Geingob displeased by continued stalling on global climate change deal

> Andreas Thomas

Windhoek – President Hage Geingob has slated the developed countries for their failure to provide financial assistance to developing countries that will help them cope with the effects of climate change.

In a statement to the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris on Monday, December 1, Geingob pointed out that least developed countries are the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases, yet they bear the brunt of climate change.

“This paradox can only be resolved through a fair deal which unlocks climate financing to mitigate the negative impact on our green and blue economies.

“This funding should relate to both small scale and national programmes alike. This is a significant issue, since many developing countries utilize their domestic funding for alleviating poverty and rectifying inherited social deficits,” he said. Geingob who was among 150 world leaders, who gathered in the French capital for the UN Climate Change Convention, said COP21 was a defining moment for the world to implement the actions required to address the issue of climate change.

“We must be decisive without further delay and adopt a legally binding agreement that will limit the average global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius.

“This meeting is a defining moment as to whether genuine political commitment exists to implement the actions required to address the issue of climate change. In the absence of the required political will and concrete actions, future generations will judge us harshly,” he said.

“The catastrophic effects of global warming are real. We can choose to pursue our developmental ambitions by retaining emission levels where they are; or we can choose to reduce our emissions for the sake of shared sustainable development.

“Let us leave a lasting legacy which will shape the future of our planet politically, economically and ecologically.

“The time to act is now. Namibia stands ready to join hands with all of you to create a new type of global co-existence, based on inclusivity where no continent, no region or no country will feel left out.

Geingob also implored foreign investors to take advantage of Namibia’s vast renewable energy sources.   “Namibia has one of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world and has very favourable wind conditions. This opens up opportunities for the construction of large scale wind and solar power plants,” said the Namibian leader.

December 2015
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