Cli­mate change: Nige­ria ad­vances rea­sons for not sub­mit­ting doc­u­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Alex Abutu

The Fed­eral Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment has said that it was yet to sub­mit the manda­tory In­tended Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions (INDCs) of Nige­ria to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change be­cause it was wait­ing for the pres­i­dency to vet the doc­u­ment.

INDCs are the pri­mary means for gov­ern­ments to com­mu­ni­cate in­ter­na­tion­ally the steps they will take to ad­dress cli­mate change in their own coun­tries. It aims to re­flect each coun­try’s ob­jec­tive for re­duc­ing emis­sions, tak­ing into ac­count its do­mes­tic cir­cum­stances and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The Di­rec­tor, Cli­mate Change Depart­ment, Fed­eral Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment Dr Sa­muel Ade­ju­won, said at a 2-day train­ing work­shop for na­tional ne­go­tia­tors to­wards the 21st Con­fer­ence of Par­ties sched­ule for Paris in De­cem­ber that it was im­por­tant that the pres­i­dency ap­proved what­ever doc­u­ment that Nige­ria was go­ing to present to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry, Mrs Fa­tima Mede had ear­lier said that the train­ing would help to strengthen the tech­ni­cal ca­pac­ity of Nige­ria in the de­vel­op­ment of ac­tions that al­lowed the main­stream­ing of cli­mate change into na­tional and sec­toral de­vel­op­ment goals.

UNDP Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai urged the ne­go­tia­tors to work with other African coun­tries to de­velop a com­mon po­si­tion to ad­dress cli­mate change chal­lenges and its ad­verse ef­fects on her pop­u­la­tion’s liveli­hood.

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