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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UNFCCC: In Preparation for COP 25
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UNFCCC: In Preparation for COP 25

UNFCCC: In Preparation for COP 25   By ERA ENVIRONNEMENT with UNFCCC The 50th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 50) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 50) will be held in Bonn,  Germany, from 17-27 June 2019, in preparation for COP 25. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the Conference of the Parties /Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris.  It supports the work of these bodies through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the UNFCC, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreeement. Vulnerability and Adaptation among the discussion This year, the technical  discussion will be about vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change, science and review with research and observation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. Also up for discussion are methodological issues under the Convention, including a training programme for review experts for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Annex I Parties* to the Convention (developed countries). Under methodological issues under the Kyoto Protocol, SBSTA 50 will address: land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); and implications of including reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation clean development mechanism (CDM) project activities. Keys to achieve NDCs Regarding methodological issues under the Paris Agreement, SBSTA 50 has on its agenda issues related to, inter alia, reporting of information: on anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of GHGs; to track progress made in implementing and achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and on financial, technology development and transfer and capacity-building support. On matters relating to Article 6 (cooperative approaches) of the Paris Agreement, the SBSTA will address: guidance on cooperative approaches; rules, modalities and procedures for the mechanism established by Article 6; and the work programme under the framework for non-market approaches. The SBSTA will also discuss market and non-market mechanisms under the Convention, including a framework for various approaches, non-market-based approaches, and a new market-based mechanism. SBI 50 will include: a multilateral assessment working group session under the international assessment and review (IAR) process; and a facilitative sharing of views under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process. How the SBI will work? The SBI will address issues related to reporting from and review of Annex I Parties, including, inter alia: status of submission and review of seventh national communications and third BRs; compilations and syntheses of second and third BRs; the report on national GHG inventory...

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Déclaration Ministérielle Francophone de Katowice sur la lutte contre les changements climatiques
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Déclaration Ministérielle Francophone de Katowice sur la lutte contre les changements climatiques

Déclaration Ministérielle Francophone de Katowice sur la lutte contre les changements climatiques – 10 Décembre 2018 Nous, Ministres et Chefs de délégations représentant les États et gouvernements  ayant le français en partage, affirmons que les changements climatiques constituent l’un des enjeux majeurs  du  XXIème  siècle, et  que  notre  participation   concertée  à  la 24ème Conférence des Nations Unies sur le climat de Katowice, en Pologne (CdP24) peut  contribuer  à  renforcer  la mise en œuvre des objectifs de l’Accord de Paris dans nos pays respectifs et au niveau international.   Considérant la Déclaration du XVIIème Sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement des pays ayant le français en partage qui s’est tenu à Erevan (Arménie), les 11-12 octobre 2018; Notant que l’impact des changements climatiques pose des défis supplémentaires aux membres de la Francophonie en matière de lutte contre l’érosion côtière, de gestion responsable  et  durable des  forêts,  de sécurité  alimentaire  et   d’accès  à   l’eau   potable  et  aux   services d’assainissement de base, comme établi par le dernier rapport du GIEC sur les impacts existants avec une hausse de température de 1,5°C; Réaffirmant notre appui à la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris et notre détermination  à aboutir à un accord international sur les règles de mise en œuvre de l’accord, accessible aux pays en développement et favorable à un développement équitable durable; Conscients de l’importance de la concertation francophone dans les négociations multilatérales et désireux de jouer un rôle mobilisateur auprès des grandes économies afin que des engagements significatifs soient pris pour réduire la croissance mondiale des  émissions  de  gaz  à  effet  de  serre suivant les recommandations du GIEC; Affirmant que tous les pays doivent assumer leur juste part conformément  aux  principes  inscrits  dans  la Convention  et  l’Accord de Paris, d’équité, de responsabilités communes mais différenciées, et des capacités respectives;   Conformément  aux engagements  du Sommet d’Erevan dans ces paragraphes 48, 49 et 50,  nous réaffirmons  notre volonté de: Mobiliser tous nos atouts politiques pour la ratification des instruments internationaux de la Convention dont l’Accord de Paris, et l’amendement de Doha sur la deuxième période d’engagement du Protocole de Kyoto; Saisir et d`exploiter  toutes  les opportunités  techniques  et financières  offertes  par la communauté des partenaires au développement, notamment francophones (solidarité), pour accompagner et assister les pays en développement pour la mise en œuvre des CDN, pour la mise en œuvre des politiques  de développement durable par la formulation de projets/programmes d`adaptation et d`atténuation, prenant en charge la problématique du genre; Nous mobiliser pour veiller au renflouement des fonds climatiques définis par la Convention et l’Accord de Paris, notamment le Fonds pour l’Environnement Mondial (FEM), le Fonds d’Adaptation (FA) et le Fonds Vert Climat...

