Liberia’s George Weah Addresses Climate Change – Urges World Leaders

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM – Liberia’s President Dr. George Manneh Weah has reiterated the need for global action in tackling and addressing issues affecting climate.

Addressing fellow world leaders and delegates at the Conference of Part (COP26) dubbed United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC), President Weah said it takes collective action to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.

“Together, we can make a difference as a shared community of global citizens with a common destiny. Together we can heal the world from the scourges of climate change”, the Liberian Leader calling on his colleagues and COP26 delegates said.

Continuing, President Weah maintained: “Together, we can save this earth from the deadly consequences of global warming. Together, we can bring humankind into harmony with nature.”

Cognizant of COP26 being held at a time when the world is having to learn to live with the devastating and disruptive consequences of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, the Liberian Chief Executive and Campaigner of conducive climate, President Weah said Climate change presents an even bigger threat to the world and our common humanity.

He admonished the global community at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference to seek common action to save planet earth, and bring equity and fairness to achieve the objectives under the Paris Accord on Climate Change.

“We are all aware that there is an inherent imbalance in the current architecture of climate financing. Countries like Liberia, who maintain and protect the largest remaining tracts of forest reserves, receive the lowest benefits for these ecosystem services”, President Weah pointed out.

President Weah called on the conference to address the imbalances and stressed the need to shift the way the existing mismatch in climate investments saying “We who are the richest in terms of forest resources and biodiversity, are the poorest in terms of socio-economic development. Although we bear the brunt of the impact of climate change, we benefit the least from the existing solutions and financial arrangements currently in place for tackling climate change.”

“I believe that one of the ways that this can be done is to establish an African Carbon Credit Trading Mechanism. With your support, Liberia will be willing to host a conference shortly to explore the details and structure of such an entity. We will work with Pan-African and other global financial institutions to develop a long-term regulated market for African carbon credit”, Dr. Weah suggested.

The Liberian Leader concluded: “I am convinced that these initiatives will increase the chances of all African countries that depend on their forest reserves to attain sustainable economic growth and national development in line with the vision set out in the 2030 Agenda.”

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