KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has underlined the existential threats posed by the effects of climate change such as rising temperature, rising sea levels, and melting of glaciers which have impacted the lives and livelihoods from the high Himalayas to the lowlands.
The PM highlighted the need to collectively fight against the existential threats posed by climate change while addressing the Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Event held virtually on Thursday.
“Climate change today poses an existential threat. The best available science tells us that with rising temperature, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers, humanity is on the wrong side of the race against nature,” he said. “Retreat of the glacial ice due to global warming has negatively impacted the lives and livelihoods of the Himalayan and high mountain civilization, induced disasters in the lowlands and caused rise of the ocean levels.”
In his statement, Prime Minister Oli further highlighted the importance of Nepal's snow-fed rivers that nourish the basins and clean the ocean ecosystems, serving as natural climate stabilizer and signifying the organic linkages between mountains and the oceans.
While appreciating the vision set by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in limiting the rise of global temperature to 1.5oC and its good track record in leading the long-term sustainable solution to climate change, the prime minister also stressed on the need to ensure full and effective implementation of the Paris agreement and make climate issues top global political agenda during the COP26 next year.
“It is ironic that the climate vulnerable countries like ours have borne the brunt of inaction of others. The impacts of climate change do not respect political boundaries. Therefore, the vision set by the CVF for increased commitment by all nations to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5°C is now more important than ever,” he said.
The prime minister further said that the inception of ‘Survival Deadline’ today highlights the urgency of climate action. “The large emitters should break their silence and scale up climate ambitions to send a strong signal,” he further said.
This is a time to walk the talk.
Prime Minister Oli also said that it is time to inspire others by example with full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. “For us, every year counts and reducing every fraction of a degree in temperature matters. It is a question of survival for the vulnerable countries,” he added.
The Event, organized in conjunction with the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 2020, was hosted by the Government of Bangladesh as the Chair of the CVF.