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  •  A Nigerian Mr Umar Yakubu has been elected to represent African Sub Saharan region on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption UNCAC Coalition Board Yakubu who is the Executive Director Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch CeFTIW was elected in the third round of the preferential vote in a highly competitive process A statement issued on Thursday by Mr Victor Agi Public Affairs Manager CeFTIW stated that the Centre had over the years championed advocacies to entrench the culture of transparency and integrity in the nation s public sector The Centre had also deployed technological solutions to promote accountability in the nation s fight against corruption and strengthening of the criminal justice system Agi stated that Yakubu s election would bolster CeFTIW resolve to combat corruption and promote good governance in the country and across the sub Saharan African sub region The Center looks forward to working with other board members and global anti corruption crusaders in the fight against corruption in whatever form especially in the region On Yakubu s new place of assignment UNCAC Agi stated that it is a global network of over 350 Civil Society organisations CSOs in over 100 Countries committed to promoting the ratification implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption With headquarters in Vienna the Coalition was established in August 2006 to mobilise civil society actions for UNCAC at international regional and national levels In his new role Yakubu is expected to take part in providing policy coordination and oversight of the work of the Secretariat He will also take part in overseeing the development and implementation of the coalition s strategy and promoting its activities and projects as well as helping to identify funding opportunities He will also be part of the team communicating positions of the UN coalition to wider public audiences within sub Saharan Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian elected as African rep on UN Anti-corruption board
     A Nigerian Mr Umar Yakubu has been elected to represent African Sub Saharan region on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption UNCAC Coalition Board Yakubu who is the Executive Director Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch CeFTIW was elected in the third round of the preferential vote in a highly competitive process A statement issued on Thursday by Mr Victor Agi Public Affairs Manager CeFTIW stated that the Centre had over the years championed advocacies to entrench the culture of transparency and integrity in the nation s public sector The Centre had also deployed technological solutions to promote accountability in the nation s fight against corruption and strengthening of the criminal justice system Agi stated that Yakubu s election would bolster CeFTIW resolve to combat corruption and promote good governance in the country and across the sub Saharan African sub region The Center looks forward to working with other board members and global anti corruption crusaders in the fight against corruption in whatever form especially in the region On Yakubu s new place of assignment UNCAC Agi stated that it is a global network of over 350 Civil Society organisations CSOs in over 100 Countries committed to promoting the ratification implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption With headquarters in Vienna the Coalition was established in August 2006 to mobilise civil society actions for UNCAC at international regional and national levels In his new role Yakubu is expected to take part in providing policy coordination and oversight of the work of the Secretariat He will also take part in overseeing the development and implementation of the coalition s strategy and promoting its activities and projects as well as helping to identify funding opportunities He will also be part of the team communicating positions of the UN coalition to wider public audiences within sub Saharan Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian elected as African rep on UN Anti-corruption board
    General news6 months ago

    Nigerian elected as African rep on UN Anti-corruption board

    A Nigerian, Mr Umar Yakubu has been elected to represent African Sub-Saharan region on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Coalition Board.Yakubu who is the Executive Director, Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), was elected in the third round of the preferential vote in a highly competitive process.A statement issued on Thursday by Mr Victor Agi, Public Affairs Manager, CeFTIW, stated that the Centre had over the years championed advocacies to entrench the culture of transparency and integrity in the nation’s public sector.The Centre had also deployed technological solutions to promote accountability in the nation’s fight against corruption and strengthening of the criminal justice system.Agi stated that Yakubu’s election would bolster CeFTIW resolve to combat corruption and promote good governance in the country and across the sub-Saharan African sub-region.“The Center looks forward to working with other board members and global anti-corruption crusaders in the fight against corruption in whatever form, especially in the region”.On Yakubu’s new place of assignment (UNCAC), Agi stated that it is a global network of over 350 Civil Society organisations (CSOs) in over 100 Countries committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption.With headquarters in Vienna, the Coalition was established in August 2006 to mobilise civil society actions for UNCAC at international, regional and national levels.In his new role, Yakubu is expected to take part in providing policy coordination and oversight of the work of the Secretariat.He will also take part in overseeing the development and implementation of the coalition’s strategy and promoting its activities and projects as well as  helping to identify funding opportunities.He will also be part of the team communicating positions of the UN coalition to wider public audiences within sub-Saharan Africa. (

