“The congress for the world” gathered for its annual re-affirmation of the principles on which the organisation was founded.
In his address, Right Honourable, Prime Minister, Dr. Moeketsi Majoro of the Kingdom of Lesotho highlighted the countries continued commitments to further advance the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations in support of national efforts.
“This greatest challenge of our time manifests through excessive rainfall, desertification, hurricanes, land degradation and so forth thus diminishing our capability to eradicate poverty and improve livelihoods”.
In his speech the Right Honouble mentioned that in line with the Paris Agreement protocols, the Kingdom of Lesotho has joined efforts with the rest of the world to increase climate change resilience and improve the well-being of the Basotho nation, through mainstreaming climate change into development programs and implementing concrete measures for adaptation and climate risk reduction, mitigation and low-carbon development to achieve green growth.
Lesotho’s priorities and concrete initiatives to address pressing issues of the present are the Integrated Catchment Management, improvement of Early Warning System, formulation of the National Adaptation Plan, and improving adaptive capacity of vulnerable and food insecure populations in the country amongst others. The Mountain Kingdom intends to unconditionally lower its net greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2030.
The Right Honourable highlighted in his address that their objective can be achieved through support of capacity building to implement the adaptation and mitigation actions.
The Kingdom of Lesotho has embarked on a national movement for Integrated Catchment Management under the brand “ReNOKA” which means in Sesotho – we are river. It aims at the protection and conservation of water resources, preservation of Lesotho’s wetlands and ecosystems, reduction of soil erosion and desertification, rejuvenation of agricultural lands, and improvement of the resilience of Basotho and their livelihoods in the light of climate change.
Support for ReNOKA is provided through the partnership between the government of Lesotho, the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through a technical cooperation programme, “Support to Integrated Catchment Management” (ICM) in Lesotho which is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.