United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Nigeria

STATEMENT BY:
H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
AT
SUMMIT MEETING ON CLIMATE CHANGE
NEW YORK, 27thSEPTEMBER 2015
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>- Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
>- Secretary-General of the United Nations
>- President of the 70th UNGA,
>- Distinguished Delegates,
>- Ladies and Gentlemen,
This Summit provides a unique opportunity for us to work together
to address Climate Change and its impacts which is an undeniable issue
of concern to the international community. The increase in global
warming is an indication that we face a crisis of global proportions.
Excellencies,
2. The world is experiencing new and unusual climate variability due
to increased emissions of Greenhouse Gases. Even though Africa
contributes very little to global warming, the socio-economic
consequences of climate change spare no nation. The burden is just as
overwhelming for developing countries.
3. In Nigeria, we have seen extreme weather variations, rising sea
levels, encroaching desertification, excessive rainfall, erosion and floods,
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land degradation - all of which threaten the ecosystem. These
developments have devastating human costs and are affecting food
security, livelihoods and the very survival of our people.
4. To address these negative effects, we have developed a National
Policy to guide Nigeria's response to Climate Change. Our response is
broadly based on the twin strategy of Mitigation and Adaptation.
5. As a Party to the Climate Change Convention and its Protocol,
Nigeria is strongly committed to the adoption of a legally binding
universal agreement to mitigate climate change. We commend the
countries that have announced their Intended .Nationally Determined
Contributions (INDC) ahead of the October 2015 deadline. These
contributions will go a long way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
worldwide. The INDCs will serve as a yardstick for measuring the
commitment of parties to the Framework Convention.
6. In addition we must prioritize the means of implementing the
INDCs, in terms of finance, technology and capacity building, especially
in supporting developing countries, including those in Africa. This is
fundamental to ensuring that collective action to combat climate change
is indeed, collaborative and effective in the long run.
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