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UNDP trains 50 farmers on fuelwood, development management in Kaduna

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UNDP trains 50 farmers on fuelwood, development management in Kaduna


UNDP trains 50 farmers on fuel wood, environmental management in Kaduna

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has trained 50 farmers on nursery establishment and maintenance in Kaduna State.

Asmau Adamu, Kaduna State Director of Forestry, said those trained were selected from nine local government areas in the state.

She said at the one-day training on Thursday in Kaduna that the farmers were from Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Jema’a, Ikara, Lere, Chikun, Kaura, Soba and Zango Kataf LGA’s.

According to Adamu, the aim is to make the people aware of their environment and the importance of planting trees in saving the environment.

She said that to discourage felling of trees, there was need to involve people from different communities and encourage them to plant trees for commercial fuel wood business.

Mr Okon Ekpenyong, National Coordinator, Sustainable Fuelwood Management Project, said the sustainable fuel wood management in Nigeria had multiple environmental and socio-economic benefits.

“So, with this sustainable fuel wood management, it would help us conserve our energy and also help to save the environment in the instance that when they cut trees.

“When you cut one tree you know that you are supposed to plant three trees in place of the tree you cut down.

” We encourage them to nurture and plant fast growing trees of about three years for commercial purposes,” Ekpenyong said.

Toyin Olajide of Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, pointed out that women and children are mostly affected by wood vending, saying the center’s role is to make sure women are mainstreamed and trained with their male counterparts. 

“We have realised that a lot of forests have been degraded and women and children are the ones suffering the most.

“Based on this challenge, we believe if they are taken through this project, teaching them how to make nursery and successfully planting trees, there would be availability of fuel wood all through the year.

“This will empower them and improve their standard of living,” Olajide said. 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the training was held in collaboration with the Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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UN agency calls for temporary basic income for 2.7 billion people

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A United Nations agency on Thursday called for a temporary basic income for the world’s 2.7 billion poor people amid the coronavirus pandemic.


The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the measure could stem the spread of the virus by allowing those living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries to stay home.

According to UNDP, seven out of ten workers in poorer nations currently earn money through informal markets and cannot afford to stay home.

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social and economic measures. Introducing a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people has emerged as one option.

“This might have seemed impossible just a few months ago,’’ UNDP administrator Achim Steiner said in a news release.

A Temporary Basic Income might enable governments to give people in lockdown a financial lifeline, inject cash back into local economies to help keep small businesses afloat, and slow the devastating spread of COVID-19.

The agency estimates it would cost at least 199 billion dollars per month to provide such a time-bound, guaranteed basic income.

“It could be financed by repurposing existing resources, such as fossil fuel subsidies. Countries could repurpose the funds they would use this year to service their debt to pay for the grant.

“A comprehensive debt standstill for all developing countries, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, would allow countries to temporarily repurpose these funds into emergency measures to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis,’’ the agency said.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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UN agency calls for temporary basic income for 2.7bn people

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A United Nations agency on Thursday called for a temporary basic income for the world’s 2.7 billion poor people amid the coronavirus pandemic.


The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the measure could stem the spread of the virus by allowing those living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries to stay home.

Seven out of ten workers in poorer nations currently earn money through informal markets and cannot afford to stay home, according to UNDP.

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social and economic measures.

“Introducing a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people has emerged as one option.

“This might have seemed impossible just a few months ago.

“A Temporary Basic Income might enable governments to give people in lockdown a financial lifeline, inject cash back into local economies to help keep small businesses afloat, and slow the devastating spread of COVID-19,” UNDP administrator Achim Steiner said in a statement.

The agency estimates it would cost at least 199 billion dollars per month to provide such a time-bound, guaranteed basic income.

It could be financed by repurposing existing resources, such as fossil fuel subsidies.

Countries could repurpose the funds they would use this year to service their debt to pay for the grant, UNDP said.

“A comprehensive debt standstill for all developing countries, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, would allow countries to temporarily repurpose these funds into emergency measures to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” the agency said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Norway contributes N420m to Nigeria One UN Coronavirus response

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The Government of Norway is the latest contributor to the One United Nations COVID-19 response with a donation of  9.9 million Norwegian Kroner (420 million Naira) in support of the Nigerian Government.


The UN made this known in a statement jointly issued by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

The statement said the donation would bolster support to the Nigeria COVID-19 Multi-Sectoral Pandemic Response Plan and help the government to sustain its efforts in addressing critical issues of the on-going pandemic.

It quoted the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, as saying: “Global solidarity is our only option.

“The coronavirus pandemic requires that we join forces for urgent action and coordinated efforts to mitigate its short- and long-term effects.

