Nigeria observes World Environment Day 2017

Jun 5, 2017

Honourable Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril (in green) delivers speech during WED commemoration in Abuja (Photo, UNDP Nigeria/Lucky Musonda)

Nigeria joined the rest of the world in commemorating thus year’s World Environment Day (WED). Several activities were organised across the country including the main event held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.


WED is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action - under the theme “Connect with Nature”, this year’s activities invited citizens of the world to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it.


“I want to challenge all of us here – to go outside and appreciate nature’s beauty and its importance to us. Let us take off our shoes and walk on the ground, put our feet in water, take a stroll in gardens ... Not for ourselves, but for the generations coming after us so that posterity would speak on our behalf,” UNDP Resident Representative, Edward Kallon, said, during the commemoration activities in Abuja.

Speaking at the same event, Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, called for collaboration among all stakeholder towards efforts aimed at protecting the environment. The Honourable Minister highlighted a number of initiatives across the country which UNDP has supported, including through the UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, support towards the finalization of the Second National Communication to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and ongoing support to the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN).

The ceremony in Abuja was included poems through which they expressed their affection and understanding environmental issues the country continues to face. Students also debated on the country’s rich natural resources and how the same could be used to unity the country and prosperity for all.   

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