CU Sends Delegation to UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya
Covenant University recently sent a delegation to the United Nations Office in Kenya as part of its internationalization agenda for 2011
The Mission to Kenya which lasted from September 5 to September 8, 2011 was aimed at following up on the practical implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with UN-Habitat recently.
The Covenant University Delegation was made up of Professor Kayode Soremekun, the Dean, College of Development Studies and the Leader of the Delegation; Professor Olajide Solanke, Deputy Dean, School of Environmental Sciences and Dr. Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu, Director, International Office & Linkages.
The UN-Habitat Delegation to the meeting was led by Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Director, Global Monitoring and Research Division. Others were Dr. Gora Mboup, Senior Demographic & Health Expert and Chief, Global Urban Observatory, Dr. Guenter O. Karl, Acting Chief, Partners and Youth Branch, Mr. Maharufa Hossain, Coordinator, Urban Observatory and GIS Programme, Ms. Mutinta Munyati, Global Monitoring and Research Division and Mr. Akolade Aderibigbe of the same Division.
Both delegations deliberated on the activities of the UN-Habitat and how Covenant University could partner with the UN Agency for the mutual benefit of the two Institutions represented by the Delegations. As a result of the deliberations, it was agreed that Covenant University could collaborate with the UN-Habitat in the immediate implementation of some of its programmes and projects which, include Undergraduate Internship Placement; Launch of the Global Report on Human Settlements (GRHS 2011), Installation of UN-Habitat Database Management Software called Urban Info; Encouraging the Students to Apply for UN Funds; Collaboration on Research and Making CU a Centre of Excellence for Solar Energy Application.
The UN Agency would on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 launch the next UN Global Report in Covenant University. The UN Global Report is usually launched in three cities or universities worldwide. The first two for this year were launched at the London School of Economics (University of London, UK) and the Columbia University (USA).
By this, Covenant University will become the place for the third and final launch of the 2011 edition. The Launch has not taken place in any Nigerian or African University until now. The Theme of the launch is ‘Cities and Climate Change’
The UN-Habitat also donated the following four books to the University Library: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011, State of the World’s Cities 2010/2011 (Overview and Key Findings), Innovation Policies for the Urban Informal Economy and State of the World’s Cities 2010/2011