Nigeria's foremost environmental pressure group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) will from today, the 25th of September, host the Biennial General Meeting of the Friends of the Earth International and an international conference with the theme: "Minimizing Climate Change Impact and Curbing Global Energy Chaos ".

The meeting, a landmark gathering of global grassroots environmental movements, NGOs, development experts, academics and policy makers from 71 countries, will hold at Peace Haven Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
Issues to be discussed during the global climate change conference include energy and conflicts, sustainable management of resources, energy rights, energy sovereignty and alternative energy sources.  In addition, the international conference includes a panel session on the Niger Delta crisis while another session will take 'testimonies" from impacted communities including the Niger Delta.   The conference will also examine and strategise on the role of the national governments, corporate sector, and the civil society organizations in influencing energy related issues.
ERA/FoEN Executive Director, Nnimmo Bassey said: "this global meeting of grassroots environmental groups will focus on real issues that affect real peoples. It will be an opportunity for us to xray issues like the energy challenges facing the world today. Working in solidarity, we hope to fashion a way forward from the often neglected peoples' viewpoint."

The Friends of the Earth International is the   world's largest environmental network, uniting 71 diverse national member groups and some 5, 000 local activist groups on every continent . ERA is the Nigerian chapter of the global network.



ERA has recently received information that a group calling itself the "Niger Delta Coalition in the Diaspora" is still engaging itself in activities and communications giving the impression that it is linked with Environmental Rights Action (ERA).
This group issues out communications using ERA's headquarter address and mail box. We have never had any ties with this group and any views, comments or opinions expressed by them is not endorsed or authorized by any member of management or staff of ERA.
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