United Nations want communities to demand for Concrete Climate Action from leadership at all levels to foster peace in view of the threat posed by Climate Change.
This will lead to actualization for peace and development as Climate Change has been linked to conflicts and survival of the earth.
This was contained in a message by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres presented by the Director, United Nations Information Centre UNIC,Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja at the Celebration of the International Peace Day 2019 in Lagos on Friday, 20th of September, 2019.
He told the participants at the event organised by the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources in Collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos that ‘Peace is at the heart of the work of the United Nations’ and that the UN would continue to lead awareness and mobilise governments, partners, civil societies, faith-based organisations to come together and work
‘to make ‘the world safe for us and future generations’
Speaking further on the theme for this year peace day which is ‘Climate Action for Peace’, Secretary-General pointed that ‘peace is more than a world free from war’ but a world that is stable, where everyone can enjoy fundamental freedoms, where every-one thrives rather than meets basic needs.
The Secretary General of the United Nations stated however that today’s world is faced with a ‘Climate Emergency’ and global crisis, which he described as a new threat to security and lives.
He however called on every one to take action and make demand from leaders, describing it as a race that must be won.
‘That’s why I am convening a Climate Action Summit in view of the Global Crisis’
Mr Kayanga had earlier noted that though climate change had been with human society for a long time, but ‘more recently, we have experienced much faster changes in climate globally, with rapid rise of average temperature near the earth surface’
He stressed that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated were the leading cause of the earth rapidly changing climate and identified increased population, burning of fossil fuel like coal, oil and gas for electricity, deforestation as other factors that have accelerated climate change.
The current conflicts in Nigeria is not unrelated to the changes in climate and so is the farmer herder violence witnessed in parts of Africa.
He outlined the ways to survive the situation was adaptation, that is, changes in process and practices to benefit from opportunities associated with climate change, and mitigation to help stop the global temperature rising.
He particularly challenged young people to lead in the advocacy that protect the environment.
The Knowledge Management Assistant at the United Nations Information Center Lagos, Mrs Bolanle Olumekor, used the occasion to highlight the significance of the 17 objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, urging participants to mainstream these policies to achieve peace in the world.
In their goodwill messages Other stakeholders at the occasion including the delegates from Oshodi Local Government, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Open University of Nigeria, National Youth Service Corps, University of Lagos, Cultural group, The Nigeria Army, and secondary school students in the state all corroborated that harm done to the climate is harm done to humanity.
The affirmed the need for stakeholders to work together for change
The United Nations Information Centre, Nigeria was presented with Award for Promotion of Peace in Nigeria