Malawi wants support in climate change response


Malawi says the country’s aspirations and global vision on climate change cannot be achieved if there is no adequate, predictable and sustainable support in terms of finance, technology and capacity building.
Addressing G77 leaders and China at Cop23 in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Yanira Mseka Ntupanyama said Malawi looks forward with great anticipation that the parties would adopt crucial decisions and outcomes.
Ntupanyama said Malawi would like to concur and associate herself with the statements made by the Chairs of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group as well as the Least Developed Countries.
“These groups have made it clear that the world is justifiably waiting for our decisions with a high degree of impatience, on the modalities, procedures and guidelines for the effective implementation of all elements in the Paris Agreement,” Ntupanyama said.
She said the horrific impacts of climate change are continuously and adversely affecting the poorest and most vulnerable.
“In our least developed economies, women, the youth and disadvantaged groups stand among the most affected. Some people are dying and others are left homeless. Livelihoods are threatened and affected.
“Agricultural production is hampered. There is resurgence of human and agricultural pests and diseases. Countries are losing their long- and hard-earned infrastructure and economic gains,” she said.
Malawi was among the countries in southern Africa that was worst affected by the El Niño-induced drought in 2016, with 36 percent of the population requiring food relief.
A Food Insecurity Response Plan amounting to $380 million was prepared to provide assistance to the affected population.
Financing was one of the issues that dominated Cop23. The call to support African countries was also made by Pan African Parliament early in the week which called on developed countries to do more to finance climate change response

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