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France Reiterates Need To Promote Climate Change Awareness Campaign In Nigeria


By Eric Ojo – The government of France has harped on the need to intensify efforts geared towards promoting public awareness about climate change, its impact and how best to mitigate it in Nigeria.

The French government said it is imperative to raise the awareness of Nigerians on what climate change is all about and the measures to adopt in addressing its devastating effects, especially when viewed against the background that Nigeria is currently the first economy and biggest population in the African continent.

In December this year, Paris will be hosting the United Nations 2015 Climate Change Conference (COP 21) and the French authorities has assured of its commitment to mitigating climate and the success of the COP 21. Meanwhile, President Francois Hollande and the State Ministers Foreign Affairs and Environment, are very committed to making conference a huge success.

The French government equally expects concrete actions and commitments from the different countries billed to attend the meeting so that its outcome will not be a statement, a ‘Paris Declaration’ or a pledge for a goal that will never be achieved.

In addition, France says it is crucial to mobilize all countries in the world ahead of COP 21 because climate change is a terrible global threat which has equally become a major issue in terms of international relations and negotiations over the years.

“It is an honour and responsibility for my country to host such an important event. Our presidency is aiming at results and that is why we try to promote the debate everywhere, Mr. Denys Gauer, Ambassador of France to Nigeria said at the Panel Discussion on Climate Change and Experience in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.


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