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Monday, 11 December 2017
Buhari Heads for Paris, to Participate in ‘One Planet Summit’
President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow join over 50 other world leaders to participate in ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris, France.
The summit, according to the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, is jointly organised by the United Nations, World Bank Group, and French government in collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) seeking the reversal of negative effects of climate change.
Philanthropies as one of such NGOs, Adesina said the summit would hold at the
eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, located on the picturesque Seguin Island in
the theme, ‘Climate Change Financing,’ Adesina quoted the organisers of the
summit as saying that the main focus of the gathering would be to
innovatively pool public and private finance “to support and accelerate our
common efforts to fight climate change.”
added: “While recognising that all countries are affected by the effects of
climate change under ‘One Planet’ but some are more vulnerable, the summit
seeks for tangible collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
heading for the summit venue, the Nigerian leader will attend a lunch hosted by
President Emmanuel Macron of France for Heads of State and Governments at the
Buhari and other world leaders and participants will make presentations under
four sub-themes namely: Scaling-up Finance for Climate Action; Greening Finance
for Sustainable Business; Accelerating Local and Regional Climate Action; and
Strengthening Policies for Ecological and Inclusive Transition.”
recalled that Buhari, while signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at
the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New
York on September 22, 2016, said the agreement “demonstrated Nigeria’s
commitment to global efforts to reverse the effects of the negative trend.”
to him, the president later accompanied that move by signing the Instrument of
Ratification of the Paris Agreement on March 28, 2017 at the State House,
Abuja, which he said made Nigeria the 146th party to the Paris Treaty.
became binding on the country effective June 15, 2017, one month after the submission
of the Ratification instrument to the United Nations on May 16, 2017 by
Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande.
participation of Nigeria’s delegation at the One Planet Summit will reinforce
the country’s commitment to realising the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
president, who will depart for Paris today, accompanied by the governors of
Adamawa, Kano and Ondo States, and Ministers of Foreign Affairs and
Environment, will return to Abuja on Thursday,” the statement added.