Afghanistan needs $17b to deal with climate change: NEPA
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) on Tuesday said it has prepared a policy regarding climate change, calling Afghanistan the most vulnerable country to the global warming.
Abdul Wali Mudaqiq, NEPA deputy head, told a press conference here that they had finalised a policy and strategy on environment protection so that Afghanistan could play its role on domestic and international level.
He said the climate change had impacted water resources in Afghanistan and the country’s agriculture and forest sectors.
He said Afghanistan needed technology, knowledge, experience and financial support to reduce the omissions of planet-warning greenhouse gases. For all this, he said, “Afghanistan asks the international community for $17 billion to be used till 2030.”
According to Modaqiq, the greenhouse gases included CO2, water vapor, Nitrous Oxide, Methane, Ozone and Chlorofluorocarbon.
On Monday, one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in history began a multinational effort toward forging what many called the planet’s last, best hope to stave off the worst consequences of climate change.
Over the next two weeks, 30,000 diplomats and delegates will labour to hammer out a new global pact that would, for the first time, commit nearly every country on earth to enact new policies to reduce their planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
The talks were kicked off by world leaders including President Obama, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, as well as leaders from smaller nations and those most endangered by the effects of rising temperatures.
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