The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has described0 youths as critical stakeholders for achieving global peace.
Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UNFPA said this on Mondy at a meeting with youths to commemorate the World Peace Day in Abuja.
Mueller, represented by Mr Macauley Christian, Humanitarian Coordinator, UNFPA, described the youths as the engine of renovation in the process of achieving peace.
“Young people matter.
They are the engine for renovation.
They are indispensable in the promotion of peace and nation building.
“When there is no peace or justice, Sexual and Gender Based Violence is heightened,” She said.
The Country Representative, who reiterated the importance of the youths in peace promotion, said the meeting was an opportunity to amplify advocacy against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Mr Dino Corell, Employment and Migration Officer, International Labour Organisation (ILO) urged the youth to always promote peace in the society, which he said was important for development to take place.
Corell explained that peace would be a mirage if the youths were not engaged in the conversation on how to achieve it.
Mr Marwan Gwamba, Member, Nigerian Youth Parliament, expressed the commitment of Nigerian youths to peace and development.
Gwamba said they would collectively continue to propagate the message of peace and justice for a prosperous Nigeria.
He commended the UN for the opportunity and affirmed the willingness of Nigerian youths to give peace a chance through actions and advocacy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The UN General Assembly has declared the day to strengthening the ideals of peace by observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire in conflict areas.
Mr Mathias Schmale, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, says the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on availability of fundamental data on population size and growth.
The information is in a statement issued by the Media Associate of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria, Hajiya Kori Habib in Abuja on Friday.
Habib stated that Schmale made the remark during Partners Meeting on the 2023 Population and Housing Census and official launch of the Census Development Partners Forum in Abuja.
The media associate added that the resident coordinator was represented at the meeting by Ms Ulla Mueller, the Resident Representative of UNFPA Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria is getting ready for a housing and population census in April 2023 being coordinated by National Population Commission (NPC), the UNFPA in Nigeria and partners, 17 years after the last census held in 2006.She quoted the UN official as saying “the fact that this census is the first digital census in Nigeria, a census that uses various innovative approaches, technologies and software, makes the theme of today’s meeting — Supporting a Transformational Census Process in Nigeria — very appropriate.
“This is indeed a census that will be transformative for Nigeria.
”Schmale said that the ongoing 2023 census process undertaken by the Federal Government would play a vital role in producing official statistics and fundamental information for measuring progress toward the SDGs indicators in Nigeria and beyond.
He added that the attainment of the UN SDGs also depends on the country’s data of population distribution and their characteristics.
He, therefore, called for technical and financial support from partners “to sustain the country’s efforts toward conducting a much-needed and asked for census.
“A census that will make data available for evidence-based programming and policy making, improve the understanding of population dynamics and inform socio-economic development initiatives.
“The information will be useful for present and future governments of Nigeria and for the international community and for tracking progress towards the SDGs.”He reiterated the commitment of the UN to support development efforts and building a Nigeria where no one is left behind.
Mr Matthias Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, has described Sexual and Gender Based Violence( SGBV), as a global human rights violation that requires concerted efforts to be stopped.
Schmale, represented by Dr Oliver Stolpe, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the launch of the landscape analysis’ report of SGBV, Harmful Practices and Obstetrics Fistula.
Stolpe is the Country Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
“Sexual and Gender Based Violence is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violation of women and girls today.
“It has immediate, long term, physical, sexual and mental health consequences for women and girls affected,” he said.
According to him, the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals represents a unique opportunity to promote human rights, equality and wellbeing of all in particular, women and girls.
Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative UN Population Fund (UNFPA), described the fight to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) as one of the key objectives of UN Population Fund. Mueller said that one of the key objectives of UNFPA and Global Affairs Canada, one of its partners, was addressing gaps in Gender Based Violence and harmful practices in Nigeria.
She said that the programme was a three-year project adding that the success made so far in the fight against SGBV had been encouraging.
“It is a three-year programme and you just saw in the video that more than 20,000 adolescent girls are retained in schools and safe spaces in order to delay child marriage.
She said that the project had recorded huge successes through community-based surveillance against SGBV in Sokoto and Bauchi States Earlier, Minister for Women Affairs Minister and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said that prevention of SGBV and other harmful practices would boost economic growth.
Tallen, represented by Alhaji Shehu Shinkafi, Permanent Secretary in the ministry described SGBV as harmful to both humanity and nations.
“Preventing this violence can promote economic growth, human dignity and egalitarian society.
“So far we have prioritised and given increased attention to Gender Based Violence, social structural inequalities and other harmful practices,” she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the launch was sponsored by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Global Affairs Canada.
Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the promotion of women and girls’ rights.
Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the “Promote My Sister” campaign by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja.
The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Agba said that Nigeria, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country.
Mr Mathias Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator, said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them.
Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest.
According to him, women need to occupy prime positions across the globe.
He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world, citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
On her part, Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other.
Mueller, who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls, said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights.
Meanwhile, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, commended UNFPA for the launch, saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender-based violence.
Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir, Director General National Centre for Women Development.
The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has reaffirmed its commitment to protect and empower the girl-child in Nigeria.
The Fund’s Country Representative, Ms Ulla Mueller, made the commitment at the Validation of the 9th Country Programme Document (CPD) of the Fund for Nigeria in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Fund’s 9th Country Programme (CP), spanning 2023-2027, will accelerate the country’s development aspirations.
NAN also reports that the UNFPA had been developing and implementing programmes to suit the needs, aspirations and development of countries across the globe.
The programmes are aligned to national priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2025, contributing to its five strategic areas of Economic Development, Social Development, Strengthened Institutions; Peace, Security and Justice, and Environment.
In Nigeria, the Fund’s 8th CP which focused on tackling Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Maternal Mortality, Family Planning, among others, will lapse on Dec. 31, 2022, hence the need for a 9th CP so as to build on lessons learnt from the current cycle.
The CP will also enable UNFPA to work toward achieving the three transformative goals of zero unmet need for contraception; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero GBV and harmful practices by the year 2030.
National Population Commission (NPC) on Friday assured that it would not leave stone unturned in its bid to conduct a credible national census in 2023.
Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, Executive Chairman, NPC, said this in Abuja while inaugurating census dashboard and mobile device management location.
The dashboard is a monitoring instrument to enhance the quality of data being collected during the census across the country.
It has the capacity to display real-time performance of census data.
Kwarra, represented by Mrs Gloria Izonfuo, Federal Commissioner, Bayelsa said that the dashboard launch was a demonstration of the commission’s preparedness to conduct a digital and reliable census.
“As part of our collective resolve in the commission to conduct a fully digitalised census in Nigeria, the commission is leaving no stone unturned to achieve this set objective.
“It is in furtherance of this that we are today witnessing the official launch of the Census Dashboard and Mobile Device Management System,” he said.
According to him, NPC, National Bureau of Statistics, and external users could use the data from the dashboard to identify and resolve potential performance problems before they occur during household and population enumeration process.
Kwarra described the dashboard as an information management tool for monitoring, analysing and producing a visual display of the selected Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
“The developed census dashboard utilises CSPro data collected from enumeration .
“It pulls data stored in CSPro (.csdb) format and stores it into MySQL database for easy processing and visualisation”, he said.
The executive chairman commended United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), for their tremendous support to the commission.
Also, Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UNFPA, reiterated the commitment of the United Nations (UN), in supporting the commission to deliver on its madates.
She said that the dashboard was an assurance of quality to Nigerians by the commission for a verifiable and accurate data-based census.
Similarly, Dr Inuwa Jalingo, Census Manager, NPC, affirmed the success of the commission in demarcation of over 80 per cent of Nigeria’s demography.
Jalingo said that every system required for the success of the 2023 census had been put in place.
National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) has trained no fewer than 60 persons from 32 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) on mainstream aging policy, planning and implementation to enhance the livelihood of older persons.
Speaking at the occasion on Friday in Abuja, Director-General of NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, said that the training was aimed at establishing ageing desks with focal officers in relevant MDAs.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by NSCC, with support from UNFPA.
According to Omokaro, the accelerated increase in proportion and absolute number of older persons has compelled the increasing need for multi-sectoral programmes and services to meet their varied needs and challenges.
She further explained that health and wellbeing, income security, continuing engagement of the capacities of older persons and age-friendly services, including transportation, housing, sports and recreation as well as social programmes for the vulnerable, were the major domains.
“These constitute NSCC’s policy and programme interventions to address the intersecting challenges of older persons.
“They also fall within the statutory mandates of different MDAs.
“Though uncoordinated, some progress has been recorded by a few MDAs in their policy reviews, revisions and programmes. However, there are still some yawning gaps in older persons’ inclusion.
“The training is expected to increase the understanding of ageing and older persons’ aspects in MDAs’ substantive mandates and where the issues intersect with NSCC’s mandate,” she said.
According to Omokaro, 32 MDAs and 60 desk officers will benefit from the training.
“I wish to sincerely thank you for this opportunity for partnership, as we look forward to an inclusive Nigeria, where senior citizens can live dignified, healthy, happy and secured lives to the fullest,” she said.
Speaking at the occasion, the UNFPA’s Country Representative, Ms Ulla Mueller, represented by Mr Telson Ojoguu, said that the training was a milestone achievement that would leave lasting benefits.
According to her, ageing in the 21st century is both joyful and challenging, adding that the aging population can no longer be ignored.
“I want to thank the government of Nigeria for its commitment to addressing the issues of older persons in the country.
