NA to discuss ratification of Paris Agreement

15 Sep 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 SEP (NAMPA) – The National Assembly (NA) will Thursday afternoon debate the Ratification of the Paris Agreement as a matter of urgency.
The motion to ratify this agreement was tabled by Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta in the NA on Wednesday.
The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 during the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Paris, and acts as a bridge between existing policies and climate-neutrality to strengthen society’s ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.
Shifeta said during his motivation for the motion on Wednesday, it is imperative that the 2015 Paris Agreement be premised on the recognition of development needs and poverty eradication priorities of developing countries, whilst emphasising the necessary leadership of developed countries in climate action.
The motion calls for the NA to endorse the agreement and in this regard avail itself on future engagements and negotiations that will seek the implementation of the Agreement.
About 197 countries agreed to the universal, legally binding, global climate agreement, including Namibia.
“We welcomed the outcome of the agreement, particularly the obligations under the Paris Agreement set out in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication,” Shifeta stated.
He indicated that Namibia agreed on mitigation to keep the global increase in temperature to well below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit temperature rise even further to 1.5 Degrees Celsius.
Namibia also agreed to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with, and recover from climate impacts and recognition of the importance of averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events.
The NA will resume session at 14h00 Thursday.