By Chidimma C. Okeke
The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has said the Federal Government will collaborate with relevant research institutes in the country in undertaking an assessment under the National Talanoa Dialogue on climate action.
He said this is towards harvesting and galvanizing national climatic action with the UN framework on climatic change.
The minister, in a statement signed by the Director of Press, Saghir el Mohammed, said his ministry will commence work with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Centre for Policy Research and Development Solutions (CPRDS) and Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Management (IPPAM) towards national, regional and global actions on climate change.
“This is in pursuant to the mandated process requested by parties to the UN framework convention on climatic change to take stock of collective effort to reduce emissions as well as build greater resilience,” he said.
He further said it is in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and to prepare updated or new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
According to him, the Talanoa Dialogue which related to countries’ efforts to combat climatic change, focuses on “Where we are, where we want to go and how to get there”, adding that at the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties to the UN framework convention on climatic change (COP23), parties were urged to develop National Talanoa Dialogue through the engagement of relevant stakeholders to help inform the process.
He revealed that the National Talanoa Dialogue is structured into two phases, an online assessment phase and a national stakeholders meeting.
He further said the online assessment tool has been primarily developed to harvest information that will be validated afterwards, during the national stakeholders meeting coming up later this year in collaboration with the UNDP.
Jibril, while launching the 10-day assessment tool, called on all relevant stakeholders to participate in providing valuable response towards realizing the achievement of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) goals.