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  •  British Prime Minister Liz Truss has conceded that negotiations for a post Brexit free trade deal with the U S would not restart for years Truss made this known as she flew to New York ahead of a meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday The prime minister stressed her trade priority was striking agreements with India and the Gulf states and joining a trade pact with nations including Australia and Japan She heavily downplayed the chances of talks even resuming to get the comprehensive deal with the States that was billed by Brexit backers as a major benefit of leaving the EU during the referendum Truss a former Brexit opponent who had switched to becoming a supporter said the deals with Delhi and other allies were Britain s trade priorities ahead of talks with the U S president at a United Nations summit on Wednesday There aren t currently any negotiations taking place with the U S and I don t have an expectation that those are going to start in the short to medium term she said flying with her to New York Officials did not deny that Truss was effectively conceding it would be years before talks with the White House resume Biden had stalled on trade negotiations and vocally proud of his Irish heritage has raised concerns about the impact of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol on the peace process The next presidential election is in 2024 and the more trade focused Donald Trump might run again for the Republicans When Boris Johnson last visited the U S as prime minister Biden downplayed the chances of a deal with Britain as he warned against tampering with the Irish accords amid a row over the post Brexit protocol Truss named among her priorities the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership CPTPP one of the world s largest trading blocs which included Australia Canada and Japan The other she cited was the Gulf Co operation Council which included Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and was the EU s sixth largest export market Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi set a deadline for striking a deal by Diwali the Hindu celebration being held on Oct 23 So far Britain and the U S had been striking smaller state by state agreements with Britain signing deals with Indiana and North Carolina But these were far less ambitious than the comprehensive free trade deal touted by Brexit supporters during the 2016 referendum One of the issues facing future talks was Truss s threat to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol which the EU says would break international law Senior figures in Biden s Democratic party have warned a trade deal could be jeopardised by Britain single handedly tearing up the agreement which was part of the Brexit divorce deal While in New York to attend the UN General Assembly UNGA Truss is also set to have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and the EU s Ursula von der Leyen These were bound to prominently feature Brexit Truss would meet Macron on Tuesday before seeing Biden and von der Leyen on Wednesday She had been set to talk to the U S president in Britain over the weekend as he visited for the queen s funeral but the meeting was postponed Labour s Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy who was also attending UNGA said After being snubbed by the Biden administration within her first weeks in office Liz Truss urgently needs to wake up to the damage her reckless approach to foreign policy is doing to the UK s national interest The Prime Minister must use the UNGA to bring the UK back in from the cold and begin rebuilding our country s diplomatic influence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Truss admits talks with U.S. on free trade deal not to resume for years
     British Prime Minister Liz Truss has conceded that negotiations for a post Brexit free trade deal with the U S would not restart for years Truss made this known as she flew to New York ahead of a meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday The prime minister stressed her trade priority was striking agreements with India and the Gulf states and joining a trade pact with nations including Australia and Japan She heavily downplayed the chances of talks even resuming to get the comprehensive deal with the States that was billed by Brexit backers as a major benefit of leaving the EU during the referendum Truss a former Brexit opponent who had switched to becoming a supporter said the deals with Delhi and other allies were Britain s trade priorities ahead of talks with the U S president at a United Nations summit on Wednesday There aren t currently any negotiations taking place with the U S and I don t have an expectation that those are going to start in the short to medium term she said flying with her to New York Officials did not deny that Truss was effectively conceding it would be years before talks with the White House resume Biden had stalled on trade negotiations and vocally proud of his Irish heritage has raised concerns about the impact of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol on the peace process The next presidential election is in 2024 and the more trade focused Donald Trump might run again for the Republicans When Boris Johnson last visited the U S as prime minister Biden downplayed the chances of a deal with Britain as he warned against tampering with the Irish accords amid a row over the post Brexit protocol Truss named among her priorities the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership CPTPP one of the world s largest trading blocs which included Australia Canada and Japan The other she cited was the Gulf Co operation Council which included Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and was the EU s sixth largest export market Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi set a deadline for striking a deal by Diwali the Hindu celebration being held on Oct 23 So far Britain and the U S had been striking smaller state by state agreements with Britain signing deals with Indiana and North Carolina But these were far less ambitious than the comprehensive free trade deal touted by Brexit supporters during the 2016 referendum One of the issues facing future talks was Truss s threat to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol which the EU says would break international law Senior figures in Biden s Democratic party have warned a trade deal could be jeopardised by Britain single handedly tearing up the agreement which was part of the Brexit divorce deal While in New York to attend the UN General Assembly UNGA Truss is also set to have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and the EU s Ursula von der Leyen These were bound to prominently feature Brexit Truss would meet Macron on Tuesday before seeing Biden and von der Leyen on Wednesday She had been set to talk to the U S president in Britain over the weekend as he visited for the queen s funeral but the meeting was postponed Labour s Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy who was also attending UNGA said After being snubbed by the Biden administration within her first weeks in office Liz Truss urgently needs to wake up to the damage her reckless approach to foreign policy is doing to the UK s national interest The Prime Minister must use the UNGA to bring the UK back in from the cold and begin rebuilding our country s diplomatic influence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Truss admits talks with U.S. on free trade deal not to resume for years
    Foreign3 months ago

    Truss admits talks with U.S. on free trade deal not to resume for years

    British Prime Minister Liz Truss has conceded that negotiations for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the U.

    S. would not restart for years.

    Truss made this known as she flew to New York ahead of a meeting with President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

    The prime minister stressed her trade priority was striking agreements with India and the Gulf states, and joining a trade pact with nations including Australia and Japan.

    She heavily downplayed the chances of talks even resuming to get the comprehensive deal with the States that was billed by Brexit backers as a major benefit of leaving the EU during the referendum.

    Truss, a former Brexit opponent who had switched to becoming a supporter, said the deals with Delhi and other allies, were Britain’s trade priorities ahead of talks with the U.

    S. president at a United Nations summit on Wednesday.

    “There aren’t currently any negotiations taking place with the U.

    S. and I don’t have an expectation that those are going to start in the short to medium term,” she said flying with her to New York.” Officials did not deny that Truss was effectively conceding it would be years before talks with the White House resume.

    Biden had stalled on trade negotiations and, vocally proud of his Irish heritage, has raised concerns about the impact of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol on the peace process.

    The next presidential election is in 2024 and the more trade-focused Donald Trump might run again for the Republicans.

    When Boris Johnson last visited the U.

    S. as prime minister, Biden downplayed the chances of a deal with Britain as he warned against tampering with the “Irish accords” amid a row over the post-Brexit protocol.

    Truss named among her priorities the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), one of the world’s largest trading blocs which included Australia, Canada and Japan.

    The other she cited was the Gulf Co-operation Council, which included Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and was the EU’s sixth largest export market.

    Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi set a deadline for striking a deal by Diwali, the Hindu celebration being held on Oct. 23. So far,  Britain and the U.

    S. had been striking smaller state-by-state agreements, with Britain signing deals with Indiana and North Carolina.

    But these were far less ambitious than the comprehensive free trade deal touted by Brexit supporters during the 2016 referendum.

    One of the issues facing future talks was Truss’s threat to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which the EU says would break international law.

    Senior figures in Biden’s Democratic party have warned a trade deal could be jeopardised by Britain single-handedly tearing up the agreement, which was part of the Brexit divorce deal.

    While in New York to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Truss is also set to have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen.

    These were bound to prominently feature Brexit.

    Truss would meet Macron on Tuesday, before seeing Biden and von der Leyen on Wednesday.

    She had been set to talk to the U.

    S. president in Britain over the weekend as he visited for the queen’s funeral, but the meeting was postponed.

    Labour’s Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who was also attending UNGA, said.

    “After being snubbed by the Biden administration within her first weeks in office, Liz Truss urgently needs to wake up to the damage her reckless approach to foreign policy is doing to the UK’s national interest.

