JUBA – South Sudan on Sunday called on developed countries to fulfill their promise to offer $100 billion annually in climate finance to support the world’s youngest nation.
South Sudan made this call on Sunday during the summit for addressing climate issues in Djibouti.
This call came after developed countries committed to jointly mobilize a total of $100 billion for the implementation of all NDC interventions and strategies over 10 years in South Sudan,
Of this, international investments of $93.5–93 billion will be required, while $6.5–7 billion will be financed domestically by the Government of South Sudan.
Long-term finance is a key pillar of the Paris Agreement and crucial to global efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister of Information and Communication called on developed countries to review 100 billion dollars to pledge to South Sudan.
“On climate financing, South Sudan believes that the 100 billion dollars that were arbitrarily set are no longer sufficient. This amount is to be revised upwards,” Makuei said during the opening of the summit on climatic issues in Djibouti on Sunday.
“We, therefore, appeal to the developed countries to fulfill their pledges and to avail the necessary funds for Adaptation projects,” Makuei added.
Makuei called on developed countries to drastically cut their emissions so as to keep the 1.5 degrees goal alive.
“We appeal to all parties that have not submitted their ambitious NDCs to do so urgently and for the developed countries parties to drastically cut their emissions such that we keep the 1.5 degrees goal alive,” said Makuei.
He said climatic change, global warming, floods, and other situations are threatening human life and the environment cannot be combated without the deployment of appropriate technology.
“Climate change, global warming, floods and other situations that threaten human life and the environment cannot be combated without the deployment of appropriate technology and communication infrastructure which can be used to monitor climate change and help mitigate and adapt to climate change,” he said.
“Fully conscious of the need to protect our environment, the Government of South Sudan through the Ministry of ICT & Postal Services has directed all Mobile Network Operators to share infrastructure in order to avoid pollution.”
He called on African countries to embark on exploring alternative and sustainable sources of energy such as solar, wind, and hydro to reduce the impact of climate change.
“South Sudan will play its role in assuring that this planet that we call home will continue to be home to the current and future generations,” he said.
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