Seychelles Mr Wavel Ramkalawan met yesterday afternoon with the Secretary General of the United Nations HE Mr Antonio Guterres During the discussions the President reiterated his will that Seychelles continue to lead the democratic values in which the UN believes and that as a country Seychelles will continue to promote peace unity and sustainable development for a prosperous planet and harmony among nations towns Seychelles fundamentally believes in the United Nations and the principles rooted in the Charter of the United Nations For us this multilateral institution remains an indispensable forum where the entire world can come together to deliberate on international development issues that concern us all and where we all have a voice regardless of our size or economic power This is especially important for Small Island Developing States like us said President Ramkalawan For his part the UN Secretary General HE Mr Guterres expressed his gratitude for the Seychelles He pointed out that the country is rich in marine biodiversity which makes Seychelles an essential country that contributes to the global balance He said that this is a great contribution for humanity and for the world Other topics of discussion revolved around the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI the Blue Economy and the oceans climate change and Small Island Developing States SIDS
    Seychelles: President holds bilateral talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations
    Africa2 months ago

    Seychelles: President holds bilateral talks with the Secretary General of the United Nations

    The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, met yesterday afternoon with the Secretary General of the United Nations, HE Mr. Antonio Guterres.

    During the discussions, the President reiterated his will that Seychelles continue to lead the democratic values ​​in which the UN believes and that, as a country, Seychelles will continue to promote peace, unity and sustainable development for a prosperous planet and harmony among nations.

    towns.

    .

    “Seychelles fundamentally believes in the United Nations and the principles rooted in the Charter of the United Nations.

    For us, this multilateral institution remains an indispensable forum where the entire world can come together to deliberate on international development issues that concern us all, and where we all have a voice, regardless of our size or economic power.

    This is especially important for Small Island Developing States like us,” said President Ramkalawan.

    For his part, the UN Secretary General, HE Mr. Guterres, expressed his gratitude for the Seychelles.

    He pointed out that the country is rich in marine biodiversity, which makes Seychelles an essential country that contributes to the global balance.

    He said that this is a great contribution for humanity and for the world.

    Other topics of discussion revolved around the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI), the Blue Economy and the oceans, climate change and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

  •   The President of the Republic Mr Wavel Ramkalawan attended the opening session of the 77th session of the General Debate for Heads of State and Government of the United Nations UNGA77 which is currently taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York President Ramkalawan is among more than 150 world leaders in New York and will deliver remarks over the next two days as part of the General Debate of Heads of State and Government Addressing the room President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Csaba K r si while expressing Seychelles deep appreciation to the outgoing President Mr Abdullah Shahid for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly session He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations I also wish to express our gratitude to the UN Secretary General HE Mr Antonio Guterres for his efforts to pursue a Common Agenda for the United Nations at a time when faith in the multilateral system needs more than ever be restored The President reminded the assembly that multilateralism provided each Member State with the opportunity and means to solve complex challenges collectively which could not otherwise be overcome alone particularly in the face of the various important global challenges that exist We have never faced challenges of such magnitude A world in deep crisis Climate inaction the aftermath of the pandemic food insecurity rising energy costs and the war in Ukraine We have reached a turning point One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order as the dangers to our collective well being are grave and numerous In the face of a multiplicity of interrelated challenges for which many of us are less responsible but more affected by them the plight of states in vulnerable situations has never been more pronounced Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress the President stressed Furthermore he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States SIDs while continuing to implement temporary solutions If this is going to be a defining moment we need to put real solutions in place that focus on addressing vulnerabilities and building resilience to ensure socio economic sustainability We need international financial institutions and multilateral development banks to look beyond the Gross National Income benchmark There is broad consensus that a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI offers a specific approach that will complement and enhance the effectiveness of development cooperation allowing countries in vulnerable situations to access concessional financing and address their needs he said President Ramkalawan The President who is a member of the High Level Committee appointed by the UN Secretary General representing the small island states of the Atlantic Africa and South East Asia welcomed the interim report of the High Level Panel on the MVI and also expressed hope that progress on inclusive and universally accepted indicators that capture the vulnerabilities of all developing states can be accelerated before the 2023 deadline The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions During his participation in UNGA 77 President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States Mr Joe Biden tonight Other members of the Seychelles delegation include Member of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington Ambassador Ian Madeleine High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa Ambassador Claude Morel and Second Secretary Division for Multilateral Affairs Ms Marion Etienne Kindly find below the link to read the President s full UNGA 77 https www statehouse gov sc speeches 5664 unga 77 speech by president wavel ramkalawan OR Watch the full video of the Speech via House of Representatives YouTube Channel https youtu be 7SWkw7mqmKQ
    President Ramkalawan addresses the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York
      The President of the Republic Mr Wavel Ramkalawan attended the opening session of the 77th session of the General Debate for Heads of State and Government of the United Nations UNGA77 which is currently taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York President Ramkalawan is among more than 150 world leaders in New York and will deliver remarks over the next two days as part of the General Debate of Heads of State and Government Addressing the room President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Mr Csaba K r si while expressing Seychelles deep appreciation to the outgoing President Mr Abdullah Shahid for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly session He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations I also wish to express our gratitude to the UN Secretary General HE Mr Antonio Guterres for his efforts to pursue a Common Agenda for the United Nations at a time when faith in the multilateral system needs more than ever be restored The President reminded the assembly that multilateralism provided each Member State with the opportunity and means to solve complex challenges collectively which could not otherwise be overcome alone particularly in the face of the various important global challenges that exist We have never faced challenges of such magnitude A world in deep crisis Climate inaction the aftermath of the pandemic food insecurity rising energy costs and the war in Ukraine We have reached a turning point One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order as the dangers to our collective well being are grave and numerous In the face of a multiplicity of interrelated challenges for which many of us are less responsible but more affected by them the plight of states in vulnerable situations has never been more pronounced Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress the President stressed Furthermore he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States SIDs while continuing to implement temporary solutions If this is going to be a defining moment we need to put real solutions in place that focus on addressing vulnerabilities and building resilience to ensure socio economic sustainability We need international financial institutions and multilateral development banks to look beyond the Gross National Income benchmark There is broad consensus that a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index MVI offers a specific approach that will complement and enhance the effectiveness of development cooperation allowing countries in vulnerable situations to access concessional financing and address their needs he said President Ramkalawan The President who is a member of the High Level Committee appointed by the UN Secretary General representing the small island states of the Atlantic Africa and South East Asia welcomed the interim report of the High Level Panel on the MVI and also expressed hope that progress on inclusive and universally accepted indicators that capture the vulnerabilities of all developing states can be accelerated before the 2023 deadline The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions During his participation in UNGA 77 President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States Mr Joe Biden tonight Other members of the Seychelles delegation include Member of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington Ambassador Ian Madeleine High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa Ambassador Claude Morel and Second Secretary Division for Multilateral Affairs Ms Marion Etienne Kindly find below the link to read the President s full UNGA 77 https www statehouse gov sc speeches 5664 unga 77 speech by president wavel ramkalawan OR Watch the full video of the Speech via House of Representatives YouTube Channel https youtu be 7SWkw7mqmKQ
    President Ramkalawan addresses the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York
    Africa2 months ago

