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Minister advises African leaders ahead of COP26

Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, has advised African leaders to speak with one voice at the forthcoming 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in the United Kingdom in November 2020.

Sharon Ikeazor
Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor

Ikeazor gave the advice while receiving the Rwanda High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Stanislas Kamanzi, on Tuesday, February 4 in Abuja.

She said that speaking with one voice at the conference would avail Africa countries a sustainable resilient method in addressing climate change crises affecting the continent.

The COP is expected to take place from Nov. 9 to 19 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

She said that Rwanda had taken a proactive approach by mainstreaming the environment and climate agenda into all its policies, programmes and plans.

According to her, the vision is to make Rwanda a developed climate resilient and low carbon economy by 2050.

She said that it was worth collaborating with them to combat the adverse effect of climate change.

Rwanda is one of the first countries to ban plastic bags since 2008, they use bags made from paper, clothes, banana leaves and other biodegradable materials.

The country established the Green Fund, the largest investment in Africa that supports the best projects of country’s commitment to build a green economy.

Kamanzi said that climate change was a complicated phenomenon affecting everyone globally. “We need to come up with common solutions that are adaptable in our respective environment to curb it negative impact,” he said.

By Francisca Oluyole

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