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Ondo Governor’s SA on Environment, Hon Oyeniyi Oseni in Dubai to attend COP28 alongside Tinubu, other world leaders


The Special Adviser to Mr. Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN CON and the Chairman of the Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency (OSEPA), Hon. Oyeniyi Oseni is currently in Dubai, United Arab Emirate to attend the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28) alongside the President of Nigeria, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and other world leaders.

It is on record that Hon.Oyeniyi Oseni is the first Ondo State Government official to attend the conference and this is the first time Ondo State will be represented at the Climate Summit. All thanks to His Excellency, Mr. Governor for promoting good governance by improving capacity of the State officials.

It is therefore expected that the SA (Environment) will bring the experience gathered at the Conference to bear in the implementation of strategies to be in compacting environmental Menace in Ondo State.

The SA is to push Ondo State climate action and agenda at COP28.

For nearly three decades, the United Nations (UN) has been bringing together a lot of countries on Climate Change Summits called COPs. The COP stands for Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Conference of Parties (COP) is the decision making body responsible for monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the United Nations’ adoption on Climate Change.

The Climate Summit is the 28th in the series since the issue of climate change and action took preeminent stage in global affairs.

The United Nations Climate summit, by its very nature, commands attendance of big names from across the world – statesmen and women, politicians, lawmakers, corporate titans, journalists, business leaders, environmentalists, climate activists, government functionaries at both the Federal and sub-national governments, academia, world leaders etc who promote big global agenda.

The climate summit is where the world comes together to take actions on achieving a common goal and proffer collective solutions to a nagging global concern, the parties involved form Government, Private Sector, Civil Society Groups, Media and Multilateral Institutions.

The people coming together to advance their different agenda and interests from Governments, Business andCivil Societies are the Parties to the Convention (COP) who represent various shades of opinions and pushing for various climate change mitigation actions Climate issue is the biggest global issue at the moment because of its importance to global well-being, it is therefore not surprising that over 97,000 delegates from more than 100 Countries around the world, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, King Charles of United Kingdom, Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, US Special
Envoy on Climate Change and former Secretary of State, John Kerry, President Bola Tinubu, United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, World Bank President, Ajay Banga and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) President, Kristalina Georgieva.

Other attendees include World Trade Organization Director General, Ngozi
Okonjo Iweala, Africa Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, former US Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Al Gore, almost 100 Heads of States and Governments, State Governors from Nigeria such as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Umo Eno of Akwa-Ibom and the Special Adviser to Mr. Governor on Environment, Hon. Oyeniyi Oseni converged on Dubai for COP28.

Also participating from Nigeria are
agencies of government such as the NNPC and its subsidiaries, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, NIMASA, NDDC. In addition, among the delegates from Nigeria are UBA Chairman, Tony Elumelu, Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu and other billionaires whose businesses are promoting sustainability and climate
actions through their philanthropies.

After the opening and national statements by Heads of States which began from November 30 when the summit opened and up until Saturday December 2, 2023, the real work of COP28 which are the technical sessions and negotiations, financing, etc will begin from Monday, December 12 where agreements will be
reached on many proposals for consideration and ratification by the parties.

There are lined-up technical sessions on financing climate actions at sub-national levels, regions and local governments. Several world leaders like King Charles III, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, President Emmanuel Macron of France, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres and others have spoken extensively on the need to take genuine transformational action to slow the spiral of greenhouse gas emissions at the summit.

President Tinubu arrived Dubai since the opening day on Thursday 30th November 2023 and he is leading the charge at COP28 on behalf of Nigeria and the rest of the continent, demanding from the West that any climate decision and action must be fair and just to Africa and Nigeria in particular, especially the debate around energy transition.

The President has been unequivocal in his position that Africa that is battling problems of poverty, security and struggling to provide education and healthcare to her people cannot be told to abandon its major source of income which is mostly from extractive industries without the West providing the funding and investment in alternative and clean energy sources.

One of the key decisions to be made at the summit is the need for developed countries responsible for most of the emissions causing global warming compensate developing nations in terms of loss and damage.

The event is scheduled to end on 12th December 2023.

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