- Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, has called for a “fair energy transition” that would allow his country to continue exploiting its natural gas resources in the medium term, with a view to raising the revenues needed for the development of its economy and social inclusion.
- Nyusi was speaking during the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt last week.
“For us, a fair energy transition is an exercise of social inclusion,” he said. “We want to continue, in the medium term, to use natural resources, such as natural gas, which is less polluting.”
In his speech, the president argued that poor countries should have the opportunity to use their energy resources in a balanced way, for their social and economic development, just as developed states have done.
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“It is necessary that countries align with the proper balance between development and environmental sustainability,” he said.
Nyusi advocated the deepening of partnerships and cooperation in the fight against climate change, stressing the importance of funding for the prevention and mitigation of the impacts of changes in the environment.
Stressing Mozambique’s vulnerability to natural disasters, Nyusi said that the country is committed to actions to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate shocks, through the creation of early warning mechanisms and climate adaptation strategies.
He also called on the international community and private business partners to help in mobilising resources and technologies aimed at the restoration and conservation of mangroves and the country’s wealth of biodiversity in general.
Author: Bryan Groenendaa