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Parliamentary role and relationship in effectively addressing of climate change issues - Namibia

Jefta Goreseb


Climate change is regarded by some people as not real (due to its long-term impacts) and nothing but a 'buzz word', but in reality it is very complex and is largely not very well understood. Thus, it is not easy to predict, with any level of certainty the effects of climate change. This is so due to the complexity of the variables involved in the climate system (IPCC, 2007). The impacts of climate change is thus broadly categorised into social, economical and environmental and therefore there are both risks and opportunities involved.
Since the first World Conference on Climate Change in 1979, followed by the establishment of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, the enforcement of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994, adaptation of Kyoto Protocol and subsequent Conference of Parties (COP) meetings, the parties involved still have difficulties in reaching consensus regarding the climate change issues (UNFCCC,2004).

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