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  •   The global economy could grow by more than 140 trillion a year 1 or 1 5 times annual global GDP if the goals of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD are achieved participants heard during a side event at the 15th UNCCD summit Camilla Nordheim Larsen Senior Coordinator for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the UN Convention noted that action in the land sector has the potential to generate up to 140 billion a year and create 400 million new jobs while that inaction may result in losses in the range of 44 billion The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Earth receives less funding but can contribute more to resilience she said speaking at an event on innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable landscapes organized by the African Development Bank and its partners The cost of taking action may seem enormous but governments could pay an even higher price if they do nothing The benefits of taking action against land degradation greatly outweigh the costs of sustainable landscape management In sub Saharan Africa it is at least seven times 2 Inaction costs sub Saharan countries 490 billion a year while according to the Land Degradation Economics Initiative action to reverse land degradation could generate benefits worth up to 1 4 billions of dollars said Luc Gnacadja former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and former Minister of the Environment of Benin currently co chair of the Executive Committee of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism Rishabh Khanna Director of Impact at Earthbanc and member of the steering committee of the Land Lives and Peace Initiative presented at the summit a new initiative launched in conjunction with the United Nations Convention digital sustainable land bonds which allow carbon buyers buy at a price earlier stage of development Financing for land and ecosystem restoration accounts for less than 1 of all climate finance due to the lack of universal capital market products for these activities Part of the reason is that monitoring reporting and verification of sustainable land management have been labor intensive sometimes inaccurate and use fragmented measurement and accounting methodologies The Adaptation Benefits Mechanism piloted by the African Development Bank between 2019 and 2023 certifies and monetizes the environmental social and economic benefits of adaptation actions including for sustainable and resilient landscapes Unlike mitigation where profitability is the driving factor for investments revenues from the monetization of adaptation benefits are likely to go towards actions in vulnerable communities that are most needed because they provide compelling stories explained Gareth Philips Climate and Environmental Finance Manager at the African Development Bank Dr Peter Minang Africa Director of the International Center for Agroforestry and Global Coordinator of the ASB Association for Tropical Forest Fringes envisioned the innovative role that sustainable agroforestry measures and better enabling environments can play in empowering local communities through a video case study on financing sustainable community forest enterprises in Cameroon We are the first organization to pilot the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism through a project in the cocoa sector in C te d Ivoire In Cameroon we are using a similar approach and more concrete steps have already been taken to allow certification in the near future that can generate new funding for the development of sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems for local communities One of our best practices is the use of portable machines to monitor all the indicators which we could verify once a year for example with satellite imagery technology he said 1 Speech by the Deputy Secretary General at the Meeting of Heads of State at the UNCCD COP15 Available online https bit ly 3leWOQZ 2 Global Land Outlook 2022 page 5 Available online at https bit ly 3LbCvyK
    CORRECTION: COP15: Global GDP could gain 0 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
      The global economy could grow by more than 140 trillion a year 1 or 1 5 times annual global GDP if the goals of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD are achieved participants heard during a side event at the 15th UNCCD summit Camilla Nordheim Larsen Senior Coordinator for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the UN Convention noted that action in the land sector has the potential to generate up to 140 billion a year and create 400 million new jobs while that inaction may result in losses in the range of 44 billion The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Earth receives less funding but can contribute more to resilience she said speaking at an event on innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable landscapes organized by the African Development Bank and its partners The cost of taking action may seem enormous but governments could pay an even higher price if they do nothing The benefits of taking action against land degradation greatly outweigh the costs of sustainable landscape management In sub Saharan Africa it is at least seven times 2 Inaction costs sub Saharan countries 490 billion a year while according to the Land Degradation Economics Initiative action to reverse land degradation could generate benefits worth up to 1 4 billions of dollars said Luc Gnacadja former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and former Minister of the Environment of Benin currently co chair of the Executive Committee of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism Rishabh Khanna Director of Impact at Earthbanc and member of the steering committee of the Land Lives and Peace Initiative presented at the summit a new initiative launched in conjunction with the United Nations Convention digital sustainable land bonds which allow carbon buyers buy at a price earlier stage of development Financing for land and ecosystem restoration accounts for less than 1 of all climate finance due to the lack of universal capital market products for these activities Part of the reason is that monitoring reporting and verification of sustainable land management have been labor intensive sometimes inaccurate and use fragmented measurement and accounting methodologies The Adaptation Benefits Mechanism piloted by the African Development Bank between 2019 and 2023 certifies and monetizes the environmental social and economic benefits of adaptation actions including for sustainable and resilient landscapes Unlike mitigation where profitability is the driving factor for investments revenues from the monetization of adaptation benefits are likely to go towards actions in vulnerable communities that are most needed because they provide compelling stories explained Gareth Philips Climate and Environmental Finance Manager at the African Development Bank Dr Peter Minang Africa Director of the International Center for Agroforestry and Global Coordinator of the ASB Association for Tropical Forest Fringes envisioned the innovative role that sustainable agroforestry measures and better enabling environments can play in empowering local communities through a video case study on financing sustainable community forest enterprises in Cameroon We are the first organization to pilot the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism through a project in the cocoa sector in C te d Ivoire In Cameroon we are using a similar approach and more concrete steps have already been taken to allow certification in the near future that can generate new funding for the development of sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems for local communities One of our best practices is the use of portable machines to monitor all the indicators which we could verify once a year for example with satellite imagery technology he said 1 Speech by the Deputy Secretary General at the Meeting of Heads of State at the UNCCD COP15 Available online https bit ly 3leWOQZ 2 Global Land Outlook 2022 page 5 Available online at https bit ly 3LbCvyK
    CORRECTION: COP15: Global GDP could gain 0 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
    Africa7 months ago

    CORRECTION: COP15: Global GDP could gain $140 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

    The global economy could grow by more than $140 trillion a year [1]or 1.5 times annual global GDP, if the goals of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are achieved, participants heard during a side event at the 15th UNCCD summit.

    Camilla Nordheim-Larsen, Senior Coordinator for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the UN Convention, noted that action in the land sector has the potential to generate up to $140 billion a year and create 400 million new jobs, while that inaction may result in losses in the range of $44 billion. The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Earth receives less funding but can contribute more to resilience, she said, speaking at an event on innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable landscapes, organized by the African Development Bank and its partners.

    The cost of taking action may seem enormous, but governments could pay an even higher price if they do nothing. “The benefits of taking action against land degradation greatly outweigh the costs of sustainable landscape management. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is at least seven times [2]! Inaction costs sub-Saharan countries $490 billion a year, while according to the Land Degradation Economics Initiative, action to reverse land degradation could generate benefits worth up to $1.4 billions of dollars,” said Luc Gnacadja, former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. and former Minister of the Environment of Benin, currently co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism.

    Rishabh Khanna, Director of Impact at Earthbanc and member of the steering committee of the Land, Lives and Peace Initiative, presented at the summit a new initiative launched in conjunction with the United Nations Convention: digital sustainable land bonds, which allow carbon buyers buy at a price earlier stage of development. “Financing for land and ecosystem restoration accounts for less than 1% of all climate finance due to the lack of universal capital market products for these activities. Part of the reason is that monitoring, reporting, and verification of sustainable land management have been labor-intensive, sometimes inaccurate, and use fragmented measurement and accounting methodologies.”

