COP21: South Sudan, Thinking Big

Despite crushing poverty, a government cash crisis, and 2.2 million people displaced by conflict, the world’s newest country is aiming high on tackling climate change.

South Sudan’s environment minister, Deng Deng Hoc Yai, described his country’s support for a new global deal that would limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The country will need help to achieve its ambitious goals. South Sudan’s national climate change plan, drafted to contribute to a new global climate deal being negotiated in Paris this week, will cost about $50 billion by 2030. Last year, South Sudan's environment budget was about $5 million.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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