Climate Action: ” We want to include UCLG Africa among the members of the climate ecosystem ” -Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI ( Secretary General of UCLG Africa)
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Climate Action: ” We want to include UCLG Africa among the members of the climate ecosystem ” -Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI ( Secretary General of UCLG Africa)

Climate Action: ” We want to include UCLG Africa among the members of the climate ecosystem ” – Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI ( Secretary General of UCLG Africa) Ahead of the  UN Climate Action Summit in New York , millions of people across the world,  especially youth have been taking part in protests calling for action against climate change. Cities and Local Governments from across Africa also joined climate strikes as the vulnerabilities of climate change continue to devastate the continent with storms like tropical cyclone idai that killed more than 1,300 people earlier this year to deforestation through human activity that is plaguing Sub-Sahara Africa. Youth have taken to the streets and demonstrated across African cities from Ghana to Lagos, Nairobi to South Africa demanding climate justice for all.  For Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi , Secretary General of UCLG Africa,  “the fight against climate change will be lost or won in cities and territories, depending on the way and urgency in which leaders of local and regional governments invest in, or be associated to climate action.” On September 22nd ,The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s Climate Task Force ( a coordination of  multiactor),   hosted a High Level Climate Finance Side Event in New York. A few days after the event, Mr Elong Mbassi share his view  to ERA ENVIRONNEMENT. ERA ENVIRONNEMENT:  What were the main outcomes of  the High Level Climate Finance Side Event ? Jean-Pierre ELONG MBASSI: This event was about sensitizing and advocating for rooting climate action at the local level, where the bulk of green gas emissions are produced and where climate extreme events have the most adverse consequences. As the Vice President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa Region Dr Mohamed Boudra stated it in his introductory remarks, “the fight against climate change will be lost or won in cities and territories. Hence, it is important to involve local and regional governments as key players for climate action. In order to enhance the participation of local and regional governments in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and raise its ambition to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, one of the proposals put forward by the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force is to take advantage of the ongoing revision of the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by the States parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, to better involve local and regional governments in climate action. In this respect, it is proposed that this revision starts with the locally or territorially defined contributions (LDCs)...

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