    President Ramkalawan addresses the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York

    The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, attended the opening session of the 77th session of the General Debate for Heads of State and Government of the United Nations (UNGA77), which is currently taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. President Ramkalawan is among more than 150 world leaders in New York and will deliver remarks over the next two days as part of the General Debate of Heads of State and Government.

    Addressing the room, President Ramkalawan congratulated the new President of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, while expressing Seychelles' deep appreciation to the outgoing President, Mr. Abdullah Shahid, for his leadership during the previous 76th United Nations General Assembly.

    session.

    He also conveyed words of thanks to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

    “I also wish to express our gratitude to the UN Secretary General, HE Mr. Antonio Guterres, for his efforts to pursue a Common Agenda for the United Nations, at a time when faith in the multilateral system needs, more than ever, be restored.

    ” The President reminded the assembly that multilateralism provided each Member State with the opportunity and means to solve complex challenges collectively, which could not otherwise be overcome alone, particularly in the face of the various important global challenges that exist, “We have never faced challenges of such magnitude.

    A world in deep crisis; Climate inaction, the aftermath of the pandemic, food insecurity, rising energy costs, and the war in Ukraine.

    We have reached a turning point.

    One that forces us to question the trajectory of our multilateral order, as the dangers to our collective well-being are grave and numerous."

    “In the face of a multiplicity of interrelated challenges for which many of us are less responsible, but more affected by them, the plight of states in vulnerable situations has never been more pronounced.

    Many of us in the developing world have had to revise our 2030 aspirations due to lost progress,” the President stressed.

    Furthermore, he called on the assembly to recognize the plight and vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDs) while continuing to implement temporary solutions.

    “If this is going to be a defining moment, we need to put real solutions in place that focus on addressing vulnerabilities and building resilience to ensure socio-economic sustainability.

    We need international financial institutions and multilateral development banks to look beyond the Gross National Income benchmark.” “There is broad consensus that a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) offers a specific approach that will complement and enhance the effectiveness of development cooperation, allowing countries in vulnerable situations to access concessional financing and address their needs,” he said.

    President Ramkalawan.

    The President, who is a member of the High Level Committee appointed by the UN Secretary General representing the small island states of the Atlantic, Africa and South East Asia, welcomed the interim report of the High Level Panel on the MVI, and also expressed hope that progress on inclusive and universally accepted indicators that capture the vulnerabilities of all developing states can be accelerated before the 2023 deadline.

    The President ended his speech by addressing the issues of climate adaptation and mitigation and encouraged leaders to be prepared to make bold decisions.

    During his participation in UNGA 77, President Ramkalawan will participate in multiple side events and bilateral meetings.

    The President and First Lady will also attend a dinner hosted by the President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden, tonight.

    Other members of the Seychelles delegation include; Member of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, Ambassador Ian Madeleine, High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Claude Morel, and Second Secretary Division for Multilateral Affairs, Ms. Marion Etienne.

