From Emmanuel Iyoho
Nigeria is commitment to Global Environmental sustainability and achievement of the Country’s Nationally Determined Contribution’s (NDC) with 20 percent emissions reduction unconditionally and 47 percent emission reduction conditionally by 2030, minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, has said.
The minister who stated this in her address delivered at the fifth resumed Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) held in Nairobi, Kenya recently said Nigeria had developed an Energy Transition Plan as a partway to achieve net zero by 2060.
The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today and Nigeria is a member of the UNEA.
According to her, Nigeria has developed an Energy Transition Plan as a partway to achieve net zero by 2060. This is also in addition to the enactment of a climate change law in November, 2021 which provides a legal framework at Climate Change mitigation and adaptation.
Ikeazor said Nigeria had adopted various strategic approaches which included the development and implementation of National Forest Policy aimed at Spromoting sustainable forest Management practices.
Also, National Policies on Plastic Waste Management and Solid Waste Management which supports and promote circular economy, drought and desertification policy to actualize Land degradation neutrality and increase community resilience, among others.
The minister who led the Nigerian delegation to the resumed Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5,2) in Nairobi, Kenya had some Bilateral engagements with the director-general, World Wild Fund (WWF) for nature, Mr Marco Lambertini, on Nigeria’s commitment to Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.
Also, on the need to collaborate with WWF on the management of the 10 new national parks approved by Mr President especially the 2 designated Marine Protected Areas in BayelsaState.
Ikeazor had an engagement with the Swedish minister of environment on the preparation and areas of collaboration for the upcoming Stockholm +50 to commemorate 50 years since the first UN Conference on human Environment was held in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden.
She further had another engagement with the Egyptian minister on Environment and COP 27 President and discussed activities on the upcoming Cop27 at Egypt in November, 2022.
The two ministers also discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties with both countries on environmental issues.
The theme of the conference is “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all-our responsibility, our opportunity.”
Nigeria has signed and ratified all the chemicals and waste related treaties, and is currently strengthening her legal and institutional infrastructures for the sound management of chemicals and waste.
As set out in Article 1, the objective of the Stockholm Convention is to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants.