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  • Fatma Samoura visits Maiduguri, appeals for urgent humanitarian support for Borno State Apr 1, 2016

    The situation in Maiduguri is critical, there is need for all development and humanitarian actors to scale up their support to complement efforts by the government in Borno State.” Said Fatma Samoura, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator who is also UNDP Resident Representative, at the end of her first mission to the North East of Nigeria. Ms. Samoura visited Maiduguri 31 March – 1 April 2016 during which period she met State Authorities, humanitarian actors from International Non-Governmental Organisations, Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in camps and informal host communities.

  • Use post disaster recovery processes as opportunities to build resilient communities - Fatma Samoura Mar 29, 2016

    Recovery and reconstruction means building back better. We need to look at what conditions made our infrastructure and livelihoods vulnerable to natural disasters and ensure that these conditions are not replicated during the recovery phase. We need to come up with measures to reduce exposure to future natural hazards – this is the essence of being Resilient. It means having the ability to Prevent, Absorb, Adapt and Transform ourselves in situations of disasters.

  • Nigeria needs strong institutions, a diversified economy and collective efforts to prevent conflicts and promote peace - Fatma Samoura Mar 24, 2016

    Nigeria has experienced growth in the recent past and now is Africa’s largest economy. However, this growth has not translated in poverty reduction and reduced inequalities.” Said new Head of the United Nations System and UNDP Resident Representative, Fatma Samoura during a breakfast meeting with the media today.

  • CSO Committee supports government anti-corruption efforts, maps agenda for 2016 Mar 15, 2016

    In a statement in Abuja at the end of their fifth session, the organizations, meeting under the auspices of the CSO Advisory Committee for the EU funded Project “Support to Anti-Corruption in Nigeria”, which is being partly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), noted that lessons from the looting of previously recovered assets underscored the need for such transparency.

  • Fatma Samoura formally begins her work in Nigeria. Prioritises poverty, North East and SDGs Feb 11, 2016

    United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Fatma Samoura, today, presented her Letters of Credence to the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Hon. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • Fatma Samoura takes up position as new UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Feb 2, 2016

    Newly appointed Resident Representative for UNDP in Nigeria (who will also serve as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator) has taken up her position in Abuja. Before coming to Nigeria, Ms. Fatma Samoura, a Senegalese national, served as Resident Representative for UNDP Madagascar and as head of the UN System in the country from October 2010.

  • UNDP reaffirms commitment to supporting Nigeria in delivering development results Jan 19, 2016

    Opiah Kumah, interim UNDP Resident Representative today paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Budget and National Planning. Leading the delegation from UNDP Nigeria Country Office, Opia used the opprtunity to reaffirm UNDP's continuing commitment towards supporting government's efforts aimed at uplifting the living standards of Nigerians.

  • We must expand safe channels for regular migration, family reunification, labour mobility - Ban Ki-moon Dec 18, 2015

    2015 will be remembered as a year of human suffering and migrant tragedies. Over the past 12 months, more than 5,000 women, men and children lost their lives in search of protection and a better life. Tens of thousands more have been exploited and abused by human traffickers. And millions have been made into scapegoats and become the targets of xenophobic policies and alarmist rhetoric.

  • Nigerians speak out on breaking the chain of corruption Dec 18, 2015

    Corruption undermines human development and democracy. It reduces access to public services by diverting public resources for private gain. "When public money is stolen for private gain, it means fewer resources to build schools, hospitals, roads and water treatment facilities. When foreign aid is diverted into private bank accounts, major infrastructure projects come to a halt. Corruption enables fake or substandard medicines to be dumped on the market, and hazardous waste to be dumped in landfill sites and in oceans. The vulnerable suffer first and worst."

  • UNDP calls on legislators to take the lead in ensuring successful implementation of SDGs Dec 10, 2015

    Acting UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Pa Lamin Beyai, has called for the leadership of Nigeria's legislators for successful implementation of Agenda 2030. Legislators have a representational role to play as they advocate interest of their constituents. They also have an oversight role, ensuring that the country gets value for money and remains on the SDGs path.

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