COP 22- Ethiopia- Paris Agreement : strategic orientation for African countries- CCDA-VI
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COP 22- Ethiopia- Paris Agreement : strategic orientation for African countries- CCDA-VI

COP 22- Ethiopia- Paris Agreement : strategic orientation for African countries- CCDA-VI By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache The sixth annual Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–VI) Conference organized under the auspices of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme, will be held in Addis Ababa from the 17 th to 20th of October. Overall objective : understanding the implementation implications, nuances, challenges and opportunities of the Paris Agreement for Africa in the context of the continent’s development priorities.  This conference will particularly focus its attention to means of implementation of the agreement for accessing finance and technology transfer which are among the national development priorities of african countries. Deepen understanding of the nuances in the decisions of COP21, particularly with regard to  means of implementation (capacity, finance and technology transfer), as well the domestication of the agreement in Africa in alignment with national development priorities of African countries With many experts from Africa and around the world, this conference will provide a marketplace for innovative solutions that integrates climate change into development processes, according to the organizers. It will embrace the Paris Climate Agreement within the framework of Africa Union ’s development aspirations as underscored in Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, with a vision of ‘leaving no one behind’. UN-ECA Coordinator for the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) Dr. Fatima Denton recently interviewed by the Ethiopian Herald said that Ethiopia has designed visible low carbon strategies  with hydro-power development, forestry and agriculture. Ethiopia, in East Africa is one of the lead countries in  Africa which develops climate resilient green economy initiative, experts said.    ...

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Linking the Paris Agreement to sustainable development
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Linking the Paris Agreement to sustainable development

  Linking the Paris Agreement to sustainable development By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache The African Union Commission (AUC); the African Development Bank (AfDB); the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will host a high level panel discussion in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia) on 2 April 2016. It will be held in parallele of the the African Development Week hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union (AU), started from 31 March until  5th April. The Safeguarding pathways to sustainable development The high level panel discussion titled “The Paris Agreement: Implications for Green Growth in Africa” will be an opportunity to provide guidance, pathways and strategies for the ease of the implementation of the Paris agreement prior to its coming into effect in 2020, according to a press release from the Africa Climate Policy Centre of Economic Commission for Africa (ACPC). Approved last december by 196 parties to combat Climate Change, the Paris Agreement has 32 decisions. It aims to replace the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2020.  Africa emits less than 4% of the greenhouse gas emission.  But all parties  have «  to ensure they achieve the dual objective of controlling global warming while safeguarding pathways to sustainable development,” recalls experts. The main instruments of the Paris Agreement, are the national action plans namely now Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It aims to limit global warming below 2 o Celsius. To achieve the 1,5° required by the IPCC*, the Paris Agreement specifies that there is commitment to review national pledges every five years. Fifty- three out of fifty-four- African countries have submitted their national action plans, affirms a few days ago Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Chief Economist and Deputy Executive Secretary of the ECA , in a meeting on renewable energy in Addis-Ababa. For Fatima Denton, Director of the ECA Special Initiatives Division and Coordinator of the ACPC, Africa countries have to coordinate their  strategies to adapt and to mitigate in a sustainable way. “During this pre-2020 period, the focus is expected to be on consultations to revise the NDCs, raise the levels of ambition, and prepare implementation and associated resource and investment plans that are aligned with national development priorities. Capacity and institution building will be important in this phase to allow for the proper planning, implementation and monitoring of NDC related activities,”  she points out recently. Climate finance: the key issue Around 621 million people in Africa have no access to electricity, according to the Africa Progress report 2015. ” In Nigeria, an oil exporting superpower, 93 million people lack electricity. Angola has five times...

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COP21 – Fatima Denton : « Le fonds vert de l’ONU pour le climat n’est pas suffisant »
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COP21 – Fatima Denton : « Le fonds vert de l’ONU pour le climat n’est pas suffisant »

À quelques semaines de la 21e Conférence des parties de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (COP21), la coordinatrice du Centre africain pour la politique en matière de climat, Fatima Denton revient sur trois enjeux cruciaux de l’accord de Paris. Propos recueillis par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Jeune Afrique : Les négociations actuelles permettront-elles d’obtenir les financements nécessaires à la lutte contre le changement climatique lors de la Cop21 ? Fatima Denton : Lorsqu’on parle des finances climatiques, on évoque la responsabilité historique des pays industrialisés sur les émissions de gaz à effet de serre. La question sur les finances climatiques est l’une des plus complexes dans les négociations actuelles. Aucune architecture financière ne nous permet actuellement d’aborder tous les problèmes. Nous avons maintenant le fonds vert pour le climat [de l’ONU], doté de plus de 10 milliards de dollars, mais ce n’est pas suffisant. Il existe certes d’autres sources de financements, à la fois privées et publiques. Mais la principale problématique reste l’adéquation. Avons-nous assez de fonds pour l’atténuation du changement climatique mais aussi pour l’adaptation à ces changements [qui consiste à réduire la vulnérabilité des sociétés au changement climatique, NDLR] ? Les fonds ont-il une vision ?...

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