    “The Prime Minister must use the UNGA to bring the UK back in from the cold and begin rebuilding our country’s diplomatic influence.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1 855kg of cocaine Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that the president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to Chairman of the NDLEA retired Brig Gen Buba Marwa from New York The president is currently in New York United States where he is attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA 77 Buhari said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart He said I deeply appreciate the work that you have put into the eradication of the drug menace It gladdens my heart as I continue to follow the successes achieved under your leadership You have demonstrated over and again that choosing you to lead this fight against wicked merchants of death whose sole aim is to endanger and truncate the future of our youth is a very good choice Please keep up the good work Adesina quoted the Nigerian leader at a meeting later with members of his delegation as saying Buba Marwa is doing well Two tonnes of cocaine that s a haul The NDLEA had announced the highest cocaine seizure worth over 278 million dollars and arrest of drug barons including a foreigner in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Smashing of international drug syndicate excites Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1 855kg of cocaine Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that the president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to Chairman of the NDLEA retired Brig Gen Buba Marwa from New York The president is currently in New York United States where he is attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA 77 Buhari said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart He said I deeply appreciate the work that you have put into the eradication of the drug menace It gladdens my heart as I continue to follow the successes achieved under your leadership You have demonstrated over and again that choosing you to lead this fight against wicked merchants of death whose sole aim is to endanger and truncate the future of our youth is a very good choice Please keep up the good work Adesina quoted the Nigerian leader at a meeting later with members of his delegation as saying Buba Marwa is doing well Two tonnes of cocaine that s a haul The NDLEA had announced the highest cocaine seizure worth over 278 million dollars and arrest of drug barons including a foreigner in a major operation lasting two days across different locations in Lagos NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Smashing of international drug syndicate excites Buhari
    General news3 months ago

    Smashing of international drug syndicate excites Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the recent successful operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) leading to the smashing of an international drug syndicate and recovery of 1,855kg of cocaine.

    Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that the president made his feelings known when he originated a telephone call to Chairman of the NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, from New York. The president is currently in New York, United States, where he is attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77), Buhari said that the news of the recovery gladdens his heart.

    He said: ”I deeply appreciate the work that you have put into the eradication of the drug menace.

    ”It gladdens my heart as I continue to follow the successes achieved under your leadership.

    “You have demonstrated over and again that choosing you to lead this fight against wicked merchants of death whose sole aim is to endanger and truncate the future of our youth is a very good choice.

    ”Please keep up the good work.

    ” Adesina quoted the Nigerian leader at a meeting later with members of his delegation as saying: “Buba Marwa is doing well.

    Two tonnes of cocaine, that’s a haul.

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


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Minister of the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele will embark from today September 19 2022 on a working visit to the United States of America as part of the South African delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The South African delegation is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 20 to 26 2022 under the theme A defining moment unlocking transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Much of the focus of the high level and parallel meetings taking place at the UNGA will be on development issues specifically health education and the broader implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs On Monday September 19 2022 Minister Gungubele will participate in the Third Moment of the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals High Level Meeting before the opening of the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday September 20 September 2022 The annual SDG Moment aims to provide a snapshot of progress highlight actions taken by member states and advance the transformations needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda It was created by the political declaration adopted at the first Summit of the SDGs in 2019 which directed the Secretary General to convene the event as part of each UNGA high level week from 2020 to 2030 Minister Gungubele will also attend the opening of the Education for Transformation Summit where the Minister of Education Basic Ms Angie Motshekga will deliver the country statement On Wednesday September 21 2022 Minister Gungubele in his capacity as Minister of State Security will participate in the Twelfth Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF MM12 The Global Counterterrorism Forum GCTF was launched in New York on September 22 2011 as an informal platform to address critical counterterrorism challenges facing the world Comprised of 29 countries including South Africa the GCTF aims to make a practical contribution to addressing counter terrorism issues through the involvement of professionals and technical experts The MM12 meeting will focus particularly on the implementation of GCTF initiatives at the national and regional levels It will also take stock of the GCTF s efforts and achievements discuss its priorities and highlight future initiatives Minister Gungubele will also deliver the country s declaration on Wednesday during the High Level Meeting to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities The high level meeting will reflect on the implementation of the declaration and at the same time identify the gaps This is particularly relevant since it has been pointed out that minorities worldwide face new barriers in the promotion and protection of their rights various forms of discrimination including hate speech and violence The various engagements at the UNGA will give South Africa the opportunity to highlight issues of national regional and international importance South Africa s participation in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly77 is a strategic opportunity for furthering our domestic and foreign policy goals as set out in Chapter 7 of the NDP Positioning South Africa in the World
    Minister Gungubele is part of the South African delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN)
      The Minister of the Presidency Mr Mondli Gungubele will embark from today September 19 2022 on a working visit to the United States of America as part of the South African delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA The South African delegation is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 20 to 26 2022 under the theme A defining moment unlocking transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Much of the focus of the high level and parallel meetings taking place at the UNGA will be on development issues specifically health education and the broader implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs On Monday September 19 2022 Minister Gungubele will participate in the Third Moment of the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals High Level Meeting before the opening of the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday September 20 September 2022 The annual SDG Moment aims to provide a snapshot of progress highlight actions taken by member states and advance the transformations needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda It was created by the political declaration adopted at the first Summit of the SDGs in 2019 which directed the Secretary General to convene the event as part of each UNGA high level week from 2020 to 2030 Minister Gungubele will also attend the opening of the Education for Transformation Summit where the Minister of Education Basic Ms Angie Motshekga will deliver the country statement On Wednesday September 21 2022 Minister Gungubele in his capacity as Minister of State Security will participate in the Twelfth Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum GCTF MM12 The Global Counterterrorism Forum GCTF was launched in New York on September 22 2011 as an informal platform to address critical counterterrorism challenges facing the world Comprised of 29 countries including South Africa the GCTF aims to make a practical contribution to addressing counter terrorism issues through the involvement of professionals and technical experts The MM12 meeting will focus particularly on the implementation of GCTF initiatives at the national and regional levels It will also take stock of the GCTF s efforts and achievements discuss its priorities and highlight future initiatives Minister Gungubele will also deliver the country s declaration on Wednesday during the High Level Meeting to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities The high level meeting will reflect on the implementation of the declaration and at the same time identify the gaps This is particularly relevant since it has been pointed out that minorities worldwide face new barriers in the promotion and protection of their rights various forms of discrimination including hate speech and violence The various engagements at the UNGA will give South Africa the opportunity to highlight issues of national regional and international importance South Africa s participation in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly77 is a strategic opportunity for furthering our domestic and foreign policy goals as set out in Chapter 7 of the NDP Positioning South Africa in the World
    Minister Gungubele is part of the South African delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN)
    Africa3 months ago

    Minister Gungubele is part of the South African delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN)

    The Minister of the Presidency, Mr. Mondli Gungubele, will embark from today, September 19, 2022, on a working visit to the United States of America as part of the South African delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    The South African delegation is headed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor.

    The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) takes place at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 20 to 26, 2022, under the theme: "A defining moment : unlocking transformative solutions to interlocking challenges."

    Much of the focus of the high-level and parallel meetings taking place at the UNGA will be on development issues, specifically health, education and the broader implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    On Monday, September 19, 2022, Minister Gungubele will participate in the Third Moment of the 2022 Sustainable Development Goals: High-Level Meeting before the opening of the General Debate of the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 20.

    September 2022.

    The annual SDG Moment aims to provide a snapshot of progress, highlight actions taken by member states, and advance the transformations needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

    It was created by the political declaration adopted at the first Summit of the SDGs in 2019, which directed the Secretary-General to convene the event as part of each UNGA high-level week from 2020 to 2030.

    Minister Gungubele will also attend the opening of the Education for Transformation Summit, where the Minister of Education Basic, Ms. Angie Motshekga, will deliver the country statement.

    On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Minister Gungubele, in his capacity as Minister of State Security, will participate in the Twelfth Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) (MM12).

    The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was launched in New York on September 22, 2011 as an informal platform to address critical counterterrorism challenges facing the world.

    Comprised of 29 countries (including South Africa), the GCTF aims to make a practical contribution to addressing counter-terrorism issues through the involvement of professionals and technical experts.

    The MM12 meeting will focus particularly on the implementation of GCTF initiatives at the national and regional levels.

    It will also take stock of the GCTF's efforts and achievements, discuss its priorities, and highlight future initiatives.

    Minister Gungubele will also deliver the country's declaration on Wednesday during the High-Level Meeting to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

    The high-level meeting will reflect on the implementation of the declaration and at the same time identify the gaps.

    This is particularly relevant since it has been pointed out that minorities, worldwide, face new barriers in the promotion and protection of their rights, various forms of discrimination, including hate speech and violence.

    The various engagements at the UNGA will give South Africa the opportunity to highlight issues of national, regional and international importance.

