Buhari Jets Out For Climate Change Summit In Scotland

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday jetted out of Abuja to the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The COP26, which will holds on Glasgow, Scotland, had started on October 31, 2021 and will be concluded on November 12, 2021.

During the conference, world leaders will discuss ways to achieve progress on all aspects of the climate change agenda, including reducing emissions, addressing loss and damage from extreme climatic events and increasing the provision of support to developing countries.

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Buhari is billed to deliver his key-note speech on Tuesday, November 2. His address is expected to highlight the effort of Nigeria in tackling climate crisis.

The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State, Environment, Sharon Ikeazor; National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The statement reads, “The conference, hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, will bring parties together to help accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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“Given Nigeria’s leading role in taking climate action and as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, COP 26 will afford a unique opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to work with other parties to make progress on the main goals of the conference, including securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5C within reach; adapting to protect communities and natural habitats as well as mobilising the much needed finances to meet the set targets.

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“In Glasgow, President Buhari will participate in some side-line events hosted by US President Joe Biden and French President, Emmanuel Macron.

“The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State, Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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“President Buhari will thereafter travel to Paris, France, on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and also attend the Paris Peace forum 2021, the fourth edition to be hosted by the French President.

“It will have Heads of State and Government and CEOs of major multinationals, as well as several civil society actors, gathering to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to improve global governance in times of COVID-19.”

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