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  •   The Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC from November 16 18 held an African Civil Society Organizations CSOs meeting on the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the field of peace and security and to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions The meeting held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA and the AU on the European Union EU Support Programme on the African Peace and Security Architecture APSA IV converged African CSOs active in the field of peace security and governance from all 5 regions of the Continent as the primary participant group Also attending the meeting were representatives from RECs RMs the African Union Commission AUC and members of ECOSOCC s General Assembly GA Speaking during the opening ceremony Ambassador Yabesh Monari Director for Africa and AU Directorate Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said CSOs had a central role to play in addressing the key drivers of conflict and reminded them that the APSA remained the best tool for promoting peace and security on the continent in an integrated approach ECOSOCC Presiding Officer Mr Denise Kodhe emphasized that the future and stability of Africa depended on Africans Furthermore CSOs have a grassroots level experience of peace and security in Africa We look forward to their inputs which will give an apt picture of the state of peace and security in Africa by the end of the meeting he said ECOSOCC s initiative to strengthen CSOs capacity in this thematic area is guided by the Peace and Security Council PSC Protocol as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions all of which are important components of AU peace and security frameworks The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Conclusions emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs ability to contribute to peace security and stability through conflict prevention management resolution mediation peacekeeping and post conflict reconstruction and development effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the APSA Mr William Carew Head of ECOSOCC Secretariat highlighted that the meeting would build CSOs capacity in the field of peace and security through experience sharing and lessons learnt and would ultimately provide inputs into the policies and programs of the AU The meeting will also provide an opportunity for CSOs to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions and their engagement with the AU and RECs RMs This is an institutional mechanism and we call upon you as CSOs to take advantage of this and play a pivotal role in contributing to peace security and stability of this continent said Mr Carew Adding to that Mr Raymond Kitevu Conflict Early Warning Expert Governance Peace and Security of COMESA told participants the meeting would identify key challenges faced by civil society and how they could be supported Ambassador George Kwanya Kenya s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union also attended the meeting and reminded CSOs of the cardinal role they play in peace and security efforts ECOSOCC and the RECs RMs recommitted to improving collaboration with CSOs in implementing the Livingstone Formula Maseru Conclusions including giving visibility to CSOs in the work of the mechanisms The meeting also identified improved avenues for participation of civil society in the implementation of the Livingstone Formula and other policy development and implementation processes of AU and RECs RMs An outcome document on recommendations for a more feasible pattern of interaction and cooperation between the AU RECs RMs and CSOs in achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa will be disseminated
    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) meeting on the state of peace and security in Africa: Sharing experiences and lessons learned
      The Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC from November 16 18 held an African Civil Society Organizations CSOs meeting on the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the field of peace and security and to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions The meeting held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa COMESA and the AU on the European Union EU Support Programme on the African Peace and Security Architecture APSA IV converged African CSOs active in the field of peace security and governance from all 5 regions of the Continent as the primary participant group Also attending the meeting were representatives from RECs RMs the African Union Commission AUC and members of ECOSOCC s General Assembly GA Speaking during the opening ceremony Ambassador Yabesh Monari Director for Africa and AU Directorate Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said CSOs had a central role to play in addressing the key drivers of conflict and reminded them that the APSA remained the best tool for promoting peace and security on the continent in an integrated approach ECOSOCC Presiding Officer Mr Denise Kodhe emphasized that the future and stability of Africa depended on Africans Furthermore CSOs have a grassroots level experience of peace and security in Africa We look forward to their inputs which will give an apt picture of the state of peace and security in Africa by the end of the meeting he said ECOSOCC s initiative to strengthen CSOs capacity in this thematic area is guided by the Peace and Security Council PSC Protocol as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions all of which are important components of AU peace and security frameworks The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Conclusions emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs ability to contribute to peace security and stability through conflict prevention management resolution mediation peacekeeping and post conflict reconstruction and development effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the APSA Mr William Carew Head of ECOSOCC Secretariat highlighted that the meeting would build CSOs capacity in the field of peace and security through experience sharing and lessons learnt and would ultimately provide inputs into the policies and programs of the AU The meeting will also provide an opportunity for CSOs to assess the progress and challenges in governance peace and security interventions and their engagement with the AU and RECs RMs This is an institutional mechanism and we call upon you as CSOs to take advantage of this and play a pivotal role in contributing to peace security and stability of this continent said Mr Carew Adding to that Mr Raymond Kitevu Conflict Early Warning Expert Governance Peace and Security of COMESA told participants the meeting would identify key challenges faced by civil society and how they could be supported Ambassador George Kwanya Kenya s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union also attended the meeting and reminded CSOs of the cardinal role they play in peace and security efforts ECOSOCC and the RECs RMs recommitted to improving collaboration with CSOs in implementing the Livingstone Formula Maseru Conclusions including giving visibility to CSOs in the work of the mechanisms The meeting also identified improved avenues for participation of civil society in the implementation of the Livingstone Formula and other policy development and implementation processes of AU and RECs RMs An outcome document on recommendations for a more feasible pattern of interaction and cooperation between the AU RECs RMs and CSOs in achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa will be disseminated
    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) meeting on the state of peace and security in Africa: Sharing experiences and lessons learned
    Africa5 days ago

    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) convenes annual Civil Society Organizations (CSO) meeting on the state of peace and security in Africa: Sharing experiences and lessons learned

    The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), from November 16-18, held an African Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) meeting on the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt in the field of peace and security; and to assess the progress and challenges in governance, peace and security interventions.

    The meeting, held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the AU on the European Union (EU) Support Programme on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA-IV), converged African CSOs active in the field of peace, security and governance from all 5 regions of the Continent as the primary participant group.

    Also attending the meeting were representatives from RECs, RMs, the African Union Commission (AUC) and members of ECOSOCC’s General Assembly (GA).

    Speaking during the opening ceremony, Ambassador Yabesh Monari, Director for Africa and AU Directorate, Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said CSOs had a central role to play in addressing the key drivers of conflict, and reminded them that the APSA remained the best tool for promoting peace and security on the continent, in an integrated approach.

    ECOSOCC Presiding Officer, Mr. Denise Kodhe, emphasized that the future and stability of Africa depended on Africans.

    Furthermore, "CSOs have a grassroots-level experience of peace and security in Africa.

    We look forward to their inputs, which will give an apt picture of the state of peace and security in Africa by the end of the meeting," he said.

    ECOSOCC's initiative to strengthen CSOs’ capacity in this thematic area is guided by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) Protocol, as well as the Livingstone Formula and the Maseru Conclusions, all of which are important components of AU peace and security frameworks.

    The Livingstone Formula and Maseru Conclusions, emphasize the importance of strengthening CSOs' ability to contribute to peace, security, and stability through conflict prevention, management, resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction and development; effectively encouraging CSOs to actively participate in the operationalization of the APSA.

    Mr. William Carew, Head of ECOSOCC Secretariat, highlighted that the meeting would build CSOs’ capacity in the field of peace and security through experience sharing and lessons learnt, and would ultimately provide inputs into the policies and programs of the AU.

    “The meeting will also provide an opportunity for CSOs to assess the progress and challenges in governance, peace and security interventions and their engagement with the AU and RECs/RMs. This is an institutional mechanism and we call upon you as CSOs to take advantage of this and play a pivotal role in contributing to peace, security and stability of this continent,” said Mr. Carew.

    Adding to that, Mr. Raymond Kitevu, Conflict Early Warning Expert, Governance, Peace and Security of COMESA, told participants the meeting would identify key challenges faced by civil society, and how they could be supported.

    Ambassador George Kwanya, Kenya’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union also attended the meeting and reminded CSOs of the cardinal role they play in peace and security efforts.

    ECOSOCC and the RECs/RMs recommitted to improving collaboration with CSOs in implementing the Livingstone Formula/Maseru Conclusions, including giving visibility to CSOs in the work of the mechanisms.

    The meeting also identified improved avenues for participation of civil society in the implementation of the Livingstone Formula and other policy development and implementation processes of AU and RECs/RMs.An outcome document on recommendations for a more feasible pattern of interaction and cooperation between the AU, RECs/RMs, and CSOs in achieving sustainable peace and security in Africa will be disseminated.

