Gov Uduaghan, Schwarzenegger, Deepen Ties on Green Economy

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Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and the immediate past Governor of the State of Carlifonia, USA, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday deepened ties with other sub-national States across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific as well as Middle East, on promoting Green Economy across the world in the US.

The meeting which was held in Flatotel Hotel, New York, saw Uduaghan who is the Vice Chairman (Africa and the Middle East) of the Group of R20 under the chairmanship of Gov Schwarzenegger holding talks which culminated in the ratification of the various resolutions and protocols that would govern the activities and policies of the R20.

Governor Uduaghan who arrived New York Saturday has in his delegation, the Senior Adviser on Foreign Relations and immediate past Commissioner for Information, Mr Oma Djebah.

The R20 Group which has membership drawn from Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the United States and the rest of Americas, Europe, amongst others formally adopted the following resolutions and statute at its General Assembly meeting.

It also appointed Chairs in various advisory Committees on Policy, Project, Finance and Communication. The Group also accepted new members and annual membership fees.

Besides, Governor Uduaghan will participate in the “2011 United Nations Private Sector Forum on Sustainable Energy for All”. The discussion will focus on strategies to combat climate change and increased share of renewable energy options in the energy mix by 2030, in the upcoming “UN Climate Week”.

Uduaghan, who is the Vice Chairman Africa and Middle East of R20, Region of Climate Action, a group of sub-regional or state governments committed to the promotion of green economy and combating climate change across the world, is also billed to attend the Governing Board and General Assembly meetings of the group.

The UN roundtable discussion, hosted by UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, according to a statement issued by the State Government, will assemble world leaders in public and private sectors as part of efforts of the UN scribe to achieve three major goals: Achieving universal access to modern energy services; improving energy efficiency by 40 percent; and producing 30 per cent of the world’s energy from renewable resources.

The governor will seek global support on: access to electricity; access to cleaner stoves and fuels for cooking and on renewable energy at the forum.

“The participation of top chief executives of private sector NGO’s and government gives Governor Uduaghan the opportunity to seek further partnership potential to boost green economy in Delta State.”

Uduaghan co-founded R20 with Schwarzenegger at the COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009 and has worked with other leaders to nurture the organisation to a 60-member group, culminating in his selection as Vice Chairman for Africa and Middle East. He will be building on the framework of the group to seek support and investment in green projects, consequently, create green jobs opportunities.

Recall that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has been invited by United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, to participate in the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Sustainable Energy for All roundtable discussion.

The forum will focused on strategies to combat climate change and increased share of renewable energy options in the energy mix by 2030.

The UN roundtable discussion, hosted by Mr. Ki-Moon will bring together leaders across the world in public and private sector as part of efforts of the UN scribe to achieve three major goals:  universal access to modern energy services, improving energy efficiency by 40 per cent and producing 30 per cent of the world’s energy from renewable resources.

Uduaghan, Vice Chairman of Africa and Middle East of R20, Region of Climate Action, a group led by ex-California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is also billed to attend the Governing Board and General Assembly meetings of the group.

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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