Zambia: Leaders of Zambia, Madagascar commit to Paris Agreement

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the  the two countries, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region and the entire African continent, have experienced.

The two countries have emphasized for African countries to show serious commitment to addressing the challenges of climate change.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu and President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar who is in Zambia for a two-day official visit reaffirmed their commitment Wednesday during official talks held at State House in Lusaka.

“President Lungu bemoaned the Cyclone that hit Madagascar in March this year and commended the Malagasy government for the measures that it put in place to address the adverse effects of climate change on that country, especially on its vulnerable communities,” said a statement released by President Lungu’s special assistant for Press and Republic Relations Amos Chanda.

President Lungu also shared with his counterpart Zambia’s experience of climate change, which left the country with serious power deficit due to reduced water levels in the country’s water bodies such as Kariba dam.

“I can assure you of Zambia’s support towards addressing these challenges, climate change is real. Zambia believes in the collective response to challenges presented by climate change and the promotion of a harmonised approach in the region on climate change issues,” he said.

Lungu also reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment towards efforts aimed at maintaining peace and security in the region and the African continent.

“There can be no sustainable development without peace in any country. Zambia strongly believes that internal peace in African countries must be maintained. It is for this reason that l wish to put it on record Zambia’s commendation to the Malagasy government for the positive strides that your country has made in rebuilding your country,” the President said.

Lungu expressed hope that regional efforts will contribute to the process of consolidating peace and security, particularly in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Lesotho. He called for support from Madagascar towards Zambia’s efforts to bring peace to the region and the African continent.

President Rajaonarimampianina also lamented the adverse effects that climate change had posed on Madagascar and the African continent and that this is why Madagascar will stick to the Paris Agreement.

He acknowledged that Madagascar and Zambia were facing the same challenges caused by climate change.

Rajaonarimampianina said that every year Madagascar is hit by cyclone and drought but the island nation did not relent in addressing the challenges and put various measures in place to mitigate the impact.

The Malagasy leader agreed that Zambia and his country shared the same vision on peace and security in the region, noting that there can be no economic development in the region without peace and security.

“Madagascar fully supports all peace and security efforts in the region and Africa. That is why we fully support Zambia’s role in its efforts to promote peace and security to the Democratic Republic of Congo under the framework of the African Union,” said Rajaonarimampianina who arrived in Zambia on Wednesday.
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07 june 2017 17:38:08

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