The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, has informed the United Nations Environment Assembly that Nigeria adopted innovative strategies for sustainable forest management, plastic and solid waste management as well as drought and desertification policy to actualize land degradation neutrality.
Ikeazor disclosed this while delivering Nigerian’s National Statement at the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5,2) in Nairobi, Kenya.
She emphasised Nigeria’s commitment to global environmental sustainability and achievement of the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) with 20% emission reduction unconditionally and 47% reduction conditionally by 2030.
The minister informed the Assembly that Nigeria has developed an Energy Transition Plan as a partway to achieving net-zero by 2060, in addition to the enactment of a climate change law in 2021 aimed at providing a legal framework for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
A statement by the Director Press at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Saghir el Mohammed said Ikeazor had bilateral engagements with the Director-General of the World Wild Fund (WWF) for nature, Mr Marco Lambertini on the sidelines of the UNEA engagement.
He said the minister’s discussion with the World Wild Fund centred on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the need for collaboration on the management of the ten new national parks approved by President Buhari, especially, the 2 designated Marine Protected Areas in Bayelsa State.
”The Honourable Minister also had an engagement with the Swedish Minister of Environment on the preparation and areas of collaboration for the upcoming Stockholm+50 to commemorate 50 years since the first UN Conference on Human Environment was held in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden.
”The theme of the conference is Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all-our responsibility, our opportunity. Nigeria has signed and ratified all the Chemicals and waste related Treaties, and is currently strengthening her legal and institutional infrastructures for the sound management of chemicals and waste.
”The Minister also had an engagement with the Egyptian Minister on Environment and COP 27 President and discussed activities on the upcoming COP27 at Egypt in November 2022. The two Ministers also discussed the strengthening of Bilateral ties with both countries on environmental issues”.
The United Nations Environment Assembly, UNEA, is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today and Nigeria has since ratified its membership to the UN body.