Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal among other delectations at COP(28)/RSS
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ delivered a keynote address at the high-level roundtable titled “Himalayan: Who will saves us from the climate crisis?” during the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28).
Full text of PM’s address
His Excellency, Mr. Xavier Espot Zamora, Prime Minister of Andorra
His Excellency Mr. António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Colleagues from the mountainous countries
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Good morning and Namaste.
– Identity and dignity
– Ecological and environmental integrity, and
I appreciate each one of you for your contributions and encouraging participation.
I am encouraged by the lively interaction, intellectual dialogues and profound knowledge and understanding of today’s thematic discussion. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the commitment and dedication that has successfully completed this occasion.
Nepal has consistently advocated for mountain issues and concerns in meetings of the CoPs and other international forums. Nepal has been engaging with mountain alliances and initiatives at the international and regional levels, including the Mountain Partnership, the Group of Friends of Mountainous Countries, ICIMOD, UNDP and the regional mountain networks.
I have strongly highlighted the repercussions of climate change in mountainous regions and least-developed countries in all forums including the 78th UNGA and the Climate Ambition Summit. Nepal will champion the agenda in a national capacity as well as the chair of the Group of LDCs.
It is critical for mountain countries to work in solidarity and unity to ensure that the mountain agenda is incorporated into all themes of UNFCCC negotiations. I see a high potential to incorporate the mountain agenda into the COP process this year.
We must not forget the significance of synergistic collaborations with the LDC Group, G-77, China, and other climate negotiation groups of the UNFCCC.
Likewise, we must strive to advocate for the aspirations and interests of mountainous regions and their populations, acknowledging the role of all such as parliamentarians, civil society organizations, the corporate sector, youths, think tanks, entrepreneurs, indigenous peoples, local communities, women, students, and all concerned in this journey.
Finally, I urge all parties and international communities to fulfill your commitments and effectively implement the climate actions, that adaptation finance should be doubled by 2025, and that half of climate finance be allocated immediately to adaptation efforts.
I emphasize the criticality of meeting the $100 billion climate finance obligation, reinstating the Green Climate Fund, and implementing the loss and damage fund in a manner that is easy to understand and implement for the LDCs.
I underline that the GST at this COP28 must serve as a pivotal moment to maintain the 1.5-degree target and establish a strong accountability system to tackle climate change.
As time is rapidly running out to save our mountains and the people of the mountains, it is crucial to act fast to ensure a sustainable and livable future for both- mountains and people. I appeal to the Member States of CoP to integrate the mountain agenda throughout the negotiation process and all substantial discussions, and resolutions in the CoP frameworks and beyond.
In conclusion, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for your valuable presence and extend our sincere thanks to all those in attendance, including the countries of the mountain partnership and our development allies, for their cooperation, benevolence, and support.
We are extremely appreciative of your sustained dedication and solidarity. I am indebted to you all. On behalf of the government and people of Nepal, I extend my sincere appreciation for your efforts to develop sustainable, inclusive, and innovative solutions to preserve the invaluable global services that our magnificent mountains offer to the world.
With this, this session comes to an end. Thank you very much each of you for your presence and contributions.