President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the UN Treaty Signing Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the UN Treaty Signing Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

President Edgar Lungu yesterday appended Zambia’s Signature to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the Treaty Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.

The overall objective of the Agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees.

According to the statement released to the media by Zambia’s Permanent Mission First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the United Nations, Mr Chibaula Silwamba, the Paris Agreement was adopted at the Twenty-first Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris, France on 12th December, 2015, following successful negotiations by 196 Parties to the Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement commits Parties to implement ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects while promoting sustainable development.

To date, about 181 States Parties including Zambia have signed the Paris Agreement and 28 Parties have further ratified. These Nations account for an estimated 39.08 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement will enter into force 30 days after attaining the 55 percent threshold of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.

By signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Government of the Republic of Zambia renewed its commitment and resolve to take action in order to attain sustainable prosperity, safeguard the health of our people and the planet.

Among the Senior Officials who accompanied the President to the signing event, was Mr. Trevor Kaunda, Permanent Secretary at The Ministry of Lands, Natural resources and Environmental Protection who expressed elation at this development.

The Permanent Secretary added that in order to enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement at country level, Government has developed its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement which outlines various mitigation and adaptation programme/actions to be implemented. Mr. Kaunda said the recently adopted National Policy on Climate Change will provide a framework and ensure coordinated approach in implementation of climate change actions with a view to help the country fulfil its obligation under the Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.

The Zambian Government is confident that through collective implementation of the Agreement, developing countries like Zambia will be assisted increase its ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and transition into low greenhouse gas emissions development.

Ultimately, this will ensure environmental integrity and foster socio economic sustainability and help save our planet.

President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu talking to United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel João Miguel Ferreira de Serpa Soares (c) and UN Treaty Section Chief Santiago Villalpando when the Head of State went to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at UN HQ in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu talking to United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel João Miguel Ferreira de Serpa Soares (c) and UN Treaty Section Chief Santiago Villalpando when the Head of State went to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at UN HQ in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares (r) showing the President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu where to sign during signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at UN HQ in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares (r) showing the President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu where to sign during signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at UN HQ in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

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President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the UN Treaty Signing Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. Looking on is UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares (c) and UN Treaty Section Chief Santiago Villalpando (right). PHOTO | WIN KHINE | UN TREATY SECTION
President of Zambia His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change during the UN Treaty Signing Event at the on-going High-Level Segment of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York USA on Tuesday 20 September 2016. Looking on is UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares (c) and UN Treaty Section Chief Santiago Villalpando (right). PHOTO | WIN KHINE | UN TREATY SECTION
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    • We want the specifics of what he is signing to so that we can see if we as a Nation are all working towards achieving this …. these signings especially for Smaller countries seem to only be ceremonial and yet impact is evident on our small economies and communities. The “Did he read it?” should not be taken lightly and literally…of course he didn’t but I expect the technos such as the Permsec & Team must have read becoz with Politicians he will next be arguing when held accountable that we are a sovereign state and not answerable to… (you know the drill) When interrogated about some environmental issues forgetting what he signed.
      ….Remember the lower Zambezi mining license saga????

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    • Why is it we so called third world nations are always forced to sign these protocols yet super economies will find excuses not to. These protocols as I realised are meant to stifle any industrial growth in our country. China saw through these tactics and only signs what it feels it can stomach otherwise it couldn’t be where it is.If wee kaya!!!?

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    • Hope he read it before signing. Last time he signed a document (amended Zambian constitution), he didn’t know what was in it. This guy will eventually sign away our country, I’m afraid.

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  1. Funny how he has become a pariah, a despot and undesirable in the eyes of the international community. He’s day of reckoning will come.

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    • Poor lungu! Straight from new York night clubs, he can’t even see where to sign, the muzungu had to point with a finger on the paper. And i doubt if lungu understands that document or even read it

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    • The international community should impose sanctions against Chakolwa, Kaffir Zulu, Anus Chanda and Chakolwa’s other minions so that they should not travel to the west, no more personal imports, and they can start drinking kachasu like their humble personas claim.

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  2. Whilst he is signing us the people who provided transport to the ECZ have not been paid despite elections being over. We want our money

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    • Dull, read the contracts before you sign them. Contracts to include payment deadlines which when breached gives you the right to sue them for much more than they owed you in the first place. Problem is that you are in the habit of entering into open arrangements and as such you shall wait until next budget is out.

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    • Transport given to ECZ were donations. Just forget about your money. Look forward to 2021 instead. In the meantime PF can afford to buy their biatches some cars – for PF divas.

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    • wina azalila and wina azachiona in the next 5 years of pamafi party.more poverty in the pockets of the poor and more money in the pockets of those already rich…

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  3. But it looks as if the president signed a document he did not even.Why is that man showing him where to sign?

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  4. I hope he read the full documents because back home he has a history of signing things that he doesnt believe in. Good example constitution

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  5. @2.1 Ndobo and @4 Lukwesa, the ignorance of UPND cadres (and leaders) knows no bounds. So you don’t know that those are protocol officers giving respect and guidance to all Presidents and other signatories?
    And you wanted to rule this country shuwa mwebantu?

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  6. Even during the inauguration of the President-elect there was a senior officer according the due respect to the highest office in the land, doing the protocols and showing the President-elect where to sign. It is standard international practice. Even during signing of book of condolences at diplomatic missions and others there will be someone showing the President where to sign. Do you still live in caves?

