Women and Children, the Most Vulnerable Across our Communities - Says Vice President at United Nations Conference on Climate Change

Friday, 18th December 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai has said that the impact  of climate change on developing countries, especially women and children, the most vulnerable across our communities is seriously interrupting the abilities of these countries to provide basic services to their people and meet the millennium development goals. 

He said it not equity or justice when developing countries, like Liberia are forced to allocate merger poverty reduction resources to fight increasing exacerbation of coastal erosion, abnormal floods, and that there are no corresponding responsibility and funding to adapt to these changes.
Vice President Boakai made these remarks last evening when he addressed the United Nations conference on climate change in which he communicated to the conferees Liberia’s position on the ongoing talks on climate change.

He said the principle of equity is that polluters pay and that restitution or correcting a wrong is justice.

Vice President Boakai made it clear that Liberia has not contributed in any significant way to climate change, saying ,  we have see the signs of climate change, which include shifting weather patterns brought on by man induced warming of the earth’s atmosphere.

“That is why the deliberations at these conferences have to and must be guided by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities as contained in the 1992 framework on climate change,” the Vice President explained to the summit.

In a related development, Vice President Boakai has told the 192 nations meeting in Copenhagen on climate change that Liberia intends to use the Trans boundary peace park project between Liberia and Sierra Leone as a platform to conserve the Gola National Forest.

He said the project known as ‘ACROSS THE RIVER: a transboundary peace park for Liberia and Sierra Leone will serve as a Carbon sink under the ongoing climate change mitigation initiative.

The Vice President said under this project Liberia is prepared to contribute to global mitigation efforts through Liberia’s rainforest asset provided developed countries see wisdom in reducing the green house emission and provide the needed financial resources in keeping with provisions of the climate convention and the Bali Action Plan.
Noting further, the Vice President said that the provision of financial incentives to conserve the rainforest prior to 2012 climate regime is a value investment for the reduction of carbon emission.

He went on to say that Liberia’s message like that of Africa is that adaptation wrapped into our development agenda through appropriate technology development and transfer and building of capacity across the entire climate change intervention life cycle along wit additional, adequate and predictable financial resources for a nation that is host to 43 percent of the Upper Guinea Forest.

The Vice President at the head of an 8 member delegation left Liberia Tuesday for the summit on climate change.