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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently
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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently

African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently By Olumide Idowu* Participants attending the African Climate Talks II (ACT-II) in Addis Ababa ( Ethiopia) in March,  called Africa to change how it does business to reap the benefits of the Paris Agreement. Attending the two-day talks last month called “Market policy versus market mechanisms in the implementation of the Paris Agreement”, speakers asked for an urgent shift in how the continent will forge ahead to escape the consequences of climate change. Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, from South Sudan and former chair of the G77 called for strengthening of the current regime, noting that the current Paris Agreement is fundamentally flawed and inadequate. “The agreement will be the main basis for multilateral cooperation during the first period of commitments (2020-2030). The African Continent in this new architecture is tragically weaker than even before,” Di-Aping said. He urged Africa to reinvent itself consistently through science. “We must think “out of the box” to build the framework for a more effective effort from 2025 onwards – one consistent with Africa’s survival and prosperity,” he said. Dr James Murombedzi, the Officer in Charge of the Africa Climate Centre Policy (ACPC) noted that the continent needs to invest in strong evidence based African narrative. “This narrative should have a science, research and policy interface. We also should invest in informed societies that participate in the shaping of policies and strengthen capacities of countries,” Murombedzi said. “The temperatures are rising and Africa is suffering. Let us unite to save our continent. Let us develop sustainable ways of dealing with climate change,” Woldu said. Di-Aping noted that Africa must move beyond the old dichotomy of “mitigation and adaptation.” “We must look at each sector – agriculture, industry etc – and focus on integrating climate considerations into wider industrial and development planning in an integrated way. The climate regime must focus not just on “emissions reductions” but on the real solutions needed to achieve them,” Di-Aping said. He urged for negotiations which provide a space where these with problems, with solutions and with money, can meet as part of a structured process. “We need to make the UNFCCC more relevant to the real world.  The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative is to be commended as an important step in the energy sector – we need matching initiatives in each other sector,” he said. “Let us think about the financial sector and financial instruments and engineering. If we need a major plan to address 1.50C, the question arises how to fund it. Clearly the $10 billion in the GCF will not be enough; and developed countries have no intention...

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UNFCCC: A new gate for the Talanoa Dialogue
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UNFCCC: A new gate for the Talanoa Dialogue

UNFCCC: A new gate for the Talanoa Dialogue The UN Climate Change secretariat launched yesterday a new portal to support the Talanoa Diaologue, an important international conversation in which countries will check progress and seek to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   How will it work? Through the portal, all countries and other stakeholders, including business, investors, cities, regions and civil society, are invited to make submissions into the Talanoa Dialogue around three central questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? Countries and non-Party stakeholders will be contributing ideas, recommendations and information that can assist the world in taking climate action to the next level in order to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Talanoa Dialogue The Dialogue was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn in November 2017 and will run throughout 2018. The Paris Agreement’s central goal is keep the global average temperature rise to below 2C degrees and as close as possible to 1.5C. Current global ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare societies to resist increasing climate change is not enough to achieve this under the current national climate action plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). “The portal is the gateway for the Talanoa Dialogue. It represents the central point for everyone to make their views heard around enhanced ambition. Additionally, it will make available other key resources for the dialogue,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change. “I very much welcome the portal because it provides transparency and broadens participation in the dialogue. I look forward to many governments and other actors making their submissions via the portal as part of world-wide efforts required for the next level of climate action and ambition”, she said. The Pacific island concept of ‘Talanoa’ was introduced by Fiji, which held the Presidency of the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference. It aims at an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of the concept is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The Talanoa method purposely avoids blame and criticism to create a safe space for the exchange of ideas and collective decision-making. The Talanoa Dialogue will be constructive, facilitative and oriented towards providing solutions and will see both technical and political exchanges....

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Fighting climate change in Liberia
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Fighting climate change in Liberia

A few months after COP 23 and a few days after the  inauguration of the new President of Liberia, George Weah, Era Environnement shares with you the interview of the National Coordinator of the Green Climate Fund in Liberia, Jeremiah G. Sokan. This interview took place in Bonn, Germany during COP 23 by Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache.             Introduction to Jeremiah G. Sokan and his view on climate finance during COP 23       JeremiahSokanLiberia His view on the US position on the Paris Agreement and the consequences for the implementation of the Paris Accord.       JeremiahSokanLiberia2 What can be the role of the African Presidents for the implementation of the Paris Agreement? How about Liberia and its climate change policy toward the youth?...

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