Climate change challenges should not be downplayed-PM

Prime Minister says challenges emanating from climate change should not be downplayed
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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the challenges to peace and security emanating from adverse effects of climate change, should not be downplayed.
She notes that Namibia, like many member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement -NAM - has been adversely affected by the El Nino weather phenomenon and is experiencing the worst drought in 30 years. But the Premier says despite this, the Government remains committed to efforts for the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means as a basic principle of the United Nations Charter. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the NAM is firm on international solidarity and south-south cooperation, as well as respect for the territorial integrity of its members. She points out that the majority of member states fought for their right to self-determination and independence, stressing that the independence of Western Sahara should remain a collective concern until it is achieved. The Prime Minister was speaking at the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement underway in Venezuela.