    South Africa's participation in the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly77 is a strategic opportunity for furthering our domestic and foreign policy goals, as set out in Chapter 7 of the NDP, Positioning South Africa in the World.

  •   As world leaders gather at this year s UN General Assembly David Miliband President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and Abdirahman Abdishakur Special Presidential Envoy for Drought Response to the Federal Republic of Somalia issue a joint statement on the impending famine in Somalia and need for urgent action The window to save tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives in Somalia is rapidly closing said Special Envoy Abdirahman Abdishakur There is still time to prevent massive loss of life but when famine breaks out it will be too late More than 7 million people more than half the population of Somalia are in need of emergency food aid 300 000 people are at risk of famine unless urgent action is taken and two million more are on the brink Fifty four percent of children in Somalia are expected to experience acute malnutrition in the next year World leaders cannot and must not fail to face this moment While there has been a commendable increase in funding particularly from the United States the international community at large has not received the necessary support to avert catastrophe Donors cannot wait they must step up now and ensure funding quickly reaches those on the front lines best placed to avert humanitarian catastrophe David Miliband President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee said The world has pledged never again to allow a famine to develop in Somalia or to act so late but little more than a decade later without international action Immediately a catastrophic famine will hit parts of Somalia in October In 2011 half of all deaths in the region occurred before famine was declared It should be a shame that history risks repeating itself The number of people in pre famine or famine like conditions in Somalia has increased by 500 since the beginning of the year In one IRC malnutrition clinic in Somalia alone acute cases increased by more than 800 in just four months The IRC has operated in Somalia for decades We commend Somalia s creation of the role of Special Envoy to mobilize the international community We appreciate our partnership with the government as We are moving forward to save lives but we need more support Uniquely vulnerable to food insecurity East Africa is now mired in the lingering economic impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic escalating internal conflict rising food and fuel prices as a result of the fallout from war in Ukraine and the worst drought in decades aggravated by climate change While Ethiopia Kenya and Somalia represent 2 percent of the world s population they are home to 70 percent of the world s most extremely food insecure people During this UNGA high level week member states and multilateral agencies must mount a rapid and focused international response to the famine with the aim of preventing the worst impacts in Somalia Mr Miliband and Mr Abdishakur urge the international community to take the following actions Donors must fully fund the 1 5 billion humanitarian appeal for Somalia less than 70 funded to date and ensure further direct funding for frontline responders The UN High Level Task Force on Famine Prevention should focus its efforts on countries most at risk of famine including Somalia The task force must engage with key stakeholders to address future responses to potential famines and mobilize funds early on While early warning systems accurately predict food insecurity political will and investment are needed to build resilience through robust long term multisectoral interventions that can start well before famine is likely to break out Climate adaptation financing is an indispensable part of these efforts and will have the added benefit of helping to address the needs of millions of people already living with the worst impacts of the climate crisis Donors UNICEF WFP and WHO must support national nutrition programs in adopting new models of care that simplify and decentralize the treatment of undernutrition with children and caregivers at the center Numerous studies show that a simplified combined protocol using a single product a simplified dosing schedule and simplified diagnostic criteria is equally effective in curing children but is more cost effective and easier to scale than the more complex standard approach The inefficiencies of the current bifurcated system have resulted in an 80 treatment gap with 4 out of 5 wasted children unable to access the treatment they need
    Joint statement by David Miliband and Somalia’s Special Envoy for Drought Response, Abdirahman Abdishakur, as a declaration of famine looms in Somalia
      As world leaders gather at this year s UN General Assembly David Miliband President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and Abdirahman Abdishakur Special Presidential Envoy for Drought Response to the Federal Republic of Somalia issue a joint statement on the impending famine in Somalia and need for urgent action The window to save tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives in Somalia is rapidly closing said Special Envoy Abdirahman Abdishakur There is still time to prevent massive loss of life but when famine breaks out it will be too late More than 7 million people more than half the population of Somalia are in need of emergency food aid 300 000 people are at risk of famine unless urgent action is taken and two million more are on the brink Fifty four percent of children in Somalia are expected to experience acute malnutrition in the next year World leaders cannot and must not fail to face this moment While there has been a commendable increase in funding particularly from the United States the international community at large has not received the necessary support to avert catastrophe Donors cannot wait they must step up now and ensure funding quickly reaches those on the front lines best placed to avert humanitarian catastrophe David Miliband President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee said The world has pledged never again to allow a famine to develop in Somalia or to act so late but little more than a decade later without international action Immediately a catastrophic famine will hit parts of Somalia in October In 2011 half of all deaths in the region occurred before famine was declared It should be a shame that history risks repeating itself The number of people in pre famine or famine like conditions in Somalia has increased by 500 since the beginning of the year In one IRC malnutrition clinic in Somalia alone acute cases increased by more than 800 in just four months The IRC has operated in Somalia for decades We commend Somalia s creation of the role of Special Envoy to mobilize the international community We appreciate our partnership with the government as We are moving forward to save lives but we need more support Uniquely vulnerable to food insecurity East Africa is now mired in the lingering economic impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic escalating internal conflict rising food and fuel prices as a result of the fallout from war in Ukraine and the worst drought in decades aggravated by climate change While Ethiopia Kenya and Somalia represent 2 percent of the world s population they are home to 70 percent of the world s most extremely food insecure people During this UNGA high level week member states and multilateral agencies must mount a rapid and focused international response to the famine with the aim of preventing the worst impacts in Somalia Mr Miliband and Mr Abdishakur urge the international community to take the following actions Donors must fully fund the 1 5 billion humanitarian appeal for Somalia less than 70 funded to date and ensure further direct funding for frontline responders The UN High Level Task Force on Famine Prevention should focus its efforts on countries most at risk of famine including Somalia The task force must engage with key stakeholders to address future responses to potential famines and mobilize funds early on While early warning systems accurately predict food insecurity political will and investment are needed to build resilience through robust long term multisectoral interventions that can start well before famine is likely to break out Climate adaptation financing is an indispensable part of these efforts and will have the added benefit of helping to address the needs of millions of people already living with the worst impacts of the climate crisis Donors UNICEF WFP and WHO must support national nutrition programs in adopting new models of care that simplify and decentralize the treatment of undernutrition with children and caregivers at the center Numerous studies show that a simplified combined protocol using a single product a simplified dosing schedule and simplified diagnostic criteria is equally effective in curing children but is more cost effective and easier to scale than the more complex standard approach The inefficiencies of the current bifurcated system have resulted in an 80 treatment gap with 4 out of 5 wasted children unable to access the treatment they need
    Joint statement by David Miliband and Somalia’s Special Envoy for Drought Response, Abdirahman Abdishakur, as a declaration of famine looms in Somalia
    Africa3 months ago

    Joint statement by David Miliband and Somalia’s Special Envoy for Drought Response, Abdirahman Abdishakur, as a declaration of famine looms in Somalia

    As world leaders gather at this year's UN General Assembly, David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, and Abdirahman Abdishakur, Special Presidential Envoy for Drought Response to the Federal Republic of Somalia, issue a joint statement on the impending famine in Somalia.

    and need for urgent action.

    "The window to save tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of lives in Somalia is rapidly closing," said Special Envoy Abdirahman Abdishakur.

    “There is still time to prevent massive loss of life, but when famine breaks out, it will be too late.

    More than 7 million people, more than half the population of Somalia, are in need of emergency food aid.

    300,000 people are at risk of famine unless urgent action is taken, and two million more are on the brink.

    Fifty-four percent of children in Somalia are expected to experience acute malnutrition in the next year.

    World leaders cannot and must not fail to face this moment.

    While there has been a commendable increase in funding, particularly from the United States, the international community at large has not received the necessary support to avert catastrophe.

    Donors cannot wait, they must step up now and ensure funding quickly reaches those on the front lines best placed to avert humanitarian catastrophe.” David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said: "The world has pledged 'never again' to allow a famine to develop in Somalia or to act so late, but little more than a decade later, without international action Immediately, a catastrophic famine will hit parts of Somalia in October.

    In 2011, half of all deaths in the region occurred before famine was declared.

    It should be a shame that history risks repeating itself.

    The number of people in pre-famine or famine-like conditions in Somalia has increased by 500% since the beginning of the year.In one IRC malnutrition clinic in Somalia alone, acute cases increased by more than 800% in just four months.

