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Buhari President departs Abuja for France on Monday for One Plannet Summit

Adesina said before heading for the Summit venue, the Buhari would attend a lunch for Heads of State, hosted by the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, December 11, 2017, depart Nigeria for Paris, France, to participate in the One Plannet Summit organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government.

The Summit, which would be attended by over 50 world leaders, is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, December 12,at the eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, situated on the picturesque Seguin Island in western Paris.

The President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Sunday, December 10, in a statement issued in Abuja.

Quoting the organizers of the event, he said the main focus of the summit, with the theme, "Climate Change Financing", would be to innovatively pool public and private finance "to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change."

"While recognising that all countries are affected by the effects of climate change under 'One Planet' but some are more vulnerable, the summit seeks for tangible collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions".

Adesina revealed that before heading for the Summit venue, the Buhari would attend a lunch hosted by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, for Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.

He said Buhari and other world leaders and participants would make presentations under four sub-themes namely: Scaling-up Finance for Climate Action; Greening Finance for Sustainable Business; Accelerating Local and Regional Climate Action; and Strengthening Policies for Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

The Presidential spokesman recalled that while signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 22, 2016, Buhari had said it "demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts to reverse the effects of the negative trend."

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He said the president followed that significant step by signing the Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on March 28, at the State House, Abuja, making Nigeria the 146th party to the Paris Treaty.

Adesina noted that the participation of Nigeria's delegation at the One Planet Summit would reinforce the country’s commitment to realising the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Buhari is expected to be accompanied to the summit by the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Ondo States, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment.

Adessina said the President will return to Abuja on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

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