The statement emphasized the severe challenges faced by Nigeria as the country with the second highest vulnerability to children’s exposure to climate change worldwide. It stated that over 110 million Nigerian children are at risk due to rising temperatures, flooding, drought, and severe storms.
Dr. Salisu Dahiru, the Director General of the National Council on Climate Change, emphasized the need for a swift and comprehensive response from Nigeria to address the adverse impacts of climate change. He stressed the importance of considering the needs of vulnerable people, including children and women, in decision-making and implementing the National Climate Change Action Plan.
The celebration also highlighted collaborative efforts between the government, development partners, civil society organizations, and the private sector, focusing on advocacy, partnerships, and climate education.