17 Sep 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba is leaving for New York on Saturday to attend the 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations (UN) headquarters.
State House confirmed to Nampa on Monday that the President will be attending the summit, which takes place on 23 September.
The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga and Environmental Commissioner Theofilus Nghitila will accompany the President.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from government, the finance and business sectors, and civil society to the summit which is aimed at galvanising and catalysing climate action, according to the UN website.
Ban has asked leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the summit that will help to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilise political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.
Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015. With leaders facing a deadline of 2015 to negotiate a new climate agreement that will be enforced in 2020, the summit is seen as a momentum builder ahead of formal negotiations, it stressed.
More than 120 heads of state and government have committed to attending the climate summit. Eight action areas are to be discussed - agriculture, cities, energy, financing, forests, petroleum and industry, resilience, and transportation.
It will be the largest gathering of world leaders to discuss climate change since the Copenhagen Summit in 2009, and depending on the final guest list, may draw even more leaders than that meeting, according to the UN.