The Namibian (Windhoek)

8 January 2013

Namibia: Nation Wants More in Fight Against Climate Change

NAMIBIA fully supports the multi-lateral approach to addressing climate change and will continue to be an active party to the Convention on Climate Change until its ultimate objectives are met, says the newly-appointed Environment and Tourism Minister.

However, says Uahekua Herunga, the objectives of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will only be successfully implemented if developed countries commit themselves to emission reduction and by providing enough financial resources to meet the needs of developing countries.

The UNFCCC said that developing countries (as big polluters) should lead the way in the fight against climate change and should provide developing countries with financial resources and technologies to mitigate and adapt to effects of climate change.

Herunga issued a statement on the outcomes of the 8th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC held in Doha, Qatar from November 27 to December 7 last year. The conference agreed to the operationalization of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Center and Network and mandated it to establish a programme of work in order to provide advice and support to developing countries in relation to conducting assessments of new and emerging technologies.

It clarified the work of the Technology Executive committee in elaborating its future work-plan, particularly with respect to the exploration of options for implementing appropriate actions, the exploration of issues relating to enabling environments as well as addressing barriers to technology transfer.

On capacity building, the conference called for further work to explore potential ways to enhance the implementation of capacity building at the national level and invited parties to submit, by February 18 this year, information on capacity building activities undertaken, including needs.

The Doha climate change talks agreed to work toward a universal climate change agreement, to be adopted in 2015 and to find ways to scale up efforts before 2020 beyond the existing pledges to curb emissions.

The executive secretary of the UNFCCC, Christian Figueres, called on the parties to swiftly implement what has been agreed in Doha to keep the planetary temperature rise below the internationally agreed maximum of two degrees Celsius. Governments endorsed the selection of the South Korean city of Sondgo as the location of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the work plan of the Standing Committee on Finance. The GCF is expected to start its work in the second half of next year, which means it can launch activities in 2014.

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