KATHMANDU, Dec 13: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has expressed Nepal’s commitment to submit enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions by the end of this year and develop an ambitious long-term strategy on climate change to reach the net zero-carbon scenario by 2050.
Addressing the ‘Climate Ambition Summit 2020’ through a pre-recorded video on Saturday, Prime Minister Oli reiterated Nepal's strong support to the Paris Agreement and the call to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
He underlined Nepal's priorities on producing clean and renewable energy, and promoting e-mobility, low carbon infrastructure and eco-tourism. He shared Nepal’s plan to develop a National Adaptation Plan and a corresponding Climate Finance Strategy and Roadmap by 2021.
“We aim to extend the protected area from 23 percent to 30 percent by 2030 and preserve biodiversity. We will introduce climate-resilient adaptation plans in all 753 Local Levels by 2030," he said.
Prime Minister Oli urged the global community to recognize the value of the Himalayas to maintain ecological balance in the oceans and control global warming, and emphasized the need for marching ahead together for a greener journey.
The one-day Climate Ambition Summit, co-convened by the United Kingdom, France, and the United Nations in partnership with Chile and Italy, was organized to mark the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement. A total of 111 speakers including 72 heads of state/government addressed the summit.