    The Adaptation Benefits Mechanism, piloted by the African Development Bank between 2019 and 2023, certifies and monetizes the environmental, social and economic benefits of adaptation actions, including for sustainable and resilient landscapes. “Unlike mitigation, where profitability is the driving factor for investments, revenues from the monetization of adaptation benefits are likely to go towards actions in vulnerable communities that are most needed, because they provide compelling stories” explained Gareth Philips, Climate and Environmental Finance Manager at the African Development Bank.

    Dr. Peter Minang, Africa Director of the International Center for Agroforestry and Global Coordinator of the ASB Association for Tropical Forest Fringes, envisioned the innovative role that sustainable agroforestry measures and better enabling environments can play in empowering local communities. through a video case study on financing. sustainable community forest enterprises in Cameroon. “We are the first organization to pilot the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism through a project in the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire. In Cameroon, we are using a similar approach and more concrete steps have already been taken to allow certification in the near future that can generate new funding for the development of sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems for local communities. One of our best practices is the use of portable machines to monitor all the indicators, which we could verify once a year, for example, with satellite imagery technology,” he said.

    [1] Speech by the Deputy Secretary General at the Meeting of Heads of State at the UNCCD COP15. Available online https://bit.ly/3leWOQZ

    [2] Global Land Outlook 2022, page 5. Available online at: https://bit.ly/3LbCvyK

  •   The global economy could grow by more than 140 trillion a year 1 or 1 5 times annual global GDP if the goals of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD are achieved participants heard during a side event at the 15th UNCCD summit Camilla Nordheim Larsen Senior Coordinator for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the UN Convention noted that action in the land sector has the potential to generate up to 140 billion a year and create 400 million new jobs while that inaction may result in losses in the range of 44 billion The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Earth receives less funding but can contribute more to resilience she said speaking at an event on innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable landscapes organized by the African Development Bank and its partners The cost of taking action may seem enormous but governments could pay an even higher price if they do nothing The benefits of taking action against land degradation greatly outweigh the costs of sustainable landscape management In sub Saharan Africa it is at least seven times 2 Inaction costs sub Saharan countries 490 billion a year while according to the Land Degradation Economics Initiative action to reverse land degradation could generate benefits worth up to 1 4 billions of dollars said Luc Gnacadja former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and former Minister of the Environment of Benin currently co chair of the Executive Committee of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism Rishabh Khanna Director of Impact at Earthbanc and member of the steering committee of the Land Lives and Peace Initiative presented at the summit a new initiative launched in conjunction with the United Nations Convention digital sustainable land bonds which allow carbon buyers buy at a price earlier stage of development Financing for land and ecosystem restoration accounts for less than 1 of all climate finance due to the lack of universal capital market products for these activities Part of the reason is that monitoring reporting and verification of sustainable land management have been labor intensive sometimes inaccurate and use fragmented measurement and accounting methodologies The Adaptation Benefits Mechanism piloted by the African Development Bank between 2019 and 2023 certifies and monetizes the environmental social and economic benefits of adaptation actions including for sustainable and resilient landscapes Unlike mitigation where profitability is the driving factor for investments revenues from the monetization of adaptation benefits are likely to go towards actions in vulnerable communities that are most needed because they provide compelling stories explained Gareth Philips Climate and Environmental Finance Manager at the African Development Bank Dr Peter Minang Africa Director of the International Center for Agroforestry and Global Coordinator of the ASB Association for Tropical Forest Fringes envisioned the innovative role that sustainable agroforestry measures and better enabling environments can play in empowering local communities through a video case study on financing sustainable community forest enterprises in Cameroon We are the first organization to pilot the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism through a project in the cocoa sector in C te d Ivoire In Cameroon we are using a similar approach and more concrete steps have already been taken to allow certification in the near future that can generate new funding for the development of sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems for local communities One of our best practices is the use of portable machines to monitor all the indicators which we could verify once a year for example with Earthbanc s satellite and remote sensing technology he said 1 Speech by the Deputy Secretary General at the Meeting of Heads of State at the UNCCD COP15 Available online https bit ly 3N8vWyc 2 Global Land Outlook 2022 page 5 Available online at https bit ly 3FEQRq9
    COP15: Global GDP could gain 0 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
      The global economy could grow by more than 140 trillion a year 1 or 1 5 times annual global GDP if the goals of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD are achieved participants heard during a side event at the 15th UNCCD summit Camilla Nordheim Larsen Senior Coordinator for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the UN Convention noted that action in the land sector has the potential to generate up to 140 billion a year and create 400 million new jobs while that inaction may result in losses in the range of 44 billion The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Earth receives less funding but can contribute more to resilience she said speaking at an event on innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable landscapes organized by the African Development Bank and its partners The cost of taking action may seem enormous but governments could pay an even higher price if they do nothing The benefits of taking action against land degradation greatly outweigh the costs of sustainable landscape management In sub Saharan Africa it is at least seven times 2 Inaction costs sub Saharan countries 490 billion a year while according to the Land Degradation Economics Initiative action to reverse land degradation could generate benefits worth up to 1 4 billions of dollars said Luc Gnacadja former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and former Minister of the Environment of Benin currently co chair of the Executive Committee of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism Rishabh Khanna Director of Impact at Earthbanc and member of the steering committee of the Land Lives and Peace Initiative presented at the summit a new initiative launched in conjunction with the United Nations Convention digital sustainable land bonds which allow carbon buyers buy at a price earlier stage of development Financing for land and ecosystem restoration accounts for less than 1 of all climate finance due to the lack of universal capital market products for these activities Part of the reason is that monitoring reporting and verification of sustainable land management have been labor intensive sometimes inaccurate and use fragmented measurement and accounting methodologies The Adaptation Benefits Mechanism piloted by the African Development Bank between 2019 and 2023 certifies and monetizes the environmental social and economic benefits of adaptation actions including for sustainable and resilient landscapes Unlike mitigation where profitability is the driving factor for investments revenues from the monetization of adaptation benefits are likely to go towards actions in vulnerable communities that are most needed because they provide compelling stories explained Gareth Philips Climate and Environmental Finance Manager at the African Development Bank Dr Peter Minang Africa Director of the International Center for Agroforestry and Global Coordinator of the ASB Association for Tropical Forest Fringes envisioned the innovative role that sustainable agroforestry measures and better enabling environments can play in empowering local communities through a video case study on financing sustainable community forest enterprises in Cameroon We are the first organization to pilot the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism through a project in the cocoa sector in C te d Ivoire In Cameroon we are using a similar approach and more concrete steps have already been taken to allow certification in the near future that can generate new funding for the development of sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems for local communities One of our best practices is the use of portable machines to monitor all the indicators which we could verify once a year for example with Earthbanc s satellite and remote sensing technology he said 1 Speech by the Deputy Secretary General at the Meeting of Heads of State at the UNCCD COP15 Available online https bit ly 3N8vWyc 2 Global Land Outlook 2022 page 5 Available online at https bit ly 3FEQRq9
    COP15: Global GDP could gain 0 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
    Africa7 months ago

