STATEMENT BY: PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT SUMMIT MEETING ON CLIMATE CHANGE NEW YORK, 27thSEPTEMBER 2015

Ø Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
Ø Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ø President of the 70th UNGA,
Ø Distinguished Delegates,
Ø Ladies and Gentlemen,
This Summit provides a unique opportunity for us to
work together to address Climate Change and its
impacts which is an undeniable issue of concern to the
international community. The increase in global
warming is an indication that we face a crisis of global
proportions.
Excellencies,
2. The world is experiencing new and unusual climate
variability due to increased emissions of Greenhouse
Gases. Even though Africa contributes very little to
global warming, the socio-economic consequences of
climate change spare no nation. The burden is just as
overwhelming for developing countries.
3. In Nigeria, we have seen extreme weather variations,
rising sea levels, encroaching desertification, excessive
rainfall, erosion and floods, land degradation – all of
which threaten the ecosystem. These developments
have devastating human costs and are affecting food
security, livelihoods and the very survival of our
people.
4. To address these negative effects, we have
developed a National Policy to guide Nigeria’s
response to Climate Change. Our response is broadly
based on the twin strategy of Mitigation and
Adaptation.
5. As a Party to the Climate Change Convention and its
Protocol, Nigeria is strongly committed to the adoption
of a legally binding universal agreement to mitigate
climate change. We commend the countries that have
announced their Intended Nationally Determined
Contributions (INDC) ahead of the October 2015
deadline. These contributions will go a long way in
reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The
INDCs will serve as a yardstick for measuring the
commitment of parties to the Framework Convention.
6. In addition we must prioritize the means of
implementing the INDCs, in terms of finance,
technology and capacity building, especially in
supporting developing countries, including those in
Africa. This is fundamental to ensuring that collective
action to combat climate change is indeed,
collaborative and effective in the long run.
Excellencies,
7. As we approach Paris, the Nigerian position which
reflects the African consensus, is that a legally binding
universal instrument will be beneficial to all State
Parties. Nigeria will continue to champion the core
principles and goals of the new Sustainable
Development Agenda and hopes that the next
Conference of Parties will eventually become a global
milestone to combat and cushion the dire impacts of
climate change.
8. The Paris agreement should be rules based,
predictable, robust to adequately address Climate
Change vulnerabilities. It is essential that the Least
Developing Countries and Small Island Developing
States receive the institutional capacity support for
Mitigation, Adaptation, Gender and Climate Change
linkages towards building a sustainable environment.
9. Collective action remains the only viable option to
addressing the challenges of global warming and the
ever growing impact of climate change.
Excellencies,
10. We have no other choice but to protect our
environment for the benefit of the present and future
generations. Collectively, we have to work towards
achieving this all important objective
I thank you.

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