Botswana president to attend COP24

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-30 04:59:54|Editor: huaxia
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GABORONE, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi will join other world leaders in Katowice, Poland for the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

According to a press release issued on Thursday by the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation in Botswana, Masisi will leave for Poland on Dec. 1 to attend the event that will run from Dec. 2 to 5.

The news release said COP24 is meant to adopt the implementation guidelines aimed at accelerating the achievement of the Paris Climate Change Agreement goals.

"To achieve this, the conference will strive to agree on the Paris Rule book, which will demonstrate political will and commitment on the part of the parties, to embark on an effective work plan. This will engender a collective effort towards realizing the ambitions of the UNFCCC beyond 2020," said the release.

Alongside the COP24 meeting, there will also be a High-Level Summit emanating from the Talanoa Dialogue, during which heads of state and government are expected to sign the declaration recognizing the need for a low carbon economy as enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

The Talanoa Dialogue is a process designed to help countries implement and enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020. It was launched at COP 23 under the presidency of the Republic of Fiji and is a year-long process.

Like many other nations, Botswana is already feeling the adverse impact of climate change across various sectors of the economy through, among others, extreme weather events, substantial reductions in surface water resources, accelerated desertification in sensitive arid zones and greater threats to health, biodiversity and agricultural production. Enditem