Minister Bush Says, Liberia Remains Committed to International Climate Change Agreement

Minister Bush delivering her Keynote message during the EPA Multi-Stakeholder Workshop at the Monrovia City Hall
Minister Bush delivering her Keynote message during the EPA Multi-Stakeholder Workshop at the Monrovia City Hall
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015: The Minister of Transport, Angela Cassell Bush says if global climate change is left unchecked it could leave millions of the world’s population vulnerable to flooding due to sea level rise.


Minister Bush made the remarks when she delivered the keynote address at the National Stakeholders Inception Workshop on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCS) at the Monrovia City Hall.


 “For ages, humankind has looked at climate change as if it were a fiction that would suddenly disappear”, she said, stressing that available evidence has made it so glaring that climate change has now become a subject not just for the experts and scientists but also for the ordinary people.

 

She said the socio-economic and livelihood conditions of Liberians and the corresponding exposure of our ecosystems, made the country particularly vulnerable to the impact and effects of climate change.


“This vulnerability stems from its low economic base, dependence on rain-fed agriculture and huge reliance on biomass energy, plus the low capacity to adapt at the community and national levels” she said.


Liberia ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto protocol in 2002 and has started implementing a number of Climate change related programs and activities over the past few years through the Environmental Protection Agency regardless of herculean challenges.  

 

But efforts to see further reduction in global emission were accelerated in the last few years, with countries committing to create a new international climate agreement by the end of the Paris Climate Summit in December 2015 in order to limit temperature increase to 2 degree Celsius.

 

The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are country commitments to climate change. The commitments made by countries between now and December will measure the concrete commitment of the global commitment to tackle climate change.

 

The two day multi stakeholders’ inception workshop is designed to draw a road map leading to the creation of a new international agreement to limit temperature increase to 2 degree Celsius at the end of the Paris Climate Summit in December, 2015.

 

The inception workshop was graced by the Ambassador of the Republic of France, His Excellency Joel Godeon, the Economic Counselor of the United State Embassy representing Ambassador Deborah Malac, Mr. Johnson Nken of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as well as Stakeholders from all sectors of the Country.