Ajiroba Daniel in Doha, for COP18 leading efforts on Climate change education and advocacy with youth from across the world
NYCC's Esther Agbarakwe joined the Women Major Group at the UN CBD COP 11 in Hyderbad, India
NYCC paid a curtsey visit to the Norwgian Ambassador, HE. Amb Rolf Ree in Abuja recently
Youths take a stand on Sustainable Development in NigeriaSustain Nigeria, a youth coalition working to save the earth, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to take action that would put Nigeria on the path of sustainable development.
The Youth group also urged Jonathan to participate in the forthcoming Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a gathering where world leaders are expected to commit to actions that would protect the planet.
The Earth Summit scheduled for Brazil in June is expected to address poverty, economic and social equities and would mark the 20th anniversary of the first historic Rio Earth Summit where governments pledged to take actions to protect the planet while addressing poverty, economy and equities. Yet two decades later, the pressure on the planet continue to grow as do human number and needs.
The Coalition, has therefore joined the global community to call on the President and other well meaning leaders to make a strong presence at Rio, saying “President Jonathan’s symbolic presence would give Nigeria a rare opportunity to explore and harness various resources opportunities as well as engage stakeholders in the processes of contributing and finding lasting solutions to food insecurity; job creation; energy poverty; water; cities; oceans and disaster risks management.”
The coalition in a statement made available to newsmen said “As a National Coalition of youth working on Green Economy and Sustainable Development, we join our peers in Africa and the rest of the world in calling on our government to recall the definition of ‘Sustainable Development’ which emphasizes the need for policies that ‘enable future generations to meet their needs’ and insist that, in its education policies, its tax and subsidy policies, its legal, trade and investment policies, its health and gender policies with the long-term needs of youth and future generations placed at the heart of government thinking.
“On our part, we are mobilizing young people, and relevant stakeholders, to mainstream children and youth into green economy and sustainable development, the statement added.
FEBRUARY 29TH – MARCH 1ST,
Nigerian Youth gathered at the Conference hall of Heinrich Böll Foundation Nigeria, Abuja office to discuss Sustainable development and Rio+20. The Workshop has discussions on Climate change, Youth Participation at Rio+20, Volunteerism and ICT4D.
Elders+YoungersDebates: Can Rio +20 Achieve Hard Goals? Join the conversation!
The GCCA and The Elders present Elders+Youngers, an online forum for debate taking place in the eight weeksleading to this June’s Rio +20 Summit.
Four members of TheElders, the group of independent global leaders brought together by NelsonMandela, join four ‘Youngers’, convened by the GCCA, to discuss the future theywant - and how to get there.
Esther (Nigeria) Marvin, Pedro and Sara are young leaders committed to putting sustainable developmentinto practice, and who are already influencing global perspectives for a fairerand more sustainable planet. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, GroBrundtland, Fernando H Cardoso and Mary Robinson are all members of The Elders who will engage in conversation anddebate with these young leaders and the online community in efforts before andduring Rio +20. The online discussion takesplace over eight weeks, up until the moment Elders and Youngers meet in Riothis June, where they will continue the debate face-to-face.
Elders+Youngers isan open forum, inviting comments, questions and engagement that the debatesover the coming weeks will address. A theme for each week is to be debated,such as “People, profit and theenvironment - can we balance them all?”, “Does GDP make us happy?”, “After allthe speeches, how do we make governments deliver?” and more. The first topic is now live: 'People, profit and the environment – can we balance them all?' and you can embed the page in your website (code is at the bottom of this email) and join the discussion now!
To get involved –and we hope many of you can – please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
How Elders+Youngers will feature at Rio +20
The Elders have anongoing programme calling for decisive action across sectors and at the highestlevels. Their involvement in the Rio agenda will include several calls to action, primarilythe introduction of Sustainable Development Goals and an Ombudsman for FutureGenerations.
“Economiesare stalling. Ecosystems are under siege. Inequality – within and betweencountries – is soaring. I will make the point I always make: these afflictionsare clearly rooted in political short-sightedness, where narrow intereststriumph over common interests, common responsibilities – and common sense.” Gro Brundtland, 27 April 2012