    Kindly find below the link to read the President's full UNGA 77: https://www.statehouse.gov.sc/speeches/5664/unga-77-speech-by-president-wavel-ramkalawan OR Watch the full video of the Speech via House of Representatives YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/7SWkw7mqmKQ

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says Monday in Abidjan Cote D Ivoire said Nigeria has successfully forested over 6 191 363 hectares of land through the green bond project A statement by the President s media aide Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Monday said the president was speaking at the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties Cop15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire According to the president Nigeria is targeting to increase the nation s forest cover to 25 per cent in line with global best practices Buhari noted that the 25 percent target was in fulfilment of a pledge at the 74th Session of the United Nations General assembly in September 2019 of planting 25million trees toward achieving restoration of degraded forest reserves and other landscapes nationwide We have also expanded protected areas by creating ten additional National Parks including two Marine Protected Areas cutting across the various ecological zones of the country The operationalization of specific intervention programmes and policies in the country have further accelerated the implementation of the ongoing Ogoni Clean up for restoration of polluted land as well as the implementation of the Great Green Wall programme hinged on ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land The National Agency of the Great Green Wall in Nigeria has made progress in land restoration of over Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety two hectares of land he said The president noted that his administration in partnership with the World Bank expended enormous resources to establish Agricultural Development Programmes in all the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory The ADPs operate the Training and Visit system of unified extension system covering the areas of Crop Production and Protection Livestock Production and Animal Health Fisheries Agro forestry and Gender related issues in Agriculture popularly referred to as Women In Agriculture Furthermore my administration is equally dedicated to fulfilling the pledge to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative that seeks to restore 100 million Hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030 in response to the Bonn challenge To date the initiative has 128 million hectares in pledges from 32 African countries In 2017 Nigeria committed to restore 4 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes under the AFR100 initiative So far over 555 480 hectares of land restoration have been recorded including the planting of 15million tree seedlings covering over Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Hectares of deforested lands he added On finance Buhari said domestically Nigeria made efforts for funding a pipeline of projects in the path to a greener economy by issuing its first and second Sovereign Green Bonds According to the Nigerian leader so far two rounds of the green bond have successfully been executed The first round of the green bond amounted to 27 3 million the second amounted to more than 41 million We are currently on the verge of launching the third green bond to the tune of 68 7 million Through the instrumentality of the green bond programme innovative funding streams are being unlocked in order to finance environmentally and climate friendly projects with focus on both adaptation and mitigation he said The president reiterated Nigeria s commitment to the various international treaties and obligations He said these include 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Global Forest Goals United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Post 2020 global biodiversity framework Others are the Paris Agreement on Climate Change the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2021 Glasgow commitment to half deforestation by 2030 among others However it is worrisome to mention that finance stands as a major bottleneck in achieving these ambitious obligations and commitments within the timelines Permit me to use this platform to once again appeal for the redemption of the pledges made by International Technical and Financial Partners to provide 19 billion as assistance to the Green Wall Member Countries to enable them meet their commitments he said The president called on the international community to pay more attention on the war between Russia and Ukraine which would hurt the efforts of a more peaceful world and aspirations for a healthy society Permit me to conclude by noting that while we remain committed to global aspirations of a healthy and productive society we cannot collectively tackle the problems of drought and desertification without a peaceful world We therefore call for a ceasefire and cessation of conflicts where they exist and especially the Russian Ukraine war We call on all the parties to return to the negotiation table with a view to putting an end to this needless conflict he added According to the president Nigeria has also established a National Forestry Trust Fund aimed at improving afforestation programmes in the country He said the fund was also to ensure sustainable financing from non government sources for the restoration of Nigeria s forest estates and reserves and production of landscapes in order to achieve significant increase in forest cover Nigeria like other countries of the world is not exempted from the several environmental challenges including creeping land degradation desertification and drought in the Northern region to wanton deforestation land encroachment invasion of coastal line biodiversity loss flooding and coastal erosion in the Southern region of the country This sad reality reinforces Nigeria s commitment to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 2018 2030 Strategic Framework geared towards mitigating the effects of desertification land degradation and drought It is therefore imperative that Parties seize the momentum created by this conference to accelerate their commitments to achieving land degradation neutrality in order to restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land improve the livelihood of more than 1 3 billion people and reduce the impact of drought in the affected regions the president said He noted that the theme Land Life Legacy From scarcity to prosperity was a clarion call to action for global leaders To halt and reverse the three Ds planetary land crises of desertification degradation and drought as envisioned by the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and to restore lands in order to fulfill food water and energy needs The international community must demonstrate enough political will and commitment towards the realization of the pledge to restore one billion hectares of land by 2030 This will no doubt save humanity from starvation and preserve the planet for future generations Nigeria welcomes the UNCCD s goal of land degradation neutrality through the Changwon Initiative which supports national voluntary target setting processes in order to achieve its objective To this end Nigeria is demonstrating her commitment to its National Action Plan which is being implemented through National Policies Institutional and Legislative Framework Sectoral Programmes and Partnership Building that have been put in place to address the problem of drought and desertification We utilize Public awareness programmes on causes and dangers associated with drought and desertification and also strengthen national and state institutions involved in drought and desertification control activities Participation of Individuals and communities is also encouraged in viable afforestation and reforestation programmes through planting of tested pest and drought resistant species of economic trees He said an early drought warning system that involves local people in designing implementing and managing of natural resources conservation programmes for combating desertification and ameliorating the effects of drought had been put in place Furthermore we collaborate with development partners in areas of training research development and transfer of affordable and acceptable environmentally friendly technologies to mitigate drought and desertification We have also revised our National Forest Policy in 2020 which is a remarkable improvement on the previous policy which had been in use since 2006 We also launched the National Strategy on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in 2022 The new policies are anchored on the need for continuous socio economic development that will provide optimal benefits to the people and government of Nigeria in a sustainably managed environment There are Forestry Programmes implemented by Forest Research Institute of Nigeria to tackle the problems of desertification through the establishment of woodlots shelterbelts and windbreaks Through these programmes we were able to establish a Green Wall or Shelterbelt across the frontline States over hundred kilometers in width stretching from the Northwest to the Northeast of the country he added The president thanked President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D Ivoire and people of Cote D Ivoire Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Mr Ibrahim Thiaw and his team for the organization of the event NAN
