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Nigeria supports global action on Paris climate agreement – Buhari

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari assured the international community of Nigeria‘s willingness to mobilize relevant stakeholders for climate action , as well as its support for regional, continental and global multilateral initiatives aimed at achieving the objectives of the Agreement . from Paris .

The Nigerian leader, who gave the assurance at a virtual leaders’ climate summit on Friday in Abuja, noted that the fight to redress the impact of climate change is the responsibility of all countries and parties. stakeholders.

He therefore congratulated US President Joe Biden for his renewed interest in the Paris Agreement.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, for convening this summit at a time when the world is experiencing enormous vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of climate change, among several other global challenges.

“The issue of climate change has taken center stage around the world, as its effects can be seen and felt all around us; ranging from increased atmospheric temperature to erratic rains, as well as sea level rise due to melting glacial ice.

Nigeria congratulates the Biden administration on the positive decision to bring the United States back to the Paris Agreement.

“In addition to creating abundant green economic opportunities for the US economy, this move complements the process of the broader transition of global economies to low-carbon development paths,” he said.

The president said the summit would prove essential to mobilize high-level political support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and its Katowice settlement, as well as to invite more countries and stakeholders to take more responsibility. of climate-related responsibilities.

Buhari told world leaders that Nigeria is one of the most vulnerable countries, although it has started to undertake important environmental and climate friendly programs, while also committing to the path of durability.

“We are rapidly implementing programs that would stimulate a gradual transition from the use of wood stoves to kerosene, liquefied natural gas, biogas and electricity.

“The immediate effects include healthy competition among private sector actors, leading to faster productivity, employment and service delivery.

“In the agricultural production and supply chain sector, we aim for improved efficiency and productivity through the provision of accurate and timely weather forecasts to farmers, the provision of drought tolerant crop varieties and early maturation and the promotion of empowerment for the diversification of income sources.

“Beyond the end of gas flaring by 2030, the oil and gas sector has taken steps to diversify; a risk management system; insurance cover; research and development, and contingency / crisis planning, ” the president added.

Buhari also said that the overall result of the measures taken was sufficient food, better nutrition, less hunger, increased employment, new employment opportunities, better livelihoods, reduced poverty, reduced vulnerability to health problems and improved quality of life.

“Nigeria calls on countries to adopt a circular economy and sustainable production and consumption models, in order to accelerate the achievement of the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement,” he added. (NOPE)

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