At COP28, the federal government of Nigeria sealed a groundbreaking agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish humanitarian response stations nationwide. Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, unveiled this significant collaboration in Dubai, underscoring its primary objective to tackle humanitarian crises and alleviate poverty.
Discussions with UAE officials during the conference encompassed strategic partnerships aimed at uplifting millions out of poverty, engaging in poverty alleviation programs, and developing a robust humanitarian response system. The Red Crescent, akin to the Red Cross, expressed its readiness to support Nigeria in establishing comprehensive response mechanisms across the country.
Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal, emphasized the Nigerian delegation’s unwavering commitment to advocating for favorable positions on climate change effects. Lawal stressed the pressing need for collective action to address challenges like loss and damage caused by climate change. The collaboration between Nigeria and the UAE signals a significant step forward in fostering international cooperation to address pressing global challenges, particularly in the realms of poverty alleviation and humanitarian response.