Edel-Quinn Ijeoma Agbaegbu; a strong voice in food security and biodiversity conservation and Founder/Executive Director of Every Woman Hope Centre (EWHC), a Nigerian registered Non-Governmental Organization, with strength in advocacy on gender and health, food security, biodiversity sustainability and good governance; has been selected to join the pool of reviewers in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Voluntary Peer Review (VPR) Process, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).
The selection of Mrs Agbaegbu, writer and Publisher of LifeCare Journal who also was one of the delegates from Nigeria to the ‘‘2018 United Nations Convention” on Biodiversity, (COP14 at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt), to join the UNEP CBD Voluntary Peer Review Pool; is a prelude to her appointment as member of the UNEP CBD Peer Review team. It was sequel to her nomination last month by the CBD National Focal Point, in the Federal Ministry of Environment, to serve as Nigeria’s CBD Country Representative in the VPR Process, National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).
A press statement issued in Abuja, May 6, 2019, by Mr. Sonny Nwosu, Head of Media and Public Relations; EWHC, explained that Mrs Agbaegbu is elated at her new position, as conveyed in a letter by Mr. Nicolaas Van Der Werf, from the office of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada, to the CBD National Focal Point ,copy of which was sent to EWHC, Abuja.
Agbaegbu is an indigene of Imo State and a graduate of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). She holds a post graduate training Certificate in ”Livelihoods and Markets” from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada. She also holds a Certificate on ‘‘Strategic Communication and Legal Dimensions of Biotechnology Access” from Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University Ithaca, New York USA. She is waitlisted for “Global leadership Fellows Program” at Cornell University.
Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu is a mother and wife of Tobs Agbaegbu, Editor in Chief and Publisher of Verbatim News magazine. She is a member of NBSAP Forum and widely travelled.