Zambias tourism minister on climate change, tourism and peace


At the IIPT (International Institute for Peace Through Tourism) conference in
Lusaka Zambia, the Hon. Catherine Namugala, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Recourses, Zambia, addresses the audience of 440 delegates from 36 countries about her view on peace, tourism and climate change.

Catherine Namugala a Zambian politician is representing Isoka East Constituency in the Zambian Parliament, since 2001.

Catherine Namugala was born in Isoka East Constituency, Isoka District in Zambia’s Northern Province.

Catherine Namugala served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 until 2003. From 2003 until 2005, she served as the Deputy Minister for Community Development and Social Services. In 2006, she was re-elected to parliament, representing Isoka East Constituency. Also in 2006, she was appointed Minister of Community Development and Social Services. Since then, she served as Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President, prior to being appointed to her present cabinet post in 2008[2] In February 2010, Catherine Namugala was awarded the African Tourism Minister Of The Year Award, beating six (6) contestants from Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Ms. Catherine Namugala is single. She belongs to the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), political party.

She said: “We know than Africa with its marvelous tourism attractions, has long been a destination of choice for millions of tourists.
Africa has recorded increases in international tourism arrivals and this is a welcome trend in many countries where tourism is a major source of revenue and a financier of sustainable development.

We all know that climate change is a global problem that needs a global solution.
Moreover, the African continent and the rest of the developing world is
amongst the most vulnerable when it comes to climate change. The effects of climate change, such as extreme weather phenomena, are issues that will greatly affect the tourism sector and need urgent actions from all of us. We therefore need to forge a strong partnership between the developed countries and the developing world, expecialli in regards to expanding the capacity of African stakeholders in the tourism industry to
tackle matters of climate change.
This conference offers an invaluable opportunit to build networks and partnerships among the participants, and to exchange experiences while gaining kowledge from other