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Buhari leaves for Glasgow, Paris climate change, peace summits

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
01 November 2021   |   3:08 am
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, left Abuja for Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, left Abuja for Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

He is to address the High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government tomorrow.

The President is to highlight Nigeria’s key priorities and moves to tackle climate change aside from progress on the country’s transition to a low carbon economy, consistent with achieving the Paris Climate Agreement.

The conference, hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, is to galvanise parties in accelerating action towards the Paris pact, as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Given Nigeria’s leading role in taking climate action and as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, COP 26 would afford the most populous nation a unique opportunity to work with others to make progress on the main goals of the conference, including securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5 degree Celsius within reach in addition to adapting to protect communities, natural and mobilising the much-needed finances to meet the set targets.

In Glasgow, President Buhari will participate in some sideline events to be hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Nigerian leader was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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

The occasion would be graced by Heads of State and Government, chief executive officers (CEOs) of major multinationals and several civil society actors to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve global governance in these trying times.