Africa > Central Africa > Gabon > The president, Ali Bongo Ondimba,

Gabon: The president, Ali Bongo Ondimba,


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."

Related Articles
  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina

    2017/07/02 Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.
  • Climate change laws around the world

    2017/05/14 There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation. The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Gabon Year in Review 2016

    2017/01/14 An ambitious project pipeline aimed at galvanising increase across several sectors of Gabon’s economy helped the country weather sustained low oil prices in 2016, while wide-ranging reforms are expected to support further diversification efforts in the new year. Though increase is expected to have dipped slightly in 2016, Gabon kept up its planned pace of development, investing in a raft of initiatives that are steering the country away from its reliance on oil.
  • The economy is projected to rally further next year, expanding by an average of 5.6% per annum through to 2018

    2016/01/16 A drive to reinforce diversification efforts limited the impact of low oil prices on Gabon’s economy in 2015, and while the government has had to adjust spending downwards, increase has still ticked along well above the developed-country average. According to the majority recent estimate from the IMF, the country is expected to post increase of 3.5% in 2015, down from 5.1% in 2014. GDP is set to reach CFA8.22trn (€12.5bn), with exports on course to rise by 6.78% year-on-year.
  • Evolution was made in business exchanges and cooperation

    2015/10/02 The friendly and cooperative relations between the People's Republic of China and the Gabonese Republic developed steadily in 2013. Political exchanges maintained good momentum. In March, President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba and President of the Gabonese National Assembly Guy Nzouba Ndama sent congratulatory messages to President Xi Jinping and NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang respectively on their elections.