    Nigeria to increase forest cover to 25 per cent as 6m hectares forested – Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari says Monday in Abidjan Cote D Ivoire said Nigeria has successfully forested over 6 191 363 hectares of land through the green bond project A statement by the President s media aide Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja on Monday said the president was speaking at the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties Cop15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire According to the president Nigeria is targeting to increase the nation s forest cover to 25 per cent in line with global best practices Buhari noted that the 25 percent target was in fulfilment of a pledge at the 74th Session of the United Nations General assembly in September 2019 of planting 25million trees toward achieving restoration of degraded forest reserves and other landscapes nationwide We have also expanded protected areas by creating ten additional National Parks including two Marine Protected Areas cutting across the various ecological zones of the country The operationalization of specific intervention programmes and policies in the country have further accelerated the implementation of the ongoing Ogoni Clean up for restoration of polluted land as well as the implementation of the Great Green Wall programme hinged on ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land The National Agency of the Great Green Wall in Nigeria has made progress in land restoration of over Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety two hectares of land he said The president noted that his administration in partnership with the World Bank expended enormous resources to establish Agricultural Development Programmes in all the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory The ADPs operate the Training and Visit system of unified extension system covering the areas of Crop Production and Protection Livestock Production and Animal Health Fisheries Agro forestry and Gender related issues in Agriculture popularly referred to as Women In Agriculture Furthermore my administration is equally dedicated to fulfilling the pledge to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative that seeks to restore 100 million Hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030 in response to the Bonn challenge To date the initiative has 128 million hectares in pledges from 32 African countries In 2017 Nigeria committed to restore 4 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes under the AFR100 initiative So far over 555 480 hectares of land restoration have been recorded including the planting of 15million tree seedlings covering over Twelve Thousand Five Hundred Hectares of deforested lands he added On finance Buhari said domestically Nigeria made efforts for funding a pipeline of projects in the path to a greener economy by issuing its first and second Sovereign Green Bonds According to the Nigerian leader so far two rounds of the green bond have successfully been executed The first round of the green bond amounted to 27 3 million the second amounted to more than 41 million We are currently on the verge of launching the third green bond to the tune of 68 7 million Through the instrumentality of the green bond programme innovative funding streams are being unlocked in order to finance environmentally and climate friendly projects with focus on both adaptation and mitigation he said The president reiterated Nigeria s commitment to the various international treaties and obligations He said these include 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Global Forest Goals United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Post 2020 global biodiversity framework Others are the Paris Agreement on Climate Change the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2021 Glasgow commitment to half deforestation by 2030 among others However it is worrisome to mention that finance stands as a major bottleneck in achieving these ambitious obligations and commitments within the timelines Permit me to use this platform to once again appeal for the redemption of the pledges made by International Technical and Financial Partners to provide 19 billion as assistance to the Green Wall Member Countries to enable them meet their commitments he said The president called on the international community to pay more attention on the war between Russia and Ukraine which would hurt the efforts of a more peaceful world and aspirations for a healthy society Permit me to conclude by noting that while we remain committed to global aspirations of a healthy and productive society we cannot collectively tackle the problems of drought and desertification without a peaceful world We therefore call for a ceasefire and cessation of conflicts where they exist and especially the Russian Ukraine war We call on all the parties to return to the negotiation table with a view to putting an end to this needless conflict he added According to the president Nigeria has also established a National Forestry Trust Fund aimed at improving afforestation programmes in the country He said the fund was also to ensure sustainable financing from non government sources for the restoration of Nigeria s forest estates and reserves and production of landscapes in order to achieve significant increase in forest cover Nigeria like other countries of the world is not exempted from the several environmental challenges including creeping land degradation desertification and drought in the Northern region to wanton deforestation land encroachment invasion of coastal line biodiversity loss flooding and coastal erosion in the Southern region of the country This sad reality reinforces Nigeria s commitment to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 2018 2030 Strategic Framework geared towards mitigating the effects of desertification land degradation and drought It is therefore imperative that Parties seize the momentum created by this conference to accelerate their commitments to achieving land degradation neutrality in order to restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land improve the livelihood of more than 1 3 billion people and reduce the impact of drought in the affected regions the president said He noted that the theme Land Life Legacy From scarcity to prosperity was a clarion call to action for global leaders To halt and reverse the three Ds planetary land crises of desertification degradation and drought as envisioned by the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and to restore lands in order to fulfill food water and energy needs The international community must demonstrate enough political will and commitment towards the realization of the pledge to restore one billion hectares of land by 2030 This will no doubt save humanity from starvation and preserve the planet for future generations Nigeria welcomes the UNCCD s goal of land degradation neutrality through the Changwon Initiative which supports national voluntary target setting processes in order to achieve its objective To this end Nigeria is demonstrating her commitment to its National Action Plan which is being implemented through National Policies Institutional and Legislative Framework Sectoral Programmes and Partnership Building that have been put in place to address the problem of drought and desertification We utilize Public awareness programmes on causes and dangers associated with drought and desertification and also strengthen national and state institutions involved in drought and desertification control activities Participation of Individuals and communities is also encouraged in viable afforestation and reforestation programmes through planting of tested pest and drought resistant species of economic trees He said an early drought warning system that involves local people in designing implementing and managing of natural resources conservation programmes for combating desertification and ameliorating the effects of drought had been put in place Furthermore we collaborate with development partners in areas of training research development and transfer of affordable and acceptable environmentally friendly technologies to mitigate drought and desertification We have also revised our National Forest Policy in 2020 which is a remarkable improvement on the previous policy which had been in use since 2006 We also launched the National Strategy on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in 2022 The new policies are anchored on the need for continuous socio economic development that will provide optimal benefits to the people and government of Nigeria in a sustainably managed environment There are Forestry Programmes implemented by Forest Research Institute of Nigeria to tackle the problems of desertification through the establishment of woodlots shelterbelts and windbreaks Through these programmes we were able to establish a Green Wall or Shelterbelt across the frontline States over hundred kilometers in width stretching from the Northwest to the Northeast of the country he added The president thanked President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D Ivoire and people of Cote D Ivoire Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Antonio Guterres and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Mr Ibrahim Thiaw and his team for the organization of the event NAN
    Nigeria to increase forest cover to 25 per cent as 6m hectares forested – Buhari
    Environment7 months ago

