Two days after returning from Saudi Arabia, President Muhammadu Buhari will be heading to Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the 26th Conference of Parties, COP26, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, before heading to France, .
The President is scheduled to deliver his national statement at the High-Level segment for Heads of States and Governments, at the Conference, on Tuesday, November 2.
His address, according to his Spokesman, Garba Shehu, is expected to highlight Nigeria’s key priorities and action to tackle climate change as well as progress on the country’s transition to low carbon economy, consistent with achieving the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Conference, hosted by the United Kingdom, UK, in partnership with Italy, will bring parties together to help accelerate action towards 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, COP 26 will afford a unique opportunity for 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.
“In Glasgow, President Buhari will participate in some side-line events hosted by US President, Joe Biden, and French President, Emmanuel Macron”, the Presidency stated.
The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor; National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Retd.); and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
President Buhari will thereafter travel to Paris, France, on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and also attend the Paris Peace Forum 2021, the fourth edition to be hosted by the French President.
It will have Heads of States and Governments, and CEOs of major multinationals, as well as several civil society actors, gathering to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to improve global governance in times of Covid-19.
According to the Presidency, 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.
The Presidency noted: “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.