President Buhari will jet out of Nigeria on Sunday.
President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Sunday for Abidjan, the capital of Cote ‘Id Voire, for the 15th session of the Conference Of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
The event, with the theme ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity,’ will focus on the future of land, including desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and implications for national and global economies, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will fly to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Sunday, May 8, 2022, for a United Nations-sponsored conference on the future of land, including desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and implications for national and global economies.”
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“President Buhari joins world leaders at the Sofitel Hotel for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), with the theme ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity,’ on May 9th-10th, 2022.
“The convention’s goal is to take steps to ensure that land, the planet’s lifeblood, continues to benefit current and future generations.”
“In order to achieve the visionary goal of land restoration and balance, COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society, and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable land management.”
“During the high-level segment, which includes a Heads of States Summit, high-level roundtables, and interactive dialogue sessions, the convention will explore links between land and other key development issues.”
“The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 15) is a watershed moment in the fight against desertification, land degradation, and drought. As the world enters the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss.
According to the statement, “drought, land restoration, and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment are among the top items on the Conference agenda.”
President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed H. Abdullahi, the Minister of Environment, Mohammed H. Abdullahi, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Mahmoud Mohammed, and the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman H. Adamu.
The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno, the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, are also on the President’s delegation to Abidjan.
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