Buhari jets out to Poland today

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday (today) for the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Buhari will attend the session, which will be held in Katowice, Poland, from December 2 to 4.

The conference is expected to “finalise the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change under the Paris Agreement Work Programme – the rule book for implementation.”

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari would deliver an address at the Leaders’ Summit at COP24,”highlighting Nigeria’s commitment to addressing climate change by implementing the goals set out in its National Determined Contributions.”

The Presidency added that Buhari would also use the opportunity to “accentuate Nigeria’s willingness to work with international partners to reverse the negative effects of climate change in Africa and the world over, while expecting that developed nations scale up their emission reduction activities in order to limit the increase in average global temperature to well below 2 degrees centigrade between now and 2020.”

Nigeria serves on the committee on climate change in Africa.

The statement added, “As a member of the Committee of the African Heads of State on Climate Change – a group of 10 African countries that meets and takes positions concerning issues of climate change on behalf of the continent – Nigeria has been at the forefront of advancing policies and initiatives aimed at addressing significant challenges occasioned by climate change such as reviving the Lake Chad, halting and reversing desertification, flooding, ocean surge and oil spillage.”

Buhari will also meet with the Nigerian community in Poland during the visit.

The governors of Enugu, Kogi and Niger states will be on the President’s entourage.

Also on the delegation are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
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