    The IRC has operated in Somalia for decades We commend Somalia's creation of the role of Special Envoy to mobilize the international community We appreciate our partnership with the government as We are moving forward to save lives, but we need more support.” Uniquely vulnerable to food insecurity, East Africa is now mired in the lingering economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, escalating internal conflict, rising food and fuel prices as a result of the fallout from war in Ukraine and the worst drought in decades aggravated by climate change.

    While Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia represent 2 percent of the world's population, they are home to 70 percent of the world's most extremely food insecure people.

    During this UNGA high-level week, member states and multilateral agencies must mount a rapid and focused international response to the famine, with the aim of preventing the worst impacts in Somalia.

    Mr. Miliband and Mr. Abdishakur urge the international community to take the following actions: Donors must fully fund the $1.5 billion humanitarian appeal for Somalia, less than 70% funded to date, and ensure further direct funding for frontline responders.

    The UN High-Level Task Force on Famine Prevention should focus its efforts on countries most at risk of famine, including Somalia.

    The task force must engage with key stakeholders to address future responses to potential famines and mobilize funds early on.

    While early warning systems accurately predict food insecurity, political will and investment are needed to build resilience through robust, long-term, multisectoral interventions that can start well before famine is likely to break out.

    Climate adaptation financing is an indispensable part of these efforts and will have the added benefit of helping to address the needs of millions of people already living with the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

    Donors, UNICEF, WFP and WHO must support national nutrition programs in adopting new models of care that simplify and decentralize the treatment of undernutrition, with children and caregivers at the center.

    Numerous studies show that a simplified combined protocol using a single product, a simplified dosing schedule, and simplified diagnostic criteria is equally effective in curing children, but is more cost-effective and easier to scale than the more complex, standard approach.

    The inefficiencies of the current bifurcated system have resulted in an 80% treatment gap, with 4 out of 5 wasted children unable to access the treatment they need.

  •   The United Nations General Assembly UNGA is the main policymaking body of the United Nations The UN General Assembly is an opportunity for the world to come together to address the most pressing global challenges we face today At the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA 77 the United States will reinforce the President s commitment to multilateral action by actively participating in the full spectrum of UNGA events and activities UNGA 77 opens on September 13 2022 with High Level Week taking place from September 19 23 in New York Policy Priorities The United States believes that the United Nations provides a vital platform that can help address some of the most pressing and shared challenges that affect us all from global food security to global health crises We are committed to continuing to work with and through the United Nations system to find solutions to these challenges The United States also recognizes that at this time of heightened geopolitical tensions we all have a role to play in helping shape a future United Nations that can deliver on its mandate and remain a central and effective problem solving institution With that in mind the United States is focused on three key political priorities for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly Combating Food Insecurity Promoting Global Health and Global Health Security and Upholding the Charter of the United Nations and shape the future of the United Nations Combating food insecurity Food security is about having enough safe and nutritious food to eat Food insecurity can destabilize societies increase hunger and malnutrition drive migration and conflict and cause serious economic dislocation The number of people affected by food insecurity continues to rise with 2022 expected to be the most food insecure year on record globally Higher energy costs climate change COVID 19 and global conflicts are fueling the food crisis Russia s unwarranted invasion of Ukraine has made an already bad situation worse preventing the most vulnerable and most at risk from accessing desperately needed food The World Bank estimates that the Russian government s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine may push an additional 40 million people around the world into extreme poverty and food insecurity this year To learn more read Putin s War Worsen Food Insecurity Not Sanctions Consistent with the humanitarian principles of humanity neutrality impartiality and independence the United States is committed to working with the international community and the United Nations to address the drivers of food insecurity including climate change the COVID 19 pandemic and the armed forces conflict Global health promotion and global health security The world continues to struggle to end the COVID 19 pandemic as well as other global health threats The United States is exercising diplomatic leadership to mobilize an international response to the COVID 19 pandemic and its secondary impacts while strengthening the global biosafety infrastructure to address both the current crisis and future health related threats As we have seen if people get sick with an infectious disease jobs can be lost and entire communities suffer Advancing global health security and disease outbreak preparedness is vital not only to protect health and safety but also to ensure economic prosperity and defend national security interests We are committed to strengthening global health security so the world can build back better to prevent detect and respond to the next outbreak of infectious disease Uphold the Charter of the United Nations and Shape the Future of the United Nations The United States is committed to the United Nations founding principles of the protection of human rights and dignity When the Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26 1945 it laid the foundation for a post World War II era dedicated to the resolution of international disputes by peaceful means The charter proclaimed the UN s commitment to maintaining international peace and security and supporting human rights Today the UN includes almost every country in the world with 193 members We must reaffirm the centrality of the UN Charter in international affairs as part of a broader vision for the future of the United Nations and the international system The Secretary General s Our Common Agenda report provides UN member states with a starting point for that discussion which he has urged world leaders to address at the Future Summit We welcome the Secretary General s taking this initiative We look forward to consulting with other Member States especially through traditional regional divisions to better understand how they see the way forward and to share and seek feedback on our own ideas In accordance with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter we must recommit to holding Russia accountable for launching an illegal war against Ukraine and condemning its ongoing efforts to erase Ukrainian identity including Russian leak operations and attempts to illegally annex parts of Ukrainian territory We must take this occasion to once again reaffirm our support for Ukraine s sovereignty territorial integrity and independence protected by the United Nations Charter as we seek to address the adverse consequences of this war and prepare the ground for an eventual diplomatic process to put an end to it
    77th session of the United Nations General Assembly
      The United Nations General Assembly UNGA is the main policymaking body of the United Nations The UN General Assembly is an opportunity for the world to come together to address the most pressing global challenges we face today At the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA 77 the United States will reinforce the President s commitment to multilateral action by actively participating in the full spectrum of UNGA events and activities UNGA 77 opens on September 13 2022 with High Level Week taking place from September 19 23 in New York Policy Priorities The United States believes that the United Nations provides a vital platform that can help address some of the most pressing and shared challenges that affect us all from global food security to global health crises We are committed to continuing to work with and through the United Nations system to find solutions to these challenges The United States also recognizes that at this time of heightened geopolitical tensions we all have a role to play in helping shape a future United Nations that can deliver on its mandate and remain a central and effective problem solving institution With that in mind the United States is focused on three key political priorities for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly Combating Food Insecurity Promoting Global Health and Global Health Security and Upholding the Charter of the United Nations and shape the future of the United Nations Combating food insecurity Food security is about having enough safe and nutritious food to eat Food insecurity can destabilize societies increase hunger and malnutrition drive migration and conflict and cause serious economic dislocation The number of people affected by food insecurity continues to rise with 2022 expected to be the most food insecure year on record globally Higher energy costs climate change COVID 19 and global conflicts are fueling the food crisis Russia s unwarranted invasion of Ukraine has made an already bad situation worse preventing the most vulnerable and most at risk from accessing desperately needed food The World Bank estimates that the Russian government s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine may push an additional 40 million people around the world into extreme poverty and food insecurity this year To learn more read Putin s War Worsen Food Insecurity Not Sanctions Consistent with the humanitarian principles of humanity neutrality impartiality and independence the United States is committed to working with the international community and the United Nations to address the drivers of food insecurity including climate change the COVID 19 pandemic and the armed forces conflict Global health promotion and global health security The world continues to struggle to end the COVID 19 pandemic as well as other global health threats The United States is exercising diplomatic leadership to mobilize an international response to the COVID 19 pandemic and its secondary impacts while strengthening the global biosafety infrastructure to address both the current crisis and future health related threats As we have seen if people get sick with an infectious disease jobs can be lost and entire communities suffer Advancing global health security and disease outbreak preparedness is vital not only to protect health and safety but also to ensure economic prosperity and defend national security interests We are committed to strengthening global health security so the world can build back better to prevent detect and respond to the next outbreak of infectious disease Uphold the Charter of the United Nations and Shape the Future of the United Nations The United States is committed to the United Nations founding principles of the protection of human rights and dignity When the Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26 1945 it laid the foundation for a post World War II era dedicated to the resolution of international disputes by peaceful means The charter proclaimed the UN s commitment to maintaining international peace and security and supporting human rights Today the UN includes almost every country in the world with 193 members We must reaffirm the centrality of the UN Charter in international affairs as part of a broader vision for the future of the United Nations and the international system The Secretary General s Our Common Agenda report provides UN member states with a starting point for that discussion which he has urged world leaders to address at the Future Summit We welcome the Secretary General s taking this initiative We look forward to consulting with other Member States especially through traditional regional divisions to better understand how they see the way forward and to share and seek feedback on our own ideas In accordance with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter we must recommit to holding Russia accountable for launching an illegal war against Ukraine and condemning its ongoing efforts to erase Ukrainian identity including Russian leak operations and attempts to illegally annex parts of Ukrainian territory We must take this occasion to once again reaffirm our support for Ukraine s sovereignty territorial integrity and independence protected by the United Nations Charter as we seek to address the adverse consequences of this war and prepare the ground for an eventual diplomatic process to put an end to it
    77th session of the United Nations General Assembly
    Africa3 months ago

    77th session of the United Nations General Assembly

    The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the main policymaking body of the United Nations.

    The UN General Assembly is an opportunity for the world to come together to address the most pressing global challenges we face today.

    At the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77), the United States will reinforce the President's commitment to multilateral action by actively participating in the full spectrum of UNGA events and activities.

    UNGA 77 opens on September 13, 2022, with High Level Week taking place from September 19-23 in New York. Policy Priorities The United States believes that the United Nations provides a vital platform that can help address some of the most pressing and shared challenges that affect us all, from global food security to global health crises.

    We are committed to continuing to work with and through the United Nations system to find solutions to these challenges.

    The United States also recognizes that, at this time of heightened geopolitical tensions, we all have a role to play in helping shape a future United Nations that can deliver on its mandate and remain a central and effective problem-solving institution.

    With that in mind, the United States is focused on three key political priorities for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly: Combating Food Insecurity, Promoting Global Health and Global Health Security, and Upholding the Charter of the United Nations.

    and shape the future of the United Nations.

    Combating food insecurity Food security is about having enough safe and nutritious food to eat.

    Food insecurity can destabilize societies, increase hunger and malnutrition, drive migration and conflict, and cause serious economic dislocation.

    The number of people affected by food insecurity continues to rise, with 2022 expected to be the most food insecure year on record globally.

    Higher energy costs, climate change, COVID-19 and global conflicts are fueling the food crisis.

    Russia's unwarranted invasion of Ukraine has made an already bad situation worse, preventing the most vulnerable and most at risk from accessing desperately needed food.

    The World Bank estimates that the Russian government's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine may push an additional 40 million people around the world into extreme poverty and food insecurity this year.

    To learn more, read Putin's War Worsen Food Insecurity, Not Sanctions.

    Consistent with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, the United States is committed to working with the international community and the United Nations to address the drivers of food insecurity, including climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the armed forces.

    conflict.

    Global health promotion and global health security The world continues to struggle to end the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other global health threats.

    The United States is exercising diplomatic leadership to mobilize an international response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its secondary impacts while strengthening the global biosafety infrastructure to address both the current crisis and future health-related threats.

    As we have seen, if people get sick with an infectious disease, jobs can be lost and entire communities suffer.

    Advancing global health security and disease outbreak preparedness is vital not only to protect health and safety, but also to ensure economic prosperity and defend national security interests.

    We are committed to strengthening global health security so the world can build back better to prevent, detect, and respond to the next outbreak of infectious disease.

    Uphold the Charter of the United Nations and Shape the Future of the United Nations The United States is committed to the United Nations.

    founding principles of the protection of human rights and dignity.

    When the Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26, 1945, it laid the foundation for a post-World War II era dedicated to the resolution of international disputes by peaceful means.

    The charter proclaimed the UN's commitment to maintaining international peace and security and supporting human rights.

    Today, the UN includes almost every country in the world, with 193 members.

    We must reaffirm the centrality of the UN Charter in international affairs, as part of a broader vision for the future of the United Nations and the international system.

    The Secretary-General's “Our Common Agenda” report provides UN member states with a starting point for that discussion, which he has urged world leaders to address at the “Future Summit”.

    We welcome the Secretary-General's taking this initiative.

    We look forward to consulting with other Member States, especially through traditional regional divisions, to better understand how they see the way forward and to share and seek feedback on our own ideas.

    In accordance with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, we must recommit to holding Russia accountable for launching an illegal war against Ukraine and condemning its ongoing efforts to erase Ukrainian identity, including Russian leak operations and attempts to illegally annex parts of Ukrainian territory.

    We must take this occasion to once again reaffirm our support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, protected by the United Nations Charter, as we seek to address the adverse consequences of this war and prepare the ground for an eventual diplomatic process to put an end to it.

    .

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York for the high level meetings of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari arrived at the JF Kennedy International Airport in New York at about 6 20 pm local time The president was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Tijjani Muhammad Bande and Nigeria s Ambassador to the United States Dr Mrs Uzoma Emenike among others The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the 2022 UNGA include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic Buhari is expected to attend the opening of High Level Summit on Transforming Education and Leaders Roundtable on Monday where he will deliver Nigeria s National Statement Similarly he will make a statement on Thematic Session four of the summit on Digital Transformation of Education On Tuesday Buhari will attend the opening ceremony of UNGA General Debate where the President of the General Assembly Csaba K r s and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will declare the General Debate open He is expected to attend the opening ceremony as the Head of the Nigerian Delegation in company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande and other top Nigerian delegates Also he will be attending Transforming Education in Africa Past Present and Future where he will make a statement that same day On Wednesday Buhari will be the first speaker to address the General Assembly which is the second day of the General Debate He will deliver Nigeria s statement around 9am around 2pm Nigerian time to other world leaders during the morning session Also he will be attending the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change meeting and Africa s New Public Health Order Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda Similarly Buhari will attend a reception by the U S President Joe Biden at American Museum of Natural History On Thursday the President is expected to attend a bilateral meeting on Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum and High Level meetings on the Sahel Also Buhari will attend the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government On Friday the Nigerian President will attend High Level Breakfast Meeting on Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council Commemoration of 15 years of L 69 Similarly he will attend the official Launch of Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework that same day NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari arrives New York for 77th UN General Assembly
     President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York for the high level meetings of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari arrived at the JF Kennedy International Airport in New York at about 6 20 pm local time The president was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Tijjani Muhammad Bande and Nigeria s Ambassador to the United States Dr Mrs Uzoma Emenike among others The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the 2022 UNGA include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic Buhari is expected to attend the opening of High Level Summit on Transforming Education and Leaders Roundtable on Monday where he will deliver Nigeria s National Statement Similarly he will make a statement on Thematic Session four of the summit on Digital Transformation of Education On Tuesday Buhari will attend the opening ceremony of UNGA General Debate where the President of the General Assembly Csaba K r s and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will declare the General Debate open He is expected to attend the opening ceremony as the Head of the Nigerian Delegation in company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande and other top Nigerian delegates Also he will be attending Transforming Education in Africa Past Present and Future where he will make a statement that same day On Wednesday Buhari will be the first speaker to address the General Assembly which is the second day of the General Debate He will deliver Nigeria s statement around 9am around 2pm Nigerian time to other world leaders during the morning session Also he will be attending the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change meeting and Africa s New Public Health Order Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda Similarly Buhari will attend a reception by the U S President Joe Biden at American Museum of Natural History On Thursday the President is expected to attend a bilateral meeting on Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum and High Level meetings on the Sahel Also Buhari will attend the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government On Friday the Nigerian President will attend High Level Breakfast Meeting on Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council Commemoration of 15 years of L 69 Similarly he will attend the official Launch of Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework that same day NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari arrives New York for 77th UN General Assembly
    Foreign3 months ago

    Buhari arrives New York for 77th UN General Assembly

    President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York for the high-level meetings of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    The UN Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari arrived at the JF Kennedy International Airport in New York at about 6.20 pm local time.

    The president was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Dr Mrs Uzoma Emenike, among others.

    The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday, Sept. 13 is: “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.

    ” Key topics of discussion at the 2022 UNGA include the war in Ukraine, the global energy crisis, climate action, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Buhari is expected to attend the opening of High-Level Summit on Transforming Education and Leaders Roundtable on Monday, where he will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement.

    Similarly, he will make a statement on Thematic Session four of the summit on Digital Transformation of Education.

    On Tuesday, Buhari will attend the opening ceremony of UNGA General Debate where the President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrös and UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres will declare the General Debate open.

    He is expected to attend the opening ceremony as the Head of the Nigerian Delegation in company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and other top Nigerian delegates.

