The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) announced the signing of an agreement to support the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program, as well as to make the voices of women, youth and persons with disabilities heard in UN-supported peace processes.
The two-year US $ 800,000 contribution from the United Arab Emirates will help fund DPPA projects aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of women in peace and post-conflict processes, including through decision-making and mediation roles in accordance with the Landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), which established the WPS program. Women's leadership in these processes increases the sustainability of peace agreements and improves economic growth in the aftermath of conflict. The contribution will also be devoted to providing support in mediation and peace and dialogue processes around the world.
HE Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, signed the agreement on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, and Rosemary DiCarlo, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Peacebuilding, signed on behalf of the DPPA.
“Improving the full and meaningful participation of women in peace and security issues is vital for effective peacebuilding, conflict prevention and recovery in the twenty-first century,” said Ambassador Nusseibeh. “Building on the UAE's long-standing commitment to the WPS program, our partnership with the DPPA helps ensure that peace processes bring long-term economic and security benefits by including and empowering women. Advancing the role of women as community and business leaders is a fundamental pillar of the UAE's vision for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2022-2023. "
"The FPS is such an important part of our work because we know from experience that when women are at the table, peace agreements are more likely to hold and the benefits of peace are more widely appreciated," said the FPS. Deputy Secretary General DiCarlo. “The UAE's support is invaluable. Such contributions allow us to make a difference in global peace and mediation efforts. "
Putting women at the forefront of all peace and security efforts, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, has been a long-standing foreign policy priority of the United States. WATER. In 2019, the United Arab Emirates and UN Women launched the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak WPS initiative, which has so far trained more than 300 female cadets from the Arab region, Asia and Africa, and aims to increase the representation of women and their meaningful inclusion in the security sector.
A total of 13 people have been killed in more than 10 water-related accidents across Mongolia so far this year, the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Friday.
Five of the victims were children, the NEMA said in a statement.
The negligence of citizens, leaving children unsupervised and swimming after consuming alcohol were the main causes of the water-related accidents, it said.
As summer comes, the number of people who come to lake and rivers increases dramatically, the agency said, urging people to prevent potential accidents.
The Federal Government is set to move to the next level of the procurement process of the Ibom Deep Water Port (IDWP) through the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Mr Chidi Izuwah, the Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), made this known while presenting the Full Business Case (FBC) Compliance Certificate to the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.
Izuwah said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja that the IDWP project involves the development of a Greenfield Deepsea Port and accompanying Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Akwa Ibom.
“The IDWP project is planned to become a major national and regional economic gateway that will provide additional container handling capacity for the country.
“In addition to containers, the IDWP is expected to handle petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas, vehicles and bulk trade in natural resources,” he said.
Responding, Amaechi thanked ICRC for providing timely guidance throughout the development and procurement process of the project.
He added that the project was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to expand and further develop the nation’s transport sector in the overall interest of the economy.
It added that conclusion of negotiations and due diligence were ongoing with the preferred bidder.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ICRC was established to regulate PPP activities in Nigeria to address physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development.
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Ortom made the promise on Tuesday at Ameladu in Gboko Local Government Area of the state after inspecting the facility.
“I will liaise with the Federal Government, Development Partners and Senate Committee on Water so as to find ways of bringing the project back to life.
“This huge project is a federal government project. It was initiated and completed by President Ibrahim Babangida administration in 1993.
“It is a federal government project but it was handed over to the State Government.
“It was meant to serve Gboko local government area and its environs. It has a capacity of 9,000 cubic metres,” he said.
He further said that the decision to revive the project was borne out of the need to tackle the water needs of the people.
“I cannot abandon the project. I must put it back to use,” the governor said.
The Managing Director/CEO, Mr Muminu Badmus, said this in a statement made in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that LWC was working towards making the environment safe for staff and customers.
