Namibia gearing up for COP 21 in Paris next month

WINDHOEK: Namibia is gearing up for COP 21 in Paris, France next month to push forward the global deal towards ensuring that global warming is kept below two degrees Celsius (°C).

The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) will be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

The summit is crucial, as it needs to achieve a new international climate agreement applicable to all countries. Heads of State and representatives of Governments from more than 190 nations will attend the event.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Environmental Commissioner in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Theofilus Nghitila noted that Namibia has finalised preparatory documents that will guide the engagements throughout the summit.

He said Namibia has a strategy in place to engage various stakeholders including the French presidency adding they would like to see developed countries to make pledges by supporting developing countries in terms of mitigation and adaption measures.

African nations have insisted over the years that the primary responsibility for tackling climate change through carbon cuts lies with industrialized nations that emit most of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.