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Nigeria committed to 2015 climate change agreement, says Presidency


Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

‘We’ll reduce emissions by 20 per cent’
The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has said the new agreement reached at the recently concluded Conference of Parties on Climate Change, otherwise known as (COP 21) Conference in Paris, offers a brighter future for Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.

Mohammed stated this during interaction with journalists in Abuja, hinted that nearly 200 countries have committed to a new legally binding deal to address climate change and to serve as a pivotal role for humanity as the world agrees to turn words into actions.

“The Paris agreement has created a veritable global platform for President Buhari’s bold change agenda that focuses on a new roadmap with emphasis on green and inclusive growth at its heart. Nigeria’s ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), aimed at reducing emissions by 20% by the year 2030 with support from the international community.

“The agreement provides a framework for delivering the ambitious emission reductions that the world needs, recognizes the importance of keeping average global temperature below two Degree Celsius (2.00 C) and, crucially, confirms that developed countries must continue to increase their financial support for developing countries as the world embarks on this transition.”

To Mohammed, “we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the way we do things, and Nigeria will be at the fore-front demonstrating what initiatives can work. Nigeria is willing to take a regional lead by taking a bold and courageous INDCs that seek to ensure that our economy continues to grow while reducing our carbon emissions”.

She further explained, “We have shown that we are willing to work with our neighbours, such as those in the Lake Chad basin to restore the once fertile land and well stocked fisheries so that peace and security can return”.

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