    Nigeria to increase forest cover to 25 per cent as 6m hectares forested – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says Monday in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, said Nigeria has successfully forested over 6,191,363 hectares of land through the green bond project.

    A statement by the President’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, said the president was speaking at the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties (Cop15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

    According to the president, Nigeria is targeting to increase the nation’s forest cover to 25 per cent in line with global best practices.

    Buhari noted that the 25 percent target was in fulfilment of a pledge at the 74th Session of the United Nations General assembly in September, 2019 of planting 25million trees toward achieving restoration of degraded forest reserves and other landscapes nationwide.

    ”We have also expanded protected areas by creating ten additional National Parks, including two Marine Protected Areas, cutting across the various ecological zones of the country.

    “The operationalization of specific intervention programmes and policies in the country have further accelerated the implementation of the ongoing Ogoni Clean-up for restoration of polluted land as well as the implementation of the Great Green Wall programme hinged on ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land.

    ”The National Agency of the Great Green Wall in Nigeria has made progress in land restoration of over Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety-two hectares of land,’’ he said.

    The president noted that his administration, in partnership with the World Bank, expended enormous resources to establish Agricultural Development Programmes in all the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

    “The ADPs operate the Training and Visit system of unified extension system covering the areas of Crop Production and Protection, Livestock Production and Animal Health, Fisheries, Agro-forestry and Gender related issues in Agriculture popularly referred to as Women-In-Agriculture.

    “Furthermore, my administration is equally dedicated to fulfilling the pledge to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative that seeks to restore 100 million Hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030 in response to the Bonn challenge.

    “To date, the initiative has 128 million hectares in pledges from 32 African countries. In 2017, Nigeria committed to restore 4 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes under the AFR100 initiative.

    ”So far, over 555,480 hectares of land restoration have been recorded, including the planting of 15million tree seedlings covering over Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Hectares of deforested lands,’’ he added.

    On finance, Buhari said, domestically, Nigeria made efforts for funding a pipeline of projects in the path to a greener economy by issuing its first and second Sovereign Green Bonds.

    According to the Nigerian leader, so far two rounds of the green bond have successfully been executed.

    ”The first round of the green bond amounted to $27.3 million, the second amounted to more than $41 million.

    ”We are currently on the verge of launching the third green bond to the tune of $68.7 million.

    ”Through the instrumentality of the green bond programme, innovative funding streams are being unlocked in order to finance environmentally and climate friendly projects with focus on both adaptation and mitigation,’’ he said.

    The president reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the various international treaties and obligations.

    He said these include 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Forest Goals, United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

    Others are the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the 2021 Glasgow commitment to half deforestation by 2030 among others.

    ”However, it is worrisome to mention that finance stands as a major bottleneck in achieving these ambitious obligations and commitments within the timelines.

    ”Permit me to use this platform to once again appeal for the redemption of the pledges made by International Technical and Financial Partners to provide $19 billion as assistance to the Green Wall Member Countries to enable them meet their commitments,’’ he said.

    The president called on the international community to pay more attention on the war between Russia and Ukraine, which would hurt the efforts of a more peaceful world and aspirations for a healthy society.

    “Permit me to conclude by noting that, while we remain committed to global aspirations of a healthy and productive society, we cannot collectively tackle the problems of drought and desertification without a peaceful world.

    “We therefore, call for a ceasefire and cessation of conflicts where they exist and especially the Russian – Ukraine war. We call on all the parties to return to the negotiation table with a view to putting an end to this needless conflict,’’ he added.