  •   The 22nd meeting of the Council of Ministers COM of the Indian Ocean Rim Association IORA kicked off in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday morning The COM is preceded by the 24th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials CSO held on November 22 and 23 of this year The 24th two day meeting of the CSO discussed the development of a mechanism to adopt large projects prevent piracy armed robbery unregulated fishing and disaster management Decisions made at the CSO meeting will be placed at the IORA COM meeting Bangladesh is the current IORA Chairman and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is chairing the COM meeting Bangladesh was inaugurated as IORA President at the 21st IORA COM meeting in Dhaka on 17 November 2021 adopting the theme Sustainably Harnessing Indian Ocean Opportunities for Inclusive Development for its Chairmanship from 2021 to 2023 IORA an intergovernmental organization established on March 7 1997 aims to strengthen regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean region through its 23 members and 10 dialogue partners Xinhua
    IORA ministers meeting kicks off in Bangladesh-
      The 22nd meeting of the Council of Ministers COM of the Indian Ocean Rim Association IORA kicked off in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday morning The COM is preceded by the 24th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials CSO held on November 22 and 23 of this year The 24th two day meeting of the CSO discussed the development of a mechanism to adopt large projects prevent piracy armed robbery unregulated fishing and disaster management Decisions made at the CSO meeting will be placed at the IORA COM meeting Bangladesh is the current IORA Chairman and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is chairing the COM meeting Bangladesh was inaugurated as IORA President at the 21st IORA COM meeting in Dhaka on 17 November 2021 adopting the theme Sustainably Harnessing Indian Ocean Opportunities for Inclusive Development for its Chairmanship from 2021 to 2023 IORA an intergovernmental organization established on March 7 1997 aims to strengthen regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean region through its 23 members and 10 dialogue partners Xinhua
    IORA ministers meeting kicks off in Bangladesh-
    Foreign6 days ago

    IORA ministers meeting kicks off in Bangladesh-

    - The 22nd meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) kicked off in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday morning.

    The COM is preceded by the 24th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) held on November 22 and 23 of this year.

    The 24th two-day meeting of the CSO discussed the development of a mechanism to adopt large projects, prevent piracy, armed robbery, unregulated fishing and disaster management. Decisions made at the CSO meeting will be placed at the IORA COM meeting.

    Bangladesh is the current IORA Chairman and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is chairing the COM meeting.

    Bangladesh was inaugurated as IORA President at the 21st IORA COM meeting in Dhaka on 17 November 2021, adopting the theme "Sustainably Harnessing Indian Ocean Opportunities for Inclusive Development" for its Chairmanship from 2021 to 2023.

    IORA, an intergovernmental organization established on March 7, 1997, aims to strengthen regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean region through its 23 members and 10 dialogue partners. ■



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  •   Environmental justice efforts are critically important to save Madagascar s unique biodiversity from irreversible destruction On November 17 the U S government through the U S Agency for International Development USAID convened a roundtable workshop to address environmental injustices and promote the wise and sustainable use of the country s precious natural resources Environmental justice ensures efficient enforcement of environmental laws effective sanctions in response to environment related misconduct and equitable sharing of benefits from environmental resources Forests and natural habitats are disappearing fauna and flora are threatened with extinction and communities suffer injustice that leads them to break the law to survive Agathe Sector USAID s Environment Office Director said in remarks at the workshop Despite commendable efforts to reverse this trend impunity corruption and lack of enforcement stand in the way Legal frameworks exist but their application is insufficient The need for rigorous fair and equitable natural resource management is a critical aspect of good governance in Madagascar today During the workshop representatives of the public sector CSOs and conservation NGOs joined together to evaluate the effectiveness of Madagascar s environmental legal framework call for revisions to national policy identify necessary strategies and highlight the need for more effective implementation of existing programs Participants also endorsed several environmental justice resolutions and developed a clear action plan for organizations engaged in this essential work Stakeholders like the Tafo Mihavo network of natural resources managers and the Study and Research Group on Primates of Madagascar Solidarity of Land Stakeholders urged representatives from the ministries of the Environment and Sustainable Development Justice Land Management and Land Services to address critical issues such as the transfer of natural resources management to local communities and the relevance of existing laws and regulations They also underscored the important link between land tenure and environmental justice and how natural resource management practices such as protection of drinking water sources affect human health Specifically the recommendations called for decentralization of law enforcement and empowerment of communities through the dina and adoption of new land use legislation Through its Hay Tao environmental governance project USAID supports Madagascar s public institutions to develop policies and enforce environmental and land laws to improve the legal framework for natural resource governance The United States stands side by side with Madagascar like mpirahalahy mianala to help safeguard the country s unique biodiversity Since 2013 USAID has committed more than 60 million to promote sustainability improve livelihoods for communities bolster governance of natural resources stop wildlife trafficking and protect forests from illegal exploitation
    United States (U.S.) Advances Environmental Justice for Madagascar
      Environmental justice efforts are critically important to save Madagascar s unique biodiversity from irreversible destruction On November 17 the U S government through the U S Agency for International Development USAID convened a roundtable workshop to address environmental injustices and promote the wise and sustainable use of the country s precious natural resources Environmental justice ensures efficient enforcement of environmental laws effective sanctions in response to environment related misconduct and equitable sharing of benefits from environmental resources Forests and natural habitats are disappearing fauna and flora are threatened with extinction and communities suffer injustice that leads them to break the law to survive Agathe Sector USAID s Environment Office Director said in remarks at the workshop Despite commendable efforts to reverse this trend impunity corruption and lack of enforcement stand in the way Legal frameworks exist but their application is insufficient The need for rigorous fair and equitable natural resource management is a critical aspect of good governance in Madagascar today During the workshop representatives of the public sector CSOs and conservation NGOs joined together to evaluate the effectiveness of Madagascar s environmental legal framework call for revisions to national policy identify necessary strategies and highlight the need for more effective implementation of existing programs Participants also endorsed several environmental justice resolutions and developed a clear action plan for organizations engaged in this essential work Stakeholders like the Tafo Mihavo network of natural resources managers and the Study and Research Group on Primates of Madagascar Solidarity of Land Stakeholders urged representatives from the ministries of the Environment and Sustainable Development Justice Land Management and Land Services to address critical issues such as the transfer of natural resources management to local communities and the relevance of existing laws and regulations They also underscored the important link between land tenure and environmental justice and how natural resource management practices such as protection of drinking water sources affect human health Specifically the recommendations called for decentralization of law enforcement and empowerment of communities through the dina and adoption of new land use legislation Through its Hay Tao environmental governance project USAID supports Madagascar s public institutions to develop policies and enforce environmental and land laws to improve the legal framework for natural resource governance The United States stands side by side with Madagascar like mpirahalahy mianala to help safeguard the country s unique biodiversity Since 2013 USAID has committed more than 60 million to promote sustainability improve livelihoods for communities bolster governance of natural resources stop wildlife trafficking and protect forests from illegal exploitation
    United States (U.S.) Advances Environmental Justice for Madagascar
    Africa1 week ago

    United States (U.S.) Advances Environmental Justice for Madagascar

    Environmental justice efforts are critically important to save Madagascar’s unique biodiversity from irreversible destruction.

    On November 17, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened a roundtable workshop to address environmental injustices and promote the wise and sustainable use of the country’s precious natural resources.

    Environmental justice ensures efficient enforcement of environmental laws, effective sanctions in response to environment-related misconduct, and equitable sharing of benefits from environmental resources.

    “Forests and natural habitats are disappearing, fauna and flora are threatened with extinction, and communities suffer injustice that leads them to break the law to survive,” Agathe Sector, USAID’s Environment Office Director, said in remarks at the workshop. 

    “Despite commendable efforts to reverse this trend, impunity, corruption, and lack of enforcement stand in the way. 

    Legal frameworks exist, but their application is insufficient. 

