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UNFCCC: Tinubu’s aide reveals achievements at pre-COP vonference, Nigeria’s role as global climate leader

The recently appointed Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Climate Change Matters, Comrade Yussuf Kelani, has said the primary focus of  the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference was to develop and refine the implementation framework for the global climate finance roadmap.

The Pre-COP conference, held from June 3 to 13, 2024 in Bonn, Germany, brought together representatives from various nations and stakeholders in climate action and environmental sustainability from around the globe.

This pivotal event was held in preparation for the UNFCCC COP29, scheduled to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2024. 

In a post on his Facebook page, Comrade Kelani Yussuf highlighted that Nigeria’s active participation in the conference has yielded several benefits, including increased access to climate finance.

He wrote: “The year 2024 is set to be a landmark year for climate finance, with countries agreeing on a new global climate finance goal known as the New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG). 

“This goal is expected to be a crucial marker for a successful outcome at COP29 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

“The NCQG aims to mobilise significant financial resources to support the climate needs and priorities of developing countries, including mitigation, adaptation, addressing loss and damage, and facilitating just transitions.

“A key objective of the NCQG is to provide clarity on the public funding available for developing countries to implement their next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and adaptation plans, which are due by February 2025.

“At COP28, countries agreed to submit their NDCs 9-12 months ahead of COP30, highlighting the urgency and importance of these commitments.

“Our participation in the SB60 Pre-COP conference underscored Nigeria’s proactive stance in global climate negotiations. 

“Our involvement facilitated Nigeria’s engagement with global leaders, policymakers, and climate experts, enhancing collaborative efforts and reinforcing Nigeria’s commitment to climate action.”

He said: “The discussions at the conference focused on securing substantial financial resources for developing nations through the NCQG. 

“For Nigeria, this translates into enhanced funding for projects aimed at mitigation, adaptation, and resilience-building. These funds are crucial for Nigeria to achieve its climate targets and transition towards a low-carbon economy.

“Another significant aspect of Nigeria’s participation in the SB60 Pre-COP conference was the emphasis on technological innovation and capacity building. 

“Engaging with international experts and stakeholders allowed Nigeria to gain insights into the latest advancements in clean energy technologies, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development. 

“These insights are vital for driving domestic climate initiatives and ensuring that Nigeria leverages cutting-edge technologies to address its unique challenges.

“The outcomes of the SB60 Pre-COP conference align closely with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s agenda for climate change and Nigeria’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

“Climate action is intricately linked to multiple SDGs, including those related to poverty eradication, food security, clean water, and sustainable cities. 

“By advancing its climate agenda, Nigeria is simultaneously driving progress towards achieving these interconnected goals.

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