    Also, he will be attending Transforming Education in Africa: Past, Present and Future where he will make a statement that same day.

    On Wednesday, Buhari will be the first speaker to address the General Assembly, which is the second day of the General Debate.

    He will deliver Nigeria’s statement around 9am (around 2pm Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session.

    Also, he will be attending the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change meeting and Africa’s New Public Health Order: Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda.

    Similarly, Buhari will attend a reception by the U.

    S. President Joe Biden at American Museum of Natural History.

    On Thursday, the President is expected to attend a bilateral meeting on Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum and High-Level meetings on the Sahel.

    Also, Buhari will attend the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

    On Friday, the Nigerian President will attend High Level Breakfast Meeting on Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council Commemoration of 15 years of L.

    69. Similarly, he will attend the official Launch of Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework that same day.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA77 in New York United States The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT and some top government functionaries were at the airport to wish farewell to the president A statement earlier issued by the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Saturday said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept 21 Aside his National Statement the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum NIEPF Adesina said The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York he said The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education On the entourage of the president are his wife Aisha some governors ministers and top government officials The president is expected back in the country on Monday Sept 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs for New York Sunday
     President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA77 in New York United States The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT and some top government functionaries were at the airport to wish farewell to the president A statement earlier issued by the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Saturday said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept 21 Aside his National Statement the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum NIEPF Adesina said The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York he said The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education On the entourage of the president are his wife Aisha some governors ministers and top government officials The president is expected back in the country on Monday Sept 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs for New York Sunday
    General news3 months ago

    UNGA77: Buhari departs for New York Sunday

    President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA77) in New York, United States.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some top government functionaries were at the airport to wish farewell to the president.

    A statement earlier issued by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Saturday, said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept. 21. “Aside his National Statement, the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF),’’ Adesina said.

    The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding.

    Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC-NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows.

    “President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders, renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York,’’ he said.

    The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday, Sept. 13 is: “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.

    ” Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine, the global energy crisis, climate action, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education.

    On the entourage of the president are his wife, Aisha, some governors, ministers and top government officials.

    The president is expected back in the country on Monday, Sept. 26.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA77 He will address the UNGA on Sept 21 his media aide Mr Femi Adesina stated in Abuja on Saturday Aside his National Statement the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum NIEPF he stated The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York he added The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education On the entourage of the president are his wife Aisha some governors ministers and top government officials The president is expected back in the country on Monday Sept 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to address 77th UN General Assembly
     President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA77 He will address the UNGA on Sept 21 his media aide Mr Femi Adesina stated in Abuja on Saturday Aside his National Statement the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum NIEPF he stated The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York he added The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education On the entourage of the president are his wife Aisha some governors ministers and top government officials The president is expected back in the country on Monday Sept 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to address 77th UN General Assembly
    General news3 months ago

    Buhari to address 77th UN General Assembly

    President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA77).

    He will address the UNGA on Sept. 21, his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina stated in Abuja on Saturday.

    “Aside his National Statement, the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF),’’ he stated.

    The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding.

    Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC-NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows.

    “President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders, renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York,’’ he added.

    The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday, Sept. 13 is: “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.

    ” Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine, the global energy crisis, climate action, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education.

    On the entourage of the president are his wife, Aisha, some governors, ministers and top government officials.

    The president is expected back in the country on Monday, Sept. 26.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  USAfrica Trade and Business Network Inc a U S based non profit organisation has showcased some commodities from Nigeria to facilitate import and export opportunities for those products to the international markets The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the Nigerian made products showcased were honey with mixed spices Zobo powder groundnut Tamba finger millet and Acha Fonia among others The 2 day USAfrica Business Expo was organised on the margins of the 77th session of UN General Assembly UNGA 77 to target delegates from Member States The Expo aimed to improve the trade relations between the United States and Africa with the theme Facilitating Export Import Opportunity for U S Africa Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs for Sustainable Development We have strategic partners agencies parastatals and the private sector who help make our work gainful in Nigeria and other countries Executive Director USAfrica Business Expo Mr Gbenga Omotayo told NAN in New York on Friday Some Nigerian MSMEs are selling their products in the U S with our help such as shea butter African black soap handmade beauty amp cosmetic products African print spices etc he said He said that the expo offered enormous leverage for navigation to International markets and an enabling arena where opportunities were created In the same vein he said deals were made and different government bodies engaged for a more thriving U S and Africa bilateral relations and trade cooperation According to him the event was organised on the margins of the UN General Assembly because from research America is the biggest consumer market especially for Africans with export ready products Omotayo said that there were many investment opportunities for Africans to tap into the resources in the United States and vice versa He said but the biggest gap remains the implementation and maximisation of bilateral trade opportunities I realised there were so many significant events where dignitaries such as African diplomats business and political leaders continued to pursue partnerships with the United States come together to talk about policies and global development It was on this backdrop that we decided to hold this event annually within the margins of UNGA as that is the time when all the African Leaders are in the U S creating an avenue to make it more impactful for the regular business owners The expo therefore has been created as an effective platform to help increase the exports of developing countries by aiding African businesses exporters and government agencies in maximising initiatives To maximise initiatives such as African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Prosper Africa and African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA and to help find new international markets for export ready products he said The official expressed optimism that the 2022 edition of the Expo would achieve objective of increasing the number of U S and African businesses For over six years he said the organisation had been hosting multiple events at the UN towards connecting organisations and enterprises with new buyers suppliers and investment opportunities Many connections made at these events had led to long term relationships and strategic partnerships this is because we did not want to limit this impact only to the annual business expo In addition to that we create the Export Import Hub a members only hub where we connect buyers and sellers be it for distributorship white labeling or private labeling We also organise training and workshops some of which were our import and prosper and export and prosper workshops Outside the Export Import Hub we network and maintain meaningful relationships with relevant agencies institutions and political and diplomatic leaders he said Omotayo added that the expo was not just for Africans but also for African Americans including the Caribbean He said It attracts high net worth attendees who you could connect with and get started on business deals The likes of potential investors actively seeking opportunities C Suite executives and government officials who can discuss the latest policy and opportunities are present at the Expo He called on business owners to key into the vision of the organisation saying we will help you establish your business es in the international trade space focusing on U S trade relations You should make yourselves available if you want to leverage the opportunities the expo presents as you have the chance to network with relevant individuals in a collaborative environment to improve trade and investment drive NAN reports that the event was organised in collaboration with NYC Office of the Mayor Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative WADHI Renew Our Earth Pacetas marketing Agency Kind Capital Resources KCR Strategic Women and Youth Institute Redberyl Consulting Susa Tours LTD Abuja Other partners were Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI Sustainable Development Goals Human Energy Development Innovations HEDi EXIM Export Import Bank of the United States Global Chamber the U S Customs and Border Protection nannew NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA 77: USAfrica Business Network showcases Nigeria’s commodities
     USAfrica Trade and Business Network Inc a U S based non profit organisation has showcased some commodities from Nigeria to facilitate import and export opportunities for those products to the international markets The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the Nigerian made products showcased were honey with mixed spices Zobo powder groundnut Tamba finger millet and Acha Fonia among others The 2 day USAfrica Business Expo was organised on the margins of the 77th session of UN General Assembly UNGA 77 to target delegates from Member States The Expo aimed to improve the trade relations between the United States and Africa with the theme Facilitating Export Import Opportunity for U S Africa Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs for Sustainable Development We have strategic partners agencies parastatals and the private sector who help make our work gainful in Nigeria and other countries Executive Director USAfrica Business Expo Mr Gbenga Omotayo told NAN in New York on Friday Some Nigerian MSMEs are selling their products in the U S with our help such as shea butter African black soap handmade beauty amp cosmetic products African print spices etc he said He said that the expo offered enormous leverage for navigation to International markets and an enabling arena where opportunities were created In the same vein he said deals were made and different government bodies engaged for a more thriving U S and Africa bilateral relations and trade cooperation According to him the event was organised on the margins of the UN General Assembly because from research America is the biggest consumer market especially for Africans with export ready products Omotayo said that there were many investment opportunities for Africans to tap into the resources in the United States and vice versa He said but the biggest gap remains the implementation and maximisation of bilateral trade opportunities I realised there were so many significant events where dignitaries such as African diplomats business and political leaders continued to pursue partnerships with the United States come together to talk about policies and global development It was on this backdrop that we decided to hold this event annually within the margins of UNGA as that is the time when all the African Leaders are in the U S creating an avenue to make it more impactful for the regular business owners The expo therefore has been created as an effective platform to help increase the exports of developing countries by aiding African businesses exporters and government agencies in maximising initiatives To maximise initiatives such as African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Prosper Africa and African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA and to help find new international markets for export ready products he said The official expressed optimism that the 2022 edition of the Expo would achieve objective of increasing the number of U S and African businesses For over six years he said the organisation had been hosting multiple events at the UN towards connecting organisations and enterprises with new buyers suppliers and investment opportunities Many connections made at these events had led to long term relationships and strategic partnerships this is because we did not want to limit this impact only to the annual business expo In addition to that we create the Export Import Hub a members only hub where we connect buyers and sellers be it for distributorship white labeling or private labeling We also organise training and workshops some of which were our import and prosper and export and prosper workshops Outside the Export Import Hub we network and maintain meaningful relationships with relevant agencies institutions and political and diplomatic leaders he said Omotayo added that the expo was not just for Africans but also for African Americans including the Caribbean He said It attracts high net worth attendees who you could connect with and get started on business deals The likes of potential investors actively seeking opportunities C Suite executives and government officials who can discuss the latest policy and opportunities are present at the Expo He called on business owners to key into the vision of the organisation saying we will help you establish your business es in the international trade space focusing on U S trade relations You should make yourselves available if you want to leverage the opportunities the expo presents as you have the chance to network with relevant individuals in a collaborative environment to improve trade and investment drive NAN reports that the event was organised in collaboration with NYC Office of the Mayor Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative WADHI Renew Our Earth Pacetas marketing Agency Kind Capital Resources KCR Strategic Women and Youth Institute Redberyl Consulting Susa Tours LTD Abuja Other partners were Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI Sustainable Development Goals Human Energy Development Innovations HEDi EXIM Export Import Bank of the United States Global Chamber the U S Customs and Border Protection nannew NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA 77: USAfrica Business Network showcases Nigeria’s commodities
    Foreign3 months ago

