UK to Support Nigeria to tackle Climate Challenges
The United Kingdom in a statement has expressed its readiness to work with Nigeria to address climate change challenges.
This was disclosed when the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, President-Designate, Alok Sharma MP, visited Nigeria on Friday, to discuss how the UK could work with Nigeria to address its climate change challenges.
Sharma, while speaking at the end of his visit said, “As the incoming COP presidency, the UK takes its role seriously and seeks to raise ambition to tackle climate change globally.
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“I have come here to meet your political and civil society leaders to discuss and see first-hand some of the many climate change vulnerabilities Nigeria faces.
“These include deforestation, rising temperatures and flooding, as well as the need to transition from oil to cleaner energies that will sustainably serve what is projected to be the world’s third most populous country by 2050.”
He commended the Federal Government for the steps towards collective and sustainable efforts that would put climate change, biodiversity and nature based solutions first, and enhance all Nigerians’ prosperity, health and security.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, in a remark said, “Climate change remains a global concern that requires collective efforts, and this visit underlines the UK’s support for Nigeria in its battle against climate change, while highlighting some of the important work we have already done together to protect livelihoods, lives and the planet.
“This is an all of society approach to meeting the most demanding challenges of our time and I am glad the COP26 President-Designate took the time to shine a spotlight and raise the profile of young activists and entrepreneurs he met during this trip, emphasising the holistic approach of COP26.”
The Minister of Environment, Mohammad Abubakar, welcomed the COP26 President-Designate on his visit to Nigeria and discuss a range of issues on Nigeria’s climate change agenda.
He said “We welcome the UK’s leadership on this critical global agenda and look forward to its hosting a COP26 this November that firmly recognises the particular needs and circumstances of Nigeria’s and Africa’s climate change challenges.
“We look forward to the continued support of the UK as we rise to meet those challenges in ways that protect the environment whilst also supporting economic growth and long term stability and prosperity.” He added.
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