Diplomatic and local business community support COP11

15 Aug 2013 12:20
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) - Members of the local business community and private sector have donated some N.dollars 5 million in support of Namibia hosting the UNCCD COP 11 next month.
The 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is set to take place in the capital from 16 to 27 September.
A media statement issued by Emergo Communications on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga hosted a sponsors’ dinner on Tuesday evening in honour of the upcoming conference.
Herunga was quoted in the statement as saying Namibia’s role as the official host of the convention provides an opportunity for international exposure, while at the same time offering the business community extensive networking opportunities with prospective business partners. The event will also showcase Namibia’s natural beauty as a world-class business and leisure tourism destination, as well as creating awareness of issues and challenges facing people living in dry lands and more specifically, the impact of desertification on Namibia.
“As key members of Namibia’s private sector community, we are welcoming your support in Namibia’s decision in hosting this international event,” he noted.
The German Embassy donated N.dollars 4 million while the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) pledged N.dollars 790 000. Air Namibia pledged airline tickets to the value of N.dollars 100 000 in addition to discounted delegate rates on flights for conference attendees. Members of the diplomatic community including the Botswana High Commission, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, and the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as local business group Pupkewitz Holdings also pledged their support.
The Chargé d'Affaires of the German Embassy in Namibia, André Scholz was quoted as saying that the donation is in support of Germany’s ongoing commitment to combating desertification in Namibia.
A quarter of the funds pledged will be used in running a co-operative education programme aimed at getting Namibians more involved.
More than N.dollars 3 million will be used to support the conference specifically through public relations, the deployment of event technology, and the building of temporary structures for the event, according to Scholz.
The UNCCD’s headquarters is located in Bonn, Germany.
More than 2 000 delegates from 195 countries party to the UNCCD, United Nations (UN) organisations, inter-governmental and civil society organisations will come together to debate and arrive at solutions towards improving the living conditions of people in dry-lands; maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity; as well as mitigating the effects of drought.