Nigeria’s aspirations of a Nigerian minister for a top UN post – the vice presidency of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) has received a major boost at the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN).
The Nigerian Minister of state for Environment, Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who represented the senior minister, at the 6th special session of the conference in Cairo on Tuesday, expressed the country’s delight to present Mrs. Amina Mohammed for nomination as one of the two Vice Presidents from Africa on the bureau of the UNEA-2.
Speaking to over 40 Ministers of environment and heads of country delegations, Alh. Jibril hinged his senior minister’s nomination on her eminent status as one of the architects of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and her focal commitment to the African cause in the global effort to achieve sustainable development as well as the environmental dimension of Agenda 2063.
The Minister further expressed Nigeria’s support for the AMCEN process aimed at presenting a unified African position at the forthcoming UNEA-2, May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Nigeria, according to Alhaji Jibril, believes that the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) and the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) are veritable tools for sustainable development on the continent in the near future.
UNEA was formed following a call by world leaders at the UN conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in June 2012. The aim of the UNEA is to strengthen and upgrade United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, and by establishing universal membership in its governing council – a 58-member governing body of UNEP in place since 1972.
As the new governing body of UNEP, UNEA has the mandate to make strategic decisions, provide political guidance in the work of UNEP and promote a strong science-policy interface.
UNEA is the world’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment and the de-facto “Parliament for the Environment” responsible for tackling some of the most critical issues of our time.
It holds the power to dramatically change the fate of the planet and improve the lives of everyone, impacting everything from health to national security, from the plastic in the oceans to the trafficking of wildlife.
The resolutions passed at UNEA-2 will set the stage for early action on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, and drive the world towards a better and sustainable future.