UNDP will continue to support Nigeria in adopting a sustainable development pathway - Pa Lamin Beyai

May 31, 2016

A UNDP supported solar powered water storage facility in Nigeria. (Photo, UNDP Nigeria/Lucky Musonda)

Statement made by UNDP Nigeria Country Director Pa Lamin Beyai at a Ministerial Breakfast meeting on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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It is my pleasure to join you at today’s breakfast meeting, and I wish to start by congratulating the Honourable Minister for Environment for facilitating this High Level Inter – Ministerial discourse on Nigeria’s INDCs – as a way of fostering better understanding of the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, and more importantly, to promote the much needed cross-sectoral ownership of Nigeria’s Climate Change Agenda.

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are no doubt one of the major outcomes of the Paris Agreement, and to a large extent, the centerpiece of the new global climate regime, which forms the foundation for the pathway towards climate resilient development. Therefore, this meeting could not have come at a better time, as the world begins the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These are two closely interlinked agendas with profound implications for poverty reduction, global prosperity (that leaves no one behind), and planetary wellbeing. It is important to note that the SDGs can only be achieved with concrete actions aimed at tackling climate change.

Over the years, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment on a number of issues, ranging from protecting forests, promoting renewable energy, and energy efficiency, to phasing out ozone depleting substances.

Specifically, under the Climate Diplomacy programme, UNDP provided direct technical and financial support for the development of Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) built on national development priorities.

Although the Paris Agreement is widely acclaimed as historic, and rightly so, its strengths and successes are strongly dependent on national actions towards the overall goal of keeping the global temperature rise below the agreed levels. This is why going forward, UNDP’s partnership with the

Ministry of Environment will focus on the following areas:

  1. Development of a clear roadmap for the transition of the INDCs to NDCs, backed by Sectoral emission reduction plans;
  2. Development of NDCs Investment plans which link to national budget planning processes and private sector investments;
  3. Development of funding proposals in support of the implementation of specific mitigation activities contained in the NDCs; Incorporation of climate change policy and action plans into national planning and budgeting; and
  4. Development of innovative policy framework for de-risking private sector investment in renewable energy.

Honourble Ministers, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, this gathering is a Call to Action because we strongly believe that The Paris Agreement has the potential to put Nigeria’s economy on a path to green inclusive growth and sustainable future. From the UNDP side, I assure you of our continuous partnership.

Thank you for your attention