Oxfam wants World leaders to commit on carbon emission reduction at UNGA

Oxfam Malawi has appealed to World leaders at the ongoing United Nations Genera al Assembly (UNGA) to reaffirm their commitments to reducing carbon emission.

Country Director for Oxfam Malawi, Lingalireni Mihowa made the appeal Thursday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Lilongwe.

She said world leaders need to take advantage of the gathering to fulfill their Paris commitment of carbon emission reduction which affects global climate.

Mihowa said the adverse effects of carbon emission have resulted into dry spells, flooding, heat waves and tropical cyclones.

“We believe industrialization nations need to commit themselves in this cause in order to lessen the burden which was affecting many countries particularly in Africa,” the Country Director said.

She said there is a need to develop short and long term plans that would positively help to achieve the intended goals of reducing carbon emissions.

Mihowa: World leaders must reaffirm their commitments to reducing carbon emission.pic by Tione Andsen (Mana) 

Mihowa said what they would discuss need to be affirmed at COP27 in Sharm El- Sheikh in Egypt in November 2022 and come up with tangible solution to resolve the issues.

She said the gathering should be used to mobilize humanitarian assistance in order to assist countries that have been affected by hunger.

The Country Director said similar appeals were made last time but contributions from governments and partners were not 100 percent made.

“Countries need to join hands and put their resources together in order to provide shocks to the effects of hunger particularly during the lean period of the year,” she added.

Mihowa said Malawi has not been spared from the impacts of tropical cyclones of Idai, Gombe and Ana that contributed to shortage of food suppliers among communities.

Carbon emissions affecting environment pic by Tione Andsen (Mana)

She said Oxfam Malawi has started mobilizing resources within the region to ensure that humanitarian assistance should be managed with available resources.

Mihowa said Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (DODMA) has indicated that over 3.8 million Malawians are in need of their entitlements which poses a great challenge to government and partners in order to mobilize resources and meet the needs of the communities.

On debt cancellation, she said world leaders need to find ways and means of lessening debt burden to countries struggling to repay.

Mihowa said debt relief should be provided to such countries amid so many economic challenges.

Spokesperson for Ministry of Agriculture, Gracian Lungu said Nation Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has already procured 20,000 metric tonnes of maize from the 38,000 metric tonnes the agency is expected to procure from the K 12 billion to replenish strategic grain reserve.

“Once the procurement is done, NFRA is expected to have over 100,000 metric in its silos and this means the country will be safe in terms of providing the tonnage needed to emergency response,” he said.