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  •  The President United Nations General Assembly Amb Muhammad Bande on Tuesday submitted a proposal on how to hold the 2020 high level week amidstcthe coronavirus pandemic Muhammad Bande in a letter to member countries suggested that the annual event should hold in September as usual but in a different format In preparation for the high level week of the 75th session of the General Assembly I sought the advice of the Secretary General of the United Nations UN the local authorities the host government the UN Medical Director and consulted with Member States Based on these exchanges I surmise that the limitations on international travel and convening of large in person meetings as a result of the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic may in varying degrees still be in effect in September As we contend with the COVID 19 pandemic we should in accordance with our common commitment to the values and principles set out in the UN Charter strive to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of the important work of the General Assembly Thus the Assembly should consider holding the General Debate and the high level meetings scheduled for September in a different format he said Muhammad Bande outlined 20 elements for consideration for the annual event which usually holds between Sept 22 and Sept 29 One of them was the limitation of physical presence in the General Assembly Hall for the General Debate to one or two New York based delegates per country depending on the situation He suggested that persons to be physically present in the General Assembly Hall should be free of COVID 19 symptoms In addition delegates should be made to maintain the recommended physical distancing and to wear face covering within the premises at all times The PGA also proposed that Heads of State and Government or ministers representing member countries should address the General Debate via pre recorded video statements To this end a video statement by one of these high ranking officials should be submitted by each country to the UN secretariat in New York through their permanent mission As an alternative he suggested that countries could deliver their statements through their permanent representatives in the General Assembly Hall Similar arrangements would be made for the high level meeting of the Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN scheduled to hold on Sept 21 he suggested Other recommendations include movement of all side events by member states to virtual platforms to reduce the number of people in the UN building Member States will be encouraged to publish all these virtual side events in the Journal of the United Nations under the Other Events section he said The General Assembly announced a virtual meeting of member states for Friday to discover the proposals Edited By Chidinma Agu Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNGA President submits proposal on format for September high-level week
     The President United Nations General Assembly Amb Muhammad Bande on Tuesday submitted a proposal on how to hold the 2020 high level week amidstcthe coronavirus pandemic Muhammad Bande in a letter to member countries suggested that the annual event should hold in September as usual but in a different format In preparation for the high level week of the 75th session of the General Assembly I sought the advice of the Secretary General of the United Nations UN the local authorities the host government the UN Medical Director and consulted with Member States Based on these exchanges I surmise that the limitations on international travel and convening of large in person meetings as a result of the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic may in varying degrees still be in effect in September As we contend with the COVID 19 pandemic we should in accordance with our common commitment to the values and principles set out in the UN Charter strive to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of the important work of the General Assembly Thus the Assembly should consider holding the General Debate and the high level meetings scheduled for September in a different format he said Muhammad Bande outlined 20 elements for consideration for the annual event which usually holds between Sept 22 and Sept 29 One of them was the limitation of physical presence in the General Assembly Hall for the General Debate to one or two New York based delegates per country depending on the situation He suggested that persons to be physically present in the General Assembly Hall should be free of COVID 19 symptoms In addition delegates should be made to maintain the recommended physical distancing and to wear face covering within the premises at all times The PGA also proposed that Heads of State and Government or ministers representing member countries should address the General Debate via pre recorded video statements To this end a video statement by one of these high ranking officials should be submitted by each country to the UN secretariat in New York through their permanent mission As an alternative he suggested that countries could deliver their statements through their permanent representatives in the General Assembly Hall Similar arrangements would be made for the high level meeting of the Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN scheduled to hold on Sept 21 he suggested Other recommendations include movement of all side events by member states to virtual platforms to reduce the number of people in the UN building Member States will be encouraged to publish all these virtual side events in the Journal of the United Nations under the Other Events section he said The General Assembly announced a virtual meeting of member states for Friday to discover the proposals Edited By Chidinma Agu Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNGA President submits proposal on format for September high-level week
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA President submits proposal on format for September high-level week

    The President, United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Muhammad-Bande, on Tuesday submitted a proposal on how to hold the 2020 high-level week amidstcthe coronavirus pandemic.

     Muhammad-Bande, in a letter to member countries, suggested that the annual event should hold in September as usual but in a different format.

    “In preparation for the high-level week of the 75th session of the General Assembly, I sought the advice of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), the local authorities, the host government, the UN Medical Director and consulted with Member States.

    “Based on these exchanges, I surmise that the limitations on international travel and convening of large in-person meetings as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, may, in varying degrees, still be in effect in September.

    “As we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, we should, in accordance with our common commitment to the values and principles set out in the UN Charter, strive to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of the important work of the General Assembly.

    “Thus, the Assembly should consider holding the General Debate and the high-level meetings scheduled for September  in a different format,” he said.

    Muhammad-Bande outlined 20 elements for consideration for the annual event, which usually holds between Sept. 22 and Sept. 29.

    One of them was the limitation of physical presence in the General Assembly Hall for the General Debate to one or two New York-based delegates per country depending on the situation.

    He suggested that persons to be physically present in the General Assembly Hall should be free of COVID-19 symptoms.

    In addition, delegates should be made to maintain the recommended physical distancing and to wear face covering within the premises at all times.

    The PGA also proposed that Heads of State and Government or ministers representing member countries should address the General Debate via pre-recorded video statements.

    To this end, a video statement by one of these high-ranking officials should be submitted by each country to the UN secretariat in New York through their permanent mission.

    As an alternative, he suggested that countries could deliver their statements  through their permanent representatives in the General Assembly Hall.

    “Similar arrangements would be made for the high-level meeting of the Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN scheduled to hold on Sept. 21,” he suggested.

    Other recommendations include movement of all side events by member states to virtual platforms to reduce the number of people in the UN building.

    Member States will be encouraged to publish all these virtual side-events in the Journal of the United Nations, under the ‘Other Events’ section,” he said.

