Buhari seeks global support for Nigeria on climate change

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Paris appealed to the international community to support Nigeria’s commitment to reducing the effects of climate change, The Guardian reports.

In a submission to the One Planet Summit attended by over 60 heads of state and governments, as well as representatives of non-governmental and private organisations, the President said: “We cannot implement our Nationally Determined Contribution without adequate financial, technical and capacity building support from the developed countries.”

Buhari noted that although the country had been strengthening efforts towards implementing the Paris Agreement and the Marrakech Call for Action plan to reduce its emission by 20 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2030, this cannot be attained alone. “Having just come out of recession, we are under no illusion of the challenges we face in Nigeria,” he said.

In furtherance of efforts to deliver on the country’s pledges, he noted that government planned the issuance of a green bond, was actively promoting technologies and practices such as sustainable land management, climate resilient agriculture, water efficiency, clean energy, and skills for reducing greenhouse gas emissions among others, also stressing that sustaining these efforts would require external support.