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At Commonwealth Heads Of Gov’t Meeting: MINEPDED Shares Experience On Ecological Solutions To Climate Change

Cross-section of Commonwealth women at the side event on transforming for gender equality

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

Cameroon’s Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, MINEPDED, has shared the country’s rich experience in the use of ecological friendly solutions in combating climate change and its negative effects.

The experience on the ecological friendly solutions, which included the use of improved cooking stoves and solar cooking pots, was echoed during a parallel forum on the environment at the 26th edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, held in Kigali, Rwanda from June 20 to 26, 2022.

The summit was postponed twice due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic before holding on to the African soil for the first time. The CHOGM allows high level discussions and decision making for the 54 nations of the Commonwealth. The discussions that harped on issues such as the environment, gender, youth, health, society, and so on; gave room for contributions from African member states and their respective delegations.

It was in this light that MINEPDED, which was part of Cameroon’s delegation to the summit headed by Prime Minister, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute; alongside other compatriots from various administrations and NGOs, actively participated in the side events to share the country’s experiences.

The Commonwealth Focal Point and Communication on the Environment at MINEPDED, Priscilla Song, told The Post from the summit grounds in Kigali that MINEPDED participated in the women’s and the people’s forums in which discussions took place in the presence of decision-makers. She said, in addition, capacities were strengthened in workshops as there was the mutual sharing of experiences as conversations centred on the role and responsibilities of women from various countries in the fight against climate change.  

“The people’s forum, which brings together civil societies, in particular, also provided an opportunity to share Cameroon’s rich experience in the use of ecological solutions such as improved cooking stoves; solar cooking pots, etc. The challenges inherent to these ecological and socially beneficial solutions were raised, especially those related to their production in quality and quantity,” she stated.

The discussions at the CHOGM and its parallel forums, thus, bordered on issues facing the Commonwealth Nations with the common vision of creating transformative change that promotes the achievement of the 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, for the benefit of the citizens of all the member states.

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