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Ministry of Forests and Environment Commits to Addressing Climate Change Issues

Minister of Forests and Environment Pradeep Yadav. (File photo)

KATHMANDU: Minister of Forests and Environment Pradeep Yadav said his ministry is committed to tackling the issues of climate change.

Addressing the inaugural session of the Climate Action Campaign’s first assembly here today, he said that since becoming a minister he has made decisions and led various programs to minimize change climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Minister Yadav added that work has been advanced for this purpose on a war footing.

“We have been working on a war footing to solve the problem of climate change and the cooperation of all parties is needed in this regard,” he said. The minister also occasionally briefed on other work the ministry is doing to mitigate climate change.

Nepal is a state party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, the minister said and reiterated that he has kept climate change mitigation as its main priority.

He further said that policies, strategies, laws, regulations and plans on minimizing climate change have been formulated as the National Climate Change Policy, 2076 is being implemented.

Stating that the country has adopted the policy of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 AD, Minister Yadav informed that work has also been advanced to achieve this goal. He also stressed the need for national and international support to implement Nepal’s “ambitious” commitments and programs.

The Minister of Forests and Environment regretted that although all nations have come together to address climate change issues and have also made various commitments in this regard, they have not worked in accordance with these commitments.

“All the states are united in tackling the problem related to climate change and they have also expressed their commitment to take various mitigation and adaptation measures. However, this problem is not being addressed in accordance with the commitments and this is a matter of concern, he said.

Recalling that a mountainous and less developed country like Nepal is at high risk of negative impact from climate change, Minister Yadav stressed the need for mountainous countries to work together to solve the problem.

More than 100 environmental experts, representatives and young people from several organizations working in the climate change sector from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan are participating in the two-day event. (RSS)

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