CROSS RIVER STATE
CROSS RIVER STATE GLOBAL SUMMIT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND GREEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Invitation to Cross River State Global Summit on Climate Change and Green Entrepreneurship
It is my pleasure to invite you to the first ever Cross River State Global Summit on Climate Change and Green Entrepreneurship, holding from April 9 to 13, 2018 in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
In tandem with COP 21 and 22, we are minded to create a huge platform that will bring together people from various parts of the world to engage and ventilate on global issues of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, leveraging on the strategic and unique position of Cross River State and her existing forest reserves. It is on record that over 58% of the last remaining tropical rain forest in Nigeria is domiciled in Cross River State. This indeed places us on the front burner in dealing with the issues of Climate Change.
Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, Executive Governor
Climate Change, occasioned principally by anthropogenic perturbations of the environment via burning of fossil fuels and gas flaring, Deforestation and unsustainable land use methods has produced myriads of untold consequences.
The effects thereof include drought, flooding, reduced rainfall and irregular rainfall patterns, poor agricultural yield, food scarcity, hunger, youth restiveness, increased crime rate among others. Cross River State being basically an agrarian state bears a fair share of the global climate change impacts.
The Cross River State Global Summit on Climate Change and Green Entrepreneurship with focus on Jobs Creation Opportunities and the First Ever Wealth Creation Parks for Low Carbon Development in Africa
Calabar International Convention Centre
Katsina Ala Calabar Road, Cross Rivers, Nigeria
Cross River Climate Marathon
The Cross River State Global Summit on Climate Change and Green Entrepreneurship with focus on Jobs Creation Opportunities and the First Ever Wealth Creation Parks for Low Carbon Development in Africa will hold from April 9 to 13, 2018 with a Special Marathon Race for Climate Change – ‘’Cross River Climate Marathon’’ at the CALABAR INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE.
Program; Green Investment Tours
Carbon Credit Train; Official Solarization of the Cross River State Government House with energy efficient and saving devices as the driving force for promoting clean energy in Nigeria and leading to the establishment of the FIRST EVER GREEN ENERGY EXPORT PROCESSING HUB IN WEST AFRICA FOR SMART CITIES AND COMMUNITIES; the International Green Hall of Fame; Flag-Off of the Distribution of Clean Cookstoves in Cross River State (under the Rebranding Climate Change Clean Cookstoves Initiative); and concurrent activities such as the incorporation of RACE FOR THE CLIMATE – A Special Marathon Race for Climate Change (‘’Cross River Climate Marathon’’ ‘’with special sport foot wears for recharging mobile phones”), Green Marketplace -“COME SEE AND BUY”, a Climate Walk, Green Road Show and Clean Energy Technology & Green Business Solution Hub for Africa.
THE PARIS AGREEMENT AND MEASURABLE VERIFIABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BUSINESS ROUNTABLE IN NIGERIA
The Paris Agreement on climate change is a historic turning point and a defining moment for engaging the organized private sector after decades of international negotiations. The Cross-River State Global Climate Summit is set to unbundle the secret of action enforcing policies and investments opportunities resulting from the Paris Agreement which is programmed to reshape our national economies, low carbon development pathways of decarbonisation of our production and consumption economy, and value chains for companies across the continent of Africa. As key drivers of the global economy, businesses and investors all over the world can seize opportunities within this rapidly changing landscape to innovate in Nigeria.
CONSEQUENTLY, A NATIONAL BUSINESS AND ENVIRONMENT ROUNDTABLE (NBER) SHALL BE FLAGGED OFF BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
The Global Climate Summit is programmed to deliver the customized strategic roadmap of climate and green bonds/finance secrets through the following rationale: –
• Financial institutions represent the largest source of public of finance for technology for adaptation/mitigation and low carbon sustainable economic development for operationalizing our signed Nationally Determined Contributions(NDCs);
• They therefore have the ability and can play a pivotal role to direct capital and demonstrate to markets the opportunities, risks and potential returns of sustainable investments, while at the same time being active actors in policy dialogues to assist in mainstreaming the sustainable development agenda in all sectors.
MEDIA FORUM @ THE GLOBAL SUMMIT
More than 40 international and national journalists would be joining decision makers, policymakers, industry leaders, investors, experts and major stakeholders around the world to explore and further understand the challenges and opportunities that arise from Climate Change.
The Global Summit on Climate Change and Green Entrepreneurship promises to be the biggest and best of all, in the history of Climate Change and Clean Energy Summits, Conferences and Programmes in Africa.
It is worthy to note that Cross River State is the first and only subnational government that has a ministry for Climate Change in Africa. Cross River is also strategically positioned to host global events of this nature as an eco-tourism state.