Nigerian NGO Emerges Leader In UNEP’s Biosafety Commitments Globally

…Partners with NBMA to promote “Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People” environment program, 2021.

In the count down to the United Nations Environment Program in Kunming, China next year, tagged “Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People”, the Every Woman Hope Centre (EWHC), a Nigerian registered non-governmental organization (NGO), has been declared by the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nation’s Environment Program (UNEP), as leader in biosafety commitments, out of 150 global commitments, as of November 20, 2020. Details of the global feat and unique achievement are contained in the CBD program website:  https://www.cbd.int/action-agenda/ EWHC was founded by Mrs Edel-Quinn Ijeoma Agbaegbu, the Nigeria’s Country Representative, Voluntary Peer Review (VPR) Process, CBD, UNEP.

Following recent development relating to the commitment to mobilize strategic plans and actions for public awareness purposes on biosafety and biodiversity, as well as facilitate awareness-raising activities to disseminate adequate information on implementation strategies, EWHC says it has entered into partnership with the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), an Agency under the Federal Ministry of Environment, to actualize its goals and commitments for the action agenda.

Sequel to this development, the Director-General / Chief Executive Officer of the NBMA Dr, Rufus Ebegba in recognition of the need to collaborate with the Centre in other to strengthen the fight to safe guard the country’s Biodiversity, constituted a 9-man committee consisting of staff of the NBMA, to assist EWHC in her efforts to identify, as well as implement priorities, capable of supporting these commitments, in line with the focus on implementing the Plan for the Cartagena Protocol and its adoption at the next COP-MOP in 2021.

Mrs Agbaegbu, who is also EWHC Executive Director, confirmed that The DG of NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has pledged the active support of the Agency, in the activities of the EWHC, on biosafety and biodiversity sensitization, to enhance the transformative changes needed to achieve the 2050 Vision of Living in Harmony with Nature. She said that EWHC is excited with this agreement; and noted that the organization has been emboldened with the NBMA support to forge towards actualizing her commitments. “The news is heart-warming indeed”, she added.

“This is a clear manifestation of full support, from the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Government of Nigeria, for our organisation to hoist the Nigerian flag at the global stage for biosafety at Kunming, China, next year. We will take every advantage offered by CBD and UNEP to showcase Africa, Nigeria especially; and highlight its challenges and needs, in areas of biodiversity and environment at large’’, she concluded.

Agbaegbu also explained that EWHC’s commitment activity program will kick off on December 8, 2020 with a webinar discussion on biosafety and biodiversity with the theme: “motivating strategic plans and actions for public awareness on biosafety and biodiversity, to enhance partnership with nature”. She confirmed that Dr. Ebegba, shall participate in the Webinar program as a Keynote speaker. 

Other participants and invitees for the program shall include; Ministers from relevant ministries, Chairmen of Committees on environment, from the two chambers of the National Assembly, scholars and experts drawn from Universities and Organisations from; Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia, Uganda, Canada and other countries across the globe.

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