    The need for rigorous, fair, and equitable natural resource management is a critical aspect of good governance in Madagascar today.”During the workshop, representatives of the public sector, CSOs, and conservation NGOs joined together to evaluate the effectiveness of Madagascar’s environmental legal framework, call for revisions to national policy, identify necessary strategies, and highlight the need for more effective implementation of existing programs. 

    Participants also endorsed several environmental justice resolutions and developed a clear action plan for organizations engaged in this essential work.

    Stakeholders like the Tafo Mihavo  network of natural resources managers and the Study and Research Group on Primates of Madagascar, Solidarity of Land Stakeholders urged representatives from the ministries of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Justice, Land Management and Land Services to address critical issues such as the transfer of natural resources management to local communities and the relevance of existing laws and regulations.

    They also underscored the important link between land tenure and environmental justice, and how natural resource management practices, such as protection of drinking water sources, affect human health. 

    Specifically, the recommendations called for decentralization of law enforcement and empowerment of communities through the dina , and adoption of new land use legislation.

    Through its Hay Tao environmental governance project, USAID supports Madagascar’s public institutions to develop policies and enforce environmental and land laws to improve the legal framework for natural resource governance.

    The United States stands side by side with Madagascar like “mpirahalahy mianala” to help safeguard the country’s unique biodiversity. 

    Since 2013, USAID has committed more than $60 million to promote sustainability, improve livelihoods for communities, bolster governance of natural resources, stop wildlife trafficking, and protect forests from illegal exploitation.

  •   The Food and Agriculture Organization FAO actively supports ongoing efforts in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security VGGT in Africa Asia and Latin America In this context FAO has provided support since 2018 in preparing a high level forum in Guinea called Les tats G n raux du Foncier en Guin e aiming to take stock on the tenure situation in the country and to propose solutions to land tenure issue in the country Following an inclusive preparation process Guinea organized the forum from 14 to 17 November 2022 under the aegis of the Prime Minister Head of Government The Etats G n raux du Foncier brought together more than 300 participants from all sectors and regions of the country to build a common roadmap for land governance under the slogan Les Etats G n raux An essential step for the success of responsible inclusive and sustainable land reforms During the opening ceremony of Les Etats G n raux du Foncier on 14 November 2022 a Technical Cooperation Programme TCP was signed between the FAO and the Ministry of Urbanism Housing and Land Management to support the government in holding Les Etats G n raux and implementing its recommendations In his speech the Prime Minister Dr Bernard GOMOU emphasized the importance of Les Etats G n raux for the country because 70 of the disputes at the courts and tribunals are related to land and because the Guinean land register is out of order He also underlined that less than 25 of land plots and public land have a land title in Guinea whereas secure and accessible land titles are needed to encourage both public and private investors The FAO Country Representative Dr Gualbert GBEHOUNOU emphasized that Les Etats G n raux initially proposed by the members of the multi stakeholder platform on land governance in the country is an opportunity to formulate recommendations that will enable Guinea to move towards an inclusive land tenure reform A long inclusive participatory and preparation process In order to involve all local actors in the process of preparing the National Dialogue on Land called Etats G n raux du Fonciers FAO has supported the government since 2018 to organize and conduct workshops and meetings in different regions of the country in collaboration with other partners These workshops and meetings enabled citizens of each region to exchange on their concerns related to land governance and present their recommendations As a reminder the FAO supported all the preparation activities for the Estates General on Land through various support for the multi stakeholder platform on land governance which facilitated regular meetings with all the groups of stakeholders concerned A preparation day was also organized by members of civil society organizations CSOs on the eve of the National Dialogue on Land Etats G n raux du Foncier with 50 CSO representatives from all the regions of the country and resource persons These sessions helped to bring together CSOs with the aim of reaching consensus before the holding of the Estates General of Land After four days of inclusive dialogue the participants at the Etats G n raux called upon the government to prioritize the development of land tenure reforms in line with international and regional commitments including the African Union Declaration of Heads of State and Government on Land Tenure Issues and Challenges in Africa the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests and the African Union Framework and Guidelines on Land Policies in Africa The Etats G n raux du Foncier led to a consensus on the following main recommendations 1 Revise the land code in a participatory manner and popularize it Followed by the development of its application texts 2 Elaborate an agricultural land law built around a coherent and inclusive Agricultural Land Policy taking into account all the shortcomings of the land code with regard to the specificities of agro sylvo pastoral and halieutic land issues 3 Make the national multi stakeholder platform on land governance the responsible body for following up the recommendations of the Etats G n raux du Foncier FAO supports the implementation of the recommendations The next step for FAO will be to support the implementation of the recommendations of the National Dialogue on Land Etats G n raux du Foncier and ensure that the action plan is transformed into concrete planning at the level of the various ministries involved FAO will support the implementation of the action plan through the Multi Stakeholder Platform on Land Governance In addition a series of capacity building activities will be initiated at the local level to further build the capacities of key actors including those most affected by land insecurity Finally FAO will continue to build partnerships and synergies between existing initiatives in order to strengthen actions aimed at promoting responsible land governance in Guinea
    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supports a historic land tenure forum in Guinea
      The Food and Agriculture Organization FAO actively supports ongoing efforts in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security VGGT in Africa Asia and Latin America In this context FAO has provided support since 2018 in preparing a high level forum in Guinea called Les tats G n raux du Foncier en Guin e aiming to take stock on the tenure situation in the country and to propose solutions to land tenure issue in the country Following an inclusive preparation process Guinea organized the forum from 14 to 17 November 2022 under the aegis of the Prime Minister Head of Government The Etats G n raux du Foncier brought together more than 300 participants from all sectors and regions of the country to build a common roadmap for land governance under the slogan Les Etats G n raux An essential step for the success of responsible inclusive and sustainable land reforms During the opening ceremony of Les Etats G n raux du Foncier on 14 November 2022 a Technical Cooperation Programme TCP was signed between the FAO and the Ministry of Urbanism Housing and Land Management to support the government in holding Les Etats G n raux and implementing its recommendations In his speech the Prime Minister Dr Bernard GOMOU emphasized the importance of Les Etats G n raux for the country because 70 of the disputes at the courts and tribunals are related to land and because the Guinean land register is out of order He also underlined that less than 25 of land plots and public land have a land title in Guinea whereas secure and accessible land titles are needed to encourage both public and private investors The FAO Country Representative Dr Gualbert GBEHOUNOU emphasized that Les Etats G n raux initially proposed by the members of the multi stakeholder platform on land governance in the country is an opportunity to formulate recommendations that will enable Guinea to move towards an inclusive land tenure reform A long inclusive participatory and preparation process In order to involve all local actors in the process of preparing the National Dialogue on Land called Etats G n raux du Fonciers FAO has supported the government since 2018 to organize and conduct workshops and meetings in different regions of the country in collaboration with other partners These workshops and meetings enabled citizens of each region to exchange on their concerns related to land governance and present their recommendations As a reminder the FAO supported all the preparation activities for the Estates General on Land through various support for the multi stakeholder platform on land governance which facilitated regular meetings with all the groups of stakeholders concerned A preparation day was also organized by members of civil society organizations CSOs on the eve of the National Dialogue on Land Etats G n raux du Foncier with 50 CSO representatives from all the regions of the country and resource persons These sessions helped to bring together CSOs with the aim of reaching consensus before the holding of the Estates General of Land After four days of inclusive dialogue the participants at the Etats G n raux called upon the government to prioritize the development of land tenure reforms in line with international and regional commitments including the African Union Declaration of Heads of State and Government on Land Tenure Issues and Challenges in Africa the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests and the African Union Framework and Guidelines on Land Policies in Africa The Etats G n raux du Foncier led to a consensus on the following main recommendations 1 Revise the land code in a participatory manner and popularize it Followed by the development of its application texts 2 Elaborate an agricultural land law built around a coherent and inclusive Agricultural Land Policy taking into account all the shortcomings of the land code with regard to the specificities of agro sylvo pastoral and halieutic land issues 3 Make the national multi stakeholder platform on land governance the responsible body for following up the recommendations of the Etats G n raux du Foncier FAO supports the implementation of the recommendations The next step for FAO will be to support the implementation of the recommendations of the National Dialogue on Land Etats G n raux du Foncier and ensure that the action plan is transformed into concrete planning at the level of the various ministries involved FAO will support the implementation of the action plan through the Multi Stakeholder Platform on Land Governance In addition a series of capacity building activities will be initiated at the local level to further build the capacities of key actors including those most affected by land insecurity Finally FAO will continue to build partnerships and synergies between existing initiatives in order to strengthen actions aimed at promoting responsible land governance in Guinea
    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supports a historic land tenure forum in Guinea
    Africa2 weeks ago

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supports a historic land tenure forum in Guinea

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) actively supports ongoing efforts in implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    In this context, FAO has provided support since 2018 in preparing a high-level forum in Guinea, called "Les États Généraux du Foncier en Guinée", aiming to take stock on the tenure situation in the country and to propose solutions to land tenure issue in the country.

