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Malawi Geared for Global Climate Talks

Malawi Geared for Global Climate Talks

Malawi has released a position paper ahead of the 25th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) set to take place in Madrid, Spain from 2nd to 13th December signaling the country’s readiness to participate at the annual meeting.

Speaking at a validation meeting for the position paper which attracted stakeholders comprising of state and non state actors in Lilongwe on Thursday, Chief Director in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Oliver Kumbabe hinted that Malawi will join forces with other Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in pushing developed countries to provide resources for the implementation of adaptation programs, technology development and transfer, among others.

This year’s meeting will focus on progress made towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement of 2015 which seeks to accelerate global response to climate change threat by maintaining a global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Malawi ratified the Paris agreement on 29th June 2017 and contributes 0.02% of the Green House Gas emissions globally.

“Paris Agreement has established an adaptation goal to enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, to contribute to sustainable development and ensure an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal“ said Kumbambe

While describing the meeting as an opportunity for countries to revive progress towards the implementation of the Paris agreement, Kumbambe said it is not pleasing that most countries including Malawi are yet to do more.

He said: “We need to put more action because we have noted that not much of what we agreed in Paris in 2015 has been achieved to the satisfaction of the members of the COP and as Malawi, we are encouraging everyone to increase action and resources. We call for more resources, financial and technical assistance and we ask all Malawians to embrace adaptation as we continue to experience new extreme climatic changes so that we become more resilient.”

Environmental Affairs Director Taonga Mbale Luka justified Malawi’s presence at such meetings when it was put to her that not much comes out of such meetings.

“Negotiations in the past have resulted in Malawi getting more than 50 million United States dollars or MK 3. 7 billion for implementation of climate change projects in vulnerable communities.

The areas covered in these programmes and projects include measures to address weather forecasting, flood warning, adaptation in agriculture, health, wildlife, and reduction of carbon emissions in energy, forestry, land use, agriculture and manufacturing industry sectors” she said.

The position paper also highlights that Malawi has also been able to receive technical support on development of Nationally Determined Contributions which are simply adaptation and mitigation activities the country has committed to implement in line with the Paris agreement, National Communications, and Greenhouse Gas Inventories, National Adaptation Programmes of Action, National Adaptation Plans, REDD+ Strategy, and Technology Needs Assessment Report among others.

The civil society through the National Coordinator for the Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change ( CISONEC) Julius Ng’oma says Malawi and other countries must convince developed states to start providing assistance towards devastation caused by effects of climate change such as floods.

“We are just coming straight from devastation induced by the cyclone Idai and we need to bear in mind that as we negotiate, we must find ways of assisting countries experiencing serious impacts. We know must countries are not interested in financing loss and damage yet the truth is that countries are struggling and will continue to live with the impacts for some time,” said Ng’oma.

Majority of UN member states attend the COP meetings. Chile remains chairperson of this year’s conference despite the change of venue to Madrid in Spain following a spate of protest in that country.

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Speaking at a validation meeting for the position paper which attracted stakeholders comprising of state and non state actors in Lilongwe on Thursday, Chief Director in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining Oliver Kumbabe hinted that Malawi will join forces with other Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in pushing developed countries to provide resources for the implementation of adaptation programs, technology development and transfer, among others.

This year’s meeting will focus on progress made towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement of 2015 which seeks to accelerate global response to climate change threat by maintaining a global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Malawi ratified the Paris agreement on 29th June 2017 and contributes 0.02% of the Green House Gas emissions globally.

“Paris Agreement has established an adaptation goal to enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, to contribute to sustainable development and ensure an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal“ said Kumbambe

While describing the meeting as an opportunity for countries to revive progress towards the implementation of the Paris agreement, Kumbambe said it is not pleasing that most countries including Malawi are yet to do more.

He said: “We need to put more action because we have noted that not much of what we agreed in Paris in 2015 has been achieved to the satisfaction of the members of the COP and as Malawi, we are encouraging everyone to increase action and resources. We call for more resources, financial and technical assistance and we ask all Malawians to embrace adaptation as we continue to experience new extreme climatic changes so that we become more resilient.”

Environmental Affairs Director Taonga Mbale Luka justified Malawi’s presence at such meetings when it was put to her that not much comes out of such meetings.

“Negotiations in the past have resulted in Malawi getting more than 50 million United States dollars or MK 3. 7 billion for implementation of climate change projects in vulnerable communities.

The areas covered in these programmes and projects include measures to address weather forecasting, flood warning, adaptation in agriculture, health, wildlife, and reduction of carbon emissions in energy, forestry, land use, agriculture and manufacturing industry sectors” she said.

The position paper also highlights that Malawi has also been able to receive technical support on development of Nationally Determined Contributions which are simply adaptation and mitigation activities the country has committed to implement in line with the Paris agreement, National Communications, and Greenhouse Gas Inventories, National Adaptation Programmes of Action, National Adaptation Plans, REDD+ Strategy, and Technology Needs Assessment Report among others.

The civil society through the National Coordinator for the Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change ( CISONEC) Julius Ng’oma says Malawi and other countries must convince developed states to start providing assistance towards devastation caused by effects of climate change such as floods.

“We are just coming straight from devastation induced by the cyclone Idai and we need to bear in mind that as we negotiate, we must find ways of assisting countries experiencing serious impacts. We know must countries are not interested in financing loss and damage yet the truth is that countries are struggling and will continue to live with the impacts for some time,” said Ng’oma.

Majority of UN member states attend the COP meetings. Chile remains chairperson of this year’s conference despite the change of venue to Madrid in Spain following a spate of protest in that country.

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