    According to the president, Nigeria has also established a National Forestry Trust Fund aimed at improving afforestation programmes in the country.

    He said the fund was also to ensure sustainable financing from non-government sources for the restoration of Nigeria’s forest estates and reserves and production of landscapes in order to achieve significant increase in forest cover.

     “Nigeria, like other countries of the world, is not exempted from the several environmental challenges including creeping land degradation, desertification and drought in the Northern region, to wanton deforestation, land encroachment, invasion of coastal line, biodiversity loss, flooding and coastal erosion in the Southern region of the country.

    “This sad reality reinforces Nigeria’s commitment to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, geared towards mitigating the effects of desertification, land degradation and drought.

    ”It is therefore, imperative that Parties seize the momentum created by this conference to accelerate their commitments to achieving land degradation neutrality in order to restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land, improve the livelihood of more than 1.3 billion people and reduce the impact of drought in the affected regions,’’ the president said.

    He noted that the theme; “Land, Life, Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity” was a clarion call to action for global leaders.

    ”To halt and reverse the three “Ds” planetary land crises of desertification, degradation and drought, as envisioned by the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration; and to restore lands, in order to fulfill food, water and energy needs.

    “The international community must demonstrate enough political will and commitment towards the realization of the pledge to restore one billion hectares of land by 2030. This will, no doubt, save humanity from starvation and preserve the planet for future generations.

    “Nigeria welcomes the UNCCD’s goal of land degradation neutrality through the Changwon Initiative which supports national voluntary target-setting processes in order to achieve its objective.

    ”To this end, Nigeria is demonstrating her commitment to its National Action Plan which is being implemented through National Policies, Institutional and Legislative Framework, Sectoral Programmes and Partnership Building that have been put in place to address the problem of drought and desertification.

    “We utilize Public awareness programmes on causes and dangers associated with drought and desertification and also strengthen national and state institutions involved in drought and desertification control activities.

    ”Participation of Individuals and communities is also encouraged in viable afforestation and reforestation programmes through planting of tested pest and drought-resistant species of economic trees.’’

    He said an early drought warning system that involves local people in designing, implementing and managing of natural resources conservation programmes for combating desertification and ameliorating the effects of drought had been put in place.

    “Furthermore, we collaborate with development partners in areas of training, research, development and transfer of affordable and acceptable environmentally friendly technologies to mitigate drought and desertification.

    ”We have also revised our National Forest Policy in 2020 which is a remarkable improvement on the previous policy which had been in use since 2006. We also launched the National Strategy on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in 2022.

    “The new policies are anchored on the need for continuous socio-economic development that will provide optimal benefits to the people and government of Nigeria in a sustainably managed environment.

    “There are Forestry Programmes implemented by Forest Research Institute of Nigeria to tackle the problems of desertification through the establishment of woodlots, shelterbelts and windbreaks.

    ”Through these programmes, we were able to establish a Green Wall or Shelterbelt across the frontline States over hundred kilometers in width, stretching from the Northwest to the Northeast of the country,’’ he added.

    The president thanked President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D’Ivoire, and people of Cote D’Ivoire, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Mr Ibrahim Thiaw and his team, for the organization of the event. 

    (NAN)