    Following an inclusive preparation process, Guinea organized the forum from 14 to 17 November 2022, under the aegis of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.

    The Etats Généraux du Foncier brought together more than 300 participants from all sectors and regions of the country to build a common roadmap for land governance, under the slogan " Les Etats Généraux: An essential step for the success of responsible, inclusive and sustainable land reforms".

    During the opening ceremony of “ Les Etats Généraux du Foncier”, on 14 November 2022, a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) was signed between the FAO and the Ministry of Urbanism, Housing and Land Management to support the government in holding “Les Etats Généraux” and implementing its recommendations.

    In his speech, the Prime Minister, Dr Bernard GOMOU, emphasized the importance of “ Les  Etats Généraux” for the country because "70% of the disputes at the courts and tribunals are related to land” and ‘because “the Guinean land register is out of order".

    He also underlined that "less than 25% of land plots and public land have a land title in Guinea, whereas secure and accessible land titles are needed to encourage both public and private investors.

    The FAO Country Representative, Dr. Gualbert GBEHOUNOU, emphasized that "Les Etats Généraux” , initially proposed by the members of the multi-stakeholder platform on land governance in the country, is an opportunity to formulate recommendations that will enable Guinea to move towards an inclusive land tenure reform”.

    A long inclusive, participatory and preparation processIn order to involve all local actors in the process of preparing the National Dialogue on Land called “Etats Généraux du Fonciers”, FAO has supported the government since 2018, to organize and conduct workshops and meetings in different regions of the country, in collaboration with other partners.

    These workshops and meetings enabled citizens of each region to exchange on their concerns related to land governance and present their recommendations.

    As a reminder, the FAO supported all the preparation activities for the Estates General on Land, through various support for the multi-stakeholder platform on land governance, which facilitated regular meetings with all the groups of stakeholders concerned.

    A preparation day was also organized by members of civil society organizations (CSOs) on the eve of the National Dialogue on Land “Etats Généraux du Foncier”, with 50 CSO representatives from all the regions of the country, and resource persons.

    These sessions helped to bring together CSOs with the aim of reaching consensus before the holding of the Estates General of Land.After four days of inclusive dialogue, the participants at the Etats Généraux called upon  the government to prioritize the development of land tenure reforms in line with  international and regional commitments, including the African Union Declaration of Heads of State and Government on Land Tenure Issues and Challenges in Africa, the  Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests and the African Union Framework and Guidelines on Land Policies in AfricaThe “Etats Généraux du Foncier” led to a consensus on the following main recommendations:1.

    Revise the land code in a participatory manner and popularize it.

    Followed by the development of its application texts;2.

    Elaborate an agricultural land law built around a coherent and inclusive Agricultural Land Policy, taking into account all the shortcomings of the land code with regard to the specificities of agro-sylvo-pastoral and halieutic land issues;3.

    Make the national multi-stakeholder platform on land governance the responsible body for following up the recommendations of the “Etats Généraux du Foncier”.

    FAO supports the implementation of the recommendationsThe next step for FAO will be to support the implementation of the recommendations of the National Dialogue on Land “Etats Généraux du Foncier” and ensure that the action plan is transformed into concrete planning at the level of the various ministries involved.

    FAO will support the implementation of the action plan through the Multi-Stakeholder Platform on Land Governance.

    In addition, a series of capacity building activities will be initiated at the local level to further build the capacities of key actors, including those most affected by land insecurity.

    Finally, FAO will continue to build partnerships and synergies between existing initiatives in order to strengthen actions aimed at promoting responsible land governance in Guinea.

  •   The West African Civil Society Institute WACSI has called on Civil Society Organizations CSOs to establish synergies to strengthen democracy peace and security in the region The Institute s Executive Director Ms Afadzinu made the call at its inauguration on Wednesday in Abuja Afadzinu said that the world is at a critical moment especially in Africa s democratic path so the role of civil society is even more necessary He said this was in response to post COVID 19 challenges the global economic crisis and the growing demand for more democracy dividends The region is at a crossroads and for Nigeria the 2023 elections will be a key test of the strength of the country s democracy he added According to Afadzinu Nigeria s position in African geopolitics could not be underestimated and a strong civil society in Nigeria was crucial However he said that CSOs in Nigeria continued to face challenges such as technology access and affordability cyber security and declining donor funding among others Afadzinu said This influenced our decision to establish a physical presence in Nigeria and Nigerian CSOs will now have greater and easier access to WACSI programs to improve their knowledge capacity and strengthen their institutions This will allow them to strengthen their efficiency effectiveness influence resilience and sustainability The WACSI Node in Abuja will serve as a liaison office and connect different types of CSOs and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI Afadzinu said these included training mentoring and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance and management of its operations It also includes providing a space for civil society actors to connect and strategize on development issues She said the official input from WACSI would help CSOS build the resources and infrastructure to support local philanthropy This is to allow them to raise resources to support development in addition to what partners would do Afadzinu said that work would be done around the politicization of CSOs in the sense of raising awareness about the notion that citizens have a voice in their government political position democracy and development The social contract between citizens and government has weakened in many of our countries We must as citizens start to question why this is the case and how we can resolve this situation in order to have the kind of development we want in West Africa he said Mr Charles Abani United Nations Coordinator Republic of Ghana encouraged CSOs in the region to work together and take advantage of WACSI programs to address the challenges in the region This he said was imperative to stabilize the region and work for sustainable development peace and unity for the benefit of all Digital transformation is huge it is necessary to understand how to use technology to forge social cohesion instead of promoting hate speech and division he said Prof Adebayo Olukoshi Wits School of Governance Johannesburg South Africa praised the initiative to strengthen CSOs in West Africa According to Olukoshi CSOs have an important duty to reorganize and reorganize He said this is necessary in order to respond to the many discontents with democratization which have been witnessed in the last two decades throughout the region Olukoshi called on electoral stakeholders in Nigeria to ensure that the 2023 elections cement the unity of the country He said that the importance of Nigeria not only in terms of its responsibility to its citizens but also to the rest of West and Central Africa in particular is something that should be foremost in the minds of all political actors They should not take actions or decisions that make Nigeria a problem for West Africa instead of a beacon of hope for the sub region Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani Source Credit NAN
    Institute tasks CSOs to strengthen democracy, security in W/Africa
      The West African Civil Society Institute WACSI has called on Civil Society Organizations CSOs to establish synergies to strengthen democracy peace and security in the region The Institute s Executive Director Ms Afadzinu made the call at its inauguration on Wednesday in Abuja Afadzinu said that the world is at a critical moment especially in Africa s democratic path so the role of civil society is even more necessary He said this was in response to post COVID 19 challenges the global economic crisis and the growing demand for more democracy dividends The region is at a crossroads and for Nigeria the 2023 elections will be a key test of the strength of the country s democracy he added According to Afadzinu Nigeria s position in African geopolitics could not be underestimated and a strong civil society in Nigeria was crucial However he said that CSOs in Nigeria continued to face challenges such as technology access and affordability cyber security and declining donor funding among others Afadzinu said This influenced our decision to establish a physical presence in Nigeria and Nigerian CSOs will now have greater and easier access to WACSI programs to improve their knowledge capacity and strengthen their institutions This will allow them to strengthen their efficiency effectiveness influence resilience and sustainability The WACSI Node in Abuja will serve as a liaison office and connect different types of CSOs and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI Afadzinu said these included training mentoring and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance and management of its operations It also includes providing a space for civil society actors to connect and strategize on development issues She said the official input from WACSI would help CSOS build the resources and infrastructure to support local philanthropy This is to allow them to raise resources to support development in addition to what partners would do Afadzinu said that work would be done around the politicization of CSOs in the sense of raising awareness about the notion that citizens have a voice in their government political position democracy and development The social contract between citizens and government has weakened in many of our countries We must as citizens start to question why this is the case and how we can resolve this situation in order to have the kind of development we want in West Africa he said Mr Charles Abani United Nations Coordinator Republic of Ghana encouraged CSOs in the region to work together and take advantage of WACSI programs to address the challenges in the region This he said was imperative to stabilize the region and work for sustainable development peace and unity for the benefit of all Digital transformation is huge it is necessary to understand how to use technology to forge social cohesion instead of promoting hate speech and division he said Prof Adebayo Olukoshi Wits School of Governance Johannesburg South Africa praised the initiative to strengthen CSOs in West Africa According to Olukoshi CSOs have an important duty to reorganize and reorganize He said this is necessary in order to respond to the many discontents with democratization which have been witnessed in the last two decades throughout the region Olukoshi called on electoral stakeholders in Nigeria to ensure that the 2023 elections cement the unity of the country He said that the importance of Nigeria not only in terms of its responsibility to its citizens but also to the rest of West and Central Africa in particular is something that should be foremost in the minds of all political actors They should not take actions or decisions that make Nigeria a problem for West Africa instead of a beacon of hope for the sub region Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani Source Credit NAN
    Institute tasks CSOs to strengthen democracy, security in W/Africa
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    Institute tasks CSOs to strengthen democracy, security in W/Africa

