President Muhammadu Buhari signs the Paris Agreement in New York.

President Muhammadu Buhari signs the Paris Agreement in New York.

I am heartened by the tremendous support for bringing the Paris Agreement into force this year.
The global coalition that delivered in Paris continues to go from strength to strength.
With this meeting this morning, as of now, we have 60 parties representing, over 47.5% [of global greenhouse gas emissions]. We need 7.5% more.  And that means we have crossed one the two thresholds, the 55 countries, so it’s well over, now let us work harder to get all this 7.5% greenhouse gas emissions added more.   I thank the 31 countries who have deposited their instruments with me today.  I am happy to declare that we have officially crossed one of the two thresholds required to bring the Paris Agreement into force.
As you have already heard, we heard from a diverse group of world leaders that they intend to ratify and deposit their legal instruments this year.  If I may repeat again, they include Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, the European Union, France, Germany, New Zealand, Namibia and the Republic of Korea.
Leaders from Kazakhstan and Poland have also informed me of the same intention.
I am greatly encouraged that leaders in the European Union are working to ensure they will join the Agreement this year.

R-L: UNSG, Mr Ban Ki-moon, President Buhari and Nigeria's Minister of the Environment, Hajiya Amina Muhammed

R-L: UNSG, Mr Ban Ki-moon, President Buhari and Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment, Hajiya Amina Muhammed

Taken together, these commitments, added to the 60 countries that have now formally joined the agreement, will put us past the threshold of 55 per cent of global emissions.
Now, this means we will cross the final barrier for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
I appeal to all leaders to accelerate your domestic procedures to join the agreement this year.
What once seemed impossible is now inevitable.
I am confident that, by the time I leave office, the Paris Agreement will have entered into force.
This will be a major achievement for multilateralism.
It will mark a new era of global cooperation in building a safer, more resilient and prosperous world.
And it will catalyze action on many levels.
It will help accelerate efforts to protect the poor and most vulnerable from increasing climate impacts.
It will spur governments to fast-track implementation of their national climate plans.
And it will send a strong signal to the private sector that the future belongs to those who invest in low-carbon development and the climate resilient economy.
I salute your leadership and commitment to the Paris Agreement.
I count on you to build on this strong global momentum in the coming weeks to further reduce the risks of dangerous climate change.
Every country and every sector must play its part.
Later this month, at the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly (ICAO), I urge you to support a global deal to limit rapidly growing emissions from the aviation sector.
And, at the Kigali meeting of the Montreal Protocol in October, I urge you to reach global consensus on an amendment to phase-down harmful HFC greenhouse gases.
Together these two actions will go far to reduce planet-warming emissions and supplement efforts under the Paris Agreement.
When this year ends, I hope we can all look back with pride, knowing that, together, we seized the opportunity to act for the common good, for a sustainable future and the protection of our common home.
Let us work together to make this world environmentally sustainable so that all of us, and our succeeding generations can live in peace and harmony.  I thank you very much for your leadership.  Thank you.

Readout of Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

buhari-and-sg2The Secretary-General met Wednesday with H.E. Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Secretary-General commended the President’s efforts against corruption and insecurity and to promote economic development.
The two leaders discussed efforts by Nigeria and the Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram, in the north-east of the country. The Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s continued support for those efforts and underscored the need to ensure full respect of human rights, international humanitarian and refugee law in all operations.
The Secretary-General thanked President Buhari for Nigeria’s invaluable contribution to international peace and security, including political mediation in the region.

Importance of social media to Immigration Service stressed

UNODC - WorkshopThe strategic importance of the social media platforms to the Nigerian Immigration Service in its efforts to combat organised crime related to irregular migration has been emphasised.

Making the emphasis at the weekend was the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun while speaking on ‘The imperative of deliberate communication engagement with intended travellers’ at the workshop on ‘New Media Strategies and Communications for combating organised crime related to irregular migration’ organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the European Union. Continue reading

UNCTAD Report launched in Lagos, warns on debt: Africa should find new ways to finance development

unctad - report presentation

African Governments should add new revenue sources to finance their development, such as remittances and public–private partnerships, and clamp down on illicit financial flows, an UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report (EDAR) said, warning that debt looks unsustainable in some countries.

The Report which was presented to the Nigerian Media at a launch organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, on behalf of UNCTAD, on Thursday 21 July 2016, was reviewed by Prof AKpan Ekpo of West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) and co-presented by the Director, UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja. Continue reading

Leadership, peace and security take centre stage at symposium and photo exhibitions on Nelson Mandela Day

High table - standing“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself” – Nelson Mandela

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership” – Nelson Mandela

The above two quotations by Nelson Mandela captured the mood and the focus of the symposium, film   screening and photo exhibitions organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos; the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA); the South African Consulate General, Lagos and the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) as part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria. Continue reading

Cooperation among agencies in the justice sector key to implementation of Nelson Mandela Rules on the treatment of prisoners

Mandela Day - High Table

Head of UNODC Lagos Office, Mr Glen Prichard; Secretary General of UN Association, Engr. Ganiyu Owolabi; Counsellor Political, South African Consulate, Mr Peter Makwarela; UNIC Lagos Director, Mr Ronald Kayanja; Controller of Prisons, Lagos, Mr Olumide Tinuoye; the Consul General of the South African Consulate General, H.E. Mr Darkey Africa; and the Human Rights Adviser to the UN Nigeria, Dr Martin Ejidike.

Tuesday 19 July 2016: Coordination and cooperation among agencies in the justice sector is a critical success factor in the implementation of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, otherwise known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’.

This was the major resolution reached yesterday, 18 July 2016 after the discussion of the Nelson Mandela Rules with scores of Prison Officers drawn from the five prison facilities, including the female medium security prison, in Lagos State, as part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria. Continue reading

Invest more in young people – Ban Ki-moon

WYSD - Art works WYSD - UNIC Nat Info Officer Oluseyi Soremekun speaksThe Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban- Ki Moon has urged everyone to invest more in empowering young people. He said this in his message on the observance of the World Youth Skills Day organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with ‘Yes I Believe Academy’ (YIBA) and held on July 15th 2016 at the Library Auditorium of UNIC Ikoyi Lagos.

In the speech delivered by the National Officer of UNIC, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, the Secretary General stated that “Empowering young people through skills development strengthens their capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, including poverty, injustice and violent conflict.” Continue reading

Model United Nations (MUN) organisers urged to work together

MUN - DirectorThe Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, has urged organisers of Model United Nations (MUN) in Nigeria to work together and with the United Nations Information Centre, to increase awareness of the MUN in the country and build the African Model United Nations.

Mr Kayanja said this while welcoming participants to the one-day capacity building workshop on ‘Model United Nations’ held at the Library Auditorium of UNIC Ikoyi, Lagos on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Continue reading

New pilot initiative in Kaduna will boost inclusive growth in African food industry

UNSustainableDevelopmentGoals_Brand-02United Nations SDG Fund, FG, Kaduna Government, chefs Roca Brothers and Sahara Group launch a joint platform to create jobs, promote gender equality and reduce food waste

Jere, Kaduna (Nigeria), 14 July 2016. As Nigeria embraces a challenging economic diversification process, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is working in Kaduna to pilot an innovative approach aimed at revamping the food sector to creating new jobs for young people, increase farmers’ revenues, improve productivity, enhance nutrition and reduce food loss through more sustainable production practices. Continue reading