President Muhammadu Buhari will join world leaders on Monday as they convene in Marrakech, Morocco for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-22).

The conference will be held from November 14-16. Channels TV reported on Sunday that Mr. Buhari would be participating in the opening plenary session on Tuesday and would later deliver a statement during the high level segment of the conference.

Mr. Buhari, who signed the COP-21 Paris climate change agreement during the 71st UN General Assembly this past September, is expected to emphasize Nigeria's commitment to implement the nationally determined contributions developed by the UN and other policies to fight climate change and promote sustainable development.

According to Channels TV, Mr. Buhari will likely call attention to the pollution and environmental degradation of Ogoniland caused by oil extraction and call for international support in Nigeria's clean-up efforts. He will similarly try to gain support for the revitalization of the Lake Chad basin area.

The president will also attend two segments devoted to Africa: a talk titled "Moving from Commitments to Action with Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and African Renewable Energy Initiative" and the Summit of African Heads of State. 

Mr. Buhari will be joined by world leaders and policy makers from 197 countries, who will be discussing the challenges posed by climate change for the first time since the Paris talks held in December 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the 71st UN General Assembly in New York

 

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