“Lagos residents, particularly, residents of Shomolu, Dolphin, Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island (Saka Tinubu,) Magodo, Itire Ikate, Mosan Okunola, Ikorodu (Lagos Road), Ojokoro, Akilo, Oworonshoki, Lagos Island, Mainland and Yaba/Ebute-Metta, are assured of uninterrupted service.
” The residents in the areas mentioned have been commending the efforts of the corporation, due to access to potable water , especially at this critical period of Coronavirus pandemic.
” I am assuring Lagos residents of sustainability of water supply, because its importance cannot be under estimated during this COVID-19 pandemic.
“The corporation is undauntedly determined to support government’s efforts of eradicating the virus from the state,” Badmus said.
He noted regular hand washing with soap and clean running water as one of the preventive measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus, adding that water is quite importance at this critical time.
Badmus also told customers to conserve and use water wisely, urging
them to support government’s efforts by paying water bills when due, taking advantage of the payment channels recently rolled out for ease of payment.
Badmus said that the corporation had also embarked on disinfection of all its offices, as a preventive measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state, particularly in the Lagos Water Corporation.
He said that the action was geared towards the partial resumption to work of staff members from level 15 and above as directed by the Lagos State Government.
Badmus explained that the disinfection exercise started on Monday, May 4, at the Water-House, Ijora, as part of its continuous effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, making the environment safe for its staff and customers.
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The Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC) has felicitated with her Premium Customers, wishing them happy and memorable 2020 Easter celebration amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Managing Director of the corporation, Mr Muminu Badmus, on Sunday in Lagos prayed toA lmighty God for continuous guidance, protection for Christians and bless them all with sound health during the elebrations and always.
“While we rmain committed to providing potable water supply to every home in the state, help to sustain the service and continue to enjoy water supply by paying your water bills as when due.
“For convenient and easy payments, pleases pay through any bank branch across the state (customers can pay using Paydirect or Pay at any Bank in Nigeria) even through ATM Machines.
“Customers can also pay at any zonal or regional office using POS devices, Interswitch Paypoint (Mobile Money operator at street corners), Badmus said,” Badmus said.
He pleaded with the public to remember that Covid-19 is real, adding that they should maintain high sanitary level and follow all the preventive measures against the spread of the deadly virus.
The corporation’s boss, however urged customers to conserve and use water wisely, adding that for complaints and comments, they should call LWC Customer Care Nos: 07045973012, 07045973013. .
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Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) says it has rolled out new and easy payment channels of water bills that customers could access from the comfort of their homes.
LWC Managing Director, Muminu Badmus, said in a statement that Lagos residents could now pay water bills on mobile money operators through Firstmonie, Paga and PocketMoni.
“This means that water customers have varieties of payment channels and can make payments at the comforts of their homes, particularly, this period of lockdown in the State.
According to him, the corporation had earlier introduced some payment channels for easy business transaction and bills payments.
“These channels include payment through any bank’s branch across Lagos State .
“Customers can pay using Paydirect or Pay at any bank in Nigeria, through ATM machines,” Badmus explained in the statement. .
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The Plateau State Water Board (PSWB) has employed measures to check water shortage as people stay at home over the Covid-19 pandemic, the acting General Manager of the board, Mrs Stella Buge, has said.
In a statement issued to Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Jos, Buge assured customers and the general public of adequate water supply during the period.
She said that the board in collaboration with other essential service providers had adopted measures to check water shortage, pipe burst and leakages around Jos Bukuru metropolis.
She said that the gesture was also extended to other local government areas in the state where portable water was provided.
The general manager urged the public and well spirited individuals to report to the board any breach or sabotage of any kind.
She also urged private water tanker operators to liaise with officials of the board at water treatment plants in areas “where our water is yet to be extended to help in augmenting the state government’s efforts in curbing the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 in Plateau”.
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The Taraba Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation (TAWASCO) has concluded plans to increase frequency of water supply to homes, following a partial shutdown of activities in the state over COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Musa Siam, the Managing Director of the corporation made this known at a media chat organised by Youth Progressive Association in Taraba (TYPA), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in Jalingo on Saturday.
