Shifeta calls for urgent finance to migitate climate change

17 Nov 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 NOV (NAMPA) – The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta has called for the acceleration of finance to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Shifeta made the call at the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany on Thursday.
In a media statement issued Friday, he said science shows time is running out and concrete decisions need to be adopted in order to fully and effectively operationalise the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The agreement aims to respond to the global climate change threat by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to one-and-a-half degrees Celsius.
“We call [on] developed countries to review their respective National Determination Contributions (NDC) in order to jointly increase their level of mitigation ambition that can bridge the emission gap in the pursuit to achieve the agreed temperature goal of well below the two degrees Celsius,” said Shifeta.
He emphasised that the adaption remains a key priority for Namibia and other developing countries, and that as a result, Namibia strongly supported an adaption goal that is linked to the mitigation goal.
He emphasised that the Green Climate Fund (GCF) should continue streamlining processes in order to ensure speedy approval of readiness support and project proposals from developing countries.
“The GCF should provide financial resources without any prejudice and should avoid by all means the discriminatory classifications of developing countries as part of the eligibility criteria for funding projects,” he said.
Shifeta noted that Namibia believes that the GCF should increase its visibility in developing countries, especially in Africa, as it is the most vulnerable continent to the adverse impacts of climate change.
He concluded that the implementation of the Paris Agreement requires unity of purpose among all the member states.