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.