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Malawi’s Former President Asserts Loss and Damage as Obligation, not a Gift.

By Leonard Masauli, Malawi

Lilongwe, 22 March 2024-Former Malawian President Dr. Joyce Banda emphasized that the Loss and Damage funds sought by African nations from the Global North are not a charitable contribution but rather an obligation owed by the global community to support countries in the global south as they confront the devastating consequences of disasters.

Dr. Banda made these remarks during the opening ceremony of the 3rd African Regional Dialogue on Loss and Damage meeting at the Bingu International Convention Centre on Wednesday 20 March 2024. 

She stressed the importance of African leaders presenting a united front to advocate for justice and to ensure that the Global North fulfills its commitment to providing more financial support to countries in the global south for loss and damage mitigation.

“In providing funds for loss and damage, the Global North is not extending a gift, but fulfilling a responsibility.” 

“My advice to Africans is that we must persist in our advocacy efforts to increase these pledges. Heads of States must unite as a continent and demand what is rightfully ours to ensure that countries receive the necessary support,” said Dr. Banda.

Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, Dr. Michael Usi, underscored that loss and damage is not only an ethical and political issue but also a developmental one. 

He emphasized the need to hold the Global North accountable by presenting the reality of the situation rather than treating it as an academic debate.

“Instances such as Cyclone Freddy serve as powerful illustrations of the urgent need for climate justice. Fulfilling promises is not a favor but an obligation,” said Dr. Usi. “It is imperative for Malawi and other affected nations to develop strategies to ensure that these promises are upheld.”

Photo: Leonard Masauli

The Board Chairperson for the Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CSONECC), Gift Numeri, highlighted the urgency of addressing climate change impacts, stressing that the suffering of communities, particularly women and children, cannot be ignored.

“This gathering is pivotal for Africa to take proactive steps in addressing climate change impacts,” remarked the Chairperson. “We must devise our own mechanisms to tackle these challenges before seeking assistance from external parties,” he said.

Endelevu is the first Congolese information site specializing in sustainable development goals. It is also a media which favors data journalism and factcheking in the DRC and which aims to be focused implementation on all UN sustainable development goals in DRC and in Africa and beyond as the world gradually moves towards 2030.

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