COP28 CAPACITY BUILDING: NEGOTIATORS UNDERGO TRAINING ON SKILLS FOR EFFECTIVE ENGAGEMENT AT GLOBAL TREATY.
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on October 30, 2023
The National Council on Climate Change has trained negotiators to be part of negotiations for Nigeria at the 28th session of the Conference of Parties on Climate Change, COP28, slated for Dubai, United Arab Emirates in December, 2023.
Speaking at the opening session of the two-day negotiators’ training and simulation in Abuja, the director general of the council, Salisu Dahiru, said the exercise is aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of delegates from different sectors to enable them engage effectively at the global climate change decision-making event.
The Conference of Parties on climate change is a global summit that brings countries together to accelerate action towards the goals of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change which is to limit global warming below 2°C, compared to pre-industrial levels.
At this gathering, young negotiators are being equipped with the necessary skills to approach the 28th convention (COP28), with a strong, unified voice in presenting Nigeria’s climate change concerns.
Key among priority areas for Nigeria at the COP is to negotiate for financial and technical support from developed nations for its mitigation as well as adaptation efforts in dealing with losses associated with climate change.
Participants were taken through the laws and principles guiding international treaties, the negotiation and meeting process and the structure of multilateral environmental agreements among other priority areas.