Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, his Lagos State counterpart, Babatunde Fashola, and former Prime Minister of Britain are among 50 governors and leaders across the globe who signed a declaration on climate change in California, United States at the weekend.
Online reports monitored yesterday showed that the declaration includes among others, committing to work together to pursue clean transportation and mobility, support national climate change legislation, include forests in climate policy development, acknowledge the need for adaptation efforts and recognize the role of sub-national governments in the discussions on the next global climate agreement being negotiated in Copenhagen later in the year.
The declaration signed at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Governorsâ€™ Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles, California, was endorsed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California who was host of the event.
14 other governors from the USA also endorsed the declaration which was also signed by governors and senior ministers from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Indonesia, Italy, Algeria, Philippines and Mexico as well as United Nations officials.
The declaration reaffirmed and built upon the goals of last yearâ€™s Governorsâ€™ Global Climate Summit and it is an acknowledgement of the need for greater collaboration on climate change solutions and support the recognition of the role of sub-national governments in the fight against global warming.
The global leaders also renewed their commitments to promote policies that reduce greenhouse gases and implement strategies to grow their green economies and the declaration helps set the stage for the upcoming negotiations in Copenhagen.
At the plenary and special sessions of the summit, Governor Uduaghan had canvassed increased global efforts on climate change and specifically called on multinational oil and gas companies operating in the Niger delta to adopt more environmentally friendly technologies in order to preserve the ecosystem of the region.
Governor Uduaghan joined other African leaders at the summit to specifically announce a new continent-wide effort, called â€œa New Green Deal for Africaâ€ because the continent has the opportunity to implement low carbon development strategies from the beginning â€“ to grow green from the start.
Governor Schwarzenegger had said â€œaddressing the problems caused by climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our time and at this summit we heard leaders and experts from around the globe discuss the innovative steps and strategies being championed in the fight against global warming.â€