‘New innovation will cushion effect of climate change’
To mitigate the effect of climate change on agriculture and food security, Oxfam international has called for collaborative efforts on United4Food campaign to increase funding for agriculture.
The campaign involves collecting a slip from volunteers and signing up a petition to lawmakers to increase agriculture funding as government plans to send the 2018 budget estimate to the National Assembly by October.
Oxfam Nigeria’s Influencing and Digital Campaign Officer, Chris Okenwa, who disclosed this at the 2017 University of Lagos Model United Nations, held in Akoka, said the group was interested in involving the young ones to hold Nigerian government accountable to providing the basic need of her citizens.
According to him, flooding, desertification and climate change induced disasters, though not peculiar to Nigeria has impacted negatively to small holders farmers, who produce about 80 per cent of all the food we eat in Nigeria.
He urged the students to develop new ideas to bring out solution to development issues in order to reduce poverty and inequality.
The Special Adviser to, the Governor of Lagos State on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Professor Ademola Abass, commended the students for a timely and excellently chosen theme: “Innovation, Development and Diversity for Global Sustainability”, saying it reflects the role of the United Nations as an innovator and highlights the importance of diversity, as seen in the body of countries that comprise the UN, as important political and policy tools.
In essence, innovation and diversity, he said, are essential drivers for effective and sustainable development. According to him, the UN in recognizance of this trend and in its role as an innovator, created the United Smart Cities (USC) initiative in service of its sustainable development goals.
The objectives of the initiative, he said include to decrease vulnerability of cities to urban migration, demographic changes, environmental degradation and climate change, reduce carbon footprint of cities, enhance the quality of life for inhabitants and improve the environmental quality of the cities.
Professor Abass, who was represented by Miss Adedoyin Omidiran of the Investment Management & Risk Analysis Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment, Lagos Global, encouraged the students to be curious as participating in a programme such as the Lagos Model United Nations is a great step in broadening their knowledge base.
For the Acting Director, Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abiodun Richards Adejola, who represented the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, the subject is both timely and significant in the understanding of the raison detre for negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He stressed that the strategic framework for the socio economic transformation of the African continent as contained in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change among others. These and many more, he said remains the fulcrum of the holistic development agenda being pursued by many countries at the level of the United Nations.