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Malawi CSOs call for global leaders to operationalize green climate fund a head of Paris’s COPs 21

By: Lloyd M’bwana

 

The country’s National Civil Society Task-force on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Council for Non-Governmental Organisation in Malawi (CONGOMA) and Action /2015 Malawi is calling global leaders for the forth coming Conference of Parties (COPs) 21 to operationalize green climate funds.

 

 

The call has been made to remind global leaders on their roles of showing commitment towards agreement on adequate and equitable post-2015 global climate change financing arrangement.

 

This year’s COPs 21 is co-hosted together with Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15); the largest business-focused side event slated for November 30 to December 11, 2015 at the State de France in the Le Bourget area of Paris, in France.

 

On Sunday, November 29, CONGOMA and Action /2015 Malawi with other partners organized a caravan and matching along Area 49 and 25 road in the capital Lilongwe, raising awareness on effects of climate while giving strong messages to global leaders in reminding them their commitment roles towards making ambitious and accountable action to fight effects of climate change.

 

The marching was characterized by talk shows from climate change activists and victims while spiced up with traditional dances and bike cyclers among others.

 

In an inclusive interview with the Maravi Post after holding the solidarity march successfully, Simekinala Kaluzi, Action /2015 Malawi’s National Coordinator emphasized the need for global leaders to show commitment in increasing funding for effective implementation of adaptation measure in addressing effects of climate change.

 

Kaluzi said this year’s COP 21 was important and must be taken seriously considering that over million people in 150 countries were mobilized in September, 2015 sending ambitious message and commitment to world leaders before the adaptation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

“The National Civil Society Task-force on MDGs and SDGs in Malawi views the upcoming COP 21 as critical in the implementation of the SDGs. We know that isn’t possible to address inequality and poverty without tackling climate change.

 

“As part of the global community, government of Malawi should ensure investing in waste management as one way of preserving the environment as refuse disposal should be properly managed using appropriate policies. There is should be harmonization of policies that relate to the environment including agriculture, forestry and climate change.

 

“Budget allocation to climate change activities must be increased and gender responsive to reserve the current trend which shows that local climate change financing has been declining. Local councils should get a lion share of such allocation as that is where effects of climate change are being felt”, urges Kaluzi.

 

On global levels, Kaluzi calls world leaders to support the work of the UN High-level advisory Group on Climate Change financing tom conclude a legally binding agreement to reduce emissions and provide financial resources, technology and relevant capacity-building to support climate change adaptation (especially in the agriculture sector) and sustainable development in least developed countries.

 

“World leaders must agree on an adequate and equitable post-2015 global climate financing by operationalization of the Green Climate Change Fund established during the Cancun talks among other funds”, appeals Kaluzi.

 

Malawi has been attending such conferences for many years through the representative from governmental officials, youth groups, civil society organization, (CSOs), activists and the media on how best the nation can benefit on climate change protocols and agreements set for least and developing countries.

 

The conference is expected convening 750+ cross-sector participants from business, Government, investors, UN, NGO and civil society which opportunity to bolster business innovation in the climate change arena, accelerating international sustainable development and bring scale to low carbon innovation and creating dialogue, enable collaboration and showcase game-changing solutions to climate challenges while featuring 80+ foremost expert speakers, high level plenary sessions, interactive panel debates, workshops, cultural components and enhanced networking opportunities.

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