    The West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has called on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to establish synergies to strengthen democracy, peace and security in the region.

    The Institute's Executive Director, Ms. Afadzinu, made the call at its inauguration on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Afadzinu said that the world is at a critical moment, especially in Africa's democratic path, so the role of civil society is even more necessary.

    He said this was in response to post-COVID-19 challenges, the global economic crisis and the growing demand for more democracy dividends.

    “The region is at a crossroads, and for Nigeria, the 2023 elections will be a key test of the strength of the country's democracy,” he added.

    According to Afadzinu, Nigeria's position in African geopolitics could not be underestimated and a strong civil society in Nigeria was crucial.

    However, he said that CSOs in Nigeria continued to face challenges such as technology access and affordability, cyber security, and declining donor funding, among others.

    Afadzinu said, “This influenced our decision to establish a physical presence in Nigeria and Nigerian CSOs will now have greater and easier access to WACSI programs to improve their knowledge capacity and strengthen their institutions.

    “This will allow them to strengthen their efficiency, effectiveness, influence, resilience and sustainability.

    “The WACSI Node in Abuja will serve as a liaison office and connect different types of CSOs and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI.”

    Afadzinu said these included training, mentoring and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance and management of its operations.

    It also includes providing a space for civil society actors to connect and strategize on development issues.

    She said the official input from WACSI would help CSOS build the resources and infrastructure to support local philanthropy.

    This is to allow them to raise resources to support development in addition to what partners would do.

    Afadzinu said that work would be done around the politicization of CSOs in the sense of raising awareness about the notion that citizens have a voice in their government, political position, democracy and development.

    “The social contract between citizens and government has weakened in many of our countries.

    “We must, as citizens, start to question why this is the case and how we can resolve this situation in order to have the kind of development we want in West Africa,” he said.

    Mr. Charles Abani, United Nations Coordinator, Republic of Ghana, encouraged CSOs in the region to work together and take advantage of WACSI programs to address the challenges in the region.

    This, he said, was imperative to stabilize the region and work for sustainable development, peace and unity for the benefit of all.

    “Digital transformation is huge, it is necessary to understand how to use technology to forge social cohesion instead of promoting hate speech and division,” he said.

    Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, Wits School of Governance, Johannesburg, South Africa, praised the initiative to strengthen CSOs in West Africa.

    According to Olukoshi, CSOs have an important duty to reorganize and reorganize.

    He said this is necessary in order to respond to the many discontents with democratization, which have been witnessed in the last two decades throughout the region.

    Olukoshi called on electoral stakeholders in Nigeria to ensure that the 2023 elections cement the unity of the country.

    He said that "the importance of Nigeria, not only in terms of its responsibility to its citizens, but also, to the rest of West and Central Africa in particular, is something that should be foremost in the minds of all political actors.

    "They should not take actions or decisions that make Nigeria a problem for West Africa, instead of a beacon of hope for the sub-region."

    Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani

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  •   Charity Migwi Africa Regional Activist 350 Org an international environmental organization has called on the federal government to stop issuing coal mining licenses and switch to renewable energy Migwi told the Nigerian News Agency in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 that coal mining activities in Nigeria have caused extensive environmental degradation He said that Nigeria as part of the Paris Agreement must do more to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy especially due to its negative impacts Ongoing coal mining in Nigeria has led to extensive environmental degradation including air water and soil pollution which continues to adversely affect the health of local communities This is despite the fact that the country is part of the Paris Agreement he said Migwi said the devastating impacts of fossil fuels had prompted 350 Org to launch a Coal Free Nigeria Campaign with the aim of having a just transition to renewable energy The activist noted that Nigeria has large coal deposits from the east to the north of the country estimated at at least 2 billion metric tons He denounced the continued activities of some companies including Dangote ETA Zuma and Ashaka which are engaged in coal mining in Kogi Benue and Gombe states among others On the recently launched Energy Transition Plan ETP in Nigeria he expressed concern that gas is an important part of the energy mix Recently Nigeria launched its Energy Transition Plan which unfortunately includes gas in the energy mix This is contrary to a shift to renewable energy Instead the government should focus on implementing the climate change law which would mean that the government would have to make various efforts to ultimately reduce fossil fuel exploration in the country With Nigeria being one of the largest economies in Africa it should be a beacon for the plans of other African states towards a quick and just transition towards the adoption of 100 renewable energy he said reports that 350 Org is among several other civil society organizations CSOs at COP 27 lending their voices to end fossil fuel exploration in Africa and have a just shift to renewable energy edited Source Credit NAN
    Environment activist urges FG to suspend issuance of coal licences
      Charity Migwi Africa Regional Activist 350 Org an international environmental organization has called on the federal government to stop issuing coal mining licenses and switch to renewable energy Migwi told the Nigerian News Agency in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 that coal mining activities in Nigeria have caused extensive environmental degradation He said that Nigeria as part of the Paris Agreement must do more to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy especially due to its negative impacts Ongoing coal mining in Nigeria has led to extensive environmental degradation including air water and soil pollution which continues to adversely affect the health of local communities This is despite the fact that the country is part of the Paris Agreement he said Migwi said the devastating impacts of fossil fuels had prompted 350 Org to launch a Coal Free Nigeria Campaign with the aim of having a just transition to renewable energy The activist noted that Nigeria has large coal deposits from the east to the north of the country estimated at at least 2 billion metric tons He denounced the continued activities of some companies including Dangote ETA Zuma and Ashaka which are engaged in coal mining in Kogi Benue and Gombe states among others On the recently launched Energy Transition Plan ETP in Nigeria he expressed concern that gas is an important part of the energy mix Recently Nigeria launched its Energy Transition Plan which unfortunately includes gas in the energy mix This is contrary to a shift to renewable energy Instead the government should focus on implementing the climate change law which would mean that the government would have to make various efforts to ultimately reduce fossil fuel exploration in the country With Nigeria being one of the largest economies in Africa it should be a beacon for the plans of other African states towards a quick and just transition towards the adoption of 100 renewable energy he said reports that 350 Org is among several other civil society organizations CSOs at COP 27 lending their voices to end fossil fuel exploration in Africa and have a just shift to renewable energy edited Source Credit NAN
    Environment activist urges FG to suspend issuance of coal licences
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    Environment activist urges FG to suspend issuance of coal licences

    Charity Migwi, Africa Regional Activist, 350. Org, an international environmental organization has called on the federal government to stop issuing coal mining licenses and switch to renewable energy.

