- The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference will take place at the end of this month and will run until November in Glasgow, UK
- Nigeria is expected to attend the meeting, where the aim is to encourage countries affected by climate change to, among other things, protect and restore ecosystems
- Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo is already attending strategic meetings on behalf of Nigeria before actual conference
London – Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN was welcomed on Friday, October 8th at the United Nations high-level energy event at Imperial College London.
At the event, the Nigerian Vice President spoke about the global net zero emissions goal and the need for a just and just energy transition , especially for developing countries.
Previously, Vice President Osinbajo held a closed session with Alok Sharma, UK Cabinet President-designate for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP26, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland from late this month to early November.
The meeting was also attended by the UK High Commissioner for Nigeria, Catriona Laing.
He added that the COP26 summit should ensure a just and equitable energy transition.
In his speech to Imperial College, Vice President Osinbajo reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the goal of net zero emissions and explains that in addition to the goal, Nigeria must also bring energy to access millions of Nigerians and lift 100 million people out of poverty.
According to him, this explains in part why countries like Nigeria need rapid industrialization that would require continuous gas production.
However, he expressed concern that western countries and financial institutions are already planning to defuse gas projects.
At the end of his address and a question-and-answer session, several college students took turns taking selfies and group photos with the Vice President.
Vice President Osinbajo at the The Minister of State for the Environment accompanied meetings organized by the UN; Sharon Ikeazor, Nigeria’s High Commissioner in London; Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola and the President’s Special Advisor for Economic Affairs Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu.
Representatives of the United Nations also attended the meeting, led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General Damilola Ogunbiyi.
The increasingly strategic foreign trips of the Vice President Osinbajo
The conference will take place later this month from Sunday 31 October to Friday 12 November in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
The meetings in London will focus on the issues of a just and just energy transition to achieve the global goal of net zero emissions by 2050.