Namibia: Third climate change communication to be submitted this year

Windhoek: Namibia will submit its Third National Communication (TNC) to the UN body aimed at addressing climate change at the end of this year. This was said by Namibia's environmental commissioner, Teofilus Nghitila, in Windhoek recently. He said the document will be submitted at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris at the end of the year.

The UNFCCC requires parties to submit national communications, detailing how they are addressing climate change at national levels.

Nghitila said Namibia submitted its Biennial Updated Reports (BURs) at the UNFCCC's CoP 20 held in Lima, Peru last year. The Convention requires Non-Annex I Parties (Parties that do not have emission reduction targets) to submit BURs to it. Nghitila was speaking at the conference on the upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference held in Windhoek.

He said Namibia has come up with a number of interventions aimed at addressing climate change. One of such interventions, he said, is the Scaling-up Community Resilience to Climate Change Variability and Climate Change in Northern Nambia project, with a specific focus on women and children.

Meanwhile, the deputy director for multilateral agreements in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Peter Muteyauli, said Namibia will meet the deadline for submitting its post-2020 climate protection actions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) it intends to take under the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC).

Muteyauli, who is also Namibia Climate Change Chief Negotiator, said Namibia's INDCs will include mitigation, adaptation and the means of implementation. He revealed that the ministry has received an amount of N$ 2 million from the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Environment Programme to finalise the country's INDCs.

The INDCs individually submitted by countres will largely determine whether the world achieves an ambitious 2015 agreement and is put on a path toward a low-carbon, climate resilient future.