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COP 15: Nigeria, Sweden urge action on climate change

The Honourable Minister of Environment of Nigeria, Mr. John Odey, and the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Per Lindgarde, representing the Presidency of the European Union in Abuja, join in the call for reaching an effective, equitable, ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding global agreement at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen 7-18 December.

Below is the text of a statement released today in Abuja Nigeria by the two parties

“Copenhagen must go down in history as the crossroads where the world changed direction” –  Nigeria and the EU call for an effective, equitable, ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding global agreement on climate change

Between Monday 7th and Friday 18th December 2009, the eyes of the world turn to Copenhagen, Denmark, for the Climate Summit. Africa and the European Union are calling for an effective, equitable, ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding global agreement.

The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities is the entry-point. Developed countries have the primary responsibility on mitigation and financing, subscribing to substantial emission cuts and funding. Developing countries need to be furnished with resources, capacities and technology to adapt to unavoidable climate change and embark on a low carbon development path. All commitments flowing from the new regime must be monitored, verifiable and measureable.

–          The world must rally around the 2oC target and without further delay take bold steps. Africa and the EU – the region most vulnerable to climate change and the world’s largest economic bloc – share this sense of urgency. Copenhagen must go down in history as the crossroads where the world changed direction. We owe it to ourselves and to our future generations – those who cannot join us at the negotiating table, but will suffer most, says Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odey.

–          Climate change is real and we know what it takes to avert its dangerous effects. It is now a question of mustering the political will. It is truly promising that Africa and the EU have exerted leadership and that our two regions arrive Copenhagen with common views on key issues, since when we move together, climate negotiations have historically moved forward, says Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Per Lindgärde.

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Nigeria is one of ten African countries charged by the African Union to forge an African Common Position. It leads the Technical Group in the Conference of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change. Sweden currently holds the Presidency of the European Union and leads the negotiations on its behalf at the Climate Summit. Climate Change is a central element of the “Nigeria-EU Joint Way Forward”, the tool for political dialogue and relation-building between the entities.

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