    The General Assembly announced a virtual meeting of member states for Friday to discover the proposals.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  President of the United Nations General Assembly Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande says the lawmaking organ has produced 26 important decisions and resolutions under its silence procedure as adopted on March 27 Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN disclosed this at a virtual news briefing on activities of the Assembly amid the COVID 19 pandemic in New York on Monday Silence procedure is an online decision making method adopted by member states following the suspension of in personal plenary meetings at the UN headquarters to avoid the spread of the disease Normally the 193 member Assembly adopts resolutions by majority votes or by consensus at its plenary sessions but under the silence procedure draft resolutions are circulated to member states online Ambassadors are then given a 72 hour deadline to consider the proposals and communicate their decisions back to the PGA s office If a country objects before the deadline the resolution is defeated but in the absence of objections the UNGA President then circulates a letter confirming adoption The News Agency of Nigeria reports that one of the 26 resolutions tagged 74 270 came on April 2 in which the Assembly called for global solidarity to fight the pandemic It followed up with Resolution 74 274 on April 24 that urges international cooperation to ensure equitable global access to COVID 19 vaccines drugs and medical equipment The Assembly which is the most representative organ of the UN also passed Resolution 74 275 on May 28 proclaiming Sept 9 every year as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack Muhammad Bande commended member countries for taking a leap of faith with the silence procedure amid doubts over their ability to virtually work closely together He also lauded the UN secretariat for coming up with technological innovations to facilitate virtual meetings of the organisation and its agencies Life has never been the same for individuals communities nations and certainly the United Nations since the outbreak of COVID 19 The world had to change in terms of the tempo and method of work This was extremely challenging for us at the UN That we are meeting virtually underscores the necessity to work together to defeat the COVID 19 and strengthen multilateral cooperation on other issues affecting us as a global community he said The PGA said with the silence procedure came the need for Member States to work harder at passing resolutions through consensus which according to him is normally difficult Describing 2020 as a critical year for the UN Muhammad Bande said the Assembly was poised to get more things done virtually in preparation for the high level week in September We are preparing for celebration of the 75th anniversary of the organisation Serious work is going on robust political declaration to be placed before our Heads of States and Government on Sept 21 We are confident that a very important declaration will be agreed by all member states added Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Wale Ojetimi NAN
    UNGA adopts 26 resolutions under ‘silence procedure’ – President  
     President of the United Nations General Assembly Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande says the lawmaking organ has produced 26 important decisions and resolutions under its silence procedure as adopted on March 27 Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN disclosed this at a virtual news briefing on activities of the Assembly amid the COVID 19 pandemic in New York on Monday Silence procedure is an online decision making method adopted by member states following the suspension of in personal plenary meetings at the UN headquarters to avoid the spread of the disease Normally the 193 member Assembly adopts resolutions by majority votes or by consensus at its plenary sessions but under the silence procedure draft resolutions are circulated to member states online Ambassadors are then given a 72 hour deadline to consider the proposals and communicate their decisions back to the PGA s office If a country objects before the deadline the resolution is defeated but in the absence of objections the UNGA President then circulates a letter confirming adoption The News Agency of Nigeria reports that one of the 26 resolutions tagged 74 270 came on April 2 in which the Assembly called for global solidarity to fight the pandemic It followed up with Resolution 74 274 on April 24 that urges international cooperation to ensure equitable global access to COVID 19 vaccines drugs and medical equipment The Assembly which is the most representative organ of the UN also passed Resolution 74 275 on May 28 proclaiming Sept 9 every year as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack Muhammad Bande commended member countries for taking a leap of faith with the silence procedure amid doubts over their ability to virtually work closely together He also lauded the UN secretariat for coming up with technological innovations to facilitate virtual meetings of the organisation and its agencies Life has never been the same for individuals communities nations and certainly the United Nations since the outbreak of COVID 19 The world had to change in terms of the tempo and method of work This was extremely challenging for us at the UN That we are meeting virtually underscores the necessity to work together to defeat the COVID 19 and strengthen multilateral cooperation on other issues affecting us as a global community he said The PGA said with the silence procedure came the need for Member States to work harder at passing resolutions through consensus which according to him is normally difficult Describing 2020 as a critical year for the UN Muhammad Bande said the Assembly was poised to get more things done virtually in preparation for the high level week in September We are preparing for celebration of the 75th anniversary of the organisation Serious work is going on robust political declaration to be placed before our Heads of States and Government on Sept 21 We are confident that a very important declaration will be agreed by all member states added Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Wale Ojetimi NAN
    UNGA adopts 26 resolutions under ‘silence procedure’ – President  
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA adopts 26 resolutions under ‘silence procedure’ – President  

    President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, says the lawmaking organ has produced 26 important decisions and resolutions under its silence procedure as adopted on March 27.

    Muhammad-Bande, who is Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, disclosed this at a virtual news briefing on activities of the Assembly amid the COVID-19 pandemic in New York on Monday.

    Silence procedure is an online decision-making method adopted by member states following the suspension of in-personal plenary meetings at the UN headquarters to avoid the spread of the disease.

    Normally, the 193-member Assembly adopts resolutions by majority votes or by consensus at its plenary sessions, but under the silence procedure, draft resolutions are circulated to member states online.

    Ambassadors are then given a 72-hour deadline to consider the proposals and communicate their decisions back to the PGA’s office.

    If a country objects before the deadline, the resolution is defeated, but in the absence of objections, the UNGA President then circulates a letter confirming adoption.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that one of the 26 resolutions tagged 74/270 came on April 2 in which the Assembly called for global solidarity to fight the pandemic.

    It followed up with Resolution 74/274 on April 24 that urges international cooperation to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and medical equipment.

    The Assembly, which is the most representative organ of the UN, also passed Resolution 74/275 on May 28 proclaiming Sept. 9 every year as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

    Muhammad-Bande commended member countries for taking “a leap of faith” with the silence procedure amid doubts over their ability to virtually work closely together.

    He also lauded the UN secretariat for coming up with technological innovations to facilitate virtual meetings of the organisation and its agencies.

    “Life has never been the same for individuals, communities, nations and certainly the United Nations since the outbreak of COVID-19.

    “The world had to change in terms of the tempo and method of work. This was extremely challenging for us at the UN.

    “That we are meeting virtually underscores the necessity to work together to defeat the COVID-19 and strengthen multilateral cooperation on other issues affecting us as a global community,’’ he said.

    The PGA said with the silence procedure came the need for Member States to work harder at passing resolutions through consensus, which according to him, is normally difficult.

    Describing 2020 as a critical year for the UN, Muhammad-Bande said the Assembly was poised to get more things done virtually in preparation for the high-level week in September.