    COP15: Global GDP could gain $140 trillion a year, if we achieve the objectives of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

    The global economy could grow by more than $140 trillion a year[1]or 1.5 times annual global GDP, if the goals of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are achieved, participants heard during a side event at the 15th UNCCD summit.

    Camilla Nordheim-Larsen, Senior Coordinator for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the UN Convention, noted that action in the land sector has the potential to generate up to $140 billion a year and create 400 million new jobs, while that inaction may result in losses in the range of $44 billion. The Sustainable Development Goal for Life on Earth receives less funding but can contribute more to resilience, she said, speaking at an event on innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable landscapes, organized by the African Development Bank and its partners.

    The cost of taking action may seem enormous, but governments could pay an even higher price if they do nothing. “The benefits of taking action against land degradation greatly outweigh the costs of sustainable landscape management. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is at least seven times[2]! Inaction costs sub-Saharan countries $490 billion a year, while according to the Land Degradation Economics Initiative, action to reverse land degradation could generate benefits worth up to $1.4 billions of dollars,” said Luc Gnacadja, former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. and former Minister of the Environment of Benin, currently co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism.

    Rishabh Khanna, Director of Impact at Earthbanc and member of the steering committee of the Land, Lives and Peace Initiative, presented at the summit a new initiative launched in conjunction with the United Nations Convention: digital sustainable land bonds, which allow carbon buyers buy at a price earlier stage of development. “Financing for land and ecosystem restoration accounts for less than 1% of all climate finance due to the lack of universal capital market products for these activities. Part of the reason is that monitoring, reporting, and verification of sustainable land management have been labor-intensive, sometimes inaccurate, and use fragmented measurement and accounting methodologies.”

    The Adaptation Benefits Mechanism, piloted by the African Development Bank between 2019 and 2023, certifies and monetizes the environmental, social and economic benefits of adaptation actions, including for sustainable and resilient landscapes. “Unlike mitigation, where profitability is the driving factor for investments, revenues from the monetization of adaptation benefits are likely to go towards actions in vulnerable communities that are most needed, because they provide compelling stories” explained Gareth Philips, Climate and Environmental Finance Manager at the African Development Bank.

    Dr. Peter Minang, Africa Director of the International Center for Agroforestry and Global Coordinator of the ASB Association for Tropical Forest Fringes, envisioned the innovative role that sustainable agroforestry measures and better enabling environments can play in empowering local communities. through a video case study on financing. sustainable community forest enterprises in Cameroon. “We are the first organization to pilot the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism through a project in the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire. In Cameroon, we are using a similar approach and more concrete steps have already been taken to allow certification in the near future that can generate new funding for the development of sustainable and resilient agroforestry systems for local communities. One of our best practices is the use of portable machines to monitor all the indicators, which we could verify once a year, for example, with Earthbanc's satellite and remote sensing technology,” he said.

    [1] Speech by the Deputy Secretary General at the Meeting of Heads of State at the UNCCD COP15. Available online https://bit.ly/3N8vWyc

    [2] Global Land Outlook 2022, page 5. Available online at: https://bit.ly/3FEQRq9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (NAN)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties Cop15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had on Monday presented the country s position at the summit The president had at a side event of the summit urged the World Bank African Development Bank and other partners to support the One Planet Summit initiative and activate the 19 billion dollars pledge In his capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the PAGGW Buhari said The inter basin transfer of water from Central Africa to the lake Chad should be taken seriously The meeting was President Buhari s first assignment at the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government following his election to head the institution in December last year NAN reports that the president s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari and other government officials welcomed the president at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja NAN
    Buhari returns to Abuja after COP15 in Abidjan
     President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties Cop15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan Cote d Ivoire The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had on Monday presented the country s position at the summit The president had at a side event of the summit urged the World Bank African Development Bank and other partners to support the One Planet Summit initiative and activate the 19 billion dollars pledge In his capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the PAGGW Buhari said The inter basin transfer of water from Central Africa to the lake Chad should be taken seriously The meeting was President Buhari s first assignment at the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government following his election to head the institution in December last year NAN reports that the president s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari and other government officials welcomed the president at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja NAN
    Buhari returns to Abuja after COP15 in Abidjan
    General news7 months ago

    Buhari returns to Abuja after COP15 in Abidjan

    President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties (Cop15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian leader had on Monday presented the country’s position at the summit.

