President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday flew to Glasgow, the capital of Scotland, to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the President will tomorrow deliver his national statement at the high-level segment for Heads of State and Government at the conference.
President Buhari’s address is expected to highlight Nigeria’s key priorities and actions to tackle climate change as well as the progress on the country’s transition to low carbon economy, consistent with achieving the Paris Climate Agreement.
The conference, hosted by the United Kingdom (U.K) in partnership with Italy, will bring parties together to accelerate action towards achieving the Paris Agreement as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Given Nigeria’s leading role in taking climate action and as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, COP26 will enable the Nigerian delegation to work with other parties to make progress on the main goals of the conference, including securing global net zero 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.
While in Glasgow, President Buhari will also participate in some sideline events hosted by American President Joe Biden and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
The Nigerian President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State, Environment, Sharon Ikeazor; National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.) and the Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NAI), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
He will thereafter travel to Paris, France, on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by Macron.
President 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 chief executive officers of major multinationals, as well as several civil society actors proffering concrete solutions to the various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to improve global governance in times of the pandemic.
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.
While the President is in Paris, the Nigerian government will 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.