Buhari jets out to France today



President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja today for a summit in Paris, France.

In a statement on Sunday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said over 50 world leaders would attend the summit.

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 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 statement read.

“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.”

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 read. 

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