“Through the UN Basket Fund, Norway is partnering with Nigeria in this time of crisis to address the multifaceted nature of the pandemic and its unprecedented implications on the healthcare system, as well as the socio-economic impacts.”

According to the statement, the Nigeria One UN COVID-19 response reflects the United Nations in Nigeria’s support to an inclusive and nationally owned COVID-19 response through a shared vision and a common strategy.

“Its purpose is to coordinate and align UN’s efforts and leverage partnerships with the government, development partners, foundations and CSOs as well as the private sector.

“It will leverage partnership to increase the availability, accessibility, affordability, adaptability and acceptability of COVID-19 response services in Nigeria.’’

The statement also quoted Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, as saying: “The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic calls for global solidarity in time of crisis.

“The UN appreciates the financial contribution from the Government of Norway to the Nigeria One UN COVID-19 response.

“This will support efforts aimed not only at scaling up the COVID-19 health response, but to support the Government of Nigeria’s socio-economic interventions for vulnerable populations, including water, sanitation, hygiene and interventions to address food insecurity.”

The One UN COVID-19 Basket Fund managed by UNDP aims to further strengthen Nigeria’s response and the management of the crisis, through socio-economic analytics, and proactive early recovery and social protection interventions, targeting the poorest and most vulnerable groups.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the UN, in collaboration with the Federal Government, launched the One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund on April 6, 2020.

The Basket Fund serves as the One COVID-19 Financing and Investment Platform, through which different stakeholders can channel their financial support to the multi-sectoral efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Response.

The overall management of the One UN COVID-19 Response Basket Fund is led and coordinated by the Project Board.

The Project Board has representation from the Presidential Task Force; Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), relevant government departments, fund contributing donors and the UN.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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WHO, others inaugurate Coronavirus law lab initiative

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other UN organisations,  on Wednesday, inaugurated the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative, to provide vital legal information and support for the global COVID-19 response.


The new Lab (at covidlawlab.org) is a joint project of WHO, UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Joint UN Programme on (UNAIDS) and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, United States

In a statement jointly issued by the organisations, they noted that the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathered and shared legal documents from over 190 countries across the world.

This, they agreed, was to help states to establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic.

The goal is to ensure that laws protect the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and that they adhere to international human rights standards.

The law lab can also help to build strong health systems; evaluate and approve safe and effective drugs and vaccines; and enforce actions to create healthier and safer public spaces and workplaces.

It is key to effective implementation of WHO International Health Regulations: surveillance; infection prevention and control; management of travel and trade; and implementation of measures to maintain essential health services.

The joint statement quoted Achim Steiner, the UNDP Administrator, as saying: “laws and policies that are grounded in science, evidence and human rights can enable people to access health services.

“They can also help to protect people from COVID-19 and live free from stigma, discrimination and violence.

“The COVID-19 Law Lab is an important tool for sharing good practices on laws and policies.”

According to the statement, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a vast increase in urgent legislative action to control and reduce the pandemic.

The statement quoted Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, as saying that “strong legal frameworks are critical for national COVID-19 responses.

“Laws that impact health often fall outside the health sector. As health is global, legal frameworks should be aligned with international commitments to respond to current and emerging public health risks.

“A strong foundation of law for health is more important now than ever before.”

It, however, noted that laws which were poorly designed, implemented, or enforced could harm marginalised populations, entrench stigma and discrimination, and hinder efforts to end the pandemic.

The statement also quoted Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director of UNAIDS, as saying that “harmful laws can exacerbate stigma and discrimination, infringe on people’s rights and undermine public health responses.

“To ensure responses to the pandemic are effective, humane and sustainable, governments must use the law as a tool to uphold the rights and dignity of people affected by COVID-19.”

According to the statement, the COVID-19 Law Lab is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic.

It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing, and access to medication and vaccines.

“The database will continue to grow as more countries and themes are added.

“It will also feature research on different legal frameworks for COVID-19.

“These analyses will focus on the human rights impacts of public health laws and help countries to identify best practices to guide their immediate responses to COVID-19 and socio-economic recovery efforts once the pandemic is under control.

“It builds off the work of the Universal Health Coverage Legal Solutions Network, established to help countries to achieve coverage through the implementation of rights-based legal frameworks.’’

The statement further quoted Dr Matthew Kavanagh, Georgetown University’s Department of International Health, as saying “we need to track and evaluate how laws and policies are being used during the pandemic to understand what works.”

Also, Katie Gottschalk, the Executive Director of O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Centre, said “we must learn lessons from the early stage of the pandemic policies to implement the most effective laws going forward – the COVID-19 Law Lab allows us to do just that.”

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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