    “We are preparing for celebration of the 75th anniversary of the organisation.

    “Serious work is going on robust political declaration to be placed before our Heads of States and Government on Sept. 21.

    “We are confident that a very important declaration will be agreed by all member states,’’ added.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

  •  President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA Tijjani Muhammad Bande said Monday that some 100 diplomats are likely to attend the UN General Debate this September due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID 19 pandemic We want to have the General Debate as scheduled but the number of people that can be allowed into the hall General Assembly Hall maybe a hundred or so but not a whole lot of people coming to the General Assembly Muhammad Bande said at a press briefing The UNGA president said that the United Nations is currently discussing the mechanics of the General Debate which is scheduled for Sept 22 to 30 and expects to decide on how the high level event will be held in the next two weeks But Muhammad Bande stressed that in terms of the broad direction we are not going to have heads of state and government come to New York due to a lot of uncertainties including the number of hotels in New York and medical services as world leaders do not travel as simple individuals The United Nations is considering to shift to video messages by the heads of state and government for the high level session as opposed to in person presentations New York City began the first phase of reopening on Monday the United Nations is also gearing up for its return to normalcy in three phases The UN headquarters which has remained largely closed since mid March due to the pandemic is considering to reopen with new workplace measures being put in place for staff diplomats and journalists that will include maximum two person occupancy in elevators and wearing masks in public areas The 75th session of the UNGA will open on Sept 15 The first day of the high level General Debate will be Sept 22 A total of 143 heads of state and government spoke at the General Debate of the 74th session of the UNGA last year This year coincides with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the world body which is also considering ways of celebration XINHUA
    Some 100 diplomats likely to attend UN General Debate in September: UNGA president
     President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA Tijjani Muhammad Bande said Monday that some 100 diplomats are likely to attend the UN General Debate this September due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID 19 pandemic We want to have the General Debate as scheduled but the number of people that can be allowed into the hall General Assembly Hall maybe a hundred or so but not a whole lot of people coming to the General Assembly Muhammad Bande said at a press briefing The UNGA president said that the United Nations is currently discussing the mechanics of the General Debate which is scheduled for Sept 22 to 30 and expects to decide on how the high level event will be held in the next two weeks But Muhammad Bande stressed that in terms of the broad direction we are not going to have heads of state and government come to New York due to a lot of uncertainties including the number of hotels in New York and medical services as world leaders do not travel as simple individuals The United Nations is considering to shift to video messages by the heads of state and government for the high level session as opposed to in person presentations New York City began the first phase of reopening on Monday the United Nations is also gearing up for its return to normalcy in three phases The UN headquarters which has remained largely closed since mid March due to the pandemic is considering to reopen with new workplace measures being put in place for staff diplomats and journalists that will include maximum two person occupancy in elevators and wearing masks in public areas The 75th session of the UNGA will open on Sept 15 The first day of the high level General Debate will be Sept 22 A total of 143 heads of state and government spoke at the General Debate of the 74th session of the UNGA last year This year coincides with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the world body which is also considering ways of celebration XINHUA
    Some 100 diplomats likely to attend UN General Debate in September: UNGA president
    Foreign3 years ago

    Some 100 diplomats likely to attend UN General Debate in September: UNGA president

    President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said Monday that some 100 diplomats are likely to attend the UN General Debate this September due to the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "We want to have the General Debate as scheduled...(but) the number of people that can be allowed into the hall (General Assembly Hall) maybe a hundred or so, but not a whole lot of people coming to the General Assembly," Muhammad-Bande said at a press briefing.

    The UNGA president said that the United Nations is currently discussing the mechanics of the General Debate, which is scheduled for Sept. 22 to 30, and expects to decide on how the high-level event will be held in the next two weeks.

    But Muhammad-Bande stressed that "in terms of the broad direction, we are not going to have heads of state and government come to New York" due to a lot of uncertainties including the number of hotels in New York and medical services, as world leaders do not travel as "simple individuals."

    The United Nations is considering to shift to video messages by the heads of state and government for the high-level session, as opposed to in-person presentations.

    New York City began the first phase of reopening on Monday, the United Nations is also gearing up for its return to normalcy in three phases.

    The UN headquarters, which has remained largely closed since mid-March due to the pandemic, is considering to reopen with new workplace measures being put in place for staff, diplomats and journalists that will include maximum two-person occupancy in elevators and wearing masks in public areas.

    The 75th session of the UNGA will open on Sept. 15. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Sept. 22.

    A total of 143 heads of state and government spoke at the General Debate of the 74th session of the UNGA last year.

    This year coincides with the 75th anniversary of the founding of the world body, which is also considering ways of celebration.


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  •  President of the UN General Assembly on Monday said world leaders would not gather in person for the opening session of the 75th Assembly in September due to the COVID 19 pandemic Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN stated this during a virtual news conference in New York on Monday He said it would not be possible for Heads of States and Governments to gather for the annual event in New York as travel restrictions and other measures would likely still be in place by then This according to him is particularly so as leaders of the UN member states normally travel with their delegations to the largest diplomatic assembly in the world He said the general debate where leaders highlight their foreign policies would still hold but through means that would be decided by member states in the coming weeks World leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come as individuals a president does not travel alone and we do not therefore expect their presence here We do not know what the medical advice would be from the country and the host city host governments are very important in terms of what is possible It is my hope that within two weeks we will have clarity as to the mechanics and formats of the general debate presentations he said The envoy president said he could not immediately provide the specifics of the formats as the decision would be taken by member states during consultations The PGA s remarks came a month as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres suggested that the high level meeting be held through pre recorded video messages Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Sadiya Hamza NAN
    COVID-19: UNGA President rules out physical gathering of world leaders in September
     President of the UN General Assembly on Monday said world leaders would not gather in person for the opening session of the 75th Assembly in September due to the COVID 19 pandemic Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN stated this during a virtual news conference in New York on Monday He said it would not be possible for Heads of States and Governments to gather for the annual event in New York as travel restrictions and other measures would likely still be in place by then This according to him is particularly so as leaders of the UN member states normally travel with their delegations to the largest diplomatic assembly in the world He said the general debate where leaders highlight their foreign policies would still hold but through means that would be decided by member states in the coming weeks World leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come as individuals a president does not travel alone and we do not therefore expect their presence here We do not know what the medical advice would be from the country and the host city host governments are very important in terms of what is possible It is my hope that within two weeks we will have clarity as to the mechanics and formats of the general debate presentations he said The envoy president said he could not immediately provide the specifics of the formats as the decision would be taken by member states during consultations The PGA s remarks came a month as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres suggested that the high level meeting be held through pre recorded video messages Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Sadiya Hamza NAN
    COVID-19: UNGA President rules out physical gathering of world leaders in September
    Foreign3 years ago

    COVID-19: UNGA President rules out physical gathering of world leaders in September

    President of the UN General Assembly on Monday said world leaders would not gather in person for the opening session of the 75th Assembly in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, stated this during a virtual news conference in New York on Monday.

