At COP 28, Nigeria has set forth an extensive agenda, placing emphasis on crucial objectives such as advancing energy transition, securing financial commitments, and effectively implementing the Loss & Damage Fund. These outlined goals underscore Nigeria’s strategic priorities as it navigates the complexities of the conference and seeks international support for these vital initiatives.
This significant agreement represents a unified stance resulting from a crucial one-day workshop organized by the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) in collaboration with Oxfam in Nigeria and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Held in Abuja in anticipation of the forthcoming Conference of Parties (COP) set to take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023, this strategic assembly seeks to strategically position Nigeria for the impending conference. The primary goals include navigating diplomatic intricacies and garnering international support for crucial initiatives on the agenda.
Salisu Dahiru, the Director-General of the Council, stated, “Nigeria’s focus for COP 28 will be to operationalize the loss and damage fund and to be in a position to support countries that are vulnerable to climate change, including Nigeria, with an emphasis on leaving no one behind.”
He emphasized the importance of ramping up funding for adaptation, addressing the imbalance where most finance has favored mitigation over adaptation. The negotiation process, governed by consensus within the UNF Triple C, was highlighted as a key principle, with no room for voting.
The second aspect involves raising additional finance based on pledges made since 2009 by advanced countries to support mitigation and some adaptation in developing nations. Dahiru stressed the need for massive lobbying and requests for policy reforms and legislative changes to secure deals.
Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Environment, Terseer Ugbor, shared Nigeria’s goals at COP28, including securing sustainable funding mechanisms for climate adaptation and enhancing the capacity of stakeholders to address climate challenges.
Ugbor expressed optimism about Nigeria obtaining a minimum of $1 billion in investment commitments to bolster climate change endeavors. Additionally, he highlighted the House Committee’s proposal to elevate the National Council on Climate Change into a Commission as part of their overarching goals.
Representing Oxfam, Mr. Kenneth Akpan expressed support for Nigeria’s efforts and emphasized the importance of implementing climate initiatives, holding stakeholders accountable, and transforming the National Council for Climate Change into law.
He emphasized the critical goal of making climate change tangible for Nigerians, seeking to enhance their understanding and active engagement in addressing the challenges posed by environmental shifts. This initiative aligns with broader goals aimed at fostering awareness, education, and public participation in sustainable practices to combat climate change.