Posted by: APO | 12 December 2007

ECA to establish African climate policy centre with Nobel prize winner Pachauri

ECA to establish African climate policy centre with Nobel prize winner Pachauri

12 December 2007 (ECA): UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Abdoulie Janneh, said today in Bali, Indonesia that ECA would collaborate with the Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and his organization, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of New Delhi, to establish an African center for climate policy studies.

In a statement to delegates at the ongoing UN Conference on Climate Change, Mr. Janneh said that the Centre would provide African countries with analytical work and capacity for mainstreaming climate-related concerns in the frameworks of their development policies, strategies and plans.

The delegates include five heads of state and governments, environment ministers from over 140 countries, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NGOs and civil society groups.

Janneh said the collaboration with TERI would help develop the capacity of African countries that are more impacted by climate change, but who are unable to cope with the impact because of high levels of poverty, as well as a heavy reliance on rain-fed agriculture and other climate-sensitive sectors such as fisheries, forest and tourism.

“Climate change will put millions of Africans at risk of water stress and hunger, and further threaten the livelihoods of those who reside in already degraded areas. This is why Africa requires, and deserves, special attention and consideration”, he said.

The ECA Executive Secretary joined the Africa Group at the Bali Conference in calling on developed countries to honour their past commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, by reducing green house gas emissions, providing financial resources and facilitating technology transfer to developing countries.

Apart from the new Centre, Janneh said ECA would also assist in developing the capacity of African countries through the Climate Information for Development (Clim-Dev Africa) programme, which it is implementing in collaboration with the African Union and the African Development Bank.

“Clim-Dev will scale up the capacities of key institutions and stakeholders to improve climate-related data and observation, information services, policies and risk management practices in all climate-sensitive sectors”, he said.

Climate change has emerged as one of the most daunting development challenges in Africa. The continent is among the regions that contribute the least to the phenomenon and, yet, it is also among the most vulnerable to its negative impact, derailing progress in achieving the MDGs and sustainable development.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri is Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which, along with Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”.

The Bali conference, which ends this week, is expected to produce a road map for post 2012, when the present Kyoto Protocol expires.


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