King Let­sie III calls for cli­mate change ac­tion

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

MAR­RAKECH, MOROCCO — His Majesty King Let­sie III has ap­pealed to world lead­ers to ur­gently ad­dress cli­mate change is­sues, say­ing the poor and vul­ner­a­ble groups suf­fered most as a re­sult of in­ac­tion.

His Majesty made the ap­peal while ad­dress­ing heads of states and other del­e­gates at­tend­ing the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) Con­fer­ence of Par­ties (COP22) in the Moroc­can city of Mar­rakech.

The two-week con­fer­ence ends to­mor­row amid ex­pec­ta­tions that coun­ties will come up with a guid­ing frame­work to be im­ple­mented in the com­ing years.

King Let­sie III said it was re­gret­table that the poor and vul­ner­a­ble groups in Le­sotho bore the brunt of the ad­verse ef­fects of cli­mate change.

“Le­sotho as a land­locked coun­try with moun­tain­ous ter­rain and a frag­ile ecosys­tem. It re­mains one of the vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries in the world to the ad­verse ef­fects of cli­mate change.”

His Majesty said al­though global tem­per­a­tures had only in­creased by less than one de­gree Cel­sius, Le­sotho had how­ever, ex­pe­ri­enced in the past 15 years, an in­creased fre­quency of ex­treme weather events rang­ing from se­vere droughts, hail storms to er­ratic rains.

“Re­gret­tably most of the neg­a­tive im­pact is borne by the poor and vul­ner­a­ble groups.”

King Let­sie III there­fore called on coun­tries to se­ri­ously con­sider ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions on adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion in order to save the ecosys­tems of vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries like Le­sotho.

“Le­sotho’s am­bi­tions to tackle cli­mate change can be seen from her In­tended Na­tion­ally De­ter­mined Con­tri­bu­tions (INDC) sub­mit­ted to the UNFCCC. With her own limited resources Le­sotho has in­creased its mit­i­ga­tion am­bi­tions,” the king said, adding such ef­forts would help the coun­try achieve the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGS).

The King said the COP 22, dubbed COP of Ac­tion, was the en­abling im­ple­men­ta­tion plat­form of the his­toric Paris Agree­ment which as­sumed le­gal ef­fect on the 4th of Novem­ber af­ter more than half of the coun­tries re­spon­si­ble for 55 per­cent of global emis­sions rat­i­fied the agree­ment.

“I am con­fi­dent that there is enough de­ter­mi­na­tion to work to­gether to adapt and mit­i­gate cli­mate change,” His Majesty added.

For his part, Morocco’s King Mo­hammed VI, said the Mar­rakech con­fer­ence was a turn­ing point in the im­ple­men­ta­tion process of the his­toric Paris Agree­ment.

“Mankind is pin­ning great hopes on the res­o­lu­tions to be en­dorsed. It is ex­pect­ing more than just a dec­la­ra­tion of com­mit­ments and prin­ci­ples to curb green­house warm­ing and mit­i­gate its ef­fects,” said.

He said hold­ing the con­fer­ence in Africa was an incentive to pri­ori­tise ad­dress­ing the ad­verse ef­fects of cli­mate change, which were grow­ing worse in the coun­tries of the south and in­su­lar states whose ex­is­tence was in jeop­ardy. He said it was nec­es­sary to unify ed­u­ca­tion on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and raise aware­ness about its defin­ing role in pre­serv­ing the fu­ture of mankind.

“Morocco shall de­vote its ef­forts and al­lo­cate the fi­nan­cial resources to dis­charge this dif­fi­cult, no­ble mis­sion,” said King Mo­hammed VI.

Mankind is pin­ning great hopes on the res­o­lu­tions to be en­dorsed. It is ex­pect­ing more than just a dec­la­ra­tion of com­mit­ments and prin­ci­ples to curb green­house warm­ing and mit­i­gate its ef­fects

King Let­sie iii.

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