New UN/UNDP representative assumes duty in Nigeria

Aliyu Othman

Mr. Edward Kallon the new UNDP Resident Representative to Nigeria

The new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative, Mr Edward Kallon has assumed office in Abuja, Nigeria’s  Capital, with commitment to improve on the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons in the North East affected by the war on Boko Haram.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Kallon said at the Presentation of Letters of Credence to the Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja that he would lead an efficient and responsive UN system for the benefit of Nigeria.

Mr. Kallon said UN system in Nigeria under his watch would support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through partnership and support with the Government in mainstreaming the SDGs into national, sub-national, and local plans for development.

He said the SDGs mainstreaming goes beyond making appropriate references to the SDGs in plans and documents, but making conscious efforts on a much greater scale by strengthening policy integration, efficient use of available resources, and adoption of innovative ways to collect and analyze data, and fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The UN system Resident Coordinator in Nigeria said there would be an effective coordination of humanitarian assistance support to Government by promoting vertical and horizontal linkages in national leadership and ownership, to bridge humanitarian and development assistance through a resilience based approach on the Internally Displaced Person in North East of Nigeria.

Mr. Kallon said “UN would continue to ensure that humanitarian assistance were based on clear principles, timely, effective, efficient, and contributes to long-term development among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities in Nigeria”

He expressed his personal committed to work with the Nigerian government “to connect the dots in international cooperation and leverage strategic partnerships with the international community to scale up humanitarian assistance in the short term in northeast Nigeria”

The UN Chief added that issues concerning upstream and downstream knowledge transfer through south-south, triangular cooperation and evidence-based policy support as a vehicle for transformation and change in Nigeria would be encouraged for the mutual benefits of the world.

 “I will foster team work among UN Agencies to manage for results and support the Government and people of Nigeria to alleviate poverty, address inequalities and enhance inclusive growth” Kallon said.

He commended the Nigeria government for the timely completion of the UN House and assured the Nigerian government that, “In the spirit of our excellent cooperation, allow me to appreciate the government and people of Nigeria for the commitment to completing the UN house so the UN Family could return to that symbol of our cooperation in Nigeria”.

Mr. Kallon said ” I intend to work with my colleagues in the UNCT to “Deliver as One” and speak with One Voice on critical issues of concern on UN-Nigeria relations and on our interventions in Nigeria”.

 

Zainab Sa’id