What policy steps have Nigeria taken since COP26?

From 6th to 18th November, world leaders will gather at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Convention Centre (SHICC), Egypt, for COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference; to further continue the conversation on how the world can keep the goal of 1.5℃ alive and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

COP is the decision-making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose objective is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

While preparations are in top gear for COP27, it is imperative to review what has happened in Nigeria since COP26, especially after the popular commitment of the Nigerian government to cut its carbon emission to net zero by 2060.

While speaking at COP26 in Glasgow, the UK in November 2021, President Buhari said he did not think any Nigerian needs to be convinced that climate change is not about the problem of the future but about what is already facing the country.

“Desertification in the north, drought in the centre, pollution in the coast are enough evidence for all to see, Nigeria is committed to net zero by 2060,” he said.

Since that historic speech, this article reviews the activities that have happened in Nigeria’s climate change space so as to understand the conversation that Nigeria as a country will take to…

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