COP 22: Why Marrakesh Is More Important Than Paris COP21? – Olumide Idowu
Oct31

COP 22: Why Marrakesh Is More Important Than Paris COP21? – Olumide Idowu

COP 22: Why Marrakesh Is More Important Than Paris COP21? COP 22 will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November 2016. COP 20 in Lima was tagged the COP of negotiations of a universal climate change agreement, COP 21 in Paris last year was a COP of Agreement while COP 22 in Morocco is tagged the COP of Implementation. Taking critical decisions to ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement is the major endeavor at COP 22 in Morocco. Last year, African Development Bank support contributed significantly to ensuring that Africa’s concerns were addressed in the Paris Agreement. The Bank has also committed to triple its climate change finance to about USD 5 billion per year and to provide USD 12 billion on renewable energy investments by 2020. In consistence with the New Deal on Energy for Africa that provides a good entry point for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and given that COP 22 is a key milestone for the implementation of that Agreement, it is important that Africa is fully on board, while ensuring linkages with the Bank’s High Fives. “To make the Paris Agreement a real-world success story we need more than a historic political agreement, we need practical climate action to “decouple GDP from GHG” – or economic growth from greenhouse gases – as UN climate chief Christiana Figureres put it during a lecture at Climate-KIC partner the Grantham Institute.” Fours ways Marrakesh is going to help achieve that: Going from National to Global Action Plans is very important: In the run up to Paris, countries submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Now, they are preparing their first climate action plans (NDCs) – dropping the ‘Intended’ from the title – which will be updated every five years and should represent an increase in ambition. This is the often cited ‘ratcheting’ mechanism built into the Paris Agreement. In Marrakesh, countries will hope to agree on how the stock-taking exercise should work every five years, and how they can make sure it will indeed ratchet up the level of ambition around the world. The action plans outline the post-2020 climate actions of each country and contain details such as emission-reduction targets and how governments plan to make those happen. A range of policies, including those addressing the aviation and maritime sectors (which are missing from the Paris Agreement), need to be drawn up and implemented to create what is often called the “enabling environment” for the transition to a low-carbon economy.   Making Measuring Progress Transparent will keep the commitment: Perhaps even more important, are...

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Pré-COP 22 : Ce qu’il faut retenir
Oct19

Pré-COP 22 : Ce qu’il faut retenir

  Pré-COP 22 : Ce qu’il faut retenir La Pré-COP 22 s’est terminée ce soir avec de nombreuses attentes et ambitions . Les phrases clés.   Par Houmi  Ahamed-Mikidache   Salaheddine Mezouar, Ministre des Affaires Etrangères du Maroc et Président de la COP 22.   « J’ai à coeur de faire de cette COP une COP nouvelle, délibérément orientée vers l’action et la mobilisation des acteurs non étatiques mais également une COP plaçant le développement ambitieux mais durable au coeur de tous les débats, notamment pour les pays du Sud »,   « Il est également question d’encourager les Parties à annoncer, à l’occasion de la COP22, la mise en oeuvre rapide de leurs Contributions Déterminées au niveau National (CDNs), et éventuellement un rehaussement de leurs ambitions. »     Ségolène Royal, Ministre de l’environnement et présidente de la COP 21   « Tous les éléments sont en place pour une COP22 réussie à Marrakech . »     Patricia Espinosa, Secrétaire exécutive de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC)     « Conclusions de la Pré-COP à Marrakech :  une réunion préparatoire  ministérielle fructueuse qui augure que la COP 22 sera un succès »   Hakima El Haité, championne de haut niveau pour le climat et ministre déléguée en charge de l’environnement du Maroc   « Nous allons établir une nouvelle approche pour renforcer l’implication de la société civile »   Laurence Tubiana, , ambassadrice de la COP21 et championne de haut niveau pour le climat pour la France.   « Excellente réunion ministérielle avant avant la COP22.  État de grâce continue après Paris : débats tournés vers l’action et la coopération »     Déclaration des ministres lors de la 23 réunion des BASIC ( Brésil, Afrique du Sud, Inde, Chine), avec la présence notamment  d’Edna Molewa, ministre de l’Environnement d’Afrique du Sud   « Les pays développés devraient fournir des ressources financières, le développement et le transfert technologique et un soutien pour le renforcement des capacités aux pays en développement pour leur mise en œuvre efficace et leurs actions ambitieuses dans le cadre de l’Accord de Paris »          ...

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Climate finance: Crucial for COP 22
Oct14

Climate finance: Crucial for COP 22

  Climate Finance: Crucial for COP 22 By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Paris Agreement  «  I want that the question of the implementation of finance will be fixed before the opening of  COP 22.» Not easy.  But this is what the French Minister, Ségolène Royal  said  last week, during the press conference on the enter into force of the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement will enter into force the 4 of November.  At least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified it. “The reason we were able to pass the required threshold so early is that many of the largest emitters in the world – including the United States, China, India, the EU and a number of its member states – recognized the need to continue the momentum from Paris and joined swiftly to bring this Agreement into force as quickly as possible,”  Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press release published a week ago. Challenges But there are still several issues to achieve the 1,5° required by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by 2100.   The national pledges are far beyond  the 1,5° required, reaching currently 3°, and the climate finance  is still an enigma for many experts.  The Paris Agreement specifies that there is  a commitment to review national pledges every five years. For the climate finance,  it is a different story. Many climate finance mechanisms exist but are unreachable  in Africa according to experts. In 2009, during the Conference of the Parties in Copenhaguen, a 100 billion US Dollars fund has been announced to help developing countries fighting against climate change by 2020. This fact was emphasized in the Paris Agreement. One of the sources of this climate finance is the UN Green Climate fund. With $10.3 billion,  there is a long way to go for funding this UN Fund, observers note. But for the French Ministry of Environment, they will be “a big push for funding it”. The Green Climate  Fund(GCF) “The GCF has made great progress by raising a US$10 billion budget – a really positive sign. But the challenge now is to use this to approve the game-changing programmes that will really transform economies. Our message to the board is more speed and less haste, advised the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) recently in a Q and A.” .For  the chief economist IIED, Paul Steele, the process of accreditation should change. The Board Member of the Green Climate Fund should choose ministries of local government rather than multilateral agencies.  “It will better target the most needed people,”   Steele noted. To him, the Green Climate Fund board...

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