    He said it would not be possible for Heads of States and Governments to gather for the annual event in New York as travel restrictions and other measures would likely still be in place by then.

    This, according to him, is particularly so as leaders of the UN member states normally travel with their delegations to the largest diplomatic assembly in the world.

    He said the general debate, where leaders highlight their foreign policies, would still hold but through means that would be decided by member states in the coming weeks.

    “World leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come as individuals; a president does not travel alone, and we do not therefore expect their presence here.

    “We do not know what the medical advice would be from the country and the host city; host governments are very important in terms of what is possible.

    “It is my hope that within two weeks, we will have clarity as to the mechanics and formats of the general debate presentations,’’ he said.

    The envoy president said he could not immediately provide the specifics of the formats as the decision would be taken by member states during consultations.

    The PGA’s remarks came a month as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres suggested that the high-level meeting be held through pre-recorded video messages.



    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  President of the UN General Assembly Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande has called for stronger global cooperation to bridge the huge gaps in digitally based distance learning Muhammad Band who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN made the call during a virtual news briefing in New York on Monday He said technological inclusion had become more critical as countries resorted to remote means of educating their children following the closure of schools due to the COVID 19 pandemic The PGA noted that access to technologies needed for distance learning was one sided with the developing world left behind Virtual meetings have shown that technology can solve problems but it also has shown that technology is not evenly distributed A lot of countries are able to provide some form of education through virtual means It is not the case with many countries in the developing world and this again shows why we need to collaborate further in education technology and all areas of life he said According to the United Nations Children Fund UNICEF nearly 1 2 billion children are out of school worldwide due to the COVID 19 pandemic In a study published in April the agency noted that access to technology and other tools needed for children to learn from home is desperately unequal It pointed out that the disparities were particularly evident in low income countries including sub Saharan Africa where nearly 90 per cent of students lacked household computers and 82 per cent unable to get online Emphasising the importance of education in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs the UNGA president said no one should be left behind We should do more in the areas of cooperation sharing of information and ideas and mutual support to guarantee attainment of the SDGs in this 75th year of our organisation he said Edited By Chioma Ugboma Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNGA president urges stronger global cooperation to bridge digital learning gaps
     President of the UN General Assembly Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande has called for stronger global cooperation to bridge the huge gaps in digitally based distance learning Muhammad Band who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN made the call during a virtual news briefing in New York on Monday He said technological inclusion had become more critical as countries resorted to remote means of educating their children following the closure of schools due to the COVID 19 pandemic The PGA noted that access to technologies needed for distance learning was one sided with the developing world left behind Virtual meetings have shown that technology can solve problems but it also has shown that technology is not evenly distributed A lot of countries are able to provide some form of education through virtual means It is not the case with many countries in the developing world and this again shows why we need to collaborate further in education technology and all areas of life he said According to the United Nations Children Fund UNICEF nearly 1 2 billion children are out of school worldwide due to the COVID 19 pandemic In a study published in April the agency noted that access to technology and other tools needed for children to learn from home is desperately unequal It pointed out that the disparities were particularly evident in low income countries including sub Saharan Africa where nearly 90 per cent of students lacked household computers and 82 per cent unable to get online Emphasising the importance of education in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs the UNGA president said no one should be left behind We should do more in the areas of cooperation sharing of information and ideas and mutual support to guarantee attainment of the SDGs in this 75th year of our organisation he said Edited By Chioma Ugboma Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNGA president urges stronger global cooperation to bridge digital learning gaps
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA president urges stronger global cooperation to bridge digital learning gaps

    President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has called for stronger global cooperation to bridge the huge gaps in digitally-based distance learning.

    Muhammad-Band, who is the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, made the call during a virtual news briefing in New York on Monday.

    He said technological inclusion had become more critical as countries resorted to remote means of educating their children following the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The PGA noted that access to  technologies needed for distance learning was one-sided with the developing world left behind.

    “Virtual meetings have shown that technology can solve problems, but it also has shown that technology is not evenly distributed.

    “A lot of countries are able to provide some form of education through virtual means.

    “It is not the case with many countries in the developing world, and this again shows why we need to collaborate further in education, technology and  all areas of life,’’ he said.

    According to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) nearly 1.2 billion children are out of school worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In a study published in April, the agency noted that access to technology and other tools needed for children to learn from home “is desperately unequal.”

    It pointed out that the disparities were particularly evident in low-income countries, including sub-Saharan Africa where “nearly 90 per cent of students’’ lacked  household computers, and 82 per cent unable to get online.

    Emphasising the importance of education in attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the UNGA president said no one should be left behind.

