THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
STATEMENT BY HON. MUSSA SIMA (MP), DEPUTY MINISTER, VICE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE (UNION AND ENVIRONMENT), AT THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CONFERENCE (COP24/CMP14/CMA1.3), KATOWICE, POLAND: 12TH DECEMBER, 2018
Your Excellency, Mr. Michal Kurtyka, President of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Secretary of State in the Ministry of Energy in Poland;
Excellences, Heads of Delegations;
Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is my pleasure to convey warm and fraternal greetings from H.E. Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Let me congratulate the Government of the Republic of Poland and her People for successfully organizing this august meeting here at this beautiful City of Katowice. I deeply appreciate the hospitality extended to my delegation since our arrival in Poland as well as to the UNFCCC Secretariat for the excellent facilities put at our disposal for this Conference.
The United Republic of Tanzania welcomes with grave concerns the IPCC special report (SR1.5) on the impacts of global warming of 1.50C and the WMO statement on the status of global climate in 2018. The reports highlight unprecedented warming, widespread and devastating impacts of climate change on human and natural systems of which, developing and vulnerable countries including my country Tanzania are already at high risk.
In-spite of our insignificant contribution to the cause of climate change, Tanzania has been taking ambitious steps to address the problem. In the context of implementation of the Paris Agreement, we are finalizing the review of our Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) as we transit to National Determined Contributions (NDCs), taking into account our new initiatives and emerging opportunities. The President of the the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli is highly committed to implementing projects that have both adaptation and mitigation co-benefits. These include Rapid Transport System in the City of Dar es Salaam and construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) system, which contribute to enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in the transportation, and as a result reducing emissions.
Currently our renewable energy, including natural gas constitutes 68% of the national grid in the energy mix. Our government efforts to increase renewable energy include investing in the large Hydro-electricity generation of 2100 MW at Rufiji Hydropower project (Stigler’s Gorge), which will definitely contribute to global mitigation efforts.
It is very certain that we need technological and financial support to achieve adaptation and mitigation contributions in order to pursue the sustainable development trajectory in all sectors. In addition, Parties that have obligation to provide financial support under the Convention and the Paris Agreement need to do so timely and in a transparent manner. In this regard, Tanzania is very much concerned about the complex and difficult procedures, in accessing resources and funds from Green Climate Fund (GCF), Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), Adaptation Fund (AF) and Global Environment Fund (GEF) are effectively addressed.
As I conclude, let me remind us that we have a common planet that needs our urgent and concerted efforts; thus, we have moral obligation to act NOW. Delay and inaction is not acceptable. It is therefore our expectation that among the outcome of our meeting here in Katowice will be to come up with a clear roadmap and modalities for implementing the Paris Agreement and we need to implement the Paris Agreement as a package.
Your, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen;
I thank you for your kind attention.