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Buhari leaves Abuja to Abidjan for UN COP-15 Conference on Diversification

President Muhammadu Buhari is leading an eight-man Nigerian delegation to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to attend a two-day United Nations organized conference on the future of land, regarding desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration and implications for national and world economies. 

According to a release issued Sunday by presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari, who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa, is being accompanied on the trip on Sunday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Environment, Mohammed H. Abdullahi;  his Agriculture counterpart, Dr Mahmoud Mohammed; and Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman H. Adamu.

Also, on the president’s delegation are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno (rtd); Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri- Erewa.

President Buhari, who will participate in a Summit of Head of States and Government from May 9th-10th, 2022, joins world leaders at Sofitel Hotel, Abidjan, for the 15th session of the Conference of the parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), with the theme “Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.”

Top items on the agenda of the conference are drought, land restoration, and related enablers such as land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment.

The convention aims to take action to ensure that land, the lifeline on the planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.  

To achieve the visionary objective of land restoration and balance, COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future of sustainable management of one of the most precious assets, land.  
The convention will explore links between land and other key development issues, which will be discussed during the high-level segment, including a Heads of States Summit, high-level roundtables and interactive dialogue sessions.

COP 15 is a key moment in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought. 
Accordingly, it will build on the findings of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and offer a concrete response to the interconnected challenges of land degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss as the world steps into the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. 

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