    “We should do more in the areas of cooperation, sharing of information and ideas, and mutual support to guarantee attainment of the SDGs in this 75th year of our organisation,’’ he said.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

     

  •  President of the United Nations General Assembly Ambassador Tijani Muhammad Bande has called for investments in city infrastructure to support cycling In a message to mark the World Bicycle Day 2020 Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s ambassador to the UN highlighted the socioeconomic and health benefits of cycling He said such investment would contribute to a more safe resilient and sustainable future for all of us This year on World Bicycle Day we acknowledge the uniqueness longevity and versatility of the bicycle Bicycles are used every day across our globe from the most affluent nations to developing and the least developed countries Evidence suggests that even before COVID 19 many people turned to cycling as an affordable and equitable mode of transportation leading to a longer and healthier life Cycling has not only proven to improve physical health but also has a positive impact on mental health and subjective well being the envoy said Muhammad Bande also underscored the importance of bicycle ownership to families in many countries including lifting them out of poverty At the same time it improves their access to quality education jobs markets and community activities when public transportation is unavailable he noted In times of COVID 19 cities are being challenged to rethink their infrastructure with bicycles playing a vital role in offering a quiet economical and non polluting alternative to cars and public transportation systems Safe efficient low carbon and affordable mobility for all is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals he said The UN General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day in April 2018 in recognition of the uniqueness longevity and versatility of the bicycle Edited By Folorunso Poroye Felix Ajide NAN
    UNGA President urges investment in cycling infrastructure
     President of the United Nations General Assembly Ambassador Tijani Muhammad Bande has called for investments in city infrastructure to support cycling In a message to mark the World Bicycle Day 2020 Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s ambassador to the UN highlighted the socioeconomic and health benefits of cycling He said such investment would contribute to a more safe resilient and sustainable future for all of us This year on World Bicycle Day we acknowledge the uniqueness longevity and versatility of the bicycle Bicycles are used every day across our globe from the most affluent nations to developing and the least developed countries Evidence suggests that even before COVID 19 many people turned to cycling as an affordable and equitable mode of transportation leading to a longer and healthier life Cycling has not only proven to improve physical health but also has a positive impact on mental health and subjective well being the envoy said Muhammad Bande also underscored the importance of bicycle ownership to families in many countries including lifting them out of poverty At the same time it improves their access to quality education jobs markets and community activities when public transportation is unavailable he noted In times of COVID 19 cities are being challenged to rethink their infrastructure with bicycles playing a vital role in offering a quiet economical and non polluting alternative to cars and public transportation systems Safe efficient low carbon and affordable mobility for all is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals he said The UN General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day in April 2018 in recognition of the uniqueness longevity and versatility of the bicycle Edited By Folorunso Poroye Felix Ajide NAN
    UNGA President urges investment in cycling infrastructure
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA President urges investment in cycling infrastructure

    President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has called for investments in city infrastructure to support cycling.

    In a message to mark the World Bicycle Day 2020, Muhammad-Bande, who is Nigeria’s ambassador to the UN, highlighted the socioeconomic and health benefits of cycling.

    He said such investment would “contribute to a more safe, resilient and sustainable future for all of us.

    This year, on World Bicycle Day, we acknowledge the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle.

     “Bicycles are used every day across our globe – from the most affluent nations- to developing, and the least developed countries.

    “Evidence suggests that even before COVID-19, many people turned to cycling as an affordable and equitable mode of transportation, leading to a longer and healthier life.

    “Cycling has not only proven to improve physical health, but also has a positive impact on mental health and subjective well-being,” the envoy said.

    Muhammad-Bande also underscored the importance of bicycle ownership to families in many countries, including lifting them out of poverty.

    At the same time, it improves their access to “quality education, jobs, markets and community activities when public transportation is unavailable,” he noted.

    In times of COVID-19, cities are being challenged to rethink their infrastructure, with bicycles playing a vital role in offering a quiet, economical, and non-polluting alternative to cars and public transportation systems.

    “Safe, efficient, low carbon and affordable mobility for all is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

    The UN General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day in April 2018, in recognition of the “uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle.”

     


    Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Felix Ajide (NAN)

     

     

  •  Election of the President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA holds on June 17 Also to be elected same day are new members of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the world body Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande the current UNGA President and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN announced these in a statement by his spokesperson Ms Reem Abaza on Tuesday night Muhammad Bande said the election would hold in the General Assembly Hall at the organisation s headquarters in New York in line with social distancing guidelines On Friday the Assembly adopted a new voting protocol titled Procedure for holding elections by secret ballot without a plenary meeting during the Coronavirus disease COVID 19 pandemic It is aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic Under the new procedure delegates will cast secret ballots during spaced out time slots instead of gathering in the Assembly Hall chamber Muhammad Bande said member countries would be informed of their specific voting time slots five working days prior to the elections The casting of the ballots in the designated venue will be webcast The president will oversee the proceedings in the General Assembly Hall and the tellers will also be observing the whole process he said Turkish ambassador to the UN Volkan Bozkir is the sole candidate for the president of the 75th session of the 193 member General Assembly which begins in September The News Agency of Nigeria reports that his name was initially sent for unanimous approval but several countries reportedly requested a vote In the UN Security Council there are five permanent members United States Russia China Britain and France and 10 non permanent members elected by the General Assembly for two year terms On June 17 seven countries would be contesting for five seats in the council which is the most powerful organ of the UN Canada Ireland and Norway are vying for two seats in the group of Western nations while Kenya and Djibouti are battling for one seat to represent Africa India is running unopposed for the Asia Pacific seat same for Mexico for the Latin America and the Caribbean seat Eighteen new members will also be elected to serve for three year terms in the 54 member ECOSOC which focuses on economic environmental and human rights issues Edited By Abiemwense Moru Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    UN elects new GA President, council members June 17
     Election of the President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA holds on June 17 Also to be elected same day are new members of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council ECOSOC of the world body Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande the current UNGA President and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN announced these in a statement by his spokesperson Ms Reem Abaza on Tuesday night Muhammad Bande said the election would hold in the General Assembly Hall at the organisation s headquarters in New York in line with social distancing guidelines On Friday the Assembly adopted a new voting protocol titled Procedure for holding elections by secret ballot without a plenary meeting during the Coronavirus disease COVID 19 pandemic It is aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic Under the new procedure delegates will cast secret ballots during spaced out time slots instead of gathering in the Assembly Hall chamber Muhammad Bande said member countries would be informed of their specific voting time slots five working days prior to the elections The casting of the ballots in the designated venue will be webcast The president will oversee the proceedings in the General Assembly Hall and the tellers will also be observing the whole process he said Turkish ambassador to the UN Volkan Bozkir is the sole candidate for the president of the 75th session of the 193 member General Assembly which begins in September The News Agency of Nigeria reports that his name was initially sent for unanimous approval but several countries reportedly requested a vote In the UN Security Council there are five permanent members United States Russia China Britain and France and 10 non permanent members elected by the General Assembly for two year terms On June 17 seven countries would be contesting for five seats in the council which is the most powerful organ of the UN Canada Ireland and Norway are vying for two seats in the group of Western nations while Kenya and Djibouti are battling for one seat to represent Africa India is running unopposed for the Asia Pacific seat same for Mexico for the Latin America and the Caribbean seat Eighteen new members will also be elected to serve for three year terms in the 54 member ECOSOC which focuses on economic environmental and human rights issues Edited By Abiemwense Moru Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    UN elects new GA President, council members June 17
    Foreign3 years ago

    UN elects new GA President, council members June 17

    Election of the President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holds on June 17.

