Namibia undertakes ambitious actions on climate change: Geingob

21 Sep 2016 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibia is undertaking ambitious domestic actions on climate change, including mitigation and adaptation, to surmount the losses and damages arising from climate change-induced natural disasters.
President Hage Geingob said this during the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA on Wednesday, the same day that a high-level event on the Paris Climate Change Agreement is taking place.
He said in his presentation made available to Nampa that at the same time, Namibia is developing renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and hydro electricity production.
Climate change is a global problem and requires a global response, both in the developed and developing world. In this regard, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sendai Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction remain the central multilateral frameworks for cooperative action to address climate change induced disaster risks, such as droughts.
Geingob also announced Namibia’s offer to host the African Regional Hub of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at an appropriate time. Namibia came second to South Korea in the bid to host the world headquarters of the GCF, which aims to decentralise the operations of the fund.
“As a consolation prize, Namibia would therefore be honoured to host the African Regional Hub of the fund. Namibia counts on countries’ support,” he said.
In September last year world leaders committed themselves to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which included the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
“We are all in agreement that effective implementation of this agenda will require coherence and complementarity between global, continental, regional, national and local efforts.
“We are confident that we will join the global drive towards ensuring a life of dignity for all and we will spare no effort in working to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty,” said Geingob.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) held in Paris, France late last year 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.