    The president had at a side event of the summit urged the World Bank, African Development Bank and other partners to support the One Planet Summit initiative and activate the 19 billion dollars pledge.

    In his capacity as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the PAGGW, Buhari said:

    “The inter basin transfer of water from Central Africa to the lake Chad should be taken seriously.”

    The meeting was President Buhari’s first assignment at the PAGGW Conference of Heads of State and Government following his election to head the institution in December last year.

    NAN reports that the president’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and other government officials welcomed the president at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

    (NAN)

  •  UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed on Monday called on countries to invest in land restoration initiatives Mohammed made the call at the opening of the15th session of the Conference of Parties COP15 to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan C te d Ivoire She noted that half of the world s Gross Domestic Product GDP and its grain supplies depended on addressing land degradation We are faced with a crucial choice We can either reap the benefits of land restoration now or continue on the disastrous path that has led us to the triple planetary crisis of climate biodiversity and pollution she said in a statement Quoting recent data she said every year 12 million hectares of land were lost The Global Land Outlook report just issued by the UN Convention to combat desertification shows that our current approach to land management is putting half the world s economic output 44 trillion dollars at risk We must ensure that funds are available for countries that need them and that those funds are invested in areas that will have a decisive impact and create a more inclusive sustainable future for all she continued She noted that land restoration connected all of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs With a focus on restoring one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030 the conference aims to contribute to future proofing land against the climate impacts and tackling escalating disaster risks such as droughts sand and dust storms and wildfires The deputy secretary general said despite that women spent 200 million hours each day collecting water and even more tending the land they still lacked access to land rights and finance Eliminating those barriers and empowering women and girls as landowners and partners is a game changer for land restoration for the 2030 Agenda and for the African Union s Agenda 2063 she said Also speaking at the Summit General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid emphasised the importance of addressing the serious issues affecting the well being of people and their livelihoods and of the environment Through it we aim to move closer to combating desertification and restoring degraded land and soil including land affected by desertification drought and floods Shahid said According to him reversing the current trends is vital for effective action on behalf of climate and biodiversity especially to vulnerable communities noting that land degradation undermines the well being of some 3 2 billion people Unsustainable land use agriculture and soil management practices are all major drivers of desertification land degradation and drought We are responsible for the bulk of this considering that human activities directly influence 70 per cent of the world s land Shahid said The UN top official called on all the parties to recommit to land degradation neutrality by 2030 He said it was necessary to tackle climate change conserve and protect biodiversity and maintain vital ecosystem services for shared prosperity and well being in the context of a climate responsible world NAN
    COP15: UN deputy chief urges countries to invest in land restoration initiatives
     UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed on Monday called on countries to invest in land restoration initiatives Mohammed made the call at the opening of the15th session of the Conference of Parties COP15 to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD in Abidjan C te d Ivoire She noted that half of the world s Gross Domestic Product GDP and its grain supplies depended on addressing land degradation We are faced with a crucial choice We can either reap the benefits of land restoration now or continue on the disastrous path that has led us to the triple planetary crisis of climate biodiversity and pollution she said in a statement Quoting recent data she said every year 12 million hectares of land were lost The Global Land Outlook report just issued by the UN Convention to combat desertification shows that our current approach to land management is putting half the world s economic output 44 trillion dollars at risk We must ensure that funds are available for countries that need them and that those funds are invested in areas that will have a decisive impact and create a more inclusive sustainable future for all she continued She noted that land restoration connected all of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs With a focus on restoring one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030 the conference aims to contribute to future proofing land against the climate impacts and tackling escalating disaster risks such as droughts sand and dust storms and wildfires The deputy secretary general said despite that women spent 200 million hours each day collecting water and even more tending the land they still lacked access to land rights and finance Eliminating those barriers and empowering women and girls as landowners and partners is a game changer for land restoration for the 2030 Agenda and for the African Union s Agenda 2063 she said Also speaking at the Summit General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid emphasised the importance of addressing the serious issues affecting the well being of people and their livelihoods and of the environment Through it we aim to move closer to combating desertification and restoring degraded land and soil including land affected by desertification drought and floods Shahid said According to him reversing the current trends is vital for effective action on behalf of climate and biodiversity especially to vulnerable communities noting that land degradation undermines the well being of some 3 2 billion people Unsustainable land use agriculture and soil management practices are all major drivers of desertification land degradation and drought We are responsible for the bulk of this considering that human activities directly influence 70 per cent of the world s land Shahid said The UN top official called on all the parties to recommit to land degradation neutrality by 2030 He said it was necessary to tackle climate change conserve and protect biodiversity and maintain vital ecosystem services for shared prosperity and well being in the context of a climate responsible world NAN
    COP15: UN deputy chief urges countries to invest in land restoration initiatives
    Foreign7 months ago

    COP15: UN deputy chief urges countries to invest in land restoration initiatives

    UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed on Monday called on countries to invest in land restoration initiatives.

    Mohammed made the call at the opening of the15th session of the Conference of Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

    She noted that half of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its grain supplies depended on addressing land degradation.

    “We are faced with a crucial choice.

    “We can either reap the benefits of land restoration now or continue on the disastrous path that has led us to the triple planetary crisis of climate, biodiversity and pollution,” she said in a statement.

    Quoting recent data, she said every year 12 million hectares of land were lost.

    “The Global Land Outlook report just issued by the UN Convention to combat desertification shows that our current approach to land management is putting half the world’s economic output-44 trillion dollars- at risk.

