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Nigeria submits final report of updated NDCs to UNFCCC

Nigeria has submitted the final report of its 2021 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar
Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar

The document was submitted on Friday, July 30 in an apparent bid to meet the UN body’s cut-off deadline.

The updated report, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, replaces the interim NDC report that was submitted in May 2021.

Submitting the report on behalf of the Federal Government, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammed Mahmood Abubakar, emphasised the nation’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as it has now raised its targets in the new report.

His words: “This submitted updated NDC communicated that Nigeria has raised its ambition by including emission reduction from the waste sector as a new sector in the NDC.

“Nigeria has increased its conditional contribution from 45% to 47% while retaining the unconditional target of 20%.

“Hence the updated NDC has an unconditional target of 20% below business-as-usual by 2030 and 47% conditional contribution on international support.”

According to the Minister, Friday was an important day for Nigeria as the timely submission of the updated report would ensure its inclusion in a synthesis report that will be issued later this year, ahead of COP26 slated to hold in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

By Michael Simire

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