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EU celebrates climate diplomacy week

Written by  Mac Neil Kalowekamo

Lilongwe, September 16: European Union embassies around the world are celebrating the climate diplomacy week with events taking place to highlight climate action in the EU and beyond.

Climate diplomacy involves the interface between national interest debates and international cooperation as well as accurate assessment of other countries interests and intentions, and finds the space for agreement on climate issues, according to EU’s website.

Activities to mark the celebration include conferences, citizen’s debate, exhibitions, film and social media activities that aim to encourage informed debate and a joint response to climate challenge.

This year’s climate diplomacy emphasizes on three strands of action: “prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration,”  according to the website.

In Malawi, part of the highlights to mark the celebration was held on Wednesday at Tchanga Village in T/A Kachindamoto in Dedza. During the celebration, stakeholders in the agriculture and environment sectors displayed some of their activities in building resilience in farmers to climate change impacts.

The toast of the day was launch of EU’s support to the development of six medium scale irrigation schemes in a new irrigation project worth of 25 million Euros (about K20 billion).  

EU ambassador to Malawi Marchel Gerrmann said the launch of the project highlights his organisation’s commitment in helping developing countries like Malawi in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

“Climate change is the issue of the century and probably beyond. As such, it needs joint efforts from all concerned in empowering farmers to improve their lives and help them respond to climate change,” Gerrmann said.

He called on Malawi to sign the Paris Agreement so that it can be part of collective effort to deal with climate change and help prevent further increase of global temperatures.

“The agreement matters to the international community. Malawi has a good reputation of often helping in regional stability and climate change is an important area that needs cooperation,” Gerrmann said.

This year’s climate diplomacy week runs from September 12 to 18.

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