FG inaugurates national logo, lists key priorities and expectations – Nigerian Observer

The federal government unveiled the national COP27 logo on Friday and listed the main expectations and priorities to be achieved from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Minister of Environment, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, inaugurated the logo while briefing journalists in Abuja on the preparations for the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27).

Abdullahi said the conference would be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6 to 18, 2022, adding that Nigeria, as a signatory, is expected to actively participate.

He said the inauguration of the logo represented alignment with the ideals and goals of COP27, but distinctly projected national priorities as a country.

He said COP27 was a rare opportunity for parties and observers to come together and tackle a challenge that impacts humanity.

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

The minister said Nigeria’s top priorities and expectations for the conference include the provision of a national pavilion at the COP27 venue. He said the pavilion would serve as a base to accommodate all the activities of the Nigerian delegation at the conference to hold bilateral meetings. He said it will also provide a venue for networking with potential investors and related opportunities for Nigerians.

According to him, arrangements to hold side events at the Nigeria pavilion by interested stakeholders are being processed. “The side events that will be organized in the pavilion will relate to the presentation of best practices from Nigeria and exchanges with international communities. “The side events will also engage in green investment dialogues and forums to tackle climate change and move Nigeria onto a low-carbon development path.” Nigeria will participate in a global leaders-level summit with other countries to co-launch the “Forest and Climate Leaders Partnership”.

Abdullahi said the leader’s partnership is championed by the UK government through Alok Sharma, the COP26 president. He said that Nigeria would organize, under the auspices of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), a high-level side event. He said the meeting followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s session at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conference (COP15) in Abidjan in May 2022.

He said the meeting is expected to attract notable world leaders and funding from development partners to focus on climate finance to combat encroaching desert, desertification and devastating drought in member states, “as well as d operating the funding window under the auspices of the Great Green Wall Accelerator, where European countries have pledged around €18 billion to support member state activities.

“Nigeria will continue to push for relaxation of conditions with regard to accessing and withdrawing the fund to make it accessible to member states,” he said.

Abdullahi said the priorities and expected outcomes would also focus on exploring climate finance options and building partnerships to drive emissions reduction ambitions, adaptation and climate change mitigation. According to him, the focus will be on a sustainable financing mechanism that drives nature-based solutions such as land restoration, reforestation, combating desertification, climate-smart agricultural practices and conservation strategies. adaptation. He said Nigeria would seek collaboration and support on sustainable waste management, renewable and clean energy supply and loss and damage financing. He added that Nigeria will push for developed countries to fulfill their financial pledges to help tackle the climate crisis.

“The expected results of Nigeria’s participation will include the establishment of increased partnerships that will help Nigeria meet its emission reduction targets. “They will address adaptation and mitigation, establish sustainable finance for climate actions, resilience building, poverty eradication, energy transition and sustainable development.

“Nigeria will not take a ‘know it all’ position, but will align itself with the West Africa region’s identification of the thematic issues facing the continent and the group’s interim position on each. Abdullahi said issues include doubling adaptation funding by 2025; clarification of support arrangements to deal with loss and damage; bridging the climate finance gap; scale up Africa’s mitigation ambition and implementation. He added; “strengthen the link between technology and financial mechanisms; the global stocktake of progress on the Paris Agreement; transparency; gender and climate change; agriculture.”

The minister said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management would hold a side event to showcase the impact of climate change on migration and the livelihoods of people affected by the conflict, including those who lost their agrarian habitat around the Lake Chad region and the arid landscape. of northern Nigeria, coastal flooding and erosion in the southern part of the country”.

He said the accreditation of Nigerian delegates to the event has also been concluded. According to him, the delegates include representatives of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (ICCC), high-level representatives of the Presidency and the National Assembly, as well as non-governmental groups, ministries, scientists, academics, experts, civil society. Organizations, private sector entities, women, youth and the media,” he said. (NOPE)

Teresa H. Sadler