Nigeria Government Seeks UN’s Help on Environmental Challenges

The Federal Government has called with the United Nations and its agencies to assist the country in addressing its various environmental issues.

Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment, made the plea on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Ministry by Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

While praising the UN Deputy Secretary General’s services as Nigeria’s Minister of Environment and in her current position, the Minister said the country had a great ally in Amina at the UN Headquarters in New York.

He remembered that among her accomplishments as Minister were the issuing of the first and second sovereign green bonds, the launch of the Ogoni Clean Up, nationwide afforestation and Great Green Wall activities, climate action, and the fight against desertification.

According to Abubakar, Mohammed had positioned Nigeria as a champion of the energy transition as UN Deputy Secretary-General and had backed Nigeria’s ambitions to lead the Pan African Agency for the Great Green Wall and to host the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Conference. The 33rd Session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB-ICC), which will be the first of its type in Africa, is set to take place in Abuja this year.

The Minister requested increased UN support for the Ministry’s development efforts as well as the country’s environmental programmes.

He listed them as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assistance in Ogoni Clean Up Projects, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria activities, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Fight Against Desertification, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Fight Against Desertification and the Great Green Wall (GGW) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in efforts to control pollution, improve environmental health, and combat climate change.

Earlier, the UN Deputy Secretary-General stated that environmental issues are very important to the UN, as well as the UN’s desire to support the Nigerian government in this area.

She explained that her visit to the Ministry was motivated by a desire to learn how the UN could assist the Nigerian government.

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