Minister Tanneh Brunson stated that climate change is a global phenomenon that is threatening the existence of mankind in all aspects, noting that it has become a developmental issue for which a concerted effort needs to be exerted to improve nations’ resilience to its impact.
Deputy Minister Brunson made the statement Wednesday at the start of the 30th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG-30) held in Monrovia.
She stressed that climate change is taking immense toll on the lives of Liberians, while coastal communities are faced with the loss of lives and the destruction of their homes by retreating sea waves.
She noted that the West Point Community has been seriously affected by the
effects of retreating sea waves, causing government to embark on a mission to relocate residents of the community.
Brunson explained that the Paris Conference acknowledged the specific needs and special situations of LDCs which are not capable of dealing with the adverse effects of climate change.
This, she pointed out, resulted to the establishment of the Least Developed Countries work program.
According to Minister Brunson, the work program is intended to support the preparation and implementation of National Adaption Program of Action, strengthening existing and establishing national climate change secretariats or focal points, including training in negotiation skills and language and promoting public awareness on adaption technology.