EPA Begins Discussion on Climate Change Today

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    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold a two-day climate change national Stakeholders’ Inception Workshop from July 15 to 16.
    The workshop is intended to prepare Liberia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), an EPA release has said.
    The parties to the United Nations climate change convention are under obligation to conclude a new international climate agreement by the end of the Paris Climate Summit in December this year in order to limit temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius.
    Countries have agreed to publicly outline what actions they intend to take under a global agreement well before the Paris Summit.
    Commitments made by these countries are known as “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs).
    The INDCs are intended for countries to put forward their contributions in the context of their national priorities, circumstances and capabilities; and aim to reduce emissions in an effort to avert the worst impacts of climate change; and also to advance National Adaptation Plans.
    The INDC Inception Workshop, the release said, will involve relevant government ministries and agencies, representatives of none-governmental organizations (NGOs), youth and women’s groups, civil society, religious and traditional institutions and other climate change stakeholders. The goal is to ensure national consultation on the objectives and activities of the INDC prior to implementation.
    At the end of the workshop, participants will be expected to review and validate Liberia’s draft agenda for the INDC preparation.
    Meanwhile, Ben Karmorh, the EPA National Climate Change Focal Point, has said the opening session of the workshop will be graced by some members of the diplomatic corps and officials of government.
    Minister Angela Cassell Bush, Ministry of Transport, will provide the key note address.
    National and international experts will make presentations to be followed by deliberations among the stakeholders.
    At the end of the workshop the INDC will be officially launched.

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