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EU in Nigeria Rallies Support for Collective Action Against Climate Change

30/09/2019 - 18:04
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As world leaders converged on New York during the just-concluded UN General Assembly, discussing the impact of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the EU Delegation to Nigeria was in Kano, North-West of the country, rallying support for partnership against what the Head of Delegation, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, described as "a potentially toxic cocktail before us."

The occasion was a crowd-pulling event to mark the 2019 EU Climate Diplomacy held at Bayero University, Kano. The event served to amplify the message of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, that global action on climate change must shift from words to tangible action. It provided a platform for frank, hands-on conversation with youths and other key stakeholders on how to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Ambassador Karlsen called for a transformational change to avert the looming danger, and charged Nigeria to take the lead in that regard. If such change would materialise, the youth have to lead the charge, he stated.


Canvassing for the adoption of the right mix of energy in order to ensure earth's sustainability, he said the EU was already taking the lead in the campaign to increase the adoption of clean, affordable, renewable energy, within its borders, in Nigeria and elsewhere. "The EU and Nigeria need to partner to see how the energy we use can be as clean and affordable as possible. Achieving this is a top priority for the current EU leadership," he said.

The representative of the Kano state government and Head of the State Civil Service, Dr. Kabir Shehu, acknowledge the works of the EU in Nigeria, particularly in Kano, and said the state government was with the EU 100 per cent on the issue of renewable energy.

One of the high points of the event was a stimulating panel discussion on how to address the conflicts occasioned by climate change. Music icon, Soul Sultan, also thrilled the audience.



Bayero University Kano