    “We must ensure that funds are available for countries that need them, and that those funds are invested in areas that will have a decisive impact and create a more inclusive, sustainable future for all,” she continued.

    She noted that land restoration connected all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    With a focus on restoring one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030, the conference aims to contribute to future-proofing land against the climate impacts, and tackling escalating disaster risks such as droughts, sand and dust storms, and wildfires.

    The deputy secretary-general said despite that women spent 200 million hours each day collecting water, and even more tending the land, they still lacked access to land rights and finance.

    “Eliminating those barriers and empowering women and girls as landowners and partners is a game-changer for land restoration, for the 2030 Agenda, and for the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” she said.

    Also speaking at the Summit, General Assembly President, Abdulla Shahid, emphasised the importance of addressing the serious issues affecting the well-being of people and their livelihoods, and of the environment.

    “Through it, we aim to move closer, to combating desertification and restoring degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought, and floods,” Shahid said.

    According to him, reversing the current trends is vital for effective action on behalf of climate and biodiversity, especially to vulnerable communities, noting that land degradation undermines the well-being of some 3.2 billion people.

    “Unsustainable land use, agriculture and soil management practices are all major drivers of desertification, land degradation and drought.

    “We are responsible for the bulk of this, considering that human activities directly influence 70 per cent of the world’s land,” Shahid said.

    The UN top official called on all the parties to recommit to land degradation neutrality by 2030.

    He said it was necessary to tackle climate change, conserve and protect biodiversity, and maintain vital ecosystem services for shared prosperity and well-being, in the context of a climate responsible world. (

    (NAN)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave for Abidjan Cote d Ivoire to attend the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties COP15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD The president s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Shehu said the conference was aimed at addressing the future of land regarding desertification drought degradation rights restoration and implications for national and world economies He said the Nigerian leader would join other world leaders at Sofitel Hotel Abidjan for the 15th session of the COP15 of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification with the theme Land Life Legacy From scarcity to prosperity According to the presidential aide the convention aims to take action to ensure that land the lifeline on the planet continues to benefit present and future generations To achieve the visionary objective of land restoration and balance COP15 will bring together leaders from governments the private sector civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most precious assets land The convention will explore links between land and other key development issues which will be discussed during the high level segment including a Heads of States Summit high level roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions COP 15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification land degradation and drought Accordingly it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation climate change and biodiversity loss as the world steps into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration he said He added that drought land restoration and related enablers such as land rights gender equality and youth empowerment were among the top items on the conference agenda The president who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi Others are Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Mohammed and Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu Also on the president s team to Abidjan are National Security Adviser retired Maj Gen Babagana Monguno Director General National Intelligence Agency Amb Ahmed Rufai and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Abike Dabiri Erewa NAN
    Buhari departs for Cote d’Ivoire to attend COP-15 conference
     President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave for Abidjan Cote d Ivoire to attend the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties COP15 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD The president s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Shehu said the conference was aimed at addressing the future of land regarding desertification drought degradation rights restoration and implications for national and world economies He said the Nigerian leader would join other world leaders at Sofitel Hotel Abidjan for the 15th session of the COP15 of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification with the theme Land Life Legacy From scarcity to prosperity According to the presidential aide the convention aims to take action to ensure that land the lifeline on the planet continues to benefit present and future generations To achieve the visionary objective of land restoration and balance COP15 will bring together leaders from governments the private sector civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most precious assets land The convention will explore links between land and other key development issues which will be discussed during the high level segment including a Heads of States Summit high level roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions COP 15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification land degradation and drought Accordingly it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation climate change and biodiversity loss as the world steps into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration he said He added that drought land restoration and related enablers such as land rights gender equality and youth empowerment were among the top items on the conference agenda The president who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi Others are Minister of Agriculture Mahmoud Mohammed and Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu Also on the president s team to Abidjan are National Security Adviser retired Maj Gen Babagana Monguno Director General National Intelligence Agency Amb Ahmed Rufai and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Abike Dabiri Erewa NAN
    Buhari departs for Cote d’Ivoire to attend COP-15 conference
    General news7 months ago

    Buhari departs for Cote d’Ivoire to attend COP-15 conference

    President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday leave for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to attend the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

    The president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Shehu said the conference was aimed at addressing the future of land, regarding desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration and implications for national and world economies.

    He said the Nigerian leader would join other world leaders at Sofitel Hotel, Abidjan, for the 15th session of the COP15 of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, with the theme, “Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.”

    According to the presidential aide, the convention aims to take action to ensure that land, the lifeline on the planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.

    “To achieve the visionary objective of land restoration and balance, COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most precious assets, land.

    “The convention will explore links between land and other key development issues, which will be discussed during the high-level segment, including a Heads of States Summit, high-level roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions.

    “COP 15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought.

    “Accordingly, it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss as the world steps into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration,” he said.

    He added that drought, land restoration, and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment were among the top items on the conference agenda.

    The president, who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa, will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi.

    Others are: Minister of Agriculture, Mahmoud Mohammed and Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.

    Also on the president’s team to Abidjan are: National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai and , Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri- Erewa. 