    Also to be elected same day are new members of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the world body.

    Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, the current UNGA President and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, announced these in a statement by his spokesperson, Ms Reem Abaza, on Tuesday night.

    Muhammad-Bande said the election would hold in the General Assembly Hall at the organisation’s headquarters in New York in line with social distancing guidelines.

    On Friday, the Assembly adopted a new voting protocol titled, “Procedure for holding elections by secret ballot without a plenary meeting during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic”.

    It is aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Under the new procedure, delegates will cast secret ballots during spaced-out time slots, instead of gathering in the Assembly Hall chamber.

    Muhammad-Bande said member countries would be informed of their specific voting time slots five working days prior to the elections.

    “The casting of the ballots in the designated venue will be webcast.

    “The president will oversee the proceedings in the General Assembly Hall and the tellers will also be observing the whole process,” he said.

    Turkish ambassador to the UN, Volkan Bozkir, is the sole candidate for the president of the 75th session of the 193-member General Assembly, which begins in September.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that his name was initially sent for unanimous approval, but several countries reportedly requested a vote.

    In the UN Security Council, there are five permanent members (United States, Russia, China, Britain and France) and 10 non-permanent members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms.

    On June 17, seven countries would be contesting for five seats in the council, which is the most powerful organ of the UN.

    Canada, Ireland and Norway are vying for two seats in the group of Western nations, while Kenya and Djibouti are battling for one seat to represent Africa.

    India is running unopposed for the Asia-Pacific seat, same for Mexico for the Latin America and the Caribbean seat.

    Eighteen new members will also be elected to serve for three-year terms in the 54-member ECOSOC, which focuses on economic, environmental and human rights issues.


    Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

     

  •  President of the United Nations General Assembly PGA Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande has called for agricultural policies that protect bees and promote pollination The call came in a message on this year s World Bee Day celebrated on May 20 annually to highlight the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN acknowledged the role of bees in food security and biodiversity According to him they support global food systems with nearly three quarters of the world s crops depending largely on them and other pollinators He said this makes bees relevant to the poverty eradication and zero hunger agenda of the 74th session of the General Assembly In economic terms the Nigerian envoy said natural pollinators contribute up to 577 billion dollars N216 trillion to the global economy However colonies have been collapsing due to disturbances in their habitats as a result of intensive agricultural practices changes in land use urbanisation and the use of pesticides which are harmful to pollinators Furthermore bees face the threat of climate change induced extreme weather events In this first year of the Decade of Action and Delivery to implement the Sustainable Development Goals we are focusing our efforts on nature based solutions If we are to make progress on the SDGs we must prioritise the preservation of bees and other pollinators On World Bee Day I call on all Member States to pursue agricultural policies which protect bees and promote green spaces in urban areas which allow for pollination he said Muhammad Bande also urged farmers around the world to protect bee habitats by adopting pollinator friendly agricultural practices I commend all beekeepers for the work they do and trust that they will share their expertise to create a better world I am confident that by working together to save the bees we will succeed in ending hunger and eradicating poverty for everyone everywhere he added Edited By Tayo Ikujuni NAN
    UNGA President advocates policies protecting bees
     President of the United Nations General Assembly PGA Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande has called for agricultural policies that protect bees and promote pollination The call came in a message on this year s World Bee Day celebrated on May 20 annually to highlight the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN acknowledged the role of bees in food security and biodiversity According to him they support global food systems with nearly three quarters of the world s crops depending largely on them and other pollinators He said this makes bees relevant to the poverty eradication and zero hunger agenda of the 74th session of the General Assembly In economic terms the Nigerian envoy said natural pollinators contribute up to 577 billion dollars N216 trillion to the global economy However colonies have been collapsing due to disturbances in their habitats as a result of intensive agricultural practices changes in land use urbanisation and the use of pesticides which are harmful to pollinators Furthermore bees face the threat of climate change induced extreme weather events In this first year of the Decade of Action and Delivery to implement the Sustainable Development Goals we are focusing our efforts on nature based solutions If we are to make progress on the SDGs we must prioritise the preservation of bees and other pollinators On World Bee Day I call on all Member States to pursue agricultural policies which protect bees and promote green spaces in urban areas which allow for pollination he said Muhammad Bande also urged farmers around the world to protect bee habitats by adopting pollinator friendly agricultural practices I commend all beekeepers for the work they do and trust that they will share their expertise to create a better world I am confident that by working together to save the bees we will succeed in ending hunger and eradicating poverty for everyone everywhere he added Edited By Tayo Ikujuni NAN
    UNGA President advocates policies protecting bees
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA President advocates policies protecting bees

    President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has called for agricultural policies that protect bees and promote pollination.

    The call came in a message on this year’s World Bee Day, celebrated on May 20, annually to highlight the role of bees and other pollinators in the ecosystem.

    Muhammad-Bande, who is Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, acknowledged the role of bees in food security and biodiversity.

    According to him, they support global food systems with nearly three-quarters of the world’s crops depending largely on them and other pollinators.

    He said this makes bees relevant to the poverty eradication and zero hunger agenda of the 74th session of the General Assembly.

    In economic terms, the Nigerian envoy said “natural pollinators contribute up to 577 billion dollars (N216 trillion) to the global economy.

    “However, colonies have been collapsing due to disturbances in their habitats as a result of intensive agricultural practices, changes in land use, urbanisation, and the use of pesticides which are harmful to pollinators.

    “Furthermore, bees face the threat of climate change-induced extreme weather events.

    “In this first year of the Decade of Action and Delivery to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, we are focusing our efforts on nature-based solutions.

    “If we are to make progress on the SDGs, we must prioritise the preservation of bees and other pollinators.

    “On World Bee Day, I call on all Member States to pursue agricultural policies which protect bees and promote green spaces in urban areas, which allow for pollination,” he said.

