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UNIC Windhoek creates #ParisAgreement #Means4Me video

The UNIC Windhoek team created a video about what the Paris Agreement means to them.

The historic Paris Agreement, which was drafted at COP21, is an agreement between 195 nations to fight climate change that will be signed on 22 April this year. Through the agreement, nations will work to mitigate and adapt to climate change in order to move towards a sustainable future.

This video is part of an initiative run by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). People from around the globe were encouraged to share thoughts about the Paris Agreement using the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Means4Me.

“The Paris Agreement can only be successful if everyone fully supports it and helps bring it to life- from national, regional and local leaders; from investors and businesses to citizens who desire to live in a safe and prosperous world, and who want to actively shape that world” UNFCCC said in its UN Climate Change newsroom regarding the initiative. Continue reading

UNIC attends COP21 Workshop in Windhoek

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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.

IMG_6948 (3)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

#COP21 closing remarks of the Secretary General

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

REMARKS AT CLOSING OF COP21

Paris, 12 December 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends/speaks at Opening of High-Level Segment of COP21.

Mesdames, Messieurs,

All my congratulations.

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a monumental triumph for people and planet

I know I speak for everyone in this room in applauding COP21 President Laurent Fabius and UNFCCC Executive-Secretary Christiana Figueres for their outstanding stewardship of these negotiations.

In the face of an unprecedented challenge, you have demonstrated unprecedented leadership.

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time.

That is why I have made it one of the defining priorities of my tenure as Secretary-General.

Over the past nine years, I have spoken repeatedly with nearly every world leader.

I have visited the climate front lines, from the Arctic to Antarctica and to the Amazon, from the Sahel to the Aral Sea.

I have been to Pacific Islands that are sinking under the waves.

Most of all, I have listened to people – the young, the poor and the vulnerable, including indigenous peoples, from every corner of the globe.

They have demanded that world leaders act to safeguard their well-being and that of generations to come.

Here in Paris, we have heeded their voices – as was our duty.

Excellencies,

We have solid results on all key points.

The agreement demonstrates solidarity.

It is ambitious, flexible, credible and durable. Continue reading

Climate Change Conference in Windhoek

A Conference on the COP 21/CMP11, The Alliance of Paris on Climate Change was held on 23 June 2015 in Windhoek under the theme: “Addressing the challenge of climate change and enabling to contain global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and to adapt our societies to impacts and foster low carbon development.”

Mr. Stẻphane Gompertz, the French Ambassador on Climate Change for Africa and Indian Ocean addressed the conference in terms of “Fighting climate change: a mix of diplomacy, politics, science, innovation and finance components – at a global level including national strategies.” Continue reading