Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari departed for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, yesterday, Sunday, May 8, 2022, to attend a United Nations-organized conference on the future of the land, including desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and consequences for national and global economies.
President Buhari will join world leaders at the Sofitel Hotel for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) with the subject “Land. Life. Legacy: From Scarcity to Prosperity,” May 9th-10th, 2022.
The convention intends to take action to guarantee that land, the planet’s lifeline, continues to benefit current and future generations, according to a statement from Garba Shehu’s spokeswoman.
To realize the aspirational goal of land restoration and balance, COP15 will bring together world leaders from governments, the corporate sector, civil society, and other important stakeholders to push progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most valuable assets, land.
The convention will investigate the connections between land and other critical development concerns, which will be discussed during the high-level phase, which will include a Heads of State Summit, high-level roundtables, and interactive conversation sessions.
The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) represents a watershed event in the battle against desertification, land degradation, and drought. As a result, it will expand on the results of the second Global Land Outlook and provide a tangible response to the linked concerns of land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss as the world enters the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Drought, land restoration, and associated enablers such as land rights, gender equality, and youth development are among the Conference’s main priorities.
President Buhari, who is also the President of Africa’s Great Green Wall, would be accompanied on the tour by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Mohammed H. Abdullahi, Agriculture, Dr Mahmoud Mohammed, and Water Resources, Engr Suleiman H. Adamu. The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubaka, and the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa are also on the President’s delegation to Abidjan.