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Mozambican President Receives “Honoris Causa” for Environmental Defence

Mozambican President Receives “Honoris Causa” for Environmental Defence

Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, on Friday, 16 September, said that changing attitudes towards the environment and “influencing new generations” to preserve the planet was a priority, on receiving an honorary doctorate in the area of Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change.

Nyusi said that this distinction “reflects the participation and commitment of the Mozambican people to the environmental cause. The challenges imposed by climate change require all of us to change our attitude in the way we treat the environment and extract natural resources. It cannot be at any cost”, said the Head of State, who was awarded the prize by Eduardo Mondlane University, in Maputo.

On the occasion, he considered it necessary to “influence the new generations” for the “importance of preserving biodiversity, adaptation and resilience to climate change and for a sustainable management of natural resources”.

The title was justified by the UEM with the attention given by Nyusi, since 2015, to the reduction of climate vulnerability, creation of resilience in communities and conservation measures.

The results are visible, among others, with “communities that are in regions more prone to the impact of climate change and other natural phenomena,” said the director of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cesaltina Tchamo.

At the ceremony the President of the Republic had the outgoing President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, as patron.

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This was the second Honoris Causa title awarded to Filipe Nyusi in four years.

The first was awarded in February 2018 by the School of Diplomacy and International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland, in recognition of his work for peace in Mozambique.


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