PRESIDENT Hage Geingob will today announce Namibia’s five-year plan to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by the year 2030 while participating in the United Nation’s 2019 Climate Action Summit under the theme: ‘A Race We Can Win, A Race We Must Win’.
Dr. Geingob arrived in New York on Friday afternoon to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly where climate related issues will be carried high on the agenda and where commitments are expected to be made by member countries.
President Geingob, as a member of the High–Level Panel will also participate in a High Level Meeting that is aimed at adopting an Ocean-Based Climate Package. The President is scheduled to attend the meeting on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy at the invitation Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, today.
The UNGA High-Level General Debate will open tomorrow under the theme: ‘Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion’, with President Geingob delivering a statement to the high-level general debate on Wednesday.
As the Southern Region champion for the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), President Geingob will also participate in the Board Meeting of the Initiative with an agenda focused on progress made in ensuring Africa’s energy transition to renewable energy following the Paris Accord of 2015.
Besides the scheduled meetings President Geingob is also set to hold bilateral meetings on the margins of UNGA 74 with several Heads of State and Government and Heads of Multilateral Institutions which includes Uhuru Kenyatta (President of Kenya), Tijjani Muhammad–Bande (President-elect of the General Assembly), Ms. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and Mr. Qu Dongyu (Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization).
Namibia will also participate in a Roundtable discussion at the George W. Bush Institute and PEPFAR on progress towards controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.
On the eve of UNGA74, UN Secretary General António Guterres said the world may have hit a hopeful “turning point” in the struggle to tackle the climate crisis despite escalating greenhouse gas emissions.
“I see a new momentum,” Guterres said. “I believe in these last few months there has been a turning point. Six months ago, I must tell you, I was quite pessimistic about everything. I would see no movement, now I see a lot of movement and we need to boost that movement.”
He said the recent action by some countries and businesses, as well as the stunning rise of the youth climate movement, gave him hope that international goals to avoid catastrophic global warming could be met.
Guterres said he expects “very meaningful” climate commitments to be made by countries during the Climate Action Summit.