By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed Nigeria’s resolve to continue to play significant role in supporting global efforts at addressing climate change.
The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar stated this while addressing the Ministerial High-Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Related Meetings on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Delegation in Madrid, Spain
In his words “It is obvious that the challenges of climate change are enormous, Nigeria calls for sustainable joint and collaborative efforts to tackle the problem. Nigeria is willing to continue to be part of the solution.”
Speaking further, the Minister emphasised that Nigeria faces grave social, economic and environmental threats consequent to climate change due to its dependence on climate-sensitive resources.
“Climate change impacts are already threatening the survival and livelihoods of our people. The devastating loss of range and crop lands to desertification each year in the northern part of the country, resource use conflicts, loss of forest cover and threatening sea-level rise on the significant coastline in the southern part of the country are a stark reminder of our vulnerability to Climate Change.” Dr. Mahmood emphasised
A statement signed by Saghir el Mohammed ,Director Press said enumerating some of the steps taking by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to mitigate the effect of Climate Change, the Minister revealed that:
It is hoped that the issuance of the third Sovereign Green Bond would triple Nigeria’s GHG emission reductions, stimulate more economic growth and catalyse investment in social programmes.”
Speaking further, he reiterated the unwavering commitment of Nigeria towards the fulfilment of its country’s obligation under the Paris Agreement and actualization of goals of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
Expressing the expectations of Nigeria from the Climate Change Conference, Dr. Mahmood said that Nigeria fully aligns itself with the call by the AGN that COP-25 expeditiously, as a matter of priority, conclude negotiation on the special needs and circumstances of Africa; and the call for the simplification of the guidelines for accessing funds under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as well as the need for the GCF to remain accountable under the COP.
He added that Nigeria expects to see the conclusion of the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage; agreement on Article 6 on market mechanism; continued support and enhanced financial provision by developed parties towards NDC enhancement processes and full implementation of the activities thereof to raise ambition and pursue a long-term climate agenda; goal of mobilizing $100 billion by 2020; refining the technical aspects of the transparency framework; capacity building; adaptation; and decision on Gender Action Plans amongst others.
The Minister stressed that Nigeria hoped that the Conference will result in quick resolutions of all outstanding issues pertaining to the Paris Agreement Rulebook as carried over from COP24 to enable its operationalization and strengthening global response to the threat of climate change to ensure a sustainable future for our people and planet.