    Muhammad-Bande also urged farmers around the world to protect bee habitats by adopting pollinator-friendly agricultural practices.

    “I commend all beekeepers for the work they do, and trust that they will share their expertise to create a better world.

    “I am confident that by working together to save the bees, we will succeed in ending hunger and eradicating poverty for everyone, everywhere,” he added.


    Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni (NAN)

  •  President of the United Nations General Assembly Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande on Saturday reminded the world of the UN s call for an immediate global ceasefire The reminder came in his message to mark this year s International Day of Living Together in Peace observed on May 16 every year The day was declared by the General Assembly in 2017 to promote world peace tolerance inclusion understanding and solidarity Today we are facing the most challenging crisis since the Second World War COVID 19 and its social and economic fallouts threatens the maintenance of international peace and security potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence The United Nations has called for an immediate global ceasefire to work together on defeating the actual clear enemy the pandemic It is time to silence the guns and bring hope to those who are most vulnerable he appealed The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued the global ceasefire appeal on March 23 No fewer than 100 member states have endorsed the call but armed conflicts persist in several countries including Syria and Libya Guterres admitted this in April when he said in spite of nominal support in some countries there is still a distance between declarations and deeds in many countries Russia and the United States are reportedly blocking efforts to win a UN Security Council backing for the proposed global ceasefire Both countries positions stem from their concerns that such a measure would undermine their military operations against terrorist groups in Libya Syria and Iraq Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s Ambassador to the UN urged member states that have not endorsed the call to do so as an example to others According to him the world is watching and looking up to the UN to show leadership in these trying times Over 100 Member States diverse regional and religious organisations and more than 200 civil society groups have endorsed this call so far We must coherently act to deliver our mandates maintaining peace through our 95 000 peacekeepers deployed around the world We must ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches more than 110 million people in 57 countries We must continue to develop new strategies to sustain peace the Nigerian envoy said Noting that the challenges currently facing the world were enormous the PGA emphasised that international solidarity and cooperation was needed to overcome them He added that endorsing the call was a critical step in the struggle to protect the most vulnerable women and children the poor and the disabled already impacted disproportionately by armed conflict Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Wale Ojetimi NAN
    UNGA President reiterates UN’s call for immediate global ceasefire
     President of the United Nations General Assembly Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande on Saturday reminded the world of the UN s call for an immediate global ceasefire The reminder came in his message to mark this year s International Day of Living Together in Peace observed on May 16 every year The day was declared by the General Assembly in 2017 to promote world peace tolerance inclusion understanding and solidarity Today we are facing the most challenging crisis since the Second World War COVID 19 and its social and economic fallouts threatens the maintenance of international peace and security potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence The United Nations has called for an immediate global ceasefire to work together on defeating the actual clear enemy the pandemic It is time to silence the guns and bring hope to those who are most vulnerable he appealed The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued the global ceasefire appeal on March 23 No fewer than 100 member states have endorsed the call but armed conflicts persist in several countries including Syria and Libya Guterres admitted this in April when he said in spite of nominal support in some countries there is still a distance between declarations and deeds in many countries Russia and the United States are reportedly blocking efforts to win a UN Security Council backing for the proposed global ceasefire Both countries positions stem from their concerns that such a measure would undermine their military operations against terrorist groups in Libya Syria and Iraq Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s Ambassador to the UN urged member states that have not endorsed the call to do so as an example to others According to him the world is watching and looking up to the UN to show leadership in these trying times Over 100 Member States diverse regional and religious organisations and more than 200 civil society groups have endorsed this call so far We must coherently act to deliver our mandates maintaining peace through our 95 000 peacekeepers deployed around the world We must ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches more than 110 million people in 57 countries We must continue to develop new strategies to sustain peace the Nigerian envoy said Noting that the challenges currently facing the world were enormous the PGA emphasised that international solidarity and cooperation was needed to overcome them He added that endorsing the call was a critical step in the struggle to protect the most vulnerable women and children the poor and the disabled already impacted disproportionately by armed conflict Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Wale Ojetimi NAN
    UNGA President reiterates UN’s call for immediate global ceasefire
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA President reiterates UN’s call for immediate global ceasefire

    President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, on Saturday reminded the world of the UN’s call for an immediate global ceasefire.

    The reminder came in his message to mark this year’s International Day of Living Together in Peace, observed on May 16 every year.

    The day was declared by the General Assembly in 2017 to promote world peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity.

    “Today, we are facing the most challenging crisis since the Second World War. 

    COVID-19 and its social and economic fallouts threatens the maintenance of international peace and security, potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence.  

    “The United Nations has called for an immediate global ceasefire to work together on defeating the actual, clear enemy: the pandemic. 

    “It is time to silence the guns and bring hope to those who are most vulnerable,” he appealed.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued the global ceasefire appeal on March 23.

    No fewer than 100 member-states have endorsed the call, but armed conflicts persist in several countries including Syria and Libya.

    Guterres admitted this in April when he said in spite of “nominal support” in some countries, “there is still a distance between declarations and deeds in many countries”

    Russia and the United States are reportedly blocking efforts to win a UN Security Council backing for the proposed global ceasefire.

    Both countries’ positions stem from their concerns that such a measure would undermine their military operations against terrorist groups in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

    Muhammad-Bande, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UN, urged member-states that have not endorsed the call to do so as an example to others.

    According to him, the world is watching and looking up to the UN to show leadership in these trying times.

    “Over 100 Member States, diverse regional and religious organisations, and more than 200 civil society groups have endorsed this call so far.  

    “We must coherently act to deliver our mandates – maintaining peace through our 95,000 peacekeepers deployed around the world.

    “We must ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches more than 110 million people in 57 countries. 

    “We must continue to develop new strategies to sustain peace,” the Nigerian envoy said.

    Noting that the challenges currently facing the world were enormous, the PGA emphasised that international solidarity and cooperation was needed to overcome them.

