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Parliament ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

By Morris Dogga

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) yesterday ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.

South Sudan acceded to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2014 with the aim of reversing the impacts of climate change in the country.

The Paris Agreement seeks to raise awareness and to galvanize the International Community into collective action in order to address the danger posed by climate change and environmental degradation.

The motion to approve the document was tabled before the August House by the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee of Environment, Forestry and Wildlife Conservation, Akuot Chan.

Chan said it was important that the Parliament approved the agreement because it will give an opportunity to get health and sanitation support from the international donors.

She added that it will expose the country into trainings on climate change and sustainable development as well as providing opportunities for capacity building in the areas of eco-system management and utilization.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment, Joseph Napon, who was present during the passing of the agreement, welcomed the move by the parliament to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, saying by ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement; the country will benefit a lot from the developed countries.

Napon said the country will now have access to 100 billion dollars that will be availed by the developed countries for the mitigation and adoption process to fight climate change in developing countries.

She said the fund will be used for smart agriculture and renewable energy sustainability and waste management as well as reforestation.

Napon said the money will be channeled through some selected NGOs and other UN agencies.

She said the country now stands a chance of accessing so many projects out of the 100 billion dollars.

Napon said most of the projects have been stagnant because they have been waiting for the ratification of the document.

She said she will be travelling with the First Vice President to New York for the UN summit on Environment and she will present it so that the country starts getting the 100 billion.

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