He explained that government hired tankers to assist in supplying water across towns in the state in case of a total shutdown over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is part of the decision taken recently during a stakeholders’ meeting on how to respond to a total shutdown should the virus gets to the state.
“A technical committee has been put in place to address the concern of stakeholders and I can assure you that this decision is already on the table because people will need more water when they are forced to stay at home,” he said.
Siam lauded the assistance being rendered by -WASH in the water sector of the state, saying that a lot had been achieved in the water sector through the intervention of USAID.
While announcing that 29 sanitation facilities have been put in place so far to check open defecation, Siam called on the public to make good use of the toilet facilities and other infrastructure for a clean environment and a healthy society.
Mr Julius Butu, Director, Taraba Environmental Protection Agency (TEPA), said that efforts were being put in place to ensure environmental cleanliness of the state to mitigate the spread of airborne diseases.
“The ministry of environment will unbundle waste management to ensure that private sector comes in to help in enlightening the people about waste management.
“Government alone cannot effectively manage waste, given the increase growth in the population,” he said.
Mr Boniface Koson, the Chief Executive Officer of TYPA said the media chat was aimed at tracking progress being made by the state in terms of water supply and sanitation, especially at the time the people were being advised to stay at home for fear of COVID-19.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that representatives of the state ministry of Urban Development, women groups, civil society organisations, all appealed to the people of the state to obey government directives on preventive measures against the pandemic.
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As regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities.
UN-Habitat said the impacts of the new coronavirus disease could be considerably higher on the urban poor living in slums, where overcrowding also makes it difficult to follow other recommended measures such as social distancing and self-isolation.
UN-Habitat is based in Nairobi, home to the Kibera slum, where people live hand-to-mouth and water access points are hard to find. They are even harder to get to when movement restrictions are in place, in the hope of preventing further spread of the disease.
As resident Anna Nyokabi put it: “We don’t have enough water to drink and cook our food, so where will we get water to wash our hands frequently?”
More than two billion affected
If the international community is to beat back COVID-19, then Governments must provide Ms. Nyobaki - and the more than two billion people worldwide like her - with continuous access to sufficient water.
That’s the opinion of 10 independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“People living in informal settlements, those who are homeless, rural populations, women, children, older persons, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees and all other groups vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic need to have continuous access to sufficient and affordable water”, they said in a statement issued on Monday.
“Only this will allow them to comply with the recommendations of health institutions to keep strict hygiene measures”.
The experts, who are not UN staff nor are they paid by the Organization, called on Governments to immediately prohibit cuts to those people who cannot pay their water bill.
“It is also essential that they provide water free of cost for the duration of the crisis to people in poverty and those affected by the upcoming economic hardship. Public and private service providers must be enforced to comply with these fundamental measures”, they added.
UN-Water working with providers and communities
To address water access in slums, a coalition of UN agencies under the banner of UN-Water is working with national and local governments, as well as civil society organizations, women, youth groups and community leaders.
They are supporting a UN-Habitat-led global network of small-scale water and sanitation service providers, utilities and authorities. The network offers peer-to-peer support on a not-for-profit basis, and can provide technical advice, online training and other support, in addition to sharing information and active learning on COVID-19 response.
“Utilities can be encouraged to maintain water and sanitation service continuity and in ensuring affordability is not a barrier to access for the urban poor”, said UN-Habitat, which is a member of UN-Water.
UN agencies, programmes and other entities are also putting emergency safe drinking water and handwashing facilities in key locations in informal settlements and high-density public places such as markets, and bus stations.
They also are actively engaging community leaders and groups through existing slum networks, youth centres and networks, to train community leaders, to manage handwashing facilities, and to disseminate information about COVID-19.
Finally, in their work they are prioritizing the elderly and people living with chronic medical conditions who are the most vulnerable to the impacts of the disease.