    He added that endorsing the call was a critical step in the “struggle to protect the most vulnerable, women and children, the poor and the disabled already impacted disproportionately by armed conflict”.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

  •  President of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande has warned against coronavirus response measures that can deny citizens access to sufficient food and nutrition He gave the warning in his remarks at an extraordinary virtual meeting of the Group of Friends on Global Food Security and Nutrition in New York on Friday As we contend with the COVID 19 pandemic it is critical that the people we serve have equal access to sufficient food and nutrition The effect that COVID 19 has on our food systems cannot be underestimated Although at present there are abundant food reserves in the international market we must remain vigilant he said Muhammad Bande specifically warned against trade restrictions which he said could result in food shortages and increase in the prices of food items The UNGA president identified travel restrictions suspended flight operations border closures and labour shortages as other factors that can disrupt food supply chains Many countries have shut their doors against foreigners as part of measures to prevent spread of the COVID 19 from abroad There are also reports of farmers struggling to move their products to market due to disruption in transportation systems occasioned by movement restrictions Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s ambassador to the UN said closure of restaurants schools and workplaces in many countries had led to reduction in demand for food products Considering food supply chains as an essential sector of economy and guaranteeing movement of essential workers and food with necessary precautions as many Member States have done will ensure stability in the supply We should also protect Small and Medium Enterprises in the food sector including retailers who are highly vulnerable to economic shocks These measures would help us preserve consumer trust in the availability of food at affordable price which is key to stability in these difficult times he said At the same meeting UN Deputy Secretary General Mrs Amina Mohammed said border closures were already disrupting trade and markets especially in the supply chains causing price rises in some countries In others people are struggling to find the resources to buy food because they have lost their jobs as a result of COVID 19 and the restrictions needed to suppress its transmission Elsewhere restrictions on the movement of agricultural workers is increasing spoilage and waste The policies we put in place now will shape the future of our food systems and supply she said Mohammed urged countries to incorporate better food supply measures into their response plans to the pandemic Now is the time to build the sustainable resilient and inclusive food systems that we need to achieve the 2030 Agenda and create a better future for all on a healthy planet she said Edited By Chidinma Agu Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNGA President warns against COVID-19 response harmful to food supply
     President of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA Amb Tijani Muhammad Bande has warned against coronavirus response measures that can deny citizens access to sufficient food and nutrition He gave the warning in his remarks at an extraordinary virtual meeting of the Group of Friends on Global Food Security and Nutrition in New York on Friday As we contend with the COVID 19 pandemic it is critical that the people we serve have equal access to sufficient food and nutrition The effect that COVID 19 has on our food systems cannot be underestimated Although at present there are abundant food reserves in the international market we must remain vigilant he said Muhammad Bande specifically warned against trade restrictions which he said could result in food shortages and increase in the prices of food items The UNGA president identified travel restrictions suspended flight operations border closures and labour shortages as other factors that can disrupt food supply chains Many countries have shut their doors against foreigners as part of measures to prevent spread of the COVID 19 from abroad There are also reports of farmers struggling to move their products to market due to disruption in transportation systems occasioned by movement restrictions Muhammad Bande who is Nigeria s ambassador to the UN said closure of restaurants schools and workplaces in many countries had led to reduction in demand for food products Considering food supply chains as an essential sector of economy and guaranteeing movement of essential workers and food with necessary precautions as many Member States have done will ensure stability in the supply We should also protect Small and Medium Enterprises in the food sector including retailers who are highly vulnerable to economic shocks These measures would help us preserve consumer trust in the availability of food at affordable price which is key to stability in these difficult times he said At the same meeting UN Deputy Secretary General Mrs Amina Mohammed said border closures were already disrupting trade and markets especially in the supply chains causing price rises in some countries In others people are struggling to find the resources to buy food because they have lost their jobs as a result of COVID 19 and the restrictions needed to suppress its transmission Elsewhere restrictions on the movement of agricultural workers is increasing spoilage and waste The policies we put in place now will shape the future of our food systems and supply she said Mohammed urged countries to incorporate better food supply measures into their response plans to the pandemic Now is the time to build the sustainable resilient and inclusive food systems that we need to achieve the 2030 Agenda and create a better future for all on a healthy planet she said Edited By Chidinma Agu Sadiya Hamza NAN
    UNGA President warns against COVID-19 response harmful to food supply
    Foreign3 years ago

    UNGA President warns against COVID-19 response harmful to food supply

    President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, has warned against coronavirus-response measures that can deny citizens access to sufficient food and nutrition.

    He gave the warning in his remarks at an extraordinary virtual meeting of the Group of Friends on Global Food Security and Nutrition in New York on Friday.

    “As we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical that the people we serve have equal access to sufficient food and nutrition.

    “The effect that COVID-19 has on our food systems cannot be underestimated.

    “Although, at present, there are abundant food reserves in the international market, we must remain vigilant,” he said.

    Muhammad-Bande specifically warned against trade restrictions, which he said could result in food shortages and increase in the prices of food items.

    The UNGA president identified travel restrictions, ”suspended flight operations, border closures and labour shortages, as other factors that can disrupt food supply chains.

    ”Many countries have shut their doors against foreigners as part of measures to prevent spread of the COVID-19 from abroad.

    ”There are also reports of farmers struggling to move their products to market due to disruption in transportation systems occasioned by movement restrictions.

    Muhammad-Bande, who is Nigeria’s ambassador to the UN, said closure of restaurants, schools and workplaces in many countries had led to reduction in demand for food products.

    “Considering food supply chains as an essential sector of economy and guaranteeing movement of essential workers and food – with necessary precautions – as many Member States have done, will ensure stability in the supply.

    “We should also protect Small and Medium Enterprises in the food sector including retailers who are highly vulnerable to economic shocks.

    “These measures would help us preserve consumer trust in the availability of food at affordable price, which is key to stability in these difficult times,” he said.

    At the same meeting, UN Deputy Secretary-General,  Mrs Amina Mohammed, said border closures were already disrupting trade and markets, especially in the supply chains, causing price rises in some countries.

    “In others, people are struggling to find the resources to buy food, because they have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and the restrictions needed to suppress its transmission.  

    “Elsewhere, restrictions on the movement of agricultural workers is increasing spoilage and waste.

    “The policies we put in place now will shape the future of our food systems and supply,” she said.

    Mohammed urged countries to incorporate better food supply measures into their response plans to the pandemic.

    “Now is the time to build the sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems that we need to achieve the 2030 Agenda and create a better future for all on a healthy planet,” she said.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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