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Sustainable development awards launched

Sustainable development awards launched

Maria David

THE Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, officially launched the 4th Sustainable Development Awards on Monday.

The 4th edition, slated for June 2024, emerges at a crucial juncture, urging us to confront the urgency of climate challenges with collective action.

Speaking at the launch, Shifeta said that the Sustainable Development Awards, an initiative that stands as a beacon of recognition for outstanding contributions to sustainability.

Shifeta said the Sustainable Development Awards recognize institutions and individuals across eleven categories, ranging from Private Sector Champions to Thought Leadership, each acknowledging the integration of environmental, social, economic, and management aspects into their practices.

This edition highlights the importance of investing in our environment for a sustainable future.

According to Shifeta, this collaborative effort, driven by the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) and the Sustainable Development Advisory Council (SDAC), has evolved into a symbol of excellence, aligning with their theme this year: “Investing in Our Planet.”

“The awards are to late President Hage Geingob, who was a staunch advocate for environmental sustainability and was instrumental in embedding principles of sustainability within our national fabric,” he said.

He added that originating in 2015, conceived by the EIF and SDAC, the awards have become a biennial beacon celebrating remarkable strides in sustainable development.

Shifeta indicated that President Geingob’s legacy in environmental sustainability is etched in the Namibian Constitution, specifically Article 95, the first in the world to enshrine environmental sustainability as a constitutional imperative.

“His dedication to sustainable resource management and climate change commitments have paved the way for Namibia’s leadership on the global stage,” he added.

Shifeta stressed that investing in nature means more than financial commitments; it’s about bold and prompt action.

From green infrastructure to reframing conversations, we must converge efforts to address environmental crises linked to climate change.

As stewards of this planet, Shifeta said they have the momentum to build resilience for a future of sustainable, inclusive growth.

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