    (NAN)

  •  A two week global summit on land degradation organized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD is due to open on Monday in Abidjan C te d Ivoire The UNCCD in a statement on Friday said more than a dozen heads of state and government ministers and at least 2 000 delegates from 196 countries were expected to attend the two week conference The 15th session of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties COP15 will kick off with a summit of heads of state and a high level segment to build political will for 2030 global actions that build the resilience of communities that are vulnerable to the drought He said the leaders were meeting in Abidjan in the context of a stark warning issued by the UNCCD that up to 40 percent of all ice free land is already degraded with dire consequences for climate biodiversity and the media of life The UNCCD said that the theme of COP15 was Earth Life Legacy From Scarcity to Prosperity a call to action to ensure that the land which is the lifeline of the planet benefits present and future generations The conference will focus on restoring one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030 preparing land use for the future against the impacts of climate change and addressing the increasing risks of disasters such as droughts sandstorms and dust and forest fires High level delegates expected at the conference include Alassane Ouattara President of C te d Ivoire Amina Mohammed United Nations Deputy Secretary General Abdulla Shahid and President of the United Nations General Assembly among others UNCCD COP15 is the first of the three Rio Conventions to take place in 2022 with COP15 on Biodiversity and COP27 on Climate Change to be held later in Kunming China and Sharma El Sheikh Egypt respectively UNCCD said that highlights of the conference included the announcement of the Abidjan Legacy Program on May 9 by the President of C te d Ivoire Alassane Ouattara focused on job creation and restoration of degraded land in C te d Ivoire d Ivoire he said He said that others were the launch of a new report on the differentiated impacts of desertification land degradation and drought on men and women the Green Business Forum on May 10 and 11 The UNCCD said the program would also include the launch of drylands a global campaign to mobilize action against drought on May 11 and the launch of the Global Land Outlook regional reports on May 18 among others He said the news conferences would also be held with interpretation in English French and Spanish but streamed over the Internet in the language of the room NAN
    UNCCD to hold COP15 on Monday to address land degradation
     A two week global summit on land degradation organized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD is due to open on Monday in Abidjan C te d Ivoire The UNCCD in a statement on Friday said more than a dozen heads of state and government ministers and at least 2 000 delegates from 196 countries were expected to attend the two week conference The 15th session of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties COP15 will kick off with a summit of heads of state and a high level segment to build political will for 2030 global actions that build the resilience of communities that are vulnerable to the drought He said the leaders were meeting in Abidjan in the context of a stark warning issued by the UNCCD that up to 40 percent of all ice free land is already degraded with dire consequences for climate biodiversity and the media of life The UNCCD said that the theme of COP15 was Earth Life Legacy From Scarcity to Prosperity a call to action to ensure that the land which is the lifeline of the planet benefits present and future generations The conference will focus on restoring one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030 preparing land use for the future against the impacts of climate change and addressing the increasing risks of disasters such as droughts sandstorms and dust and forest fires High level delegates expected at the conference include Alassane Ouattara President of C te d Ivoire Amina Mohammed United Nations Deputy Secretary General Abdulla Shahid and President of the United Nations General Assembly among others UNCCD COP15 is the first of the three Rio Conventions to take place in 2022 with COP15 on Biodiversity and COP27 on Climate Change to be held later in Kunming China and Sharma El Sheikh Egypt respectively UNCCD said that highlights of the conference included the announcement of the Abidjan Legacy Program on May 9 by the President of C te d Ivoire Alassane Ouattara focused on job creation and restoration of degraded land in C te d Ivoire d Ivoire he said He said that others were the launch of a new report on the differentiated impacts of desertification land degradation and drought on men and women the Green Business Forum on May 10 and 11 The UNCCD said the program would also include the launch of drylands a global campaign to mobilize action against drought on May 11 and the launch of the Global Land Outlook regional reports on May 18 among others He said the news conferences would also be held with interpretation in English French and Spanish but streamed over the Internet in the language of the room NAN
    UNCCD to hold COP15 on Monday to address land degradation
    General news7 months ago

    UNCCD to hold COP15 on Monday to address land degradation

    A two-week global summit on land degradation organized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is due to open on Monday in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

    The UNCCD in a statement on Friday said more than a dozen heads of state and government, ministers and at least 2,000 delegates from 196 countries were expected to attend the two-week conference.

    The 15th session of the UNCCD Conference of the Parties (COP15) will kick off with a summit of heads of state and a high-level segment to build political will for 2030 global actions that build the resilience of communities that are vulnerable to the drought

    He said the leaders were meeting in Abidjan in the context of a stark warning issued by the UNCCD that up to 40 percent of all ice-free land is already degraded, with dire consequences for climate, biodiversity and the media. of life.

    The UNCCD said that the theme of COP15 was 'Earth. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity', a call to action to ensure that the land, which is the lifeline of the planet, benefits present and future generations.

    “The conference will focus on restoring one billion hectares of degraded land between now and 2030, preparing land use for the future against the impacts of climate change, and addressing the increasing risks of disasters such as droughts, sandstorms and dust and forest fires.

    “High-level delegates expected at the conference include Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d'Ivoire, Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Abdulla Shahid and President of the United Nations General Assembly, among others.

    “UNCCD COP15 is the first of the three Rio Conventions to take place in 2022, with COP15 on Biodiversity and COP27 on Climate Change to be held later in Kunming, China and Sharma El-Sheikh, Egypt, respectively.

    “UNCCD said that highlights of the conference included the announcement of the Abidjan Legacy Program on May 9 by the President of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, focused on job creation and restoration of degraded land in Côte d'Ivoire. d'Ivoire,” he said.

    He said that others were the launch of a new report on the differentiated impacts of desertification, land degradation and drought on men and women, the Green Business Forum on May 10 and 11.

    The UNCCD said the program would also include the launch of drylands, a global campaign to mobilize action against drought on May 11, and the launch of the Global Land Outlook regional reports on May 18, among others.

    He said the news conferences would also be held with interpretation in English, French and Spanish, but streamed over the Internet in the language of the room.

