Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development

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First Regional Policy Dialogue and Community Mobilisation on Air Pollution and the #STOPAIRPOLLUTION Rally

Nigeria Port Harcourt Town, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Number of people taking this action: 250 or more
11 Sustainable Cities & Communities
Organising Partners
The Civil Society Coalition and Sustainable Development South South, Center for Development Support Initiative, Youth Rescue International Development Organisation, Heroes Educational Foundation, SDG Office ,River State Futurenet Foundation, Hope for Us Charity, African Youth Initiative , Dental Care Initiative, Achievers Innovative Advocate International Foundation, Humanitarian Global Web TV, Youth For Change Initiative, Nigeria Info, African Youth Union Commission, Dakara Foundation of Hope, Initiatives for Sustainable Peace and Entrepreneurship Development, Knit Together, Caring Foundation, Prissy Foun

About Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development

Regional Policy Dialogue Proceeding

Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD) South South Agenda for First Regional Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals.

Theme: Strengthening partnerships to localize, monitor and #Act4SDGS to #StopAirPollution

Date: September 25th 2018

Time: 9am prompt

Key Objectives of the Policy Dialogue

1. To engage in high level dialogue with academics, subject matter experts, civil society actors and practitioners to present evidence, identify gaps and solutions to the cross-cutting challenges posed by Air pollution in South South Nigeria

2.To agree on a concise outcome document that will include a plan of action and an overall goal to reduce the

7million deaths per year due to air pollution.

3.Taking actions that will contribute significantly toward achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:

especially 3,7 ,11 and 13 through innovative community mobilization strategy.

4. To Propose ways for cross sector cooperation between health systems and other sector such as; environment, transport, energy, waste, political and economy to expand prevention of emissions sources that cause the air pollution-related diseases

5.To ensure all delegates including Member States, institutions, Non-State actors, communities etc launch voluntary commitments, new initiatives, financial support, partnerships and other actions to tackle air pollution .

6.To inaugurate zonal Executives and working groups, address all issues for ratification, review high level resolutions and unveil the plan of action for CSCSD South South from 2018-2028.

Ist Plenary Session: #Act4sdgs to Breathe clean air: everywhere, for everyone. Protecting communities from air pollution, role of Civil Society

Communities especially host communities to oil exploration and exploitation facilities have been directly impacted by air pollution for decades jeopardizing their human rights. This plenary looks at suggestions from Civil Actors across the 6 States as to how this challenge is being addressed as well as developing strategies for transitioning to healthier technologies and fuels and for ensuring that all grassroot and urban populations breathe air that meets the standards of WHO’s air quality guidelines. Also that scientific evidence will be translated into effective policies. It will also be an opportunity to give their State checklist reports

Dr. Nseobong Udoh -CSCSD Akwa Ibom State Coordinator-Lessons from Akwa Ibom State

Edem Edem CSCSD Cross River State Coordinator

Mrs Unity CSCSD Bayelsa State Coordinator

Miss Chidinnma CSCSD Rivers State Coordinator

CSCSD Delta State Coordinator

Edo State Coordinator

Moderator-Zonal Coordinator

2nd Plenary Session: From Air Pollution to youth revolution; Air Pollution and the jeopardy of youth advancement in Southern Nigeria


Dr Ohaka-AAI

World Health Organization



Mr Nature Dumale Kieghe

Lanre Lawal

The plenary will look at how youths can be part of the fight to mitigate air pollution and climate change. The place of artisanal refining, advancements in quality sensing technologies, health of youth at the growing stages with continuous exposure to air pollution. The place of youth led organizations in the fight against pollution. In -school activities for emerging sustainability leaders and importantly, leadership against climate action .

In recent times the emergence of new technologies in general, and for atmospheric sensing in particular, has been much faster than could be comprehended, little alone utilized. sensors are inbuilt in mobile phones and travel on drones. exposure monitoring. What is the place of youth in utilizing ICT to addressing vulnerabilities posed by air pollution and also to get Government to have the political will to put an end to the menace of flaring, soot etc At the end we should know how to address this human induced phenomenon. Will world leaders stop listening to corporations and give space to the creativity of youth input? Engaging children and youths in the process of reducing the threats imposed by climate change is the key to creating a green generation who care about the environment. No more empty promises.

3rd Plenary: Assessing the political, food security, biodiversity and economic impacts of sectoral action against air pollution

This high level plenary looks at the intersection of air pollution with a cross section of other sectors .It aims are to empower the cross sectors to realize its potential to support scaling up policy actions to mitigate air pollutants at the urbanand rural level. The task is to open a discourse that will highlight strategies to reduce death and diseases and poverty etc associated with air pollutants.How can we trigger sector policy change? Outcomes can be co benefits of selected interventions that will mitigate air pollution at all level.


Matthew Dore-Technical Advisor, UNDP,Niger Delta Biodiversity program-Overcoming Air pollution as a threat to biodiversity conservation-Innovations and strategies

Prof Okey Unuchukwu-Director Uniport Business School-The impact of air pollution and economic sustainability

Prof Henry Alapiki-Director Uniport Foundation-The air pollution drama and the politics of environmental degradation ;matters arising and way forward

Prof Prince MMom-Director Center for Disaster and Risk Management and Development Studies.-Air Pollution as a disaster threatening to envelop the delta region-Challenges and prospects.

Prof Olufemi Adesope-Assistant Director Centre for Research, Management and Development-Air Pollution and Food Security-Early warnings for citizens action

MODERATOR: United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network

9am -12noon-Regional Assembly Session


1. Arrival and Registration

Zonal database registration Confirmation

State Database Confirmation

Working Group Confirmation


Secretariat 8am-9am

2. Accreditation CSCSD Secretariat 9.00-10am

3. Welcome Address and composition of high table Zonal Coordinator 9:10-9:30am

4. Opening Address

Goodwill Messages Rev.J.P. Ngoyi -BOT Chair/Chair of NSC

Mrs Bisi Mekwuye

Mrs Sylvia Briggs


5. Keynote address *Hon. Toru Ofili ,3Special Adviser, SDGS, Rivers State 9:45-10:00

6. Introduction of members All participants 10:00-10:30

7. Futurenet Foundation Presentation Futurenet Nigeria 10.30-10.45

8. Presentation on Strengthening the CSO Space for localizing, monitoring and #Acting4SGs in the South South

#Acting4SDGs Tola Winjobi