By Emma Amaize
WARRI—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, will leave for Copenhagen, Denmark, this weekend for the ongoing world leaders summit on global climate change.  

A source close to the governor told Vanguard in Warri yesterday that Governor Uduaghan will depart the country for Denmark on Saturday or Sunday.

“The governor will leave either on Saturday or Sunday, he would have left by now but for some other pressing state issues,” said the source.

Ahead of the summit, the governor had already secured a commitment from the management of  Chevron Oil Company to end gas flaring in Delta State by the first quarter of 2011.

An invitation letter extended to the governor by the organizers to be part of the global leaders’ forum was signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Group, Steven Howard, and the letter said the summit would discuss climate change and plans towards achieving low carbon emissions, amongst others.

According to Howard,  “the summit will be an unprecedented gathering of sub-national and municipal governments and business leaders who will be committed to supporting and undertaking the actions needed to implement a global climate change agreement arising from the talks in Copenhagen.

“We know that much of the actions required to address global climate change will be taken at the sub-national and local levels of government and with the support of business. Many of these governments and businesses are already implementing the measures needed to make an international agreement a reality.”

Governor Uduaghan has shown a strong commitment and leadership on the issue of climate change, which led to his invitation by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California to the Global Governor’s Forum in Los Angeles, U.S.A. in September to discuss his ideas on how the world could assist developing nations as Nigeria to pursue low carbon economy.

The Schwarzenegger group, which Dr Uduaghan belongs to, is focused on mobilizing sub-national leaders to have a direct stake in the negotiations and influence in the talks towards a new policy on climate change.

At the Copenhagen summit, Governor Uduaghan will be involved in some high level talks  on low carbon future for all, developed and developing country regions working together with some public and private sector leaders across the world including and President Jean-Paul Huchon of Ile-de-France.

Others are Premier Jean Charest of Quebec, President Ségolène Royal of the Region Poitou-Charentes, President Couma Ndouffene Diouf of Fatick Region, Senegal, President Jean-Yves Le Drian of Brittany,  Mr Cherif Rahmani, Algeria’s Environment Minister and Secretary Linda Adams of the state of California.


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