In an initiative aimed at amplifying the voices of civil society organizations (CSOs) advocating for climate justice in Nigeria, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has partnered with the Ford Foundation to provide financial support for members of the Nigeria Climate Justice Alliance (NCJA).
Dr. Joseph Onoja, the Director General, announced earlier this week that seven selected members of the Alliance will be sponsored to participate in the upcoming 28th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) scheduled to take place in Dubai, UAE, from November 30 to December 12, 2023.
Launched in Abuja in July 2023, the Nigeria Climate Justice Alliance aims to bolster and amplify CSOs’ voices on climate justice in Nigeria, ensuring that climate actions are delivered in a just and equitable manner, particularly benefiting the most vulnerable groups.
Dr. Joseph Onoja emphasized that participation in COP28 provides Alliance members with a unique opportunity to engage with world leaders and delegates from 192 countries, along with numerous observer organizations and international governmental bodies. This global stage in Dubai allows them to hold leaders accountable for their national commitments and advocate for more ambitious climate goals.
As the secretariat of the NCJA, NCF will coordinate, mobilize, support, and offer guidance to the selected members throughout their involvement in the conference. The NCJA participants will attend side events, engage in bilateral meetings, participate in mentorship forums, and champion climate justice campaigns, ensuring that the prioritization of nature in climate negotiations is upheld. For many beneficiaries, this will be their first experience attending a COP, and they express excitement at being selected for this transformative opportunity.
COP28, scheduled for this year, will conduct the final global stocktaking (GST) following the Paris Agreement of 2015, assessing the impact of global climate actions. The event provides a crucial platform to monitor the world’s progress in keeping the global average temperature within the 1.5°C limit and call on leaders to enhance their commitments. Participants are also eager to witness the finalization of the framework for the Loss and Damage Fund established in Sham El-Sheikh. With expectations for a substantial outcome, climate negotiators anticipate adopting a united and multilateral approach to act for the betterment of the planet.