The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria (FEC) has approved the National Action Plan on Gender and Climate Change.
The action plan was presented at the virtual meeting of the FEC that was presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
While paving a way for gender responsive climate change initiatives in the country, the National Action Plan is expected to provide guidance to the implementation of different environment and climate change actions to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government at all levels, including the private sector.
The National Action Plan is the outcome of a collaboration involving the Department of Climate Change of the Federal Ministry of Environment, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Women Environment Programme (WEP) and Both Ends.
According to Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Environment Minister of State, Nigeria is one of the few countries in Africa that has developed the gender action plan since it was first adopted by the UNFCCC COP23 in 2017.
She remarked: “I salute the Department of Climate Change including Dr. Peter Tarfa, Mrs. Halima Bawa and their team; thank you for your great efforts. I also thank the UNDP Nigeria and WEP for your wonderful support. The National Action Plan on Gender & Climate Change is indeed a milestone in pursuit of our climate actions.”