Nigeria To Compete For Climate Finance

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… Submits interim updated NDC

The Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar.

Nigeria has submitted its interim updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as part of requirements to access finance for the mitigation of measures of the NDC.

Submitting the report on behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar said Nigeria was making steady progress towards meeting its NDC, describing the report as a practical demonstration of the nation’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on global action on climate crisis.

“This action underscores our determination to achieving the commitment we signed in 2015 to reduce Nigeria’s carbon emissions unconditionally by 20 per cent and 45 per cent conditionally with international support by 2030,” he said.

A statement by the ministry’s director of press, Sahir el Mohammed, at the weekend, said the step taken by Nigeria was also to fulfill the requirements for competing in the 2021 Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Call for Proposal.

It said the NAMA Call for Proposal is an opportunity provided by Germany, the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and others to mobilize finance for climate action around the globe, mainly to finance the mitigation of measures of the NDC.

Acknowledging Nigeria’s submission, the UNFCCC executive secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa .C, described it as a welcome development.

In a tweet on her Twitter handle, Espinosa said, “I welcome Nigeria’s submission of its interim updated NDC! I look forward to seeing many others coming up with updated #NDCs in the lead up to #COP26.

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