    UNGA 77: USAfrica Business Network showcases Nigeria’s commodities

    USAfrica Trade and Business Network, Inc, a U.

    S.-based non-profit organisation has showcased some commodities from Nigeria to facilitate import and export opportunities for those products to the international markets.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the Nigerian-made products showcased were honey with mixed spices, Zobo powder groundnut, Tamba finger millet and Acha Fonia, among others.

    The 2-day USAfrica Business Expo was organised on the margins of the 77th session of UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) to target delegates from Member States.

    The Expo aimed to improve the trade relations between the United States and Africa with the theme, “Facilitating Export-Import Opportunity for U.

    S.-Africa Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for Sustainable Development.

    ” “We have strategic partners, agencies, parastatals, and the private sector who help make our work gainful in Nigeria and other countries.

    ,’’ Executive Director, USAfrica Business Expo, Mr Gbenga Omotayo told NAN in New York on Friday.

    “Some Nigerian MSMEs are selling their products in the U.

    S. with our help, such as shea butter, African black soap, handmade beauty & cosmetic products, African print, spices, etc,’’ he said.

    He said that the expo offered enormous leverage for navigation to International markets and an enabling arena where opportunities were created.

    In the same vein, he said, deals were made, and different government bodies engaged for a more thriving U.

    S. and Africa bilateral relations and trade cooperation.

    According to him, the event was organised on the margins of the UN General Assembly, ” because, from research, America is the biggest consumer market, especially for Africans with export-ready products.

    ” Omotayo said that there were many investment opportunities for Africans to tap into the resources in the United States and vice versa.

    He said, ”but, the biggest gap remains the implementation and maximisation of bilateral trade opportunities.

    “I realised there were so many significant events where dignitaries such as African diplomats, business, and political leaders continued to pursue partnerships with the United States come together to talk about policies and global development.

    “It was on this backdrop that we decided to hold this event annually, within the margins of UNGA, as that is the time when all the African Leaders are in the U.

    S, creating an avenue to make it more impactful for the regular business owners.

    “The expo, therefore, has been created as an effective platform to help increase the exports of developing countries by aiding African businesses, exporters, and government agencies in maximising initiatives.

    “To maximise initiatives such as African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Prosper Africa, and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and to help find new international markets for export-ready products,’’ he said.

    The official expressed optimism that the 2022 edition of the Expo would achieve objective of increasing the number of U.

    S. and African businesses.

    For over six years, he said, the organisation had been hosting multiple events at the UN towards connecting organisations and enterprises with new buyers, suppliers, and investment opportunities.

    “Many connections made at these events had led to long-term relationships and strategic partnerships; this is because, we did not want to limit this impact only to the annual business expo.

    “In addition to that, we create the ‘Export-Import Hub’, a members-only hub where we connect buyers and sellers, be it for distributorship, white labeling, or private labeling.

    “We also organise training and workshops, some of which were our ‘import and prosper’ and ‘export and prosper’ workshops.

    “Outside the Export-Import Hub, we network and maintain meaningful relationships with relevant agencies, institutions, and political and diplomatic leaders,’’ he said.

    Omotayo added that the expo was not just for Africans but also for African Americans, including the Caribbean.

    He said: “‘It attracts high-net-worth attendees who you could connect with and get started on business deals.

    ”The likes of potential investors actively seeking opportunities, C-Suite executives, and government officials who can discuss the latest policy and opportunities are present at the Expo.” He called on business owners to key into the vision of the organisation, saying,” we will help you establish your business(es) in the international trade space, focusing on U.

    S trade relations.

    “You should make yourselves available if you want to leverage the opportunities the expo presents, as you have the chance to network with relevant individuals in a collaborative environment to improve trade and investment drive.

    ’’ NAN reports that the event was organised in collaboration with NYC Office of the Mayor, Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI), Renew Our Earth, Pacetas marketing Agency, Kind Capital Resources (KCR), Strategic Women and Youth Institute, Redberyl Consulting, Susa Tours LTD.

    , Abuja.

    Other partners were Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Sustainable Development Goals, Human Energy Development Innovations (HEDi), EXIM (Export-Import) Bank of the United States, Global Chamber, the U.

    S. Customs and Border Protection.

    nannew.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia a Nigerian representative on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW has proposed digital marketing to assist women sell their products Eghobamien Mshelia said this while speaking in New York on Promoting Inclusion and Innovations through Gender Response at a symposium organised as part of the 2022 USAfrica Expo The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the High Level Symposium was organsied on the margins of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly The gender expert said digital marketing was a gateway to help women adding that she has been doing that by creating an App to help train women to market their products We need commerce facilities so that women could produce quality products that will be imported to other countries she said Eghobamien Mshelia also spoke about the discrimination women faced at work saying that some women experience violence and harassment in their workplaces One of the issues is to promote women in workplaces there is no level playing field between women and men if it comes to accessing business resources Women s constraints are different from men as far as access to market is concerned and women account for 60 per cent of population in workspace but their output is not reflecting in Gross Domestic Products GDP she said Speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the event Mr Gbenga Omotayo Executive Director USAfrica BusinessExpo said the Expo was aimed at targeting investors distributors entrepreneurs businesses political and diplomatic leaders for business opportunities at the ongoing UNGA According to him USAfrica Trade and Business Network Inc a U S based non profit organisation has been connecting organisations and businesses with new buyers supplier and investment opportunities between the U S and Africa He said Our target audience is drawn from across the public and private sectors in trade investment automobile innovation and oil and gas Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs with agricultural products for export or who export their locally manufactured products hugely from the expo The event brings together representatives of government UN agencies and development partners and encourage the exchange of views sharing of experiences There is also settling of common goals and targets in line with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development particularly those related to health trade and partnerships He said the organisation had been promoting and strengthening trade and investment between the USA and Africa In line with the UN s Sustainable Development Goals This event is a direct response to the UN s call Urgent action is needed to mobilise redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on sustainable development objectives Long term investments including foreign direct investment are needed in critical sectors especially in developing countries Our event enhances trade agreements and policies between Africa and the United States encouraging an increase in participation towards the fulfillment of the SDGs in 2030 and AU agenda 2063 goals the official said In addition he said focus of the organisation was to help African MSMEs to find U S markets for their export ready products while expanding their distribution networks To do this efficiently we create room for bilateral conversations between people from customs and select compliance officers from different countries Our exhibitors products undergo compliance and standardisation checks to ensure they meet all the requirements needed to sell in retail stores and e commerce sites in the U S facilitating investment opportunities for American and African businesses the official said Through such events he said participants had gained fundamental knowledge and know how on U S Africa export by hearing C level executives and government officials talk about Prosper Africa initiative African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Similar they were always told what they needed to know to take advantage of these available opportunities efficiently Quoting CNN reports he said that the diaspora was the secret weapon of Africa We strive to bring their wealth expertise and resources to Africans doing business in the motherland for Africa s growth You know Africans outside Africa want to give back but do not know how to do this This event gives them insight as to how they can do this through connections made with people who attend from Africa the official said NAN reports that the event was organised in collaboration with NYC Office of the Mayor Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative WADHI Renew Our Earth Pacetas marketing Agency Kind Capital Resources KCR Strategic Women and Youth Institute Redberyl Consulting Susa Tours LTD Abuja Other partners were Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI Sustainable Development Goals Human Energy Development Innovations HEDi EXIM Export Import Bank of the United States Global Chamber the U S Customs and Border Protection NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria’s UN CEDAW rep. proposes digital marketing to help women
     Mrs Esther Eghobamien Mshelia a Nigerian representative on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW has proposed digital marketing to assist women sell their products Eghobamien Mshelia said this while speaking in New York on Promoting Inclusion and Innovations through Gender Response at a symposium organised as part of the 2022 USAfrica Expo The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the High Level Symposium was organsied on the margins of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly The gender expert said digital marketing was a gateway to help women adding that she has been doing that by creating an App to help train women to market their products We need commerce facilities so that women could produce quality products that will be imported to other countries she said Eghobamien Mshelia also spoke about the discrimination women faced at work saying that some women experience violence and harassment in their workplaces One of the issues is to promote women in workplaces there is no level playing field between women and men if it comes to accessing business resources Women s constraints are different from men as far as access to market is concerned and women account for 60 per cent of population in workspace but their output is not reflecting in Gross Domestic Products GDP she said Speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the event Mr Gbenga Omotayo Executive Director USAfrica BusinessExpo said the Expo was aimed at targeting investors distributors entrepreneurs businesses political and diplomatic leaders for business opportunities at the ongoing UNGA According to him USAfrica Trade and Business Network Inc a U S based non profit organisation has been connecting organisations and businesses with new buyers supplier and investment opportunities between the U S and Africa He said Our target audience is drawn from across the public and private sectors in trade investment automobile innovation and oil and gas Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs with agricultural products for export or who export their locally manufactured products hugely from the expo The event brings together representatives of government UN agencies and development partners and encourage the exchange of views sharing of experiences There is also settling of common goals and targets in line with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development particularly those related to health trade and partnerships He said the organisation had been promoting and strengthening trade and investment between the USA and Africa In line with the UN s Sustainable Development Goals This event is a direct response to the UN s call Urgent action is needed to mobilise redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on sustainable development objectives Long term investments including foreign direct investment are needed in critical sectors especially in developing countries Our event enhances trade agreements and policies between Africa and the United States encouraging an increase in participation towards the fulfillment of the SDGs in 2030 and AU agenda 2063 goals the official said In addition he said focus of the organisation was to help African MSMEs to find U S markets for their export ready products while expanding their distribution networks To do this efficiently we create room for bilateral conversations between people from customs and select compliance officers from different countries Our exhibitors products undergo compliance and standardisation checks to ensure they meet all the requirements needed to sell in retail stores and e commerce sites in the U S facilitating investment opportunities for American and African businesses the official said Through such events he said participants had gained fundamental knowledge and know how on U S Africa export by hearing C level executives and government officials talk about Prosper Africa initiative African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Similar they were always told what they needed to know to take advantage of these available opportunities efficiently Quoting CNN reports he said that the diaspora was the secret weapon of Africa We strive to bring their wealth expertise and resources to Africans doing business in the motherland for Africa s growth You know Africans outside Africa want to give back but do not know how to do this This event gives them insight as to how they can do this through connections made with people who attend from Africa the official said NAN reports that the event was organised in collaboration with NYC Office of the Mayor Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative WADHI Renew Our Earth Pacetas marketing Agency Kind Capital Resources KCR Strategic Women and Youth Institute Redberyl Consulting Susa Tours LTD Abuja Other partners were Chamber of Commerce and Industry ACCI Sustainable Development Goals Human Energy Development Innovations HEDi EXIM Export Import Bank of the United States Global Chamber the U S Customs and Border Protection NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria’s UN CEDAW rep. proposes digital marketing to help women
    Foreign3 months ago

    Nigeria’s UN CEDAW rep. proposes digital marketing to help women

    Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, a Nigerian representative on the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), has proposed digital marketing to assist women sell their products.

    Eghobamien-Mshelia said this while speaking in New York on “Promoting Inclusion and Innovations through Gender Response” at a symposium, organised as part of the 2022 USAfrica Expo.” The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the High-Level Symposium was organsied on the margins of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

    The gender expert said digital marketing was a gateway to help  women, adding that she has been doing that by creating an App to help train women to market their products.

    “We need commerce facilities so that women could produce quality products that will be imported to other countries,” she said Eghobamien-Mshelia also spoke about the discrimination women faced at work, saying that some women experience violence and harassment in their workplaces.

    “One of the issues is to promote women in workplaces, there is no level playing field between women and men if it comes to accessing business resources.

    “Women’s constraints are different from men as far as access to market is concerned and women account for 60 per cent of population in workspace, but their output is not reflecting in Gross Domestic Products (GDP),.

    ” she said.

    Speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the event, Mr Gbenga Omotayo, Executive Director, USAfrica BusinessExpo, said the Expo, was aimed at targeting investors, distributors, entrepreneurs, businesses, political and diplomatic leaders for business opportunities at the ongoing UNGA.

    According to him, USAfrica Trade and Business Network, Inc, a U.

    S.-based non-profit organisation, has been connecting organisations, and businesses with new buyers, supplier, and investment opportunities between the U.

    S. and Africa.

    He said: ‘Our target audience is drawn from across the public and private sectors in trade, investment, automobile innovation, and oil and gas; Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with agricultural products for export or who export their locally manufactured products hugely from the expo.

    “The event brings together representatives of government, UN agencies and development partners, and encourage the exchange of views, sharing of experiences.

    ”There is also settling of common goals and targets in line with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly those related to health, trade and partnerships.

    ’’ He said the organisation had been promoting and strengthening trade and investment between the USA and Africa In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    “This event is a direct response to the UN’s call, “Urgent action is needed to mobilise, redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on sustainable development objectives “Long-term investments, including foreign direct investment, are needed in critical sectors, especially in developing countries”.

    “Our event enhances trade agreements and policies between Africa and the United States, encouraging an increase in participation towards the fulfillment of the SDGs in 2030 and AU agenda 2063 goals,’’ the official said.

    In addition, he said, focus of the organisation was to help African MSMEs to find U.

    S markets for their export-ready products while expanding their distribution networks.

    “To do this efficiently, we create room for bilateral conversations between people from customs and select compliance officers from different countries.

    “Our exhibitors’ products undergo compliance and standardisation checks to ensure they meet all the requirements needed to sell in retail stores and e-commerce sites in the U.

    S., facilitating investment opportunities for American and African businesses,’’ the official said.

    Through such events, he said ,participants had gained fundamental knowledge and know-how on U.

    S-Africa export by hearing C-level executives and government officials talk about Prosper Africa initiative, African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

    Similar, they were always told what they needed to know to take advantage of these available opportunities efficiently.

    Quoting CNN reports, he said that the diaspora was the secret weapon of Africa.

    “We strive to bring their wealth, expertise, and resources to Africans doing business in the motherland for Africa’s growth.

    “You know Africans outside Africa want to give back but do not know how to do this.

    ”This event gives them insight as to how they can do this through connections made with people who attend from Africa,’’ the official said.

    NAN reports that the event was organised in collaboration with NYC Office of the Mayor, Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI), Renew Our Earth, Pacetas marketing Agency, Kind Capital Resources (KCR), Strategic Women and Youth Institute, Redberyl Consulting, Susa Tours LTD.

    , Abuja.

    Other partners were Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Sustainable Development Goals, Human Energy Development Innovations (HEDi), EXIM (Export-Import) Bank of the United States, Global Chamber, the U.

    S. Customs and Border Protection.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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