UN gives N.dollars 15 million for drought relief

12 Jun 2019 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - The United Nations (UN) has mobilised N.dollars 15 million for Namibia’s drought relief programme, adding to efforts by China, India and the United States of America (USA) to assist the country.
UN Resident Coordinator in Namibia, Rachel Odede announced this at a breakfast meeting held with the international community to discuss the drought emergency response and give feedback on the General Assembly’s discussion on Namibia’s actions on the UN reform of development systems here on Wednesday.
“The UN redirected some of its resources to provide technical assistance to the Namibian Government for immediate interventions,” she said.
President Hage Geingob in early May this year declared a state of emergency due to the drought, which Odede said is one of the worst droughts in the last 40 years.
She reminded the international community that Namibia’s declaration of drought as a national emergency is the result of global climate change. Odede noted that the drought reaffirms efforts towards reaching the targets of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 during the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and acts as a bridge between existing policies and climate neutrality to strengthen society’s ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.
“To raise the sense of urgency to countries that do not yet feel these consequences, the UN Secretary General called up for a Climate Change Summit this year, taking place along with the UN General Assembly,” Odede said.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host the Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019.
Speaking at the same event, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Christine //Hoebes acknowledged the donation and concurred with Odede that Namibia is facing the consequences of climate change.
She said the attendance of the international community asserts the cooperation of nations to place emphasis on improving international relations and stronger partnerships, especially when countries face disasters.