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    • @Terrible, don’t even talk about the inauguration, because, first of all, the Chief Justice looked like she didn’t want to be there. She played as minimal a role as she could. In fact she appeared to be camera shy. Secondly, Lungu himself didn’t seem to believe what was happening. You could tell by his body language, from the way he half raised his fist up in the air when he was making an entrance into the stadium, which made me wonder whether what UPND was claiming was after all true — that had it not been for his handlers advising him not to concede defeat, ECL was ready to concede.

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  7. I highly doubt it if the Lazy Bum Edgar read this document or even his drinking friend Kaizer…any this signing of these climate change documents has merely become a photo session non of the G7 have made serious strides. Moreover they selfsame people are happy to off load their cheap dirty fuel on us to pollute the very environment.

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    • Chagwa looks out of his depth! The first Picture says it all……. he’s thinking ‘ What the F*** are you talking about’?

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    • I agree with Jay Jay low and Kadansa.I also mentioned it last week that from the time our President was declared “winner” of the August election he does not look so happy. Guilty conscience eating him up?

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    • That’s the problem with fake victories. He knows that the stolen election is going to bite him in his backside one day. He just does not know when and how. He does not know if he will leave the Presidency humiliated like KK or dead on his back in a wheel barrow like Samuel Doe or even Gaddafi. Chakolwa’s victory is hollow, Pyrrhic even. No wonder his face is contorted these days.

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    • @ Jay Jay,… most likely guilt-ridden. He never looked happy even at the inauguration. You could tell by his body language. Wouldn’t be surprised if he woke up tomorrow and announces that he wants to resign, and then proceeds to tell the truth.

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  8. This is tragic, did this goon even bother reading the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to know its full potential impact on our economy especially as regards our polluting but necessary mining activities in the Copperbelt, North-Western and Kabwe? He has zero clue, for him its a typical “ifintu kuiposa fye” style or rather “ifintu fikaisolva kuntanshi”. This man has to be the greatest roaming disaster, one is given to wonder what the likes of Nkandu Luo with all their education were thinking installing such a dead-head as our head of state.

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  9. THERE GOES LUNGU GALAVANTING ALL OVER AGAIN WASTING OUR MEAGER RESOURCES ONLY TO GO THERE TO SIGN A USELEESS PIECE OF PAPER. GRABBING POWER BY FORCE FROM THE RIGHTFUL OWNER IS SUCH A BIG SHAME ON THE PERPETRATOR. ZAMBIA IS RUINED, AND AS RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS WE NEED TO CHAMPION THE COURSE OF TRANSFORMING OUR LAND BY PROMOTING REAL JUSTICE TO BE PRACTICED. RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN OUR LAND.

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    • Meanwhile a privately chartered aircraft has been waiting for him at one of world’s most expensive airport tarmacs accumulating parking fees at poor taxpayers expense!!

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  10. They wanted a Catholic Bishop to lead the Ministry, now that it has gone to someone else it becomes an Issue. if it was TG Mpundu leading the ministry, they would have kept Quiet. Grow up and we also think its not necessary to bring hate speech over one position.

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    • No stop lying Catholics have always wanted the separation of the state & church. It’s democracy not theocracy. let baPente fight for that ministry. Remember the Catholics also opposed the Christian national declaration.

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  11. picture number 3….as if he is contemplating as to whether to sign or not. Balumendo finshi mulensainisha baini???

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    • @ Dundumwezi we warned you about Jameson Vodka Chakolwa Rungu and his pamafi party before elections.Now which side are you because you are yet to see a lot of kafwafwa in the next 5 years of his governance.

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  12. @ Umwina zambia Inkonko, you are excused for your ignorance as you have no clue of what our Catholic church leaders do. For your own information, they are loaded with too much work and are ever busy. The Catholic church is an institution of learners and doers who are ever working to make a difference in people’s lives as God Commanded. Being the Mother church, they have a massive responsibility to the nation and it`s people.

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    • The Catholic Church you describe is in the rest of the world. Telesphore Mpundu’s support for Sata has taken away the legitimacy of the church in Zambia as a tool of good and saving souls. Mpundu is a PF cadre. It is just that he is not as open as Fake Bwalwa. Any posturing he does these days is because it is no longer his mulamu who is President.

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  13. UPND you will die with jealous, ECL is just favoured, you can’t compare him with HH who is forcing things to happen, that’s the difference, FAVOUR!

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  14. Look at these PF foo.ls signing for the sake of signing.

    In the mean time millions of trees are being cut down in zambia for cooking fuels due to load shedding.

    Because of these lazy PF thieves the public have not been shown the way to use solar energy. Because there is no chance of receiving bribes solar energy remains the preserve of the rich and well informed only without GRZ sanitisation exercises to encourage the public.

    By now 80% of zambians should have been on solar power. But as I said there is little or no chance for PF to receive kickbacks so do nothing and instead they go to NY to sign and get allowances.

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  15. By the way, has he delivered his lecture on democracy?
    He looks unstable and not at peace within, it is apparent the elections mess he created is starting to haunt him.

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  16. COP21 was agreed in Dec. Why is he signing so late, when the rest of the world is preparing for COP22?

    Zambia has no capacity to implement the self determined limits on pollution.

    Has he signed the Sendai Agreement on disaster response.

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  17. Just give him a pen,some papers and bring cameras he will just sign without knowing the contents cluelessness now taken to another level

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