    Migwi told the Nigerian News Agency in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), that coal mining activities in Nigeria have caused extensive environmental degradation.

    He said that Nigeria, as part of the Paris Agreement, must do more to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, especially due to its negative impacts.

    “Ongoing coal mining in Nigeria has led to extensive environmental degradation, including air, water and soil pollution, which continues to adversely affect the health of local communities.

    “This is despite the fact that the country is part of the Paris Agreement,” he said.

    Migwi said the devastating impacts of fossil fuels had prompted 350. Org to launch a 'Coal Free Nigeria Campaign' with the aim of having a just transition to renewable energy.

    The activist noted that Nigeria has large coal deposits from the east to the north of the country, estimated at at least 2 billion metric tons.

    He denounced the continued activities of some companies, including Dangote, ETA Zuma and Ashaka, which are engaged in coal mining in Kogi, Benue and Gombe states, among others.

    On the recently launched Energy Transition Plan (ETP) in Nigeria, he expressed concern that gas is an important part of the energy mix.

    “Recently, Nigeria launched its Energy Transition Plan, which unfortunately includes gas in the energy mix. This is contrary to a shift to renewable energy.

    “Instead, the government should focus on implementing the climate change law, which would mean that the government would have to make various efforts to ultimately reduce fossil fuel exploration in the country.

    “With Nigeria being one of the largest economies in Africa, it should be a beacon for the plans of other African states towards a quick and just transition towards the adoption of 100% renewable energy,” he said.

    reports that 350. Org is among several other civil society organizations (CSOs) at COP 27 lending their voices to end fossil fuel exploration in Africa and have a just shift to renewable energy.( )

    edited

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  •   Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
      Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
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    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption

    Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country's public and private sectors.

    They made the commitment during a special session on "Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption" organized by the Innovation Center (PIC), an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

    Ms. Olubukola Balogun, board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption .

    “Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order.

    “There are sanctions, system studies, but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions, you have your system, it is society that is going to make the tools work.

    “That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners. The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy,” she said.

    According to her, the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values, which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption.

    “We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders, youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states.

    “We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society.

    “All behaviors that are illegal let them out. It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right,” he said.

    L-R: Waziri Adio, Founder/CEO, Agora Policy; Olubukola Balogun, Honorary Board Member, Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices (ICPC); Philip Mshelbila, Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria LNG Limited; Kole Shettima, country director, MacArthur Foundation; Osasuyi Dirisu, Deputy Director, Policy Innovation Center (PIC); Akinwumi Akinola, Senior Analyst, PIC; Friday Odeh, Country Director, Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on 'Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption' held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

    Also speaking, Dr. Osasiyi Dirisu, Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices. corrupt.

    Dirisu said the three-year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria.

    “We meet with government CSOs, NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency.

    “We came together to co-create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four-sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs.

    “We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do.

    “The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re-implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions.

    “We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria,” he said.

    reports that Nigeria's National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2021) recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption.

    =========Edited

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  •   A cross section of participants at the event in Abuja on Thursday A coalition of anti corruption Civil Society Organizations CSOs called on Tuesday in Abuja for the establishment of a protection and whistleblowing law in the country The group made the call at a day long stakeholder meeting organized by the Center for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL and the International Whistleblower Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation Discussions at the workshop focused on the need for a legal framework to protect whistleblowers Mr Chido Onumah Coordinator of AFRICMIL said that the meeting aimed to map out strategies that would produce advocacy tools to achieve the enactment of a whistleblowing law in Nigeria It is important to realize that whistleblowing is a vital mechanism for accountability and good governance Whistleblowers like journalists demand that power be held accountable They play an invaluable role in exposing corruption fraud mismanagement and other misdeeds that threaten society In doing so they take high personal risks They can be fired sued blacklisted arrested threatened or even assaulted or killed in extreme cases Today in Nigeria there are many whistleblowers facing all kinds of backlash in their offices Shielding them from such punishments will promote and facilitate the fight against corruption while also improving openness and accountability in government and corporate workplaces Citizens have the right to report wrongdoing because it is also an extension of their fundamental right to freedom of expression Onumah said In her contribution Ms Liliane Mouan Corruption and Human Rights Adviser at Amnesty International West Africa said that whistleblowing legislation remains an important tool in the fight against corruption He noted that corruption has wreaked havoc on nations and that whistleblowing legislation should be encouraged to end the threat In another contribution Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu Executive Director SAY NO Campaign urged civil society groups to build strong coalitions that would drive whistleblower protection and reporting in West Africa We need to rethink the scope as well and confront the realities when we get there We need to build a formidable coalition Coalition is hard work People fight to form coalitions but coalitions are stillbirths where there are no defined goals We need to define leadership define membership define why people come together and the urgency of time needs to be indicated Nwagwu said edited Source Credit NAN
    CSOs advocate for whistle-blower protection law
      A cross section of participants at the event in Abuja on Thursday A coalition of anti corruption Civil Society Organizations CSOs called on Tuesday in Abuja for the establishment of a protection and whistleblowing law in the country The group made the call at a day long stakeholder meeting organized by the Center for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL and the International Whistleblower Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation Discussions at the workshop focused on the need for a legal framework to protect whistleblowers Mr Chido Onumah Coordinator of AFRICMIL said that the meeting aimed to map out strategies that would produce advocacy tools to achieve the enactment of a whistleblowing law in Nigeria It is important to realize that whistleblowing is a vital mechanism for accountability and good governance Whistleblowers like journalists demand that power be held accountable They play an invaluable role in exposing corruption fraud mismanagement and other misdeeds that threaten society In doing so they take high personal risks They can be fired sued blacklisted arrested threatened or even assaulted or killed in extreme cases Today in Nigeria there are many whistleblowers facing all kinds of backlash in their offices Shielding them from such punishments will promote and facilitate the fight against corruption while also improving openness and accountability in government and corporate workplaces Citizens have the right to report wrongdoing because it is also an extension of their fundamental right to freedom of expression Onumah said In her contribution Ms Liliane Mouan Corruption and Human Rights Adviser at Amnesty International West Africa said that whistleblowing legislation remains an important tool in the fight against corruption He noted that corruption has wreaked havoc on nations and that whistleblowing legislation should be encouraged to end the threat In another contribution Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu Executive Director SAY NO Campaign urged civil society groups to build strong coalitions that would drive whistleblower protection and reporting in West Africa We need to rethink the scope as well and confront the realities when we get there We need to build a formidable coalition Coalition is hard work People fight to form coalitions but coalitions are stillbirths where there are no defined goals We need to define leadership define membership define why people come together and the urgency of time needs to be indicated Nwagwu said edited Source Credit NAN
    CSOs advocate for whistle-blower protection law
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    CSOs advocate for whistle-blower protection law

    A cross-section of participants at the event in Abuja on Thursday.

    A coalition of anti-corruption Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) called on Tuesday in Abuja for the establishment of a protection and whistleblowing law in the country.

    The group made the call at a day-long stakeholder meeting organized by the Center for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and the International Whistleblower Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation.

    Discussions at the workshop focused on the need for a legal framework to protect whistleblowers.

    Mr. Chido Onumah, Coordinator of AFRICMIL, said that the meeting aimed to map out strategies that would produce advocacy tools to achieve the enactment of a whistleblowing law in Nigeria.

    “It is important to realize that whistleblowing is a vital mechanism for accountability and good governance.

    “Whistleblowers, like journalists, demand that power be held accountable. They play an invaluable role in exposing corruption, fraud, mismanagement, and other misdeeds that threaten society.

    “In doing so, they take high personal risks. They can be fired, sued, blacklisted, arrested, threatened, or even assaulted or killed in extreme cases.

    “Today in Nigeria, there are many whistleblowers facing all kinds of backlash in their offices.

    “Shielding them from such punishments will promote and facilitate the fight against corruption, while also improving openness and accountability in government and corporate workplaces.

    “Citizens have the right to report wrongdoing because it is also an extension of their fundamental right to freedom of expression,” Onumah said.

