, ADDIS ABABA, Feb 2 – President Mwai Kibaki has challenged African countries to continue developing national and regional strategies to climate change.
Addressing the 14th AU Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the President pointed out that the severe effects of climate change threatened the very survival of nations and mankind.
The Head of State reaffirmed Kenya’s position that developed countries agree on a legally binding agreement, which would ensure stabilisation of green house gases at levels that minimise global warming and thereby reverse the trend of climate change.
The President regretted that despite Africa being widely acknowledged as the least contributor to the causes of global warming she continues to bear the brunt of the adverse effects of climate change.
On that note, President Kibaki urged Africa to forge a united front in pushing for a legally binding agreement that would commit the developed countries to reduce greenhouse gases emission to levels that minimise global warming thereby reversing the current climate change trends.
“We should consolidate our position before COP16 in Mexico, particularly with respect to the negotiations under the Kyoto Protocol and Long-Term Co-operative Action. Our unity is our strength”, said the President.
During the occasion, the President who was accompanied to the Summit by Cabinet Ministers Moses Wetangula and Wycliffe Oparanya among other senior government officials also sent a message of condolences to Government and people of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia following the tragic plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea that claimed several lives.
President Kibaki also affirmed his support for the government and the people of Haiti following the horrendous earthquake that killed thousands of citizens and left thousands others destitute. He wished them God’s comfort.
Meanwhile the 14th ordinary session of AU Summit approved the establishment of New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NCPA) as a technical body of the AU in replacement of the NEPAD Secretariat.
The NCPA is mandated to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of continental and regional priority programmes and projects.