Parliamentary committee instructs govt authorities to accelerate preparation for COP-29

Published On: February 1, 2024 11:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The Parliamentary Committee for Sustainable Development and Good Governance has instructed the government to expedite preparation for upcoming COP-29.

The Committee here on Wednesday held discussion on recently held climate conference- COP-28 and reviewed Nepal's participation in it besides deliberating on Nepal's upcoming action plan in regard to COP-29.

Committee Chair Prakash Panth said that it was necessary to formulate  action-plan to make participation in COP-29 more organized and effective, with timely review of the COP-28.

Panth also directed the government to accelerate preparation to make cooperation with international organizations on climate action further effective. He was also instructed to devise action-plans in consultation with the multifaceted stakeholders.

Secretary of the Committee, Dr Rojnath Pandey, pressed for materializing the plan of 'Sagarmatha Sambad' (Everest Dialogue) and climate conference raised in the COP-28 held from November 30 to 12 December, 2023 in the UAE.

He said that priority be accorded on capitalizing on the achievements of the conference and collection of data.

Similarly, Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Dr Buddhi Sagar Poudel, said that COP-28 had prioritized the 'Save Mountain and Hill' campaign. He highlighted the need for more collaboration and cooperation to make upcoming COP-29 more effective.

National Inclusion Commission's Chairperson Dr Ramkrishna Timalsina and Madheshi Commission's member Renu Shah called for incorporating climate change related issues in the school's curriculum.

National Women Commission's Chairperson Kamala Kumari Parajuli underlined the need for a three-tier government to maintain consistency between gender-responsive budget and climate-targeted budget considering the fact that women and children were the most affected group by climate change.

National Dalit Commission Chairperson Devraj Bishwakarma, Indigenous Nationalities Commission's Chairperson Ram Bahadur Thapa Magar and Tharu Commission's Chairperson Bishnu Prasad Chaudhary univocally emphasized launching programmes that were targeted to marginalized communities as, they  said, that the marginalized communities were most affected by impact of climate change.

Parliamentarian Bir Bahadur Balayar viewed that the budget allocated by the ministries must be targeted at achieving Sustainable Development Goals. He opined that the country should be capable of managing the adverse impact of climate change.

Other parliamentarians such as Mina Tamang, Binita Kathayath and Bimala Ghimire among others saw the need for raising a nation-centric agenda in the upcoming climate conference.

Participants of the meeting stressed on devising clear policies for climate action, further strengthening coordination and cooperation among stakeholders to make upcoming climate conferences more effective and presenting result-oriented agendas and forming effective coordination between the civil employees and politicians.


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