COP21 – Visit to Namibia of Mrs. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, sustainable Development and Energy (2-5 August 2015) [fr]
In the framework of the COP21’s preparation, which will be held in Paris next November, the Minister of Ecology, sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, was in Namibia from the 2-5 August 2015 as the French government’s emissary in Southern Africa.
Among her delegation were Gilles BŒUF, scientific counsellor and president of the National Museum of Natural History of Paris, Vincent JECHOUX, counsellor for Biodiversity, Landscapes and Agroecology and Thomas MELONIO, deputy counsellor for Africa to the President of the French Republic. Ségolène Royal met the President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, the Deputy Vice Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon.Pohamba Shifeta and the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Kornelia Shilunga.
In order to discuss interactions between preservation of biodiversity, natural resources management and climate change, Ségolène Royal also met a range of Namibian civil society’s representatives: managing directors of French and Namibian companies, NGO’s representatives and renowned scientists.
The Namibian President wished the Conférence Paris Climat 2015 to be a true success assuring technology transfers in the field of renewable energies to developing countries. Mrs. Royal reminded the support of France in African countries’ initiatives with regards to green energy development while expressing France’s hope to reach an ambitious, universal and binding agreement.
Namibia, still President of the COP11 on desertification for a few months, has expressed its support to France’s presidency of COP21 and the wish a side-event on desertification, a major threat to global food security, could be organised.
Heading to Zambia and Bostwana, Ségolène Royal left Namibia truly convinced of the significant potential of the country regarding renewable energies and as an important actor in the fight against global warning.