- 15 November, 2016:
A delegation, led by the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms and Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Alain Wong,
is participating in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Conference is being held from 14 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
One of the main objectives of the Conference is to determine what action needs to be taken so as to meet the global goals of combating climate change once the Paris Agreement comes into effect. Minister Wong is expected to participate in discussions to explore avenues for capacity building, technology development and transfer, as well as climate funds, to support the country’s climate action. The Paris Agreement was adopted on 4 November 2016 and Mauritius was one of the first fifteen countries that signed and ratified the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016.
During the Conference, Minister Wong will have meetings with various key stakeholders and representatives of the World Bank, Commonwealth and Green Climate Fund for funding from developed countries. India, Japan, China and Australia, are among the countries which can provide climate finance to support Mauritius tackle the adverse impacts of climate change.
The UN conference will address climate-related challenges and ways to harness and bolster collective efforts to combat climate change which is a global threat. The World Climate Conference also aims to encourage various countries to adhere to the Paris Agreement and to implement concrete actions in reducing their CO2 emissions as well as to mobilise support and strengthen resilience for the most vulnerable countries, like Mauritius, to fight climate change. Delegates from some 195 countries are attending the Conference.
COP22 will be crucial in helping countries to better equip themselves in order to manage the effects of climate change. The Conference will set out to enhance climate action by igniting national and international contributions.
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