Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2009

Africa Climate