As the world grapples with the spread of the novel Covid-19 pandemic and its attendant effects on the environment and livelihood, Nigeria has restated support to the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) with the UK and its Italian partners’ decision to postpone COP26 UN Climate Change Conference until November, 2021.
The annual UN COP Meeting on Climate Change which was slated to take place in Glasgow, United Kingdom by November 2020, with the pre-COP events to be held by co-host Italy in September was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor disclosed the Federal Government’s support in a tweet following the announcement of a new date slated of 1- 12 November 2021 for the conference by the COP Bureau.
Chief Ikeazor said that the new date for COP26 will give Nigeria enough time to prepare and deliver on negotiations mandates while maintaining momentum on Climate Action.
Similarly, the Regional Ambassador for Sub-Saharan Africa on COP26, Paul Arkwright described the new dates as good news, ‘‘looking forward to working with Africa to maintain momentum on climate change, ensuring focus on finance, energy transition and adaptation as partners for African host of COP27.
The COP Bureau’s decision to postpone the global annual event was disclosed in a letter jointly signed by COP26 Envoy, John Murton and COP26 Lead Negotiator Archie Young.
‘‘Our priorities when considering the new date were: the health of participants, the representation of Parties and Non-Party stakeholders, allowing time for preparation of work to deliver on negotiations mandates and the ambitious and inclusive event we are committed to.”
The new date, according to COP Bureau’s letter, would present the lowest risk of further postponement, and the best chance of delivering an inclusive and ambitious COP26, having consulted widely with stakeholders and particularly with the African Group given implications for the timing of COP27.
Chief Ikeazor further stressed that, Nigeria would keep the momentum of mitigating climate change while maintaining the World Health Organisation Safety Protocols on Covid-19 pandemic and work on enhancing National Determined Contributions and raising the ambition for climate actions aimed at rebuilding post Covid-19 recovery for a greener, resilient and sustainable environment in line with the Paris Agreement.