Buhari Travels To France On Monday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Abuja for Paris, the capital of France, where he will meet over 50 world leaders and participate in the One Planet Summit.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Adesina further disclosed that the summit was jointly being organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government in partnership with non-governmental organizations.

He said the Nigerian leader would be accompanied by the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Ondo states, and the ministers of foreign affairs and environment.

The statement read: “The summit, 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, like Bloomberg Philanthropies, holds at the eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, situated on the picturesque Seguin Island in western Paris.”

“The main focus of the summit, with the theme, ‘Climate Change Financing’, according to the organisers, will be to innovatively pool public and private finance to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change.”

“While recognising that all countries are affected by the effects of climate change under ‘One Planet’ but some are more vulnerable, the summit seeks for tangible collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Adesina revealed that before heading for the Summit venue, the Nigerian leader would attend a lunch hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France for Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.

He disclosed that Buhari and other world leaders and participants would 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, Buhari had said it “demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts to reverse the effects of the negative trend.”

“The participation of Nigeria’s delegation at the One Planet summit will reinforce the country’s commitment to realising the objectives of the Paris Agreement,” the statement added.

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