In line with its bilateral relationship with Nigeria, the United States government has promised to assist the country in solving its climate change challenges.
This was disclosed by the U.S Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mr Jonathan Pershing, during a working visit to the Ministry of Environment in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Climate change is one of those issues that no sector will avoid because it narrows to livelihood in agriculture communities, fisheries communities, water and preservation of conflict and there is nothing that escapes the consequences of climate change,” said Pershing.
“The next big negotiation which is to take place in Africa is an opportunity to advocate a discussion for the continent on climate change, its impact and opportunities in minimizing both the impact and the problems itself.
“Quite a lot of resources have been provided by the United States including in the health which connects back to climate, food security which connects back to climate, technical assistance in the energy sector which connects back to climate and part of our multilateral process between climate funds which is exclusively geared for countries around the world.”
Responding, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, said that President Muhammadu Buhari will be attending the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 13 September 2016, adding that Nigeria would hopefully sign the financing agreement at the event.
“We have done things with water resources and agriculture to ensure that we are a concrete part of the diversification, so you will see that the value chain we are talking about in agriculture includes crops that will be climate resistance but we can approach different technologies to make that work.
“Secondly, we will look at the green bonds to see how we can attract private sectors into pipeline projects that are informed by our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) and through that, we can bring good revenue flows,” the minister added.