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Afrika holder topmøde i Namibia om ørkendannelse

Afrika har været plaget af massive tørker i år. Mandag samles de afrikanske nationer og FN’s gren for kampen mod ørkendannelse for at diskutere tiltag mod ørkenens stigende og truende udbredelse på kontinentet. 

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Det kan man læse i en notis på FN-hjemmesiden for Konventionen om Ørkendannelse (UNCCD): 

The government of Namibia is hosting an African Drought Conference which will take place at the Windhoek Country Club Resort from 15-19 August 2016.

The conference is one of the distinct outcomes of the Namib Declaration adopted at the UNCCD COP 11/Decision 36 which emphasized a stronger UNCCD for land degradation neutrality with increasing focus on mitigating the impacts of droughts and the development of national drought policies.

The conference will involve a technical segment scheduled for 15 to 17 August and a high level segment from 18 to 19 August, involving responsible Ministers from all over Africa.

The UNCCD is involved as a co-organizer of the conference. It is providing technical and financial support and promotional activities to the organization of the conference.

Velkomst fra namibisk minister

På den officielle hjemmeside for begivenheden byder den namibiske minister for miljø og turisme velkommen i følgende vendinger: 

The Government and people of the Republic of Namibia extend a warm hand of welcome to all participants who will be attending the African Drought Conference from 15-19th August 2016 at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in Windhoek, Namibia.

Hosting this conference is a signal of our commitment to addressing the critical challenge of drought, not only at home here in Namibia, but on the entire African continent.

Drought events, which are likely to become more severe and frequent with climate change, are a major threat to the livelihoods of our people, to the health of our ecosystems and to growth of our economies.

The ongoing El Nino has brought hunger, suffering and food insecurity to an estimated 60 million people across the world and we need to act now to find solutions to these challenges.

This Conference, organized by the Republic of Namibia, in collaboration with and with support from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and a range of other partners, seeks to enhance resilience to drought events on the African continent.

It will involve the sharing and exchange of good practices from both inside and outside Africa and it is expected that the Conference will culminate in an outcome document that will be endorsed and will serve as a strategic framework for drought management and enhancing resilience to drought events in Africa.

Namibia is renowned for its warm hospitality and the easy going nature of its people. All our systems are geared towards ensuring that you will have fruitful discussions on issues of drought and its relation with socio-economic and environmental issues.

I can assure you that all of your discussions will be hosted in accordance with the highest international standards associated with high level United Nations meetings.

Furthermore, I urge you to explore our capital city and country to the fullest, and experience true Namibian hospitality which awaits you in the myriad of attractions and facilities we possess.

Take home a piece of our vibrant culture and friendliness that has earned us the accolade “the smile on the face of Africa”.

Welcome to Namibia – we look forward to amazing you!

Honourable, Pohamba Shifeta
Minister of Environment & Tourism

Man kan læse meget mere om topmødet på den officielle hjemmeside her: 

http://www.africandroughtconference.com/