Buhari jets out to Abidjan for UN Conference

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), departed Abuja for Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Sunday to attend a United Nations organised conference on the future of land regarding desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration and implications for national and world economies.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari attends COP-15 conference in Abidjan’.

He said, “President Buhari, who will participate in a Summit of Head of States and Government, May 9-10, 2022, joins world leaders at Sofitel Hotel, for the 15th session of the Conference Of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, with the theme  ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.’

“The convention aims to take action to ensure that land, the lifeline on the planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.”

“To achieve the objective of land restoration and balance, COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most precious assets, land.

“The convention will also explore links between land and other key development issues, which will be discussed during the high-level segment, including a Heads of States Summit, high-level roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions.

“COP 15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought. Accordingly, it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss as the world steps into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

“Drought, land restoration, and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment are among the top items on the Conference agenda,” the statement read.

Buhari, who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa, would be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed and Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.

Also on the President’s team to Abidjan are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, and Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri- Erewa.

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