Namibia sends heavy weight delegation to COP

Staff Writer

Namibia is participating at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will be hosted by Egypt.

Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Heather Sibungo said Namibia will have a pavilion to accommodate all side events arranged under different thematic areas as aligned to the COP Presidency themes.

“Namibia will follow closely, discussions on climate change mitigation. Under the Paris agreement Parties have committed to periodically prepare and submit more enhanced and ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to keep the global temperature well below 1.5-degree Celsius above pre-industrial level by mid-century,” she said.

These themes are: Climate Financing; Science and Youth, Adaptation and Agriculture, Green

Hydrogen and Renewable Energy and Water and Partnerships. Each theme will have a dedicated day where presentations will be done followed by an interactive session.

Furthermore, Sibungo said that at this year’s conference of parties, Namibia will be represented by a multi-stakeholder delegation headed by the ministry and includes Line Ministries: Office of the President, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, National Planning Commission; Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation; Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and Ministry of Finance.

“The conference will also be attended by state owned enterprises namely the Environmental Investment Fund, NamWater, NamPower, Development Bank of Namibia. The private sector will be represented by Bank Windhoek, Standard Bank, Triple Capital. The academia sector will be represented by UNAM, SASSCAL and Namibia Nature Foundation and NACSO will represent the NGOs,” added Sibungo.

President Hage Geingob is among the 90 Heads of State who have confirmed their attendance at Sharm el-Sheikh next week, according to the latest statement from Egyptian authorities. But leaders and representatives of more than 190 countries – all parties to the United Nations Framework

Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – are expected in total.

By Observer