Zambia must develop robust, ambitious INDC - Lands PS

Kabwe: Lands permanent secretary Barnaby Mulenga says Zambia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the 2015 agreement on climate change should be defined within the context of the country’s status as a least developed country. Speaking at the stakeholders awareness and capacity building workshop on development of Zambia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the 2015 agreement on climate change, Mulenga said in a speech read for him by director of environment and natural resources Godwin Gondwe, that this approach must galvanise the country’s capacity to undertake both adaption actions according to the nation’s priorities and special circumstances as a least developed country.

He said Zambia’s contribution should reflect the nation’s intended climate-related and sustainable development actions.

“These actions should include, among others, adaptation priorities, mitigation, loss and damage as a result of the impacts of climate change and other relevant sustainable development actions which have links to both mitigation and adaptation. This process needs to be given serious attention because Zambia, like other countries affected by climate change impacts, needs to develop a robust and ambitious INDC that would contribute to the attainment of the objective of the convention and help to promote sustainability at country level,” Mulenga said.

He called for stakeholder participation in the provision of useful information that would help to define an ambitious national contribution to the 2015 agreement on climate change. Mulenga added that the government expected a good product from this process.

The government of France will host the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. Twenty-three years after the signing of the Framework Convention, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are still rising fast, dangerously disrupting the climate system, and posing a grave threat to sustainable development in all countries.

Zambia is expected to come up with strategies to avoid climate change, which will require sustained efforts and profound changes in the world’s energy systems, land-use patterns and socio-economic development trajectories.

The global agreement to be reached at COP21 in Paris must be a decisive turning point for the world’s efforts to fight climate change. COP21 will be the last chance to adopt a global agreement that makes it possible to secure a safe climate.