  •   The meeting emphasized the review of the MoU between ECOWAS ECCAS and the implementation of other existing joint projects before the end of the second quarter of 2022 ABUJA Nigeria February 8 2022 APO Group Following the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly was physically held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa from February 5 6 2022 Several speeches graced the opening ceremony of the Assembly including those of the President of the AU Commission Hon Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat the Prime Minister of Ethiopia H E Mr Abiy Ahmed the SG of the Arab League States HE Ahmed Aboul Gheit the Secretary General of the United Nations H E Mr Antonio Guterres the President of Palestine HE Mr Mahmoud Abbas the outgoing President of the Union HE Mr Felix Antoine Tshisekedi President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and HE Macky Sall President of the Republic of Senegal and new President of the Assembly of the African Union for the year 2022 The Summit launched and declared the theme Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent Strengthening agri food health and social protection systems for the acceleration of human social and economic development for the year 2022 In its deliberations the Assembly mainly considered among the items on the agenda Reports on Peace and Security Progress Report on the African Union Response to the Covid 19 Pandemic in Africa Presentation on the Mobilization of Financing for the Integration and Development of the Accelerated Economic Recovery of Africa Annual Report of the Union including its Organs and Appointments The Assembly also saw the election of a new Bureau of the African Union Assembly for 2022 and the President of the African Union for 2023 His Excellency President Macky SALL of the Republic of Senegal Western Region is the new President of the African Union by the year 2022 First Vice President of the Union Consultations continue Rapporteur Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Central African region Second Vice President of the Union Libya Northern Region and Third Vice President of the Union Angola Southern Region In his acceptance speech President Macky Sall thanked the Union and paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Organization who even six decades later with their bright vision continue to inspire coexistence and illuminate the united march towards the ideal of African integration He pointed out that it is precisely in this pan African spirit that President L opold S dar Senghor had proposed at the OAU summit in July 1964 to establish a permanent political and moral authority of the Conference of Heads of State and Government to give momentum high level management of the continent s affairs He further highlighted the progress made on important initiatives such as NEPAD PIDA APRM Vision 2063 institutional reform the Great Green Wall AfCFTA and more recently Africa s coordinated response to the COVID 19 pandemic President Macky SALL also stressed that the Union s challenges remain numerous and pressing in particular in the areas of peace and security the fight against terrorism environmental protection health and economic and social development I do not forget the resurgence of the phenomenon of coups d tat that constitutes a great attack against democracy and institutional stability in the continent he concluded In addition four ECOWAS Member States Nigeria Gambia Ghana and Senegal elected by the Council were endorsed by the Assembly and will take a seat on the African Peace and Security Council On the sidelines of the Assembly HE President Jean Claude Kassi BROU signed the Revised Protocol on Relations between the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities This Protocol was signed in 2008 and revised in 2020 He also met with the President of the ECCAS Commission HE Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo with his team The meeting emphasized the review of the MoU between ECOWAS ECCAS and the implementation of other existing joint projects before the end of the second quarter of 2022 The President also participated in a business dinner with his peers from other Regional Economic Communities COMESA CENSAD EAC EASF ECCAS IGAD and SADC One of the main decisions made was the establishment of an official platform that will allow them to capitalize on the revised Protocol between the AU and the RECs and take advantage of it while considering the division of labor between the AU the RECs and the MS It is also important to note that the Republic of Cape Verde became the forty first 41st State Party to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA The ceremony was presided over by HE the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Cape Verde Miryan Djamila Sena Vieira Ambassador of Cape Verde in Nigeria and ECOWAS Belarmino Silva in the presence of the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat HE Wamkele Mene The ECOWAS Delegation to the AU Statutory Meetings was headed by HE Jean Claude Kassi BROU President of the ECOWAS Commission Other members of the delegation were General Francis Behanzin Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security Ambassador Ake Pierre N Guessan Diamidia ECOWAS representative to the AU Mr Jer me BOA Director of External Relations Mr Eugene Etche Executive Assistant to the President and Mrs Valentine Atonde Senior Program Officer at the ECOWAS Representation to the AU
    ECOWAS commission led by President HE Jean-Claude Kassi Brou Participates in the Thirty-fifth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union
      The meeting emphasized the review of the MoU between ECOWAS ECCAS and the implementation of other existing joint projects before the end of the second quarter of 2022 ABUJA Nigeria February 8 2022 APO Group Following the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly was physically held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa from February 5 6 2022 Several speeches graced the opening ceremony of the Assembly including those of the President of the AU Commission Hon Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat the Prime Minister of Ethiopia H E Mr Abiy Ahmed the SG of the Arab League States HE Ahmed Aboul Gheit the Secretary General of the United Nations H E Mr Antonio Guterres the President of Palestine HE Mr Mahmoud Abbas the outgoing President of the Union HE Mr Felix Antoine Tshisekedi President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and HE Macky Sall President of the Republic of Senegal and new President of the Assembly of the African Union for the year 2022 The Summit launched and declared the theme Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent Strengthening agri food health and social protection systems for the acceleration of human social and economic development for the year 2022 In its deliberations the Assembly mainly considered among the items on the agenda Reports on Peace and Security Progress Report on the African Union Response to the Covid 19 Pandemic in Africa Presentation on the Mobilization of Financing for the Integration and Development of the Accelerated Economic Recovery of Africa Annual Report of the Union including its Organs and Appointments The Assembly also saw the election of a new Bureau of the African Union Assembly for 2022 and the President of the African Union for 2023 His Excellency President Macky SALL of the Republic of Senegal Western Region is the new President of the African Union by the year 2022 First Vice President of the Union Consultations continue Rapporteur Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Central African region Second Vice President of the Union Libya Northern Region and Third Vice President of the Union Angola Southern Region In his acceptance speech President Macky Sall thanked the Union and paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Organization who even six decades later with their bright vision continue to inspire coexistence and illuminate the united march towards the ideal of African integration He pointed out that it is precisely in this pan African spirit that President L opold S dar Senghor had proposed at the OAU summit in July 1964 to establish a permanent political and moral authority of the Conference of Heads of State and Government to give momentum high level management of the continent s affairs He further highlighted the progress made on important initiatives such as NEPAD PIDA APRM Vision 2063 institutional reform the Great Green Wall AfCFTA and more recently Africa s coordinated response to the COVID 19 pandemic President Macky SALL also stressed that the Union s challenges remain numerous and pressing in particular in the areas of peace and security the fight against terrorism environmental protection health and economic and social development I do not forget the resurgence of the phenomenon of coups d tat that constitutes a great attack against democracy and institutional stability in the continent he concluded In addition four ECOWAS Member States Nigeria Gambia Ghana and Senegal elected by the Council were endorsed by the Assembly and will take a seat on the African Peace and Security Council On the sidelines of the Assembly HE President Jean Claude Kassi BROU signed the Revised Protocol on Relations between the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities This Protocol was signed in 2008 and revised in 2020 He also met with the President of the ECCAS Commission HE Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo with his team The meeting emphasized the review of the MoU between ECOWAS ECCAS and the implementation of other existing joint projects before the end of the second quarter of 2022 The President also participated in a business dinner with his peers from other Regional Economic Communities COMESA CENSAD EAC EASF ECCAS IGAD and SADC One of the main decisions made was the establishment of an official platform that will allow them to capitalize on the revised Protocol between the AU and the RECs and take advantage of it while considering the division of labor between the AU the RECs and the MS It is also important to note that the Republic of Cape Verde became the forty first 41st State Party to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA The ceremony was presided over by HE the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Cape Verde Miryan Djamila Sena Vieira Ambassador of Cape Verde in Nigeria and ECOWAS Belarmino Silva in the presence of the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat HE Wamkele Mene The ECOWAS Delegation to the AU Statutory Meetings was headed by HE Jean Claude Kassi BROU President of the ECOWAS Commission Other members of the delegation were General Francis Behanzin Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security Ambassador Ake Pierre N Guessan Diamidia ECOWAS representative to the AU Mr Jer me BOA Director of External Relations Mr Eugene Etche Executive Assistant to the President and Mrs Valentine Atonde Senior Program Officer at the ECOWAS Representation to the AU
    ECOWAS commission led by President HE Jean-Claude Kassi Brou Participates in the Thirty-fifth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union
    Africa10 months ago

