Two countries share common concerns about climate change: Indonesian Envoy

WINDHOEK: Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Namibia, Agustinus Sumartono says the two countries share common concerns about climate change.

Speaking at the 70th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day here on Monday, he raised concerns, stating that Namibia is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change due to desertification and severe drought in recent years.

He said Indonesia is in danger of losing around 2 000 islands by 2030 if the sea levels continue to rise, adding that it is therefore important that the COP 21 in Paris this November could agree upon a legally binding agreement to limit global temperature increases.

COP 21 – the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a meeting of nations subscribing to the UN framework on climate change, in which all parties deliberate on climate change policy and practice to achieve sustainable development.

Sumartono also said his country is ready to welcome a new chapter of bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and socio-cultural field with Namibia under the leadership of President Hage Geingob.

Indonesia gained its independence on 17 August 1945 from the colonial administration of the Dutch Indies.