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 →
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 →
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 →