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Cabinet intensifies lobbying to host Green Climate Fund

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… Appoints Esau Mbako to chair new NEPC board
 
Cabinet this week shifted up a gear in the country’s bid to host the Green Climate Fund when it endorsed a recommendation to spread its lobbying efforts across the world.
 
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a fund within the framework of the UNFCCC founded as a mechanism to assist developing countries adapt mitigation practices to counter climate change. The Fund is currently based in the new Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea. It is governed by a Board of 24 members and initially supported by a Secretariat.
 
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, made the announcement yesterday during a media briefing session where he shared decisions taken by Cabinet this week.
 
Simataa said: “We need the extension so that the message for support can gain traction. All of us lobby wherever we are around the world.” Asked how the lobbying will be extended considering the country’s teetering economy, Simataa said Namibian embassies abroad will be utilised to lobby extensively.
 
Simataa said Namibia is aware of the obligations that must be met, but assured Namibians that should the country win the bid to host the Fund, the gains made will be worth the investment. Six countries are currently vying for the role: Germany (Bonn), South Korea (Songdo), Mexico (Mexico City), Namibia (Windhoek), Poland (Warsaw), and Switzerland (Geneva).
 
The appointed country will be tasked with providing a home for one of the main vehicles to help the world’s most vulnerable nations mitigate and adapt to climate change. According to the World Resources Institute, the host country will play an important role in ensuring that the GCF fulfils its responsibility.
 
It will need to be able to provide an environment in which the Fund can be established promptly as an independent, legal entity that can function effectively. Significantly, the choice of country provides an opportunity to send a strong signal of the Fund’s commitment to be a transformational institution that will do things differently.
 
There are a number of considerations that the Board will need to keep in mind as it makes its decision on a host country — namely, issues of practicality and legitimacy. For example, apart from establishing the Fund as a legal, operational entity, the host city will need to provide appropriate facilities for the GCF to function effectively.
 
This includes buildings, conference centres, and telecommunications networks, as well as attractive conditions for staff, such as good health care, education, local and international transport, affordable costs, and quality of living.
A number of countries have put forth attractive offers of financial resources to support the start-up of the Fund.
 
The Board will also need to consider issues of equity and legitimacy. The vast majority of climate-related funds and institutions are located in developed countries. Hence selecting a developed country would naturally give many the confidence that the Fund will get off to a smooth start. However, Board members would send a strong signal of the GCF’s commitment to “promote a paradigm shift” if they select a developing country as host.
 
Other decisions
Meanwhile, Cabinet also appointed a new board for New Era Publications Corporation, the board will be led by Esau Mbako.
Mbako will serve alongside, Ileni Gebhardt (vice chair), France Kaundinge, Beatrice Kahunda and Cassius Moetie.
 
They will serve from 1 December 2016 to 1 December 2019.
In a bid to curb poaching activities, Cabinet also approved the use of Unnamed Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for wildlife protection and law enforcement in National Parks and other wildlife concentration areas.
 
The Ministry Health and Social Services was also authorised to deposit an instrument Of Accession to the Convention on Assistance in the case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.
 
“Cabinet approved the declaration to the Convention and authorized the Minister of Health and social Services to table the Convention in the National Assembly for approved and accession,” said Simataa.



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