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Parliamentarians urge unity to address climate change challenges

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 146th Assembly kicked off its third day with a panel discussion on climate oversight action.

The meeting discussed current climate conditions and issues of various countries and ways to overcome them unitedly.

It stressed the importance of achieving solid plans to execute national parliamentary contributions to achieve climate action.

Irish Senator Roisin Garvey, who led the discussion, spoke about the importance of partnership with the private sector to address environmental challenges.

Some of the private sector are brilliant at looking at the carbon emissions because they have the expertise, she told the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) after the session.

Speaking about the efforts in Ireland to mitigate climate action, she spoke about how different specialised departments are working on implementing the Climate Action Plan, which is legally binding for the next 10 years.

We’re doing well, because two years ago, we fought hard and we got the climate action, she said.

“Every single department has climate targets.I am the Green Party’s spokesperson for enterprise, trade and employment. So in our department, we have a target of 35% reduction.”

Garvey spoke about the importance of harnessing solar energy and improving infrastructure for public transport, walking and cycling to reduce the dependence on oil resources.

Tonga Parliamentary Speaker Fatafehi Fakafanua pointed out his expectation from the assembly to deliver concrete action plans for parliaments to ensure more effective accountability, urging governments to develop and implement national determined contributions.

Source: Bahrain News Agency (BNA)

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