N$5 million raised for UN conference
Over N$ 5 million was pledged by members of the diplomatic and business community in support of Namibia’s hosting of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11).
Environment and Tourism Minister, Uahekua Herunga, hosted a sponsors dinner in honour of the upcoming conference on Tuesday, thanking the sponsors for their generous contributions and support of Namibia’s decision to host this international event.
The most notable pledge was N$4 million from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia. The donation is representative of Germany’s ongoing commitment and support to combating desertification in Namibia – which is even more relevant with the UNCCD being head-quartered in Bonn.
The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) pledged N$790,000, while South African specialist service providers to the event also pledged their commitment to the cause through their half a million donation. Air Namibia pledged airline tickets to the value of N$ 100,000 in addition to offering discounted delegate rates on flights for conference attendees. Other partners including Pupkewitz Holdings, the Botswana High Commission, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, and the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria also pledged their support.
A total of N$5.4 million was pledged to support the upcoming UNCCD COP 11.