Harness Natural resources, explore self reliance - Hage Geingob

President Hage Geingob has called on countries more susceptible to the effects of climate change to harness their natural resources and explore self-reliance rather than just be recipients of aid.

Dr. Geingob was reacting to the launch of the new Loss and Damage Fund to compensate vulnerable countries and help them deal with the irreversible impacts of climate disasters.

The Namibian leader cited the country's example of developing green hydrogen using its own renewable resources and called for investments in adaptive technology and infrastructure.

Namibia considers funding gaps for Climate change

Namibia has called for the identification of gaps in financial support required since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015.

President Hage Geingob says such a stock-taking exercise should also identify the financial support provided so far.

Dr. Geingob delivered the country's national statement during the World Climate Action Summit and high-level segment of COP 28, underway in Dubai.

Namibia's estimated cost for implementing its Nationally Determined Contributions is US$15 billion by 2030.

Namibia ready to participate in COP 28

Namibia is ready to fully participate in the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 28, which is set to start in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The Namibian Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB) has lined up a series of engagements on the sidelines of the meeting.

nbc's Blanche Goreses spoke to NIPDB's Executive Director of Investments and New Ventures, Francois Van Schalkwyk, at the Namibian Pavilion.

UNESCO programmes' success lies in member-state synergies

Namibia has emphasised the pivotal role of collaboration to enhance the impact of collective endeavours.

Delivering Namibia's statement at the 42nd session of UNESCO's General Conference in Paris, the Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, pointed out that the success of the world body's initiatives hinges upon close collaboration and synergy among member states.

Dr. Kandjii-Murangi welcomed the Director General's 2018–2021 report on UNESCO's activities, detailing UNESCO's remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari buried

The former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Martti Ahtisaari, was buried at the Hietaniemi Cemetery at the Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki on Friday.

The Namibian delegation led by President Hage Geingob, First Lady Monica Geingos, Speaker of the National Assembly Prof. Peter Katjavivi, and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze, were among the mourners.

Dr. Kaire Mbuende applauds South Africa on recalling diplomats from Israel

International relations expert Dr. Kaire Mbuende has applauded South Africa's decision to recall its diplomats from Israel amid the ongoing bombardment by Israel on the Gaza Strip.

South Africa described Israel's act on the Gaza Strip as a "genocide".

Speaking on Good Morning Namibia, the former ambassador justified South Africa's actions, stressing they were the right move.

Dr. Mbuende touched on the likely dire economic consequences for South Africa and other countries that have enacted this stance.

International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press underway

The 10th edition of the International Festival of Freedom of Expression and the Press started in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Pan-African meeting will move into higher gear with the official opening expected tomorrow.

As part of its main mission to promote and defend freedom of expression and the media, the festival will pay special tribute to Namibia for its consistent number-one ranking in Africa in terms of media freedom.

Namibia condemns ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas

The Executive Director of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Penda Naanda, has issued a statement in which Namibia expresses concern and subsequently condemns the ongoing escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one that is long-running.

Hamas is fighting for the attainment of sovereignty for the Palestinian people, while Israel has been extending its borders into Gaza, a territory that forms part of Palestine.