07 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) - Minister of Tourism and Environment (MET), Pohamba Shifeta said the withdrawal of the United States of America (USA) from the Climate Change Accord signed in Paris saddened him.
Although the accord provides for any party to the agreement to withdraw at any given time, Shifeta said the sudden withdrawal by the USA is a major blow to the global efforts to tackle climate change, taking into consideration the USA is one of the biggest polluters in the world.
This withdrawal has undermined the significance of the Paris Agreement and efforts that have been made, in particularly, by developing countries such as Namibia to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change, he said.
The USAs withdrawal by US President, Donal Trump came on the verge of the 45th World Environment Day (WED), when countries are expected to rededicate and recommit themselves to protect the environment and mitigate the impact of climate change.
World Environment Day falls on 05 June every year.
The Paris Agreement, which became effective on 04 November 2016, unites all nations of the world into a first-ever universal, legally-binding global deal to tackle climate change.
The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. It further commits developed countries, such as the USA, to scale up financial support for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries.
Trump made the announcement of the USs withdrawal last week in Washington during a media conference. Trump said after the withdrawal announcement he was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.
Environment Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and this years theme is Connecting People to Nature in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator.