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Nepal to raise climate change impact issues in Katowice
- President Bidya Devi Bhandari will lead the Nepali delegation. She will raise major issues Nepal faces in her special address to the gathering
Nov 22, 2018-
Nepal is expected to raise the issues about impact of climate change with top priority at the upcoming COP 24—the United Nations 24th climate change conference—taking place in Katowice of Poland from December 2-14.
Despite being one of the countries with the least contribution to the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, Nepal is the most vulnerable to its impact. Nepal’s GHG emission is around 0.027 percent of the global emission. The Ministry of Forest and Environment said preparations were being made for its participation in the conference. Nepal is a signatory to the UN general conventions.
A status paper has been prepared after several rounds of discussions with the government and non- government bodies concerned, Ministry’s Climate Change Division chief Dr Maheshwor Dhakal said. The paper contains the issues that Nepal is preparing to raise during the conference and other programmes, meetings and discussions sessions.
Nepal will participate in the event under the leadership of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. She will incorporate major issues facing Nepal in her special address to the gathering.
Nepal is facing the problems of snow melting in the Himalayas, unreliable rainfall, skewed rainfall pattern and too much rain due to the climate change effects which often result in floods, landslide, desertification and drought conditions.
Nepal will also present a report on good practices that it has been carrying out towards supporting the economic status of the local people affected by climate change as well as in the areas directly related to their livelihood such as protection of forests, soil conservation, water management, agriculture, fruit cultivation and livestock farming.
“We will raise the issues of climate change in the conference that will contribute to government’s concept of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’. We will pursue issues related to agriculture, biodiversity, development infrastructure, technology transfer, among other topics related to climate change,” he explained.
The heads of state are scheduled to give their statements on the second day of the conference. Leaders of 30 member countries have confirmed their participation in the conference.
The ‘technical session’ of the conference will take place from December 4-8, featuring group discussions on all the topics in the agenda. The issues raised and deliberated on in the conference, including the participation and discussions at the political level, will be given a final shape and endorsed on December 9.
COP 24 is more important as it is also preparing the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The member countries had reached an agreement in the COP 21 held in Paris, France on December 12, 2015 to limit the temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent further rise in the Earth’s temperature due to global warming.
Nepal will highlight the adverse impact of climate change on the economy of the Himalayan region as well as relating this to the marine economy at the conference.
Published: 22-11-2018 07:25