‘We Need to Escape Poverty’

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Bali, Indonesia – Climate change is not a future scenario as its impact is already being felt, especially by the poorest of the poor in Namibia.

“Namibia has come here to do business. It’s time for all of us to rise to the occasion and take early action in the face of the urgency of the challenge,”

Environment and Tourism Minister, Willem Konjore, said in his address at the United Nations climate change conference here on Wednesday.

He said immediate deep cuts in greenhouse gases are necessary and early action definitely outweighs the cost of delay.

“As a first step, parties should meet their obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. Furthermore, evidence before us calls for the setting of ambitious mitigation targets.

“We expect developed countries to take the lead in this regard, while developing countries should be given incentives and assistance to limit their emissions in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities,” he noted.

Konjore said developing countries should be supported financially and technologically to develop their economies following a low carbon path.

“Namibia has plenty of sunshine for 365 days a year, we are ready to do our bit. We, therefore, invite those with clean and renewable energy technologies, especially in solar systems, to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships through technology transfer,” he advised.

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