Director of Environmental AffairsTaonga Mbale L sharing notes with the Principal Secretary for Environmental and Climate Change Management Dr Yanira Ntupanyama - Pic by Stanley Makuti

Director of Environmental AffairsTaonga Mbale L sharing notes with the Principal Secretary for Environmental and Climate Change Management Dr Yanira Ntupanyama – Pic by Stanley Makuti

LILONGWE (Harold Kapindu, Mana ) — Malawi is preparing to participate at the forth-coming twenty first session of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) that will take place in Paris, France this coming December.

Principal Secretary for Environment and Climate Change Management, Dr. Yanira Ntupanyama made the disclosure on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of National Stakeholder’s Consultative Meeting on Climate Change in Lilongwe.

“Malawi is expected to attend the conference and contribute effectively to a successful global outcome in Paris and subsequent domestic interventions to manage the adverse effects of climate change that the country is currently facing,” she said.

She pointed out natural disasters such as floods that hit the country earlier this year as examples of climate change effects.

Dr. Ntupanyama further reminded participants the importance of UNFCC saying, “This year is very crucial as the world is expected to agree on a new global climate change agreement that will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degree Celsius.”

Meanwhile, the country is working with regional groups such as the African Group, Least Developed Countries Group, Group of 77 and China in order to achieve a successful outcome.

The meeting is also expected to inform participants about the Green Climate Fund that was established at the tenth Conference of Parties in Mexico in 2011 to assist developing countries implement climate change actions in adaptation, mitigation and technology among others.

“The purpose of the fund is to make a significant and ambitious contribution to the global efforts towards attaining the goals set by the international community to combat climate change,” she said.

According to Dr. Ntupanyama, the fund is expected to start its first disbursement in October this year and in that order for a country like Malawi to access the resources, there are a number of mechanisms that need to be put in place.

“Such mechanisms include nomination of focal points, selection of national designated authority, accreditation of national implementation entities and development of concepts that should be submitted to the fund for funding,” the Environment Principal Secretary explained.

She then challenged participants to move with speed in coming up with funding concepts for Malawi to access the funds.

The Green Climate Fund has a US$ 10.2 billion pledges and half the money is already available for disbursement to accredited sub-national, national, regional and international entities.