COP24: Climate Actions will only be Successful via Collective Efforts – FG

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…..As CSOs stakeholders urge politicians to infuse climate actions in party manifestoes

From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

The Federal Government has said that except stakeholders including Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media and the general public support the on-going efforts towards reducing carbon emissions, implementing various climate action agreements may be fruitless.

Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Yerima Tarfa disclosed this on Tuesday during the Pre-COP24 and National Civil Society Consultative Forum organised by the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with the Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) and the Nigerian Civil Society Platform on Paris Agreement in Abuja.

Dr. Tarfa warned further that if collective efforts are not promptly taken to tackle climate change, “the consequences will be detrimental.”

He said Nigeria has been taking preventive measures in order to mitigate consequences of climate change since 1972 till date.

His Words: “I wish to reiterate at this point that, translating formal agreements for climate action can only be successful when the stakeholders, including the public, agree to cooperate towards taking concrete actions that will reduce emissions and promote adaptation to climate change.”

It could be recalled that Nigeria signed the Paris Agreement in September, 2016 and deposited the instrument of ratification in March, 2017.

Dr. Tarfa, who was represented by the Assistant Chief Scientific Officer, Asmau Jibril explained that by ratifying the Paris Agreement, the nation committed itself to speedily reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and build resilient communities to climate change menace.

In his remarks, the CSDevNet Coordinator, Babs Atayi challenged the civil society organisations to channel their concerted efforts towards advocacy and awareness creations as well as development of programmes that would help the nation achieve the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The CSOs further suggested ideas on how the National Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could be strengthened some of which includes advocacy, monitoring of government policies and projects meant to achieve the NDCs; engaging politicians to infuse climate actions in their manifestoes and strong partnership with the media.

Others include ensuring that the Federal Government develop deliberate and achievable action plan on climate change and need to further engage with governments at all levels.

The Zero Emissions campaigners also charged the African Development Bank (AfDB) to be 100 per cent transparent and switch to 100 per cent renewable energy in the banks’ power lending portfolio.

The United Nations COP 24 will take place from 2nd to 14th December, 2018 in Katowice, Poland and one of the most important tasks of the 24th session will be to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris agreement in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris COP21 and Marrakesh CMA1.1.

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