WINDHOEK – Over N$ 5 million was pledged by Namibia’s diplomatic and business community in a show of support to Namibia’s hosting of the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11).
Environment and Tourism Minister, Uahekua Herunga, hosted a sponsor’s dinner in honor of the upcoming conference on the 13th August, thanking the sponsors for their generous contributions and welcoming their support of Namibia’s decision to host this international event.
The most notable pledge was a significant N$4 million show of support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Namibia. The donation is representative of Germany’s ongoing commitment and support to combating desertification in Namibia – which is even more relevant with the UNCCD being headquartered in Bonn. According to the German Charge d’ Affairs in Namibia – André Scholtz, “A quarter of the funds pledged will be used in running a cooperative programme aimed at getting Namibians more involved. The additional three million will be used to support Namibia in the delivery of the conference – specifically through Public Relations, the deployment of event technology and the building of temporary structures for the event”.
Honorable Herunga added that “Namibia’s role as the official host to the convention provides an opportunity for unparalleled international exposure and positioning for Namibia – offering the business community extensive networking opportunities with prospective business partners, showcasing Namibia’s natural beauty as a world-class business and leisure tourism destination, as well as by enhancing current awareness of issues and challenges facing people living in dry lands, and more specifically the impact here in Namibia”
The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) pledged a further N$790,000, while a collective of South African specialist service providers to the event also pledged their commitment to the cause through their half a million donation. Air Namibia pledged airline tickets to the value of N$ 100,000 in addition to offering discounted delegate rates on flights for conference attendees. Other partners
including Pupkewitz Holdings, the Botswana High Commission, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, and the High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria also pledged their support.
A total of N$5.4 million was pledged to support the upcoming UNCCD COP 11. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and appointed event management company Conference Systems Namibia encourage more partners to further capitalize on some of the remaining sponsorship opportunities.
Distributed by Emergo Communications on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Taffy Chirunda | Public Relations
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About the UNCCD COP 11
Namibia will host the 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11) from the 16-27th September 2013 at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort in the capital. Approximately 2000-3000 delegates from 195 country parties to the UNCCD, UN organizations, intergovernmental and civil society organizations will come together at COP11 to debate and arrive at solutions towards improving the living conditions of people in drylands; maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity; and mitigating the effects of drought.