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Climate Change Kills 300.000 People Every Year – Hon Awudu Mbaya 

By Kini Nsom

The Coordinator of the Pan African Parliamentary Network on Climate Change, PAPNCC, in Cameroon, Hon. Cyprian Awudu Mbaya, says the effects of climate change kill 300.000 people in the world every year.

Hon. Mbaya made this revelation while briefing journalists ahead of the Pan-African Parliamentary Conference on Climate Change that holds in Cameroon from June 25 to 27. The conference that brings together participants from various African parliaments, will chart the way forward for the world conference on climate change that will hold in Copenhagen, Denmark in December.

According to Hon. Awudu Mbaya, who was flanked by Climate Change Focal Point Coordinator in the Burkinabe Parliament, Hon. Achilles Topsoba, and Wouri MP, Hon. Owono Kono, the rampant emission of greenhouse gas is the main cause of climate change. The fall-outs of climate change, he said, are famine, illnesses, draughts, cyclones, floods and a rise in the sea level.

The MP said it is paradoxical that poor countries, especially in Africa suffer most from climate change despite the fact that they are responsible for less than four percent of greenhouse gas emission. He accused industrialised countries for being the main polluters.

He noted that the Yaounde conference is an opportunity for African countries to take a common stand and present their case to the rest of the world as far as their plight in the soaring effects of climate change is concerned. Hon. Awudu Mbaya said Cameroon is taking advantage of the international conference to define a plan of action that fights climate change and seek to mitigate its effects.

Scientists have warned that if nothing is done to reduce climate change, the number of deaths caused by the phenomenon will swell to one million by 2030. That is why, the MP insisted, it is incumbent on the international community to avert the eminent disaster by signing a new climate change agreement in Copenhagen during the UN conference on climate change.

He stated that the conference will pave the way for the signing of the agreement that goes into effect in 2012. Mbaya said the Yaounde conference will examine the rights and obligations of African countries in the climate change stakes and make their voices held. It was for this reason that the African Caribbean and Pacific, ACP, Parliamentary Assembly-European Union for the Africa Region decided to organise the conference. The organisation of the conference has been put on the shoulders of Pan African Parliamentary Network on Climate Change.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril is the chairman of the organising committee of the conference. Some international organisations including the Pan African Climate Justice, PACJA, the UN Environment Programme, New Partnership for Africa Development, NEPAD, the World Agro-Forestry Centre and CIFOR. During the occasion, the British High Commissioner to Cameroon will hand over the bilingual Simplified Communication Guide on climate change for parliamentarians and councillors to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon for presentation to delegates.

Participants at the conference will listen to a paper by the Executive Secretary of the Bio resources Development and Conservation Programme, Augustine B. Njamshi from Cameroon, and  Dr. Peter Minang Akong of the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament, Hon. Atin Garang, will chair a session on climate governance. Hon, Cavaye Yeguie opens the conference at 11.45 June 25.

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