President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja today to honour President Uhuru Kenyatta’s invitation to participate in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme, scheduled for 3rd and 4th of this month.
The theme of the special session is Strengthening UNEP for the Implementation of the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
According to the organisers of the event, for 50 years, UNEP has coordinated a worldwide effort with member-states to address the world’s biggest environmental challenges.
Member states are vital partners in formulating UNEP’s policy, implementing UNEP’s programme and championing solutions to shared environmental challenges.
The organisers say UNEP@50 is a time to reflect on the past and envision the future.
It provides an opportunity to re-invigorate international cooperation and spur collective action to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.
They note that no country or continent can solve these global crises alone, stressing that each nation has a crucial role to play in protecting people and the planet.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says President Buhari is expected to deliver the National Statement of the country and participate in high-level dialogue sessions on the environment at the event.
He will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, National Security Adviser, rtd Major General Babagana Monguno, Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The statement says that President Buhari will thereafter proceed to London for routine medical checks that will last for a maximum of two weeks.
Editing by Tina Oyinsan