The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek took part in a climate change workshop run by the Namibian Women Association (NAWA) which was attended by the Namibian Children’s movement and other students.
Under the theme, ‘We Shall Change the World” the workshop aimed to teach students about climate change, the Paris Agreement, the impact climate change has had on Namibia as well as the importance of climate action with the hopes that the students would share the information with their respective institutions and communities and spark change.
UNIC Windhoek presented two hour-long PowerPoint presentations as part of the workshop, one about climate change and the other about the Paris Agreement. Enthralled by the topics, the students asked questions and shared their ideas throughout the presentations.
There were students from local schools in Windhoek as well as from the North and South of Namibia. Although the students attending the workshop came from all over the country, they were united by the passion to learn about climate change as well as the determination to make a difference. Continue reading
The Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta
UNIC Windhoek attended the Post COP21 Workshop “Devastating Realities of Climate Change in Namibia” hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Namibia on 25 February 2016. The workshop was held at the Nampower Convention Centre in Windhoek. UNIC Windhoek listened to speakers and participated in conversations about climate change and the Paris Agreement during the session.
The Workshop, comes a few months before delegates from over 195 countries sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22 of this year.
Dr. Bernd Althusmann, the Resident Representative of Konrad Adenauer Shiftung in Namibia and Angola, opened the workshop and stressed the importance of discussing climate change. “Climate change will hit Namibia and Southern African Countries in the future very hard,” Dr. Althusmann said, adding that the effects of climate change are extremely wide-spread.
The Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta echoed the same sentiment and outlined the devastating realities of climate change and its impact on Namibia critical insecurities: food insecurity, energy insecurity and water insecurity.
Shifeta, who attended COP21 and witnessed the historic Paris Agreement negotiations, stressed that, “These realities are really starting to hit.” To adapt to the changing climate, he said that new methods to deal with Namibia’s critical insecurities will be created. Continue reading