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Nigeria yet to submit its intended contribution to Climate Agreement - Minister

24 November 2015, 18:57

Abuja - The Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, said Nigeria was yet to submit its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC) for the new Climate Change Agreement to be adopted in Paris.

Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday at news conference preparatory to the Conference of Parties; also know as COP21 scheduled to hold in Paris between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11.

"Nigeria to date is yet to submit its INDC. This is because there are various processes that we must go through.

"To prepare an INDC requires an incredible amount of expertise and seriousness.

''What we are putting there, which is intended and not legally binding, has to be put together in a sensible way that will generate the partnership that we get outside to implement it.

"There are many countries who have submitted INDCs and to be frank they are not being in best shape that they should be,’’ the minister.

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She said that the country was trying to do the best in that regard and called for patience as the country was serious about the Paris conference

Mohammed said that one of the expectations from the new climate change agreement to be adopted was keeping global warming at below two degrees.

"It (Climate Change Agreement) is universal agreement aim at keeping global warming at below two degrees Celsius.

"If it doesn’t keep it below that, certainly the planet will be in jeopardy for us, the planet will survive without us but we will not survive without it.

"So, below two degrees negotiation are incredibly important,’’ Mohammed said.

The minister also said that other expectation was setting the path for a low global carbon economy, where economies grow with less emission of green house gases.

"That means that as our economy grow and talking about the industrialisation of our economies, we have to find a green path to that growth so that we see less emissions.

"That paradigm shift will require that all countries will to address their responsibilities of achieving this.

"The agreement in Paris really does represent a critical opportunity to send a non-ambiguous signal that the world shift to economic and social activities that has more climate friendly and development in a sustainable path ways,’’ she said. 




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