President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement on behalf of the government of Malawi.
Among other things the treaty puts together an internationally accepted framework for addressing climate change and enables signatories to access funds the international community puts together to tackle climate change effects such as floods, drought and hunger.
Mutharika signed the treaty at UN Headquarters in the presence of the Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Miguel de Serpa Soares.
Speaking to reporters in New York, USA, after signing the Climate Change Treaty, Mutharika said there was need for the country to have a way of tackling the issue of climate change which is also in line with international frameworks as provided by the Paris agreement.
“The issue of climate change to countries like Malawi is a serious one,” he said, adding that it was for this reason his government was coming up with a legal framework to address climate change issues.
President Mutharika said if the country was not careful, it would continue to suffer effects of natural calamities such as droughts that often result in food shortages.
Stressing the need for the country to address climate change issues in earnest, Mutharika said Malawi was one of the countries mostly prone to effects of climate change.
“You saw how the country was affected by drought and its consequences,” he said.
The agreement also obliges signatory countries to cut on carbon emissions.
Mutharika is in the USA attending the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which began on Tuesday.