Environment part of Nam's foundation of peace, stability

25 Apr 2016 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - The environment is part and parcel of Namibia’s foundation of democracy, peace and stability, President Hage Geingob said on Friday.
He was speaking during a high level ceremony for the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.
The Paris Agreement was adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC CoP21) in Paris, France in December 2015.
In his statement availed to the media on Monday, Geingob emphasised that protection of the environment is enshrined in the Namibian Constitution.
“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. As we engage in an all-out war aimed at eradicating poverty in Namibia, the preservation of our soil is a facet in our multifaceted struggle for the attainment of prosperity for all our citizens,” he noted.
Geingob also said member states have a chance to unite behind a common purpose.
“Our presence here today should send a message across the world that as leaders, we are not only united, but also wholly committed to tackling the adverse impacts that climate change presents to our future aspirations, most specifically, the aspirations of developing nations, who are in pursuit of economic emancipation and prosperity,” he stressed.
The agreement’s objective is to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Paris Agreement has not come into force yet as it first needs to be signed and ratified. Friday was the start of a year-long window for countries to sign the agreement.
Adopted in Paris by the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, the agreement is a comprehensive framework that will guide international efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and to meet all the associated challenges posed by climate change. It signals the change in pace towards the low carbon development from the year 2020 onward through commitments of countries in their ambitious national plans, called Nationally Determined Contributions.
Namibia would need about N.dollars 475 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent by the year 2030.