President Buhari To Attend ‘One Planet Summit’ In Paris

Ebun Francis || President Muhammadu Buhari will attend the ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris, France on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, alongside over 50 world leaders.

The President is scheduled to depart for Paris on Monday and will return to the country on Thursday.

He will travel with the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Ondo States, as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment.

In a statement on Sunday, Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said that the summit, themed “Climate Change Financing,” is jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government in partnership with non-governmental organisations concerned about reversing the negative effects of climate change such as Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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According to the statement, before heading for the Summit venue, President Buhari will attend a lunch hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France for Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.

President Buhari and other world leaders and participants will make presentations under four sub-themes namely: Scaling-up Finance for Climate Action; Greening Finance for Sustainable Business; Accelerating Local and Regional Climate Action, and Strengthening Policies for Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

While signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2016, President Buhari had said it “demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts to reverse the effects of the negative trend.”

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He followed that significant step by signing the Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on March 28, 2017, at the State House, Abuja, making Nigeria the 146th party to the Paris Treaty.

It became binding on the country effective June 15, 2017, one month after the submission of the Ratification instrument to the United Nations on May 16, 2017, by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande.