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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:37 - Updated Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:37

Country experiences climate change adverse effects - minister

Luanda - The Angolan Environment minister, Paula Francisco, last Thursday said that the country has been experiencing the adverse effects of climate change, which tend to get worse, with consequences like severe droughts and abnormal rainfalls, also observed around the world.

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Environment minister, Paula Cristina Francisco Coelho.

Photo: Lino Guimarães

Speaking at the Top Level Meeting of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the minister said that the global response to the said adverse effects needs to be reconciled with the historical responsibility, considering the dangerous amount of greenhouse effect gases concentration in the atmosphere and the need to secure a continuous progress towards the eradication of poverty, sustainable economic growth and sustainable development.

The minister explained that climate changes are the biggest challenge to Humanity.       

She went on to say that multilateralism has demonstrated, so far, that it is an efficient tool, in face of the need for the necessary consensus regarding the fight against climate change.  

Paula Francisco appealed to all parties, particularly to developed countries, to honour the commitments assumed so far, in regard to this issue.    

Besides influencing the appearance of severe weather, climate change is also responsible for the intensification of the challenges on food and energetic security, among other aspects.   

“(...) Angola is embarking on the process of adopting a 2018-2030 National Action Plan on Climate Change, whose vision is to have a country adapted to the effects of climate change, with low carbon development, which can contribute to the eradication of poverty”, emphasised the Angolan Environment minister.

The Angolan Environment minister, Paula Francisco, is heading an Angolan delegation to the event.

According to a press note that has reached ANGOP, the country will present at the event a statement focusing on its National Strategy on Climate Change.

The UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has the objective to co-ordinate the world focus on tackling challenges relating to global warming and combine synergies for nations to bring about a safer and more prosperous development.

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