Zambian environmental campaigners hail global climate deal

Environmental campaigners in Zambia on Monday hailed the outcome of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference held in Paris, France, which committed all countries to cut down on green gas emissions.

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(From L-R)Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn, Guinean President Alpha Conde, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, French President Francois Hollande, Gabon President Ali Bongo and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama hold a press conference following a lunch at the Elysee Palace to honor the African presidents involved in sustainable development regarding the COP21 in Paris, France, Nov.10, 2015. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, with the objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. (Xinhua/Theo Duval)
(From L-R)Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn, Guinean President Alpha Conde, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, French President Francois Hollande, Gabon President Ali Bongo and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama hold a press conference following a lunch at the Elysee Palace to honor the African presidents involved in sustainable development regarding the COP21 in Paris, France, Nov.10, 2015. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, with the objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. (Xinhua/Theo Duval)

The climate conference, held from November 30 to December 11, came up with an agreement which will come into effect in 2020.

(From L-R)Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn, Guinean President Alpha Conde, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, French President Francois Hollande, Gabon President Ali Bongo and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama hold a press conference following a lunch at the Elysee Palace to honor the African presidents involved in sustainable development regarding the COP21 in Paris, France, Nov.10, 2015. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, with the objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. (Xinhua/Theo Duval)
(From L-R)Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Mariam Dessalegn, Guinean President Alpha Conde, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, French President Francois Hollande, Gabon President Ali Bongo and Ghana President John Dramani Mahama hold a press conference following a lunch at the Elysee Palace to honor the African presidents involved in sustainable development regarding the COP21 in Paris, France, Nov.10, 2015. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris, with the objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. (Xinhua/Theo Duval)

Abel Musumali, the executive director of Green Environment, said the agreement was good, especially for small island nations and the least developed countries.

“The Paris meeting has shown leadership and this is a plus for least developed countries and in our endeavor to have a clean planet,” he said in an interview.

He said the outcome of the negotiations presents a brighter future in efforts aimed at tackling the problem of climate change than previous meetings.

“What remains to be seen is how we go forward now. What mechanism will those climate fund be channeled to developing countries. However it is a fantastic outcome,” he added.

According to him, least developed countries will require technology and skills transfer in order to move into renewable energy use and production.

Other analysts, however, expressed concern that the agreement is not wholly binding, saying this may affect the implementation process.

The deal further calls on wealthy countries to continue providing financial support to poor nations to cope with climate change, and also encourages other countries to join in on voluntary basis. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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