APM to ask rich countries to reduce carbon emissions

Written by  MBC Online

Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika left the country on Friday to attend the 25th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) in Madrid, Spain from 2nd to 13th December, saying he will ask developed countries to reduce emissions which lead to climate change challenges.


The President told MBC before departure at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) that he will present a case for Malawi because the country has not been spared from the adverse effects of climate change.

He said floods, hailstorms, heat waves, low water levels in rivers such as Shire, is a sign that climate change affects and have also impacted Malawi.


Mutharika said as Chair of 41 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), he will push developed countries to provide resources for the implementation of adaptation programs, technology development and transfer, among others.


“I will try to talk to developed countries to ask programs that will end climate change challenges”.


This year’s meeting will focus on progress made towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement of 2015 which seeks to accelerate global response to climate change threat by maintaining a global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.


Malawi ratified the Paris agreement on 29th June 2017 and contributes 0.02% of the Green House Gas emissions globally.


The Paris Agreement has established an adaptation goal to enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, to contribute to sustainable development and ensure an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal.


The majority of UN member states attend the COP meetings. Chile remains chairperson of this year’s conference despite the change of venue to Madrid in Spain following a spate of protest in that country.

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