President Buhari has departed Nigeria for a climate change conference in Scotland.
According to a statement released by Mallam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, the President will deliver his national statement at the conference’s High-Level segment for Heads of State and Government on Tuesday, November 2.
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“President Buhari’s address is expected to highlight Nigeria’s key priorities and actions to combat climate change, as well as progress on the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy, consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement,” according to the statement.
“The conference, which will be hosted by the UK in collaboration with Italy, will bring parties together to help accelerate action toward the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“Given Nigeria’s leadership role in climate action and as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, COP 26 will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to work with other parties to make progress on the conference’s main goals, including achieving global net-zero by mid-century and keeping 1.5°C within reach; adapting to protect communities and natural habitats; and mobilising the much-needed financial resources to meet the set targets.”
President Buhari will also attend side events hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron in Glasgow, according to the statement.
President Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd), and Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency.
President Buhari will then travel to Paris, France, on an official visit to repay the French President, Emmanuel Macron, for his earlier visit to Nigeria, as well as attend the Paris Peace Forum 2021, the fourth edition to be hosted by the French President.
It will bring together Heads of State and Government, CEOs of major multinational corporations, and representatives from civil society to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to improve global governance in COVID-19 situations.
The Summit will focus on promoting a more stable and inclusive recovery by addressing various gaps in global governance, proposing initiatives to better care for the global commons, and presenting new action principles for the post-COVID world.
The Nigerian government will host the Nigeria-Paris Forum while the President is in Paris. The event is expected to attract a large number of Nigerian and French investors, government and business leaders, diplomats, and the media in the hopes of showcasing opportunities on both sides as well as providing insight into Nigeria’s current security, economic, and investment climate.
After the engagements, President Buhari is expected to return to the country.