“Partnerships are of course the best method of achieving unity in diversity, as they provide the platform for cross sectoral initiatives to solve genuine and pressing concerns, such as those related to ageing.
“I want to emphasise UNFPA’s commitment and participation in ensuring old people’s continued inclusion in the society and in the development and implementation of policies that would directly influence their wellbeing and integration into the society,” she said.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on Tuesday called for action against all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria and around the world.
The Fund’s Country Representative, Ms Ulla Mueller, said it was time to end human rights violations against women and girls.
Mueller made the call at the official launch of “Call to Action”, on protection from Gender-Based Violence Emergencies in Abuja.
She recalled the gory experiences of women and girls as a result of their vulnerability and called for an end to it.
She said “my entire life, I have witnessed daughters, mothers, sisters, friends whose human rights were violated.
“Women and girls who denied the right to protection, the right to justice.”
The UN official, who recalled that the call to action was established in 2013, added that much needed to be done to end GBV.
Mr Mathias Schmale, the UN Resident Coordinator, expressed the commitment of the UN system to assist Nigeria to end GBV.
Schmale affirmed the determination of the UN to continue supporting Nigeria’s judicial process aimed at holding perpetrators accountable.
He said “UN is here to support government in ending Gender Based Violence.
“Our commitment at the UN is to support the leadership of the country in showing leadership.”
He dismissed calls for capital punishment as a way of addressing GBV, saying that the UN globally stood against capital punishment.
“The UN has a worldwide position against capital punishment for many reasons.
“We must ensure justice for survivors, we are not for capital punishment but for clear justice.”
Mr Sune Krogstrup, Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, reassured his country’s support for Nigeria in ending GBV.
Krogstrup, who described women and girls as vulnerable persons, said “protecting them is imperative.
“We know that women and girls are vulnerable in conflicts, they need protection and they need special attention.”
Earlier, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, had pledged Nigeria’s commitment to ending the menace.
She said “we all know that women and girls are vulnerable, with your commitment and support, I see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Tallen, who described “the Call to Action,” as accountability, assured of addressing all the cases of GBV through the judicial process.
She added that “Call to Action is about accountability, we will ensure that cases before us are addressed.”
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative, Ms Ulla Mueller, says that the mantra of 'bodily autonomy' proposed in her 2021 State of the World Population (SWOP) Report is not a denial of cultural norms.
He said this in Abuja when he appeared on the Nigerian News Agency Forum , the agency's flagship interview platform.
He said that "bodily autonomy" as an advanced organ was an attempt to enrich the institution of marriage and make it beneficial to both husband and wife.
He stressed that “I do not believe that bodily autonomy in any way denies cultural norms, rather, it should be seen as an attempt to enrich the institution of marriage.
"It is viable for both husband and wife, and gives women and girls the opportunity to contribute to their development."
The country's representative said that most African countries had ratified most of the UN conventions, in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in their country.
Mueller, who condemned rape both in and out of wedlock, said bodily autonomy as every woman's right is key to addressing the threat.
He expressed optimism about the coordinated UN effort to reach the time when there would be an enabling environment and a safer space to defend those rights.
He said the effort was aimed at ensuring an environment conducive to changing social norms, capacity building for traditional and religious leaders, as well as information on health and social services for women, girls, boys and men.
She explained that the effort was especially aimed at empowering women and girls as champions of change, while men would also get involved to improve the data.
"All of this contributes to efforts to end gender-based violence and harmful practices by 2030."
Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria, says the country has 15.1% unmet need for family planning.
Mueller revealed this in Abuja on Forum, the Nigerian News Agency's flagship talk show .
According to her, 15.1% of Nigerian women and girls who want family planning services do not have access to them for many reasons.
“We have an unmet need in Nigeria which is 15.1 percent. That basically means that 15.1 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 40 want access to contraception, but are denied access.
"In figures, there are around four million women who want it right now, while you and I are sitting, they want access to contraception and they don't have access," he said.
Mueller said UNFPA needed to work more in partnership with development partners to ensure commodity security.
According to her, a national basket of basic products focused on guaranteeing availability is being supported.
He added that the emphasis is on making sure the supply chain works using short-term or long-term methods.
That is one of the most critical things that should be available to women.
“So if they access the services, they can get the method they prefer. We are also working to develop the capacity of health workers, ”he said.
He also said that Nigeria's Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) and Traditional Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (TCPR), which stood at 12% and 17% respectively, were very low and of great concern to UNFPA. .
However, Mueller, who called for advocating for greater access for women to the basket of family planning staples, congratulated many of the states on their access.
“We also have more and more states that use the basket. so I think some of the achievements are really the PM 20 commitment.
"It's really about accessibility, availability and informing women that they have the right to choose," she said.