By Adama Tine
The Secretary General and party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), has delivered a statement on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 (Conference of the Parties).
COP26 is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021.
In the statement, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe said: “The summit is taking place at a crucial time. Nations of the world urgently need to slow down the rate of global warming and tackle the effects of climate change.”
According to him, the Gambia’s expectations from COP26 are high, expressing the hope that other nations will play their part in the global climate change effort as the Gambia is doing.
“UDP reaffirms our position that developed countries have a responsibility to assist developing countries to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change,” Darboe said.
“A UDP Government is committed to making our fair contribution to the global climate change effort and have in its Founders’ Day Declaration 2020 set an ambitious target of panting two million trees in a bid to contribute to greening the Gambia,” Darboe stated.
“While we are undertaking national efforts to achieve these targets it is equally important that we combat climate change through local actions,” he further said.
Darboe further said that: “at local government level, we need to integrate climate change considerations into service delivery planning.”
The UDP presidential candidate said a UDP government will support a recycling economy by promoting buy-back centers and integrating waste-pickers into the recycling economy value chain.
“Through land-use zoning policies, a UDP Government will make more land available for agricultural production in communities, including for communal organic food gardens,” he also said.
He said through energy considerations, a UDP Government will work to advance the constitutional right of citizens to a clean and healthy environment.