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Friday, 23 September 2016

President Buhari signs Paris Agreement; says Nigeria will reverse effects of climate change

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to a global effort to reverse the effects of the negative trend.

The President said this while addressing the opening of the meeting on Taking Climate Action for Sustainable Development in New York, co-hosted by Nigeria and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as one of the Side Events of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71). President Buhari, had shortly before this event, signed the Paris Agreement, where he committed Nigeria to reducing “Green House Gas Emissions unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally by 45 per cent” in line with Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions.” Describing the signing as historic, he had also expressed confidence that with support from development partners, Nigeria will meet the above targets. The President also promised to ensure the ratification of the Paris Agreement before the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016. He stressed that it was to demonstrate his personal dedication to the process of implementing the Agreement that he was hosting the side event on Taking Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development. President Buhari, who said he was privileged to have been part of the Paris Agreement, expressed appreciation to what he called “the genuine efforts by President Francois Hollande of France in drawing global attention to reviving the Lake Chad Basin,” and for galvanizing the political will that led to the global consensus in reaching the Paris Agreement. The Nigerian President said his country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement is articulated through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) “that strive to build a climate resilient society across the diverse terrain of Nigeria. We have instituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change to govern implementation of my country’s NDCs, thereby ensuring a strong cross-sectoral approach, coherence and synergy for Climate Action.” President Buhari, while admitting that implementing the Roadmap will not be easy in the face of dwindling national revenues, however, indicated that both internal and external resources would be mobilized to meet Nigeria’s targets, adding that the 2017 Budget will reflect Nigeria’s efforts to accord priority to realizing its NDCs. “In addition, we are set to launch our first ever Green Bonds in the first quarter of 2017 to fund a pipeline of projects all targeted at reducing emissions towards a greener economy,” he said. While urging global support to transit to a low-carbon climate resilient economy, the President specifically reminded industrialized nations “to play their role and deliver on their commitments on access to climate finance and technology transfer and help with capacity-building,” adding that, “Expectations are high for their leaders to deliver US$100 billion per year by 2020 in support of developing countries to take climate action, thus keeping the promise to billions of people.” President Buhari, who thanked the Presidents of Chad, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger for attending the event, also called on the international community to “give special recognition to the plight of Lake Chad and support our effort to resuscitate the livelihoods of over 5 million people in the region. This will reinforce our efforts to reintegrate the thousands of Boko Haram victims and returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).” The President noted that the Niger Delta region is a unique biodiversity rich in coastal environment that is highly prone to adverse environmental changes occasioned by climate change, such as sea level rise, coastal erosion, exacerbated by poverty and many decades of oil pollution leading to loss of livelihoods and ecosystems. He added however, that “through an integrated approach, implementation of the NDCs, and our efforts to clean up Ogoniland, we will improve livelihoods, protect the environment and take climate action, and ensure the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” FEMI ADESINA Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity)

17 comments:

BONARIO NNAGS said...

God bless you my President.
It shall be well with Nigeria.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Uju Phil said...

Great initiative!

Uju Phil said...

Great initiative!

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

We r waiting


...merited happiness

Juliet Iwuno said...

Issokay seen! Linda take note!

Ogenah Boris said...

Okay

Eleojo Blessing said...

Seen

Anonymous said...

Not trying to insult or degrade my President but my question is owing to the fact he had only military education does he understands what he is signing and resigning. Na question I asked one.

Saphire Muna said...

........... Goodluck Nigerians......

















.............. Liber maniac.........

Vivian Reginalds said...

well... as you're signing, be doing
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Genevieve Okoroigbo said...

Signing!!! the ones u signed are yet to be reversed. rubbish.




says, Genevieve.

Anonymous said...

Where Obama,ban ki moon?,femi adeshinna liar liar.

Anonymous said...

Bia linda u think say we o go school,what is our produuction capacity 2 b reckoned among those 2 reverse effects of clinmate change.
Pls behave.

OSINANL said...

MUMU MAN...

Anonymous said...

This is a welcome development but much of the problem with these international treaty obligations to which the president commits us is squarely in the area of domestication. The national assembly will still sit over this instrument as they are empowered by section 12 of the Nigerian constitution to do. This may create problem(s) given that Nigeria as currently seen is not a green economy but a carbon economy. How can we align the sustainable development goal of clean and renewable energy sources with oil and gas exploration operations whereas billions of cubic meter gases are wasted daily (gas flaring) due to our inability to reinject? Will the west do all in decarbonising our economy? Do the major participants in the economy know about the green bond? The problem lies so much on domestication not what we see in the international front. Anyway kudos to Buhari's government's effort towards biodiversity, especially the Ogoni land clean up based on UNEP report.

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

IDIOT, WE DON'T NEED A CLIMATE CHANGE, WE NEED ECONOMY CHANGE.








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