Buhari leaves for climate change conference in Morocco today

President Muham­madu Buhari leaves Abuja today for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Frame­work Convention on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) also known as COP-22, in Marrakech, Morocco be­tween November 14-16, 2016.
President Buhari will participate in the official opening plenary on No­vember 15 where he will deliver his national state­ment during the High Level Segment of COP 22, according to a presidency statement.
His 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.
Buhari will also use his speech to rally inter­national support for the clean-up of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta and the resuscitation of the Lake Chad Basin.
While in Marrakech, the President is scheduled to 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 will also attend the Summit of African Heads of State on the sidelines of the Climate Change con­ference.
COP 22, which 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 sector, is the first meet­ing of state parties since the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agree­ment on November 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.
Buhari had signed the Paris Agreement on Sep­tember 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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