    In her contribution, Ms. Liliane Mouan, Corruption and Human Rights Adviser at Amnesty International, West Africa, said that whistleblowing legislation remains an important tool in the fight against corruption.

    He noted that corruption has wreaked havoc on nations and that whistleblowing legislation should be encouraged to end the threat.

    In another contribution, Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, Executive Director, “SAY NO Campaign”, urged civil society groups to build strong coalitions that would drive whistleblower protection and reporting in West Africa.

    “We need to rethink the scope as well and confront the realities when we get there.

    “We need to build a formidable coalition. Coalition is hard work. People fight to form coalitions, but coalitions are stillbirths where there are no defined goals.

    “We need to define leadership, define membership, define why people come together and the urgency of time needs to be indicated,” Nwagwu said.

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  •   Ms Afadzinu executive director of the West African Civil Society Institute WACSI said on Thursday that the institute was launched in Nigeria to strengthen civic space and encourage local donors Afadzinu at a press conference in Abuja announcing the establishment of WACSI in Nigeria said the move was an important milestone for the Institute She said that WACSI was conceptualized by OSIWA in consultation with civil society in West Africa and established in 2005 with its base in Accra Ghana According to her the Institute began operations in 2007 with a mandate to strengthen civil society in West Africa to be responsive collaborative representative resilient and influential through knowledge sharing learning connection and influence He said that with WACSI in Nigeria it would open up more opportunities for civil society in Nigeria From a study commissioned by WACSI to determine the extent of the impact of COVID 19 on CSOs in Nigeria it became clear that CSOs were significantly negatively affected Of the 80 CSOs that participated in the survey 38 4 percent reported having had funding cuts from major donors However 58 1 of CSOs were unable to raise any internal resources during the pandemic to supplement external donor funding 55 8 percent of CSOs agreed that they did not have the capacity to mobilize internal resources This revealed the fragility of the official sustainability of many CSOs in the country Afadzinu said he also pointed to the pressing need for CSOs to look inward to reduce their dependence on foreign sources of support He said therefore in the face of declining international support it has become desirable to broaden the support base available and accessible to CSOs in the country to engage all Nigerians He said WACSI s physical presence in Nigeria now meant that Nigerian CSOs could easily access its services and training to build their capacity so they could mobilize domestic resources and become sustainable He added that the pandemic also exposed the vulnerability of CSOs to digital security threats and technological capacity gaps that affect actors in the sector Afadzinu said that in response to the technological capacity gaps facing the country the Institute with the support of TechSoup Global donated 14 laptops to six organizations relevant software and training to enable their effective use She said it was a pilot project that was remarkably beneficial to the institutions that benefited from it and based on the results WACSI was looking for more opportunities to support civil society organizations in similar need Civic space in Nigeria like many other West African countries is shrinking and creating an environment that impedes the effectiveness of civil society With the support of the Ford Foundation WACSI is implementing the Civic Space Resource Center in collaboration with Spaces for Change to provide the necessary resources for civil society actors to build their resilience and meet the challenges of civic space Afadzinu said that the program targeted three West African countries including Nigeria adding that civil society actors in Nigeria were therefore key players in WACSI s sphere of influence He said that Nigeria had a large number of civil society organizations in the country consisting of approximately 46 000 non governmental organizations and counting in the six geopolitical zones of the country Therefore he said that given that number it became clear to WACSI s board and management that they needed to be more responsive to demands from civil society in Nigeria This he said necessitated the need to make the Institute s services easily accessible and more affordable for civic actors in Nigeria Afadzinu said that the WACSI node would act as a liaison office and connect civil society organizations and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI He added that these included training mentoring and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance management and operations of nonprofit organizations And this is not limited to NGOs She said WACSI would work on resource challenges for civil society organizations with a focus on exploring alternative funding sources and strengthening local philanthropy He said that as a regional organization WACSI s long standing commitment to ECOWAS would also be enhanced by its presence in Abuja In addition to launching the WACSI Node the Institute will also hold a technology event that will showcase what service offerings exist for civic actors in Nigeria We are hopeful that WACSI s Nigeria node will bring us even closer and strengthen our long standing relationship Together we will work to build a strong influential resilient and sustainable civil society sector in Nigeria which can effectively contribute to the peace security and prosperity of Nigeria and West Africa edited Source Credit NAN
    CSO inaugurates institute to strengthen Nigeria’s civil space, encourage local donors
      Ms Afadzinu executive director of the West African Civil Society Institute WACSI said on Thursday that the institute was launched in Nigeria to strengthen civic space and encourage local donors Afadzinu at a press conference in Abuja announcing the establishment of WACSI in Nigeria said the move was an important milestone for the Institute She said that WACSI was conceptualized by OSIWA in consultation with civil society in West Africa and established in 2005 with its base in Accra Ghana According to her the Institute began operations in 2007 with a mandate to strengthen civil society in West Africa to be responsive collaborative representative resilient and influential through knowledge sharing learning connection and influence He said that with WACSI in Nigeria it would open up more opportunities for civil society in Nigeria From a study commissioned by WACSI to determine the extent of the impact of COVID 19 on CSOs in Nigeria it became clear that CSOs were significantly negatively affected Of the 80 CSOs that participated in the survey 38 4 percent reported having had funding cuts from major donors However 58 1 of CSOs were unable to raise any internal resources during the pandemic to supplement external donor funding 55 8 percent of CSOs agreed that they did not have the capacity to mobilize internal resources This revealed the fragility of the official sustainability of many CSOs in the country Afadzinu said he also pointed to the pressing need for CSOs to look inward to reduce their dependence on foreign sources of support He said therefore in the face of declining international support it has become desirable to broaden the support base available and accessible to CSOs in the country to engage all Nigerians He said WACSI s physical presence in Nigeria now meant that Nigerian CSOs could easily access its services and training to build their capacity so they could mobilize domestic resources and become sustainable He added that the pandemic also exposed the vulnerability of CSOs to digital security threats and technological capacity gaps that affect actors in the sector Afadzinu said that in response to the technological capacity gaps facing the country the Institute with the support of TechSoup Global donated 14 laptops to six organizations relevant software and training to enable their effective use She said it was a pilot project that was remarkably beneficial to the institutions that benefited from it and based on the results WACSI was looking for more opportunities to support civil society organizations in similar need Civic space in Nigeria like many other West African countries is shrinking and creating an environment that impedes the effectiveness of civil society With the support of the Ford Foundation WACSI is implementing the Civic Space Resource Center in collaboration with Spaces for Change to provide the necessary resources for civil society actors to build their resilience and meet the challenges of civic space Afadzinu said that the program targeted three West African countries including Nigeria adding that civil society actors in Nigeria were therefore key players in WACSI s sphere of influence He said that Nigeria had a large number of civil society organizations in the country consisting of approximately 46 000 non governmental organizations and counting in the six geopolitical zones of the country Therefore he said that given that number it became clear to WACSI s board and management that they needed to be more responsive to demands from civil society in Nigeria This he said necessitated the need to make the Institute s services easily accessible and more affordable for civic actors in Nigeria Afadzinu said that the WACSI node would act as a liaison office and connect civil society organizations and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI He added that these included training mentoring and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance management and operations of nonprofit organizations And this is not limited to NGOs She said WACSI would work on resource challenges for civil society organizations with a focus on exploring alternative funding sources and strengthening local philanthropy He said that as a regional organization WACSI s long standing commitment to ECOWAS would also be enhanced by its presence in Abuja In addition to launching the WACSI Node the Institute will also hold a technology event that will showcase what service offerings exist for civic actors in Nigeria We are hopeful that WACSI s Nigeria node will bring us even closer and strengthen our long standing relationship Together we will work to build a strong influential resilient and sustainable civil society sector in Nigeria which can effectively contribute to the peace security and prosperity of Nigeria and West Africa edited Source Credit NAN
    CSO inaugurates institute to strengthen Nigeria’s civil space, encourage local donors
    General news3 weeks ago

    CSO inaugurates institute to strengthen Nigeria’s civil space, encourage local donors

    Ms. Afadzinu, executive director of the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) said on Thursday that the institute was launched in Nigeria to strengthen civic space and encourage local donors.

