President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday departed Abuja for Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The President is scheduled to deliver his national statement at the High-Level segment for Heads of State and Government at the conference on Tuesday, November 2.
Buhari’s address is expected to highlight Nigeria’s key priorities and action to tackle climate change as well as progress on the country’s transition to low carbon economy, consistent with achieving the Paris Climate Agreement.
According to a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the conference will bring parties together to help accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
It is being hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy.
Shehu said given Nigeria’s leading role in taking climate action and as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, COP 26 would afford a unique opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to work with other parties to make progress on the main goals of the conference.
These include securing global net zero emission by mid-century and keeping 1.5C within reach; adapting to protect communities and natural habitats as well as mobilising the much needed finances to meet the set targets.
He said in Glasgow, Buhari would participate in some side-line events hosted by US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
“The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State, Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
President Buhari will thereafter travel to Paris, France on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, Shehu said.
In France, Buhari will also attend the Paris Peace forum 2021, the fourth edition to be hosted by the French President.
“It will have Heads of State and Government and CEOs of major multinationals, as well as several civil society actors, gathering to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to improve global governance in times of COVID-19.
“The Summit will focus on spurring a more solid and inclusive recovery by addressing the various gaps in global governance, offering initiatives to better tend to the global commons, and putting forward new principles of action for the post-COVID world,” he said.
Shehu added that while the President is in Paris, the Nigerian government would organise the Nigeria-Paris Forum.
“The event is expected to pull a crowd of Nigerian and French investors, government and business leaders, diplomats and the media in the hope of showcasing opportunities on both sides as well as bringing enlightenment to bear on the prevailing security, economic and investment climate in Nigeria.
“President Buhari is expected back in the country after the engagements,” he said.