    (NAN)

  •   The Senate received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to consider and pass three critical bills needed to effectively combat corruption in the country The bills are Proceeds of Crime Bill Whistleblower Bill and Witness Protection Bill The president s request was contained in a letter dated January 14 2022 and read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during the plenary President Buhari s letter reads I am writing to inform you that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria participated in the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption UNCAC held from 13 to December 17 2021 at the International Congress Center Sharm El Sheikh Egypt In the session the international community expressed its appreciation for Nigeria s efforts in the fight against corruption reaffirming Nigeria s status as a leader in Africa in the areas of developing structures for the recovery repatriation and disposal of proceeds of the crime In light of this and the need to continue to raise Nigeria s global profile I hereby request that the National Assembly kindly consider and eventually pass the best possible version of the following bills Proceeds of Crime Bill whistleblower bill and Witness Protection Bill In anticipation of expedited consideration of these submissions by the Senate please accept Distinguished President of the Senate the assurances of my highest consideration Meanwhile Senate President Ahmad Lawan sent two executive communications from President Buhari on Wednesday for the confirmation of Nnamonso Ekanem Akwa Ibom South South and Mahmud Abubakar Magaji Niger Center North as members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission before the Committee on the Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Affairs The nomination of Professor Mansur Auwalu Bindawa for appointment as New Non Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC to the Communications Committee was also forwarded Both committees had two weeks to select the nominees and report back to the Senate in plenary session In addition two bills that seek to establish the Federal University of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology in six Geopolitical zones and for the Regulation of Health Education Professionals climbed to second reading in the Senate The bills were sponsored by Senators Patrick Ayo Akinyelure Ondo Central and Yahaya Ibrahim Oloriegbe Kwara Central respectively The bills after consideration were referred by the Senate President to the Committee on Health for further legislative input The Committee was given four weeks to report back to the House in plenary
    Buhari writes Senate, seeks passage of Proceeds of Crime, Whistle-Blower, Witness Protection Bills
      The Senate received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to consider and pass three critical bills needed to effectively combat corruption in the country The bills are Proceeds of Crime Bill Whistleblower Bill and Witness Protection Bill The president s request was contained in a letter dated January 14 2022 and read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during the plenary President Buhari s letter reads I am writing to inform you that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria participated in the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption UNCAC held from 13 to December 17 2021 at the International Congress Center Sharm El Sheikh Egypt In the session the international community expressed its appreciation for Nigeria s efforts in the fight against corruption reaffirming Nigeria s status as a leader in Africa in the areas of developing structures for the recovery repatriation and disposal of proceeds of the crime In light of this and the need to continue to raise Nigeria s global profile I hereby request that the National Assembly kindly consider and eventually pass the best possible version of the following bills Proceeds of Crime Bill whistleblower bill and Witness Protection Bill In anticipation of expedited consideration of these submissions by the Senate please accept Distinguished President of the Senate the assurances of my highest consideration Meanwhile Senate President Ahmad Lawan sent two executive communications from President Buhari on Wednesday for the confirmation of Nnamonso Ekanem Akwa Ibom South South and Mahmud Abubakar Magaji Niger Center North as members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission before the Committee on the Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Affairs The nomination of Professor Mansur Auwalu Bindawa for appointment as New Non Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC to the Communications Committee was also forwarded Both committees had two weeks to select the nominees and report back to the Senate in plenary session In addition two bills that seek to establish the Federal University of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology in six Geopolitical zones and for the Regulation of Health Education Professionals climbed to second reading in the Senate The bills were sponsored by Senators Patrick Ayo Akinyelure Ondo Central and Yahaya Ibrahim Oloriegbe Kwara Central respectively The bills after consideration were referred by the Senate President to the Committee on Health for further legislative input The Committee was given four weeks to report back to the House in plenary
    Buhari writes Senate, seeks passage of Proceeds of Crime, Whistle-Blower, Witness Protection Bills
    Headlines11 months ago

    Buhari writes Senate, seeks passage of Proceeds of Crime, Whistle-Blower, Witness Protection Bills

    The Senate received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to consider and pass three critical bills needed to effectively combat corruption in the country.

    The bills are: Proceeds of Crime Bill, Whistleblower Bill, and Witness Protection Bill.

    The president's request was contained in a letter dated January 14, 2022 and read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan during the plenary.

    President Buhari's letter reads: “I am writing to inform you that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria participated in the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) held from 13 to December 17. 2021 at the International Congress Center, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

    “In the session, the international community expressed its appreciation for Nigeria's efforts in the fight against corruption, reaffirming Nigeria's status as a leader in Africa in the areas of developing structures for the recovery, repatriation and disposal of proceeds of the crime.

    “In light of this and the need to continue to raise Nigeria's global profile, I hereby request that the National Assembly kindly consider and eventually pass the best possible version of the following bills: Proceeds of Crime Bill ; whistleblower bill; and Witness Protection Bill.

    "In anticipation of expedited consideration of these submissions by the Senate, please accept, Distinguished President of the Senate, the assurances of my highest consideration."

    Meanwhile, Senate President Ahmad Lawan sent two executive communications from President Buhari on Wednesday for the confirmation of Nnamonso Ekanem (Akwa-Ibom, South-South) and Mahmud Abubakar Magaji (Niger, Center-North) as members of the Federal. Judicial Service Commission before the Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Affairs.

    The nomination of Professor Mansur Auwalu Bindawa for appointment as New Non-Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to the Communications Committee was also forwarded.

    Both committees had two weeks to select the nominees and report back to the Senate in plenary session.

    In addition, two bills that seek to establish the Federal University of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology in six Geopolitical zones and for the Regulation of Health Education Professionals climbed to second reading in the Senate.

    The bills were sponsored by Senators Patrick Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central) and Yahaya Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central), respectively.

    The bills, after consideration, were referred by the Senate President to the Committee on Health for further legislative input.

    The Committee was given four weeks to report back to the House in plenary.

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