Developed countries must honour commitments - King
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL –His Majesty King Mswati III, has called upon the developed nations to honour the commitment made towards mitigating climate change.
In 1992, the developed nations pledged to set up a fund to mitigate the impact of climate change on developing nations. Speaking to world leaders at the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the king said the World’s Economic powerhouses should place this commitment as a matter of priority.
He cited Swaziland’s reduced maize yield due to erratic weather patterns as an example of the devastating effects it was having on developing countries who contribute the least to global warming. "We therefore appeal to our developed partners to honour their pledge made towards the Green Fund and the Sustainable Development Programme as a matter of priority," he said.
His Majesty said the conference, albeit 20 years later, should invigorate the leaders’ commitment towards the Sustainable Development (SD) Agenda and a Green Econ-omy (GE).
"In particular, we should conti-nue to uphold the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR) in order to ensure equity in our development endeavors," he said. The CBDR places responsibility according to the level of gas emissions by each country.
He said the provision of adequate financial resources, transfer of environmentally-sound technologies and technical assistance to developing cou-ntries, are critical to assisting the developing nation confront the challenges of climate change.
The adverse effects, he said, have manifested in the form of environmental degradation, food insecurity, invasive alien species and natural disasters, among others. Expressing the expe-ctation from the Conference, the king said; "It is our hope that the outcomes of our Common Vision will be translated to meaningful action for a better world."
... SD IS PLAYING HER PART
RIO DEJANEIRO, BRAZIL Swaziland has played her part towards the world leaders’ Common Vision on Climate Change.
His Majesty told the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Climate Change that Swaziland had committed herself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to protecting the environment.
Citing progress towards this objective, His Majesty highli-ghted the establishment of the Swaziland Environmental Authority (SEA) to ensure compliance.
"The kingdom of eSwatini has realised significant achieve-ments since the landmark 1992 Earth Summit.
"We have put in place various policies, strategies and legislative frameworks which serve as a basis for the implementation of our sustai-nable development agenda," he said.
He also said the country had committed to moving to-wards the noble goal of creating employment in many sectors of the economy and ensuring access to education, health, energy and renewable energy, clean water and other basic services.
"It is imperative, therefore, to put in place adequate institutional arrangements at international, regional and national levels as well as appropriate frameworks that will facilitate the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development.
"In doing so we should build upon the conventions and agreements already made and strengthen existing institu-tions," he said.
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