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Copenhagen : ‘Nigeria won’t back out of demand for gas emission reduction’

Hon. Minister of Environement, Mr. John Odey with  Nigerian Youths for Climate Change, at a  Nigeria Buisness Forum on Climate Change  in  Copenhagen
Hon. Minister of Environement, Mr. John Odey with Nigerian Youths for Climate Change, at a Nigeria Buisness Forum on Climate Change in Copenhagen

By Eze Anaba in Copenhagen

The federal government today said that it will not back out of Africa’s demand to developed countries to reduce gas emission and compensate it for its contribution to global warming.

Environment Minister, Mr John Odey said today after leading Nigeria’s negotiating team through another round of talks.

Africans had threatened to walk of the talks following fears that the developed countries were trying to subvert the Kyoto agreement which binds the developed countries to a certain  level of reduction of gas emission.

Odey’s comment mirrored that of the Swedish Government which spoke on behalf of the European Union.

The EU had said that The United States and China, the two countries responsible for half of the global emissions must take decisive action to ensure unpolluted world.

Members of Nigeria Investment Forum in Copenhagen
Members of Nigeria Investment Forum in Copenhagen

The summit which had attracted a record 119 leaders including nine vice presidents was on the verge of collapse when African countries uncharacteristically insisted on the non subversion of the Kyoto protocol.

They found an ally on the EU which  is making effort to ensure a Green world.

Speaking during a briefing meeting with the Nigerian Negotiators, Odey said the head of governments of African states have agreed to  support the negotiators without any reservation towards achieving a deal on climate change.

He said that the underpinning factor to the climate change negations is political  , economic and legislative issues.

He said that African Ministerial position is to give professional advice and support all the negotiators “so that we would not reduce our head of states and president to negotiators because that is another strategy, and we would not allow that.

“Africa and Nigeria will not reconsider their position  on Kyoto, all the element in Kyoto are very important to us and as such we are going to look at Kyoto as one track and look at Long Term Cooperative Action (LCA)as one track as far as we are concerned Kyoto is very important to us,’’Odey stressed.

“We came to Copenhagen with expectation and the expectation is that all the content of the Kyoto protocol should be ratified and moved to the second stage.”

Odey said that Kyoto protocol is important and should not be dropped ‘adding that Kyoto is the key to the mitigation of impact of the alarming rate of climate change.

The minister insisted that agreement would be reached at the end of the conference whether political or legally binding agreement, noting that the key issue at negotiation is to ensure that it implementable and that the generality of the people all over the world particularly the vulnerable group in the Africa group do not suffer from climate change.

He reiterated that the reality of the impact of climate change and the consequence which would endangers lives and environment in Africa need to be checked.

The EU had said that it is committed to the adoption of a target of 30 percent by 2020 in a global ambitious agreement. We use the conditional 30 percent reduction as a lever to bring others with us to raised ambitions.

The EU advised the US and China to show commitment to solve the problem.
The EU said that if China and US agree to limit global warming together they can keep global warming to below 2 degree Celsius.

119 heads of state and government – including nine vice presidents – will participate at the climate summit in Copenhagen, according to the Danish Ministry of State.

This will rank the summit among the world’s largest ever and the largest outside of New York, and obviously the largest ever in Denmark.

As the Copenhagen conference formally entered its high-level stage Tuesday, COP15 President Connie Hedegaard defined their responsibility in her opening address:

”We can’t do anything without you, the parties. YOU must compromise, YOU must commit. YOU must deliver – NOW. Not only because of the climate.

Hon. Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey ( 2nd right) at a meeting  with Nigerian Negotiators on Climate Change in Copenhagen. with him are Hon Minister of state for Health Aliyu Idi  HONG, Minister of state Power, Nuhu Somo WAY and Ambassador Godknows Igali, Nigeria Ambassador to the Nordic region.
Hon. Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey ( 2nd right) at a meeting with Nigerian Negotiators on Climate Change in Copenhagen. with him are Hon Minister of state for Health Aliyu Idi HONG, Minister of state Power, Nuhu Somo WAY and Ambassador Godknows Igali, Nigeria Ambassador to the Nordic region.

There is even more at stake. This is also about the world’s confidence in their global leaders’ will and ability to cope with the challenges of our time.”

Meanwhile  the 119 heads of state and government represent countries that account for 89 percent of the world’s GDP, 82 percent of the world’s population and 86 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

119 heads of state and government – including nine vice presidents – will participate at the climate summit in Copenhagen, according to the Danish Ministry of State.

This will rank the summit among the world’s largest ever and the largest outside of New York, and obviously the largest ever in Denmark.


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