21 Sep 2016 14:49pm
REPLACING 71th WITH 71st IN INTRO.
WINDHOEK, 21 SEP (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob will on Wednesday address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to reaffirm Namibias commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement.
The assembly opened the session on 13 September 2016 with an emphasis on ensuring the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by its 193 Member States last year.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited Geingob to present a short message about Namibias pledge to implement the Paris Agreement, according to a media statement issued by the Office of the President on Wednesday.
A high-level event on the Paris Climate Change Agreement will take place in that country the same day.
Geingob signed the intent of ratification of the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016 in New York.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. The conference negotiated the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, the text of which represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending it. The agreement deals with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.
The National Assembly (NA) last week ratified the agreement. The provisions of the Paris Agreement are consistent with the overarching objective of Article 95 (1) of the Namibian Constitution, which stipulates that the Government of Namibia shall maintain ecosystems, essential ecological processes and the biological diversity of Namibia, and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians.
In addition, the agreement provides Namibia with a number of opportunities to strengthen its adaptation and mitigation measures.
On mitigation, Namibia agreed as part of the agreement that was signed in Paris, to keep the global rise in temperature rise to well below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and that we will pursue efforts to limit temperature rise even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
All industrially developed or developing countries signed the agreement.
On adaptation, Namibia agreed to strengthen the ability of the country to deal with, and recover from climate impacts and recognition of the importance of averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events and slow onset events.