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UNDP Pledges Support For Nigeria’s Environmental Roadmap

This was disclosed during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal, in his office by the new Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Elsie Attafuaw, in Abuja.


 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged to support Nigeria in the development of a roadmap for the environmental sector.

This was disclosed during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal, in his office by the new Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Elsie Attafuaw, in Abuja.

A statement by the Head of the Press and Public Relations Unit of the Ministry of Environment, Ibrahim Haruna, on Thursday, said the minister congratulated the new UNDP country representative on her new posting to the Economies of West African States (ECOWAS) and Nigeria and solicited support in tackling climate change challenges and environmental sustainability.

Balarabe further stated that Nigeria needs UNDP technical assistance to fight insecurity and banditry in the forest.

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“Other areas of collaboration and partnership between the Ministry and UNDP include pollution control, biodiversity, erosion and flood control, and desert encroachment among others,” he said.

In her welcome address, the new UNDP resident representative congratulated the minister on his well-deserved appointment.  Elsie reiterated that energy is a national security issue and lamented that Nigeria and many African nations are not doing enough on energy, climate change, innovations, plastic pollution, conservation, and biodiversity.

She added that UNDP will support Nigeria in the development of its roadmap on the environment as well as in achieving its mandate on the 18 key priority deliverables of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda on the environment.

The envoy stated that she felt very much at home being in Nigeria and promised to collaborate with the ministry on the climate change crisis.