The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will be special guest at the climate change conference organised by Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, CAPPA, which will bring together community activists, local and international civil society groups, development experts and government representatives.

The event —National Conference on Climate Change, COP27 and Beyond — is scheduled for tomorrow and Friday in Abuja.

These were contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Philip Jakpor, CAPPA’s Director of Programmes.

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He added that the conference is intended to enrich the existing pool of information and resources needed to upscale inclusive climate change programming in Nigeria and by extension Africa.

The conference, coming a month away from the climate conference (COP27) scheduled for Egypt in November, will also draw on the expertise of participants who will interrogate Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions and Nigeria’s Climate Change Act 2021 and build consensus on the need for adequate climate financing for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation plans in Nigeria and Africa.

Jakpor explained that the discussions will be robust as the conference participants are drawn from the diverse spectrum that is relevant to articulating a common climate change agenda for COP 27 with emphasis on just energy transition.

While Osinbajo will be special guest, the keynote address on Nigeria, COP27 and The Quest for Real Solutions will be delivered by Dr. Nnimmo Bassey, former chair of Friends of the Earth International, and current Executive Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF).

The panel session will include topics such as Highlights of Nigeria’s Climate Response Policy Environment, Nigeria 2021 NDC, the Facts and the Fallouts, Pushing Back Fossil Fuels and False Solutions: Pathway to a Just Transition for Africa, Ukraine, Russia War and Renewed Scramble for oil in Africa, and Unmasking Carbon Politics and Carbon Economy, among others.

Civil society participants will also issue a communique at the end of the conference.

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