Nigeria’s new Environment Minister, Mrs Amina Mohammed, is leading the country’s delegation at the ongoing 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France.
A former Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs Mohammed appears to be doing a pretty good job coordinating the nation’s activities at the global summit, where delegates – and the entire world – are looking forward to a favourable outcome that will address the worrisome climate issue.
Apart from being actively involved in the current negotiations involving ministers, she made a presentation on Tuesday (December 8, 2015) at the High Level Segment of the COP. She has also attended numerous meetings, side events and sessions where, for example, Nigeria committed to reducing SLCP emissions in the Oil and Gas sector as well as join the Initiative on Zero Routine Flaring by 2030.
Consequently, commendations have begun to come her way.
Nigeria’s former climate chief, Dr Victor Fodeke, submitted: “A new dawn has set in for the country. We have now in Nigeria what looks like the most acclaimed Minister of Environment leading the continent in the climate change and sustainable development process. During our just concluded morning meeting of African Group of Negotiators some hours ago, our Honourable Minister of Environment, leading the WORKSTREAM 2 in the COP21 negotiation process, was given a very loud ovation as the best in Africa for Africa.
“You will be proud to raise your head as a Nigerian henceforth, because a dynamic team of Climate change THINKTANK are in place and offering technical support, coordinated by the leadership of the Department of Climate Change in the Federal Ministry of Environment.. Nigeria the sleeping giant is now wide awake. We covet your prayers. Long Live Nigeria, Long Live Africa.”
EnviroNews presents a couple of visuals of the minister at work in Paris.