President Muhammadu Buhari will depart for Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to attend a United Nations-sponsored conference on the future of land, with a focus on desertification, drought, degradation, rights, restoration, and the economic ramifications for national and international economies.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that Buhari, who is also the President of the Great Green Wall in Africa, will be accompanied by four ministers on the trip.
These are Geoffrey Onyeama (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Minister of the Environment), Mahmoud Mohammed (Minister of Agriculture), and Suleiman H. Adamu (Water Resources).
He stated that the President’s delegation to Abidjan also included the National Security Adviser, retired Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno, the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, and the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri- Erewa.
On May 9-10, 2022, the President will join world leaders at the Sofitel Hotel for the 15th session of the Conference Of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The conference’s theme is “Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.”
The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that land, the lifeblood of the earth, continues to benefit both present and future generations.
“COP15 will convene leaders from governments, the commercial sector, civil society, and other important stakeholders from across the world to advance the future of sustainable management of one of the most valuable assets, land, in order to accomplish the aspirational goal of restoring and balancing land.
“The convention will examine the connections between land and other crucial development concerns, which will be discussed during the high-level segment, which will include a summit of heads of state, high-level roundtables, and interactive conversation sessions.
“COP 15 is a pivotal time in the battle against desertification, land degradation, and drought.” Consequently, it will build on the results of the second edition of the Global Land Outlook and provide a concrete solution to the interconnected concerns of land degradation, climate change, and biodiversity loss as the world enters the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Drought, land restoration, and associated enablers such as land rights, gender equality, and youth empowerment are among the conference’s major priorities.