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EU hosts climate event


Lijeng Ranooe

THE European Union (EU) will this week host two events in Maseru to discuss ways of mitigating the negative effects of urban mobility on climate.

The events, which will be held in partnership with Alliance Française and the German Cooperation GIZ, are part of the annual European Climate Diplomacy Week which seeks to highlight the positive actions that the EU and its member states are taking around the world to tackle climate change.

The EU Embassy in Maseru said in a statement that “this year’s focus is on Urban Mobility”.

“The issue of how to enhance mobility – while at the same time reducing congestion, accidents and not least related air pollution – is a common challenge to Maseru and cities in almost all developing countries.

“The event will therefore aim at sensitising the general public and policy makers on alternative means of mobility to contribute to combating climate change,” reads part of the EU statement.

The EU further stated that on Friday there would be presentations and dialogue on “tackling urban mobility and safety issues and how solving these challenges can help reduce the negative impacts on our climate”.

The event is open to the public at the premises of Alliance Française and there will be a live Skype connection with Namibia to inform the audience how the latter is responding to challenges of urban mobility.

“On Saturday 24 June, there will be a guided ‘sensitisation ride’ from Maseru Mall to Lancer’s Inn.

“The aim of this bike ride is to draw attention to the lack of other means of transport in the city, including pedestrian and bicycle lanes.”

The public is free to bring their bicycles and participate in the event.

The EU further stated that there would entertainment in the form of live music as well as the screening of the film “Terra” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand- a famous French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist.

“Terra tells the story of life, the incredible saga of our living planet,” the EU said.


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