More needs to be done to strengthen SADC’s capacity for disaster preparedness and response – official
Namibia has called for the full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, and for all State Parties to honour their commitments particularly to small states that are at the receiving end of climate calamities.
The Executive Director of the Ministry of International Relations and co-chair of the senior officials, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said this at the opening of the 9th Session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Commission of Cooperation in Windhoek.
“More needs to be done in strengthening our regional capacity for disaster preparedness and response. It is time to call for the full implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement,” she added.
According to her, the region has been hit by climate disasters, the worst that have been seen in this lifetime.
“Most member states have declared national disaster emergencies due to devastating floods and drought. We extend our solidarity towards the different climate calamities that have been experienced,” she added.
In this regard, Ashipala-Musavyi said Namibia welcomes the decisions taken three days ago at the 21st Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics Defense and Security Cooperation, held in Lusaka, Zambia.
Meanwhile, the two-day session between Namibia and Zimbabwe aims to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest as well as map the way forward in strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation as a building block to regional and continental integration.