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FG inaugurates national logo, lists top priorities, expectations for COP27

The Federal Government on Friday inaugurated COP27 National Logo and listed top expectations and priorities to achieve from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, inaugurated the Logo while briefing newsmen in Abuja, on the preparation for 27th session Conference of Parties (COP27).

Abdullahi said the conference will be hosted in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to 18, adding that Nigeria as a signatory is expected to actively participate.

He said the inauguration of the Logo represented alignment with the ideals and objectives of COP27, and distinctively projects national priorities as a country, adding that the climate conference is a rare opportunity for parties and observers to come together and grapple with a challenge that is impacting humanity.

He said the conference is also to showcase unity against an existential threat that can only be overcome through concerted action and effective implementation.

The Minister said the top priorities and expectations by Nigeria from the conference include the provision of a National Pavilion at the COP27 venue, which will serve as a base for hosting all activities by the Nigerian delegation during the conference to hold bilateral meetings.

He added that it will also provide a place for networking with potential investors and related opportunities for Nigerians to host side events.

“The side events to be hosted in the pavilion will relate to showcasing Nigeria’s best practices and exchanges with international communities.

“The side events will also engage in dialogues and green investment forums toward tackling climate change and moving Nigeria to a low carbon development pathway. Nigeria will participate in a world leader-level summit with other nations to co-launch the ‘Forest and Climate Leaders Partnership’,” he said.

Abdullahi said the Leaders Partnership is being championed by the UK government through Alok Sharma, the President of COP26.

He informed that Nigeria will, under the auspices of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), host a high-level side meeting, as a follow up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s session at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) (COP15) conference in Abidjan, in May.

Focus will be on sustainable funding mechanisms that drive nature-based solutions such as land restoration, reforestation, combating desertification, climate smart-agricultural practices and adaptation strategies.

Expected outcomes

The Minister said the meeting is expected to draw notable global leaders and funding from development partners to focus on climate finance to address desert encroachment, desertification and drought devastating member states.

It will also “exploit the funding window under the auspices of the Great Green Wall Accelerator, where European countries pledged about €18 billion to support activities of member states.

“Nigeria will continue to push for a softening of conditions as it relates to access and draw-down from the fund to make it accessible to member states,” he said.

Furthermore, priorities and expected outcomes will focus on exploring options for climate finance and building partnerships to drive emissions reduction ambitions, adaptation and climate change mitigation.

Accordingly, focus will be on sustainable funding mechanisms that drive nature-based solutions such as land restoration, reforestation, combating desertification, climate smart-agricultural practices and adaptation strategies.

According to the Minister, Nigeria will seek collaboration and support on sustainable waste management, renewable and clean energy provision, and finance for loss and damage.

He added that Nigeria will push for developed countries to fulfil their financial pledges to aid in tackling the climate crisis. “The expected outcomes of Nigeria’s participation will include increased partnership building that help Nigeria achieve its emission reduction targets.

“They will address adaptation and mitigation, establish sustainable financing for climate actions, resilience building, poverty eradication, energy transition and sustainable development.

“Nigeria, will not take a position of ‘know it all’ but will align with the West Africa region’s identification of the thematic issues faced by the continent and the group’s interim position on each.”

Such issues include doubling adaptation finance by 2025; clarification on the support arrangements to address loss and damage; closing the climate financing gap; scaling up Africa’s mitigation ambition and implementation; strengthening the linkage between technology and financial mechanisms; the global stock take on progress on the Paris Agreement; transparency; gender and climate change; agriculture.”

Abdullahi said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management will host a side meeting to showcase the impact of climate change on migration and livelihoods of the people affected by conflict. This also includes people that lost agrarian habitat around the Lake Chad Region and the arid landscape of Northern Nigeria, coastal flood and erosion in the southern part of the country.

He said the accreditation of Nigerian delegates to the event has also been concluded, and include representatives from the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (ICCC), high-level representation from the Presidency and National Assembly, as well as non-governmental groups, ministries, scientists, the academia, experts, Civil Society Organisations, private sector entities, women, youths and the media,” he said. (NAN)

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