Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday leave
Abuja for Marrakech, Morocco, to attend the 22nd Conference of the Parties
(COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),
also known as COP-22.
This is according to a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday
by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
Adesina said the event would be taking place in Marrakech
between Nov. 14 and 16.
He said President Buhari would participate in the official
opening plenary on Nov. 15 where he would deliver his national statement during
the High Level Segment of COP 22.
According to him, the presidential address is expected to
highlight, among other key issues, Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to
implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and policy actions
aimed at tackling climate change through environmental sustainable efforts.
He said that the president would also use the occasion to
rally international support for the clean-up of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta
and the resuscitation of the Lake Chad Basin.
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Adesina said while in Marrakech, the president would attend
the Africa Day Commemoration at COP 22 with the theme, “Moving from Commitments
to Action with Intended Nationally- Determined Contributions and African
Renewable Energy Initiative.”
He said President Buhari would also attend the Summit of
African Heads of State on the sidelines of the Climate Change conference.
The COP 22, will be attended by representatives from 197
countries including world leaders, environment ministers, government officials
as well as a wide range of representatives from civil society and the private
The conference is the first meeting of State Parties since
the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement on Nov. 4, 2016.
The legally binding international Agreement on climate
change, among others, addresses issues of global warming, including its impact
on food security and agriculture.
It would be recalled that President Buhari signed the Paris
Agreement on Sept. 22, 2016, at the margins of the 71st session of the United
Nations General Assembly in New York.
“Buoyed by that commitment, the Nigerian delegation is
optimistic that COP22 will provide a platform to promote and enhance delivery
of the purpose-driven environmental sustainable agenda of the Federal Government,”
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