As part of its efforts to promote sustainable development, Unity Bank in collaboration with Avant-Garde Innovation & Technology Services (AGITS) has championed stakeholders’ forum to drive major advocacy initiatives for stronger climate action that will entrench values and ethos for achieving sustainable development goals.
The roundtable discourse themed – “The Future of Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Achieving Economic Growth with Low Carbon Trajectory in a Circular Economy” drew participation of development partners and major stakeholders to reappraise commitments to sustainable development goals.
The Roundtable provided the platform for stakeholders to evaluate developmental activities impacting on climate change and opportunities in a green economy as a means of improving environmental sustainability, addressing global warming, raising sea level, pollution, desertification and deforestation, and to determine effective response to promote community action, protect the environment and advance sustainable development in Nigeria.
Having promoted sustainable practices in agriculture over the years, and its commitment to sustainability, Unity Bank appreciates the need to create more awareness, engagement and collaboration in the execution of sustainability initiatives, hence the roundtable was not only relevant but timely.
The Managing Director/CEO of Unity Bank Plc, Mrs. Tomi Somefun was represented by the Executive Director, Risk Management and Compliance, Usman Abdulqadir. In a welcome address to participants, Mr. Usman pressed on the need for increased stakeholder engagement on sustainable development and to deepened commitments towards promoting climate change initiatives.
He added that “it is the hope that while sharing experiences on actions to protect the earth for future generations, the platform is capable of harnessing ideas to forge common action points and convergence for policy makers, entrepreneurs, sustainable development experts and other organizations playing pivotal roles to solve problems threatening the sustainability of the planet earth”
In 2018, it would be recalled that Unity Bank Plc won the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) award on ‘Sustainable Transaction of the Year in Agriculture’ in recognition of the Bank’s initiatives to promote sustainability initiatives and impact in the agricultural space.