Benin- African Carbon Forum: African countries must work closer together
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Benin- African Carbon Forum: African countries must work closer together

Benin- African Carbon Forum: African countries must work closer together Cotonou-Benin- 30 June 2017 By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache African countries must work closer together when implementing national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and mobilizing climate finance, whilst better integrating climate action into sustainable development planning, concluded ministers and key delegates who convened for the Africa Carbon Forum which ended today in Cotonou, Benin. Over 600 practitioners, experts and policy makers, including ministers from governments across Africa and other high level participants, met in Cotonou to take stock and align strategies on how financial resources should be mobilized to ensure sustainable development and emissions reduction on a continent-wide scale. “Africa is the continent most affected by climate change: two thirds of Africans make their living off the land, consequently, it is critical that the continent secures a climate-resilient economic and development path, said Abdoulaye Bio Tchane, Senior Minister in charge of Planning and Development of Benin, a western african country which host the Africa Carbon Forum. Foster economic growth With ambitious commitments already made by countries under the Paris Agreement, and with more commitments expected, African ministers and other leaders stressed the importance of building momentum that will enable the transformational shift towards low carbon and greater resilience to climate change. Patnerships are needed to develop and spur sustainable development, participants also highlighted. “Africa is one of the most important engines for growth worldwide in the coming years. African people are at the core of this growth. But the growth needs to be shaped on the basis of related climate and sustainable development criteria,” explained the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa. And she added: “Africa’s nationally determined contributions to the agreement are blueprints for attracting private sector investment and pushing forward. Implementation of the Paris Agreement is the foundation for stability, for security and prosperity as the population grows to 9 billion people or more by 2050.”With food, water, renewable energy, jobs, African can build sustainable, resilient communities, she emphasized. The non State Actors Delegates at this year’s Africa Carbon Forum confirmed that non-Party stakeholders, including private sector and cities, stand ready to enhance ambition on climate action and welcomed the event as a unique regional event, which facilitates knowledge and new partnerships which are key to allowing Africa to realize its potential and meet the ambitions goals set in the Paris agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Delegates discussed crucial themes ranging from climate policy options to the future of the existing and widely use mechanisms that are suitable to the different domestic context and can be...

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