MINISTRY TO EDUCATE PUBLIC ON PARIS AGREEMENT 2015

Climate Change. Photo credit: www.earthtimes.org

Climate Change. Photo credit: www.earthtimes.org

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology will embark on a series of public awareness programs to educate the country about the Parish Agreement 2015.

Adopted at the end of last year’s UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) in France, the Agreement aims to keep the global temperature rise this century to well below two degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase further to 1.5 degree Celsius.

Under Secretary Technical, Chanel Iroi says people will need to be aware of the country’s obligations and commitments under this agreement.

“We need to inform the whole country about this agreement so we are going to look at holding a series of public awareness in the country. We hope that we will get some finance to do that so that people understand what are the country’s obligations under this agreement and how best all stakeholders and people, communities, business sector, the government will play their role. How each stakeholder will meet the national obligation, so we are going to do a public awareness so that people are made aware of the obligations and commitments under this agreement.”

Meanwhile, on accessing the ‘Green Climate Fund’ allocated for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, Mr. Iroi says the government is in the process of formulating a Readiness Program.

“We’re already in the process of completing forms to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund Board for consideration so that we can access funds for our Readiness Program. Once that Readiness Program is in place and completed, then we can be able to apply for mitigation and adaptation projects to assist the country, so that’s the current situation, we are in the process of accessing funds to do our Readiness Program.”

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