The Himalayan Times, 18 Nov 2017
BONN, GERMANY: Minister for Population and Environment Mithila Chaudhary has said climate change has been continuously posing additional threats to people and ecosystems in the country though Nepal emits negligible amount of global greenhouse gases.
Addressing the High Level Segment of UNFCCC’s COP 23 taking place in Bonn of Germany on Thursday, Minister Chaudhary noted that Nepal has expressed its strong commitment and put initiatives to addressing the accelerated threats of climate change despite limited resources and also called for the developed countries to expand their supports to the climate affected developing countries.
Expressing commitment to give final shape to the rule book of the Paris Agreement within a year, she expressed solidarity with all the parties for effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and the Paris Agreement.
“I urge you all to collaborate with countries like ours with rugged mountainous terrain on the one hand and limited technological resources on the other, in order to enhance adaptive capacity and build climate-resilient future”, the Minister noted.
Like many other parties, Nepal is worried about the slow progress in the full materialization of the Convention in spite of several decisions made during the last two decades.
“We look forward for the successful outcome of the Facilitative Dialogue during 2018 that contributes in achieving the 1.5 degree celsius temperature target. Adequate means of implementation and its easy access is key to unlock climate action in developing countries, particularly LDCs”, she added while addressing the session.
Minister Chaudhary also noted that our countries should not be burden with additional reporting requirements as in the recent years Nepal has been inspired with countries taking ambitious climate actions in promoting renewable energy, clean transportation and in building climate resilience.
She also called for the countries with higher emission to urgently contrive activities that helps to maintain temperature increase below 1.5 degree Celsius as guided by the Paris Agreement.
The Conference, which is to be wrapped up on November 18, is doing ground works for the preparation of rule book regarding the implementation of the historical agreement of climate change which came into effect two years ago.
As many as 25,000 actors and stakeholders of around 200 countries across the globe are taking part in the conference.
The first segment of the Conference concluded last week was focused on the agendas of climate change risk reduction, adaptation, investment, technology transfer, and capacity development.
On the occasion, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) had drawn the attention of the developed countries to make the process of providing economic assistance to the climate change vulnerable countries easy.