COP28 Summit: Tinubu departs Abuja for Dubai today

President Bola Tinubu will today, Wednesday, depart Abuja for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to attend the COP-28 Climate Summit, also known as the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC.

This was contained in an issued statement yesterday, signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

Ngelale said, “Tinubu, who will participate in the World Leaders’ Summit on December 1 and 2, 2023, will deliver a national statement highlighting Nigeria’s stance on various thematic issues, including renewable energy and climate financing”.

At the Leaders’ Summit, with the theme: “Unite, Act, and Deliver”, President Tinubu will advocate increased financial and technical support for developing nations while reminding developed countries of their public pledge to provide $100bn annually for support to localised initiatives to address climate change-related challenges.

According to the statement, titled: ‘President Tinubu to attend COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai’, the President’s message will also focus on holding businesses and institutions accountable, reflecting Nigeria’s dedication to sustainable and responsible practices.

While in Dubai, Tinubu will actively participate in key side-line events, which will further “support the advancement of his avowed commitment to aggressively attract foreign direct investment for enhanced wealth creation and revenue expansion in the country, in addition to other events hosted by the Nigerian delegation”, Ngelale revealed.

Likewise, the Nigerian delegation to COP-28 will actively explore establishing new and deeper bi-lateral partnerships to implement Nigeria’s Energy Transition, Article-6 Projects, Internationally-Transferred Mitigation Outcomes, Technology Transfer, Capacity-Building, and Methane Mitigation.

Dubai has become President Tinubu’s 11th foreign destination since assuming office about six months ago.

Tinubu, who will be accompanied by senior government officials, is expected to return to Abuja at the conclusion of the Summit.

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