20.04.2018 - Africa Department

UNESCO and Member States Set the Ground for Saving Lake Chad

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In collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Culture Sectors, UNESCO’s Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Nigeria and the Department of Africa jointly led and organized an Information Meeting on Lake Chad on 18 April 2018 at UNESCO, Paris, on the occasion of the visit of Mr Suleiman Adamu, Federal Minister of Water Resources of Nigeria, to UNESCO Headquarters.

Around 140 people participated in the meeting, including 37 Ambassadors, Permanent Delegates* of UNESCO’s African and non-African Member States, along with representatives of the Organization’s Programme Sectors.

The meeting was a platform where Mr Adamu restituted the works of the international conference titled "Saving the Lake Chad to Revitalize the Basin’s Ecosystem for Sustainable Development, Security and Development", held in Abuja from 26 to 28 February 2018. Several heads of state of the sub-region had participated in the conference.

Lake Chad has lost over 90% of its water volume in 50 years. It shrunk from 25,000 km² in the 1960’s to under 2.5 km², later confided Mr Adamu in an interview. The Information Meeting was an opportunity to help UNESCO and its Member States draw a roadmap to save Lake Chad.

The Meeting was also an opportunity for UNESCO Programme Sectors and the Africa Department to share with Member States UNESCO’s innovative and multidisciplinary work carried out under the recently-launched BIOPALT project, which is itself a major activity of the Lake Chad Initiative led by UNESCO.

Member States shared ideas about the way forward to support UNESCO’s work on Lake Chad, particularly through its capacity-building programmes targeting affected populations, its expertise work on the ground and its advocacy efforts.

The Information Meeting was organized under UNESCO’s Priority Africa. The two key axes of the Organization’s work in the continent are building peace by building inclusive, peaceful and resilient societies; and building institutional capacities for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

To view the photo gallery of the event, click here.

For information on the meeting agenda, click here.

*List of the 37 Member States represented at the Information Meeting on Lake Chad: Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Togo and Tunisia.




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