Somalia Signs Landmark Paris Climate AgreementApr 28, 2016
Somalia joined the political leadership of global community at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to sign the landmark Paris Climate Agreement on 22nd April 2016.
The Climate Agreement was signed by the President of Somalia, H. E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, in the presence of the UN Secretary General and Heads of State and Government from 174 countries and the European Union.
The President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in his statement emphasised on the challenges faced by the countries in post-conflict situations. He expressed strong commitment of Somalia to a low-carbon future, noting a climate-compatible and environmentally sustainable pathway during the reconstruction and development phase of the Country is a win-win approach for the entire nation of Somalia. “I am calling for financial and technical assistance from development partners to ensure developing countries are able to address climate change effectively” says the President.
The President of Somalia was accompanied by the State Minister of Environmental Affairs, Professor Buri M. Hamza.
During the course of last four years, Federal Government of Somalia has taken notable actions to counter the impacts of climate change. These have been with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funding in coming up with National Programme of Action for Climate Change Adaption; implementation of national programmes to build resilience of vulnerable communities and eco-systems to the impacts of climate change; reporting on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to combat climate change; starting the preparation of Greenhouse Gases Inventory under the National Communication on Climate Change; and initiating a Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment with UNEP support. Somalia was also represented by a strong delegation led by Professor Buri M. Hamza, Minister of Environmental Affairs, during the negotiation of the new Climate Agreement in Paris in November/December 2015.
Federal Government of Somalia is committed to build strong national institutions to deal with the issues of climate change and environmental degradation and will continue to work with the United Nations and other international organisations to address these issues.
The Country is actively pursuing mobilisation of resources from Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund to meet its commitments under multi-lateral environmental agreements.
The renewed focus of top leadership on development challenges, such as climate change, is in itself a positive signal for a better Somalia of tomorrow.
Climate Resilience Officer
UNDP works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at the country level, and focuses on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable and works closely with the Somali Federal Government to achieve these goals.
Hassan Abdirisak Ahmed,