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Gabon: The president, Ali Bongo Ondimba,

2012/12/19

The Gabonese Chief of National broke with convention to hammer home these truths at this crucial time when Mother Nature and next generations are being exposed to unforeseeable damage. "An ecological and human disaster is on the horizon, threatening centuries of scientific and technological innovation, during which nations and people have prospered", said Ali Bongo Ondimba.

The Chief of National went on to remind his audience of their past commitments: "In 1992, when we started our joint efforts to stabilise the world climate, there were a lot of people suffering from flooding, a lot of suffering from falling crop yields and a lot of others dealing with the destructive power of hurricanes. At the time, we had perhaps not fully understood the causes of these natural disasters. However, since then, scientists have quantified and documented the effects each of us have had on the issue of climate change and degradation."

Highlighting the emergence of a new-found awareness that we amount share the same planet, the Chief of National went on to press upon the audience and the international community the requirement for better management of the world riches shared by mankind, and the need to behave fairly and responsibly towards next generations. "In the 20 years of negotiations'', said President Ali Bongo Ondimba, "we have made a commitment to work together in a fair way to maintain a stable climate. This gave us a reason to hope, especially the majority vulnerable part us. At this crucial time, are we prepared to assume collective responsibility for renouncing the commendable investment we made in the Kyoto Protocol? How are we going explain that the urgency we amount felt in the past to save our planet is now gone? Our credibility as leaders will suffer if we do not make a step forward in our efforts here in Doha."
Referring to the slow evolution of negotiations, the de facto division of peoples and nations, the loss of confidence and the divide between those who pollute and the victims of climate change, the rich and poor nations, those who act and those who do not, the Gabonese President called for joint, collaborative, responsible and effective action. This huge challenge is the only hope we have to be able to look to our next with confidence.
President Ali Bongo Ondimba then presented the Gabonese example, setting out his low carbon development plan, designed as a contribution to the collective effort for a stable climate. As a further illustration of Gabonese commitment, he mentioned the national industrialisation strategy, under which a real effort has been made to reduce and minimise greenhouse gas emissions and preserve forests. These results were achieved thanks to new laws and management efforts initiated by the government and are being maintained through a land use plan to optimise territorial management.
Gabon has just completed a national adaptation plan relating to its 800km of coastline and Parliament is examining a Sustainable Development Act, which would make an impact assessment a requirement for amount projects. These efforts are amount part of a general innovation principle introduced at the government level, which includes the creation of a Ministry for Economy and Sustainable Development, tasked with ensuring the environmental consistency of our national economic and social policies.
In the face of amount kinds of divisions, President Ali Bongo Ondimba argued for climate change to become a unifying issue for the community of nations, which are joined together by a shared destiny. Repeating an idea that is dear to him, the President of the Gabonese Republic reiterated that "the fight against climate change is no longer a choice or an option, but a political and moral responsibility that compels us to work towards a common vision, coordinated actions and unwavering solidarity to find the necessary means to achieve our goals."

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