    Afadzinu at a press conference in Abuja announcing the establishment of WACSI in Nigeria said the move was an important milestone for the Institute.

    She said that WACSI was conceptualized by OSIWA, in consultation with civil society in West Africa and established in 2005 with its base in Accra, Ghana.

    According to her, the Institute began operations in 2007 with a mandate to strengthen civil society in West Africa to be responsive, collaborative, representative, resilient and influential through knowledge sharing, learning, connection and influence.

    He said that with WACSI in Nigeria it would open up more opportunities for civil society in Nigeria.

    “From a study commissioned by WACSI to determine the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on CSOs in Nigeria, it became clear that CSOs were significantly negatively affected.

    “Of the 80 CSOs that participated in the survey, 38.4 percent reported having had funding cuts from major donors.

    “However, 58.1% of CSOs were unable to raise any internal resources during the pandemic to supplement external donor funding; 55.8 percent of CSOs agreed that they did not have the capacity to mobilize internal resources.

    “This revealed the fragility of the official sustainability of many CSOs in the country”.

    Afadzinu said he also pointed to the pressing need for CSOs to look inward to reduce their dependence on foreign sources of support.

    He said therefore, in the face of declining international support, it has become desirable to broaden the support base available and accessible to CSOs in the country to engage all Nigerians.

    He said WACSI's physical presence in Nigeria now meant that Nigerian CSOs could easily access its services and training to build their capacity so they could mobilize domestic resources and become sustainable.

    He added that the pandemic also exposed the vulnerability of CSOs to digital security threats and technological capacity gaps that affect actors in the sector.

    Afadzinu said that in response to the technological capacity gaps facing the country, the Institute, with the support of TechSoup Global, donated 14 laptops to six organizations, relevant software and training to enable their effective use.

    She said it was a pilot project that was remarkably beneficial to the institutions that benefited from it, and based on the results, WACSI was looking for more opportunities to support civil society organizations in similar need.

    “Civic space in Nigeria, like many other West African countries, is shrinking and creating an environment that impedes the effectiveness of civil society.

    “With the support of the Ford Foundation, WACSI is implementing the Civic Space Resource Center in collaboration with Spaces for Change to provide the necessary resources for civil society actors to build their resilience and meet the challenges of civic space.”

    Afadzinu said that the program targeted three West African countries, including Nigeria, adding that civil society actors in Nigeria were therefore key players in WACSI's sphere of influence.

    He said that Nigeria had a large number of civil society organizations in the country, consisting of approximately 46,000 non-governmental organizations and counting, in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

    Therefore, he said that given that number, it became clear to WACSI's board and management that they needed to be more responsive to demands from civil society in Nigeria.

    This, he said, necessitated the need to make the Institute's services easily accessible and more affordable for civic actors in Nigeria.

    Afadzinu said that the WACSI node would act as a liaison office and connect civil society organizations and their partners with the various service offerings provided by WACSI.

    He added that these included training, mentoring, and coaching to build capacity in institutional governance, management, and operations of nonprofit organizations; And this is not limited to NGOs.

    She said WACSI would work on resource challenges for civil society organizations with a focus on exploring alternative funding sources and strengthening local philanthropy.

    He said that as a regional organization, WACSI's long-standing commitment to ECOWAS would also be enhanced by its presence in Abuja.

    “In addition to launching the WACSI Node, the Institute will also hold a technology event that will showcase what service offerings exist for civic actors in Nigeria.

    “We are hopeful that WACSI's Nigeria node will bring us even closer and strengthen our long-standing relationship.

    `Together we will work to build a strong, influential, resilient and sustainable civil society sector in Nigeria, which can effectively contribute to the peace, security and prosperity of Nigeria and West Africa.

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  •   Charity Migwi Africa Regional Activist 350 Org an international environmental activist has called for the immediate cleanup and remediation of all oil spills in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria Migwi told the Nigerian News Agency on Thursday in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 that cleanup is key to just transition of fossil fuels He lamented the increase in oil pollution and gas flaring in the Niger Delta and called on the federal government to switch its energy mix to renewables According to their issues greenhouse gas GHG emissions from oil and other sectors were responsible for mounting climate shocks such as the devastating floods in Nigeria The climate change crisis that we are witnessing especially in Africa is due to gas emissions This is why we oppose fossil fuel projects in Africa and it is not only the fossil fuel companies but also the official institutions that support them So we want to encourage the local communities of the Niger Delta to stand up for their rights and protect their land protect the water resources so that they can live on a healthier and cleaner planet Fossil fuel is not the answer to meet people s energy needs it is not the answer for development or economic growth in Nigeria there should be a fair shift to renewable energy because it is cleaner sustainable and even cheaper said The environmental activist called for everyone to come together to mitigate the effects of climate change and find greener solutions to Nigeria s energy needs 350 Org is an international environmental organization addressing the climate crisis with the goal of ending the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy a global grassroots movement The organization is among several other civil society organizations CSOs at COP 27 lending their voice to address climate change crises reports that COP 27 which began on November 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30 000 delegates will end on November 18 www news ng edited Source Credit NAN
    Activist tasks oil coys on Niger Delta clean up
      Charity Migwi Africa Regional Activist 350 Org an international environmental activist has called for the immediate cleanup and remediation of all oil spills in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria Migwi told the Nigerian News Agency on Thursday in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 that cleanup is key to just transition of fossil fuels He lamented the increase in oil pollution and gas flaring in the Niger Delta and called on the federal government to switch its energy mix to renewables According to their issues greenhouse gas GHG emissions from oil and other sectors were responsible for mounting climate shocks such as the devastating floods in Nigeria The climate change crisis that we are witnessing especially in Africa is due to gas emissions This is why we oppose fossil fuel projects in Africa and it is not only the fossil fuel companies but also the official institutions that support them So we want to encourage the local communities of the Niger Delta to stand up for their rights and protect their land protect the water resources so that they can live on a healthier and cleaner planet Fossil fuel is not the answer to meet people s energy needs it is not the answer for development or economic growth in Nigeria there should be a fair shift to renewable energy because it is cleaner sustainable and even cheaper said The environmental activist called for everyone to come together to mitigate the effects of climate change and find greener solutions to Nigeria s energy needs 350 Org is an international environmental organization addressing the climate crisis with the goal of ending the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy a global grassroots movement The organization is among several other civil society organizations CSOs at COP 27 lending their voice to address climate change crises reports that COP 27 which began on November 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30 000 delegates will end on November 18 www news ng edited Source Credit NAN
    Activist tasks oil coys on Niger Delta clean up
    Environment3 weeks ago

    Activist tasks oil coys on Niger Delta clean up

    Charity Migwi, Africa Regional Activist, 350. Org, an international environmental activist has called for the immediate cleanup and remediation of all oil spills in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

    Migwi told the Nigerian News Agency on Thursday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), that cleanup is key to just transition. of fossil fuels.

    He lamented the increase in oil pollution and gas flaring in the Niger Delta, and called on the federal government to switch its energy mix to renewables.

    According to their issues, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil and other sectors were responsible for mounting climate shocks, such as the devastating floods in Nigeria.

    “The climate change crisis that we are witnessing, especially in Africa, is due to gas emissions.

    “This is why we oppose fossil fuel projects in Africa, and it is not only the fossil fuel companies but also the official institutions that support them.

    “So we want to encourage the local communities of the Niger Delta to stand up for their rights and protect their land, protect the water resources, so that they can live on a healthier and cleaner planet.

    “Fossil fuel is not the answer to meet people's energy needs, it is not the answer for development or economic growth in Nigeria, there should be a fair shift to renewable energy because it is cleaner, sustainable and even cheaper ", said.

    The environmental activist called for everyone to come together to mitigate the effects of climate change and find greener solutions to Nigeria's energy needs.

    350. Org is an international environmental organization addressing the climate crisis, with the goal of ending the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy, a global grassroots movement.

    The organization is among several other civil society organizations (CSOs) at COP 27 lending their voice to address climate change crises.

    reports that COP 27, which began on November 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30,000 delegates, will end on November 18. (www.news..ng)

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