    ECOWAS commission led by President HE Jean-Claude Kassi Brou Participates in the Thirty-fifth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union

    The meeting emphasized the review of the MoU between ECOWAS-ECCAS and the implementation of other existing joint projects before the end of the second quarter of 2022.

    ABUJA, Nigeria, February 8, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Following the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly was physically held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa from February 5-6, 2022. Several speeches graced the opening ceremony of the Assembly, including those of the President of the AU Commission, Hon. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat; the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Abiy Ahmed; the SG of the Arab League States, HE. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit; the Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres; the President of Palestine, HE Mr. Mahmoud Abbas; the outgoing President of the Union, HE Mr. Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and HE. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and new President of the Assembly of the African Union for the year 2022.

    The Summit launched and declared the theme: "Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent: Strengthening agri-food, health and social protection systems for the acceleration of human, social and economic development" for the year 2022.

    In its deliberations, the Assembly mainly considered among the items on the agenda: Reports on Peace and Security; Progress Report on the African Union Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in Africa; Presentation on the Mobilization of Financing for the Integration and Development of the Accelerated Economic Recovery of Africa; Annual Report of the Union including its Organs and Appointments.

    The Assembly also saw the election of a new Bureau of the African Union Assembly for 2022 and the President of the African Union for 2023. His Excellency President Macky SALL of the Republic of Senegal (Western Region) is the new President of the African Union by the year 2022. First Vice President of the Union – Consultations continue; Rapporteur – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – (Central African region); Second Vice President of the Union – Libya (Northern Region); and Third Vice President of the Union – Angola (Southern Region).

    In his acceptance speech, President Macky Sall thanked the Union and paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Organization who, even six decades later, with their bright vision, continue to inspire coexistence and illuminate the united march towards the ideal of African integration. . He pointed out that it is precisely in this pan-African spirit that President Léopold Sédar Senghor had proposed, at the OAU summit in July 1964, to establish "a permanent political and moral authority of the Conference of Heads of State and Government" to give momentum high-level management of the continent's affairs. He further highlighted the progress made on important initiatives such as NEPAD, PIDA, APRM, Vision 2063, institutional reform, the Great Green Wall, AfCFTA and, more recently, Africa's coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Macky SALL also stressed that the Union's challenges remain numerous and pressing; in particular in the areas of peace and security, the fight against terrorism, environmental protection, health and economic and social development... "I do not forget the resurgence of the phenomenon of coups d'état that constitutes a great attack against democracy and institutional stability in the continent”, he concluded.

    In addition, four ECOWAS Member States: Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana and Senegal elected by the Council were endorsed by the Assembly and will take a seat on the African Peace and Security Council.

    On the sidelines of the Assembly, HE President Jean-Claude Kassi BROU signed the Revised Protocol on Relations between the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. This Protocol was signed in 2008 and revised in 2020.

    He also met with the President of the ECCAS Commission, HE Gilberto Da Piedade Verissimo with his team. The meeting emphasized the review of the MoU between ECOWAS-ECCAS and the implementation of other existing joint projects before the end of the second quarter of 2022.

    The President also participated in a business dinner with his peers from other Regional Economic Communities: COMESA, CENSAD, EAC, EASF, ECCAS, IGAD and SADC. One of the main decisions made was the establishment of an official platform that will allow them to capitalize on the revised Protocol between the AU and the RECs and take advantage of it while considering the division of labor between the AU, the RECs and the MS.

    It is also important to note that the Republic of Cape Verde became the forty-first (41st) State Party to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The ceremony was presided over by HE. the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Cape Verde, Miryan Djamila Sena Vieira; Ambassador of Cape Verde in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Belarmino Silva in the presence of the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, HE Wamkele Mene.

    The ECOWAS Delegation to the AU Statutory Meetings was headed by HE Jean-Claude Kassi BROU, President of the ECOWAS Commission. Other members of the delegation were General Francis Behanzin, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; Ambassador Ake Pierre N'Guessan Diamidia, ECOWAS representative to the AU; Mr. Jerôme BOA, Director of External Relations; Mr. Eugene Etche, Executive Assistant to the President and Mrs. Valentine Atonde, Senior Program Officer at the ECOWAS Representation to the AU.

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