Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Amina Mohammed, has commended Nigeria’s participation at the just concluded UN Climate Change Conference – COP 27 in Sharma El-Sheik, Egypt.
Amina gave the commendation when she paid a courtesy visit to the minister of environment, Barr Mohammed Abdullahi in Abuja.
She said “You’ve just come back from COP 27 and we want to congratulate Nigeria who have joined many other African countries in the Africa COP implementation. It was not a COP that people thought would succeed, it was a COP that was coming out of Glasgow COP 26,”.
Speaking further during the visit, she said, “We know that while we got serious leadership to attend COP, we came out with the success of the loss and damage fund, it has to be set up, it has to be financed,” she added.
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She further stated that next year’s COP 28 will be the stocktaking of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while urging Nigeria to get the SDGs right, as it is an integral part of climate SDG goal 13.
She also called on the government to look into the SDG framework as it enhances the climate outcomes in terms of the investments needed in energy, agriculture and the overall climate agenda.
Earlier, the minister of environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, expressed gratitude to the Deputy Secretary-General for honouring his invitation to pay a visit to the ministry, which she once presided over. He also thanked her for the support she has given to the ministry in setting up the Nigerian Pavilion at COP 27, which was adjudged as the best.
Story was adapted from Leadership newspaper.