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Friday, 18 November 2016

HOTUBA YA WAZIRI MAKAMBA KATIKA MKUTANO WA 22 WA DUNIA WA MABADILIKO YA TABIANCHI

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STATEMENT BY HON. JANUARY Y. MAKAMBA (MP), MINISTER OF STATE, VICE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE (UNION AND ENVIRONMENT), AT THE HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CONFERENCE (COP22/CMP12) MARRAKECH, MOROCCO:
16TH NOVEMBER, 2016
                                                



Your Majesty King Mohammed the VI, King of the Kingdom of Morroco;

Your Excellency, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco and President of COP 22/CMP 12 and CMA1;

Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;

Excellences, Heads of Delegations;

Mr. President;

Distinguished Participants;

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Allow me to convey warm and fraternal greetings from H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Let me thank the Government and People of Morocco for successfully organizing this COP 22 and for the hospitality extended to my delegation since our arrival. We also the UNFCCC Secretariat for the excellent facilities put at our disposal for this Conference.


Mr. President;
We welcome the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and commend all Parties that have ratified the same. Tanzania is in the final process of ratification. This is indeed a historic COP as we are witnessing unprecedented solidarity of the global community in a pace never seen before. It would be very remiss of me not to congratulate France for its successful Presidency of COP 21. We must now match the speed of ratification with concrete actions toward actual implementation of Paris Agreement.

Mr. President;
The challenges of climate change to my country are real, clear and present. Climate change threatens the very existence and survival of and entire utilities we depend on for our development. Understanding our vulnerabilities,  we have been working together with international community to address this challenge while recognizing the historical perspective,  to be able to forge a fair, balanced but differentiated approach.

At national level, we have been taking ambitious steps to address climate change. Just before the Paris Conference we submitted our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which reflect our commitment and determination to collaborate with international community in addressing this challenge. Through our INDCs, we intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions economy wide in the context of sustainable development between 10 - 20% by 2030 relative to the business as usual scenario.  This is a remarkable contribution in our part taking into account that our per capita emissions are less that 1 tone per capita annually.

As indicated in our INDCs, we expect that the needed technological and financial support to the tune of USD 60 billion by 2030 for mitigation and USD 500 million USD annually for adaptation   will be availed to be able to meet our contributions and to pursue the development trajectory we want.

With 48.1 million hectares of forested land, we have an estimated total of 9.032 trillion tones of carbon stock, making the country a net carbon sink. We are committed to continuously conserve these biomass assets. We are also committed to support the global efforts to address mitigation provided that the mechanisms that will be put in place ensure that it's the countries and communities that are custodian of these forests that benefit rather than the multinational foreign companies.

We have launched the enhanced national wide tree planting campaign which is poised to increase our sequestration potential. However, a massive mobilization of resources is required to enable us attain this goal and for the sake of implementation of the Paris agreement the resources for implementing  this  must be provided by the international community.


Mr. President;
Our development plan sets our national priority to explore and use its existing resource to move to a middle income country by 2025. The challenge we face is how to address climate change and remain focused on our agenda. The costs of adaptation and the costs of participating effectively in mitigation need serious international support as agreed in Paris. It is important that here in Marrakesh we unlock the way and means to achieve that.   Money seems to be out there but the beaurocratic and procedural processes we are putting in place in all our funds such as the GCF, LDCF, AF and GEF are making it impossible to access these resources in time and at the quantities that can make a difference. We need to change this.

I wish to once again pledge Tanzania’s readiness to work with the international community to address the challenges of climate change in in the context of the Paris agreement within the agreed principles and obligations as we strive to keep the global temperature well below two degrees for our very survival and that of the generations to come.  

Mr. President;
I want to end by quoting someone wise who said:

“…We have not inherited this planet from our ancestors, but we have borrowed it from our children”. 

Indeed, we have an obligation, a duty, to hand it over to them, at least minimally, the way we found it.


Your Majesty, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen;


I thank you for your kind attention.
 

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