Climate Change Counts in Swaziland

As part of the SARUA Initiative Climate Change Counts, country consultations were held in Swaziland at the Kwaluseni Campus of the University of Swaziland on 6th and 7th June 2013. The consultations were structured as a 1.5 day programme, with combined participation of Universities and Colleges, Government, Parastatals, Private Sector and Civil Society stakeholders (NGOs).

IMG_3223 (2) (800x317)Key points communicate to participants by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Cisco Magagula; in his welcome address include the following:

  • Mentioned the main causes of cc as activities of human beings and further estimated the proportions of dangers and vulnerabilities due to cc hence cited the seriousness of climate change impacts on human beings they will remain unmitigated.
  • He paid tribute to SARUA and HEMA for undertaking such an important and ambitious programme on climate and stressed his personal pleasure that UNISWA, as a funder member of SARUA is hosting this important workshop.
  • He observed that the workshop coincided with commemoration of the world environment day (with the theme think, eat and save) which encourages us to act or we’ll perish. He said “we need to do something, otherwise we will all die. This is not a threat but a fact.”

IMG_3277 (2) (800x701)The collaboration with UNISWA leading up to and during the workshop was clear due to the assistance provided by UNISWA SADC MESA Chair. Moreover, HEMA was pleased with the participation and support provided by other staff members at UNISWA especially members of the MIC and Prof Absalom Manyatsi, Ms Thandi Khumalo and Dr Musa Dube for the presentations they made during the workshop. The national UNFCCC focal person represented by Ms Dudu Nhlengethwa-Masina also provided crucial climate change details for the benefit of the participants. Finally, the support of the UNISWA VC especially his easier availability made communications and decisions about the workshop quicker. The participation of the Ministry of Education and Training, represented a very senior person in the incumbent Principal Secretary Mr Pat Muir is highly appreciated.IMG_3253 (2) (800x641)

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