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Nigeria’s Climate Action Roadmap: Strategies for success in global negotiations

As we step into week 2 at the ongoing UNFCCC SB60, let’s shake things up with a fresh mindset and a faster pace. This shift is our secret weapon to secure the progress we need by the end of SB60, putting governments in the driver’s seat to seal the deal in Baku!

Olumide Idowu
Olumide Idowu

The approach to ensure that climate negotiations in Bonn progress and to prepare Nigeria for the signing of treaties in Baku is to focus on the following actions:

Increasing Energy Efficiency and Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases: Nigeria should strengthen its domestic climate policies by implementing measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, encourage renewable energy sources, and increase energy efficiency. Demonstrating Nigeria’s dedication to addressing climate change and establishing a solid platform for international negotiations would be achieved through this action.

Establishing International Alliances: Nigeria should actively engage with other nations, particularly those that share similar concerns and interests on climate change, to establish alliances and partnerships. Through forming partnerships with countries that share similar values, Nigeria can strengthen its position in climate negotiations and collaborate to achieve shared objectives.

To support its efforts in mitigating and adapting to climate change, Nigeria should aggressively seek and mobilise climate finance from foreign sources. This will facilitate the financing of climate initiatives, the implementation of sustainable practices, and the building of resilience to climate change effects.

Enhancing Climate Adaptation Measures: To address the vulnerabilities and hazards posed by climate change, Nigeria should prioritise and develop its climate adaptation measures. These include investments in resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable agricultural techniques, and improving early warning systems for extreme weather events.

Capacity Building and Technology Transfer: To improve its technical and institutional skills in the fight against climate change, Nigeria should prioritise technology transfer and capacity-building programmes. Additionally, Nigeria could access new solutions and best practices by promoting technology transfer and sharing knowledge with other countries.

Through implementing these activities, Nigeria has the potential to contribute to the overall progress in climate discussions, to position itself favourably to conclude treaties in Baku, and to demonstrate its commitment to addressing climate change at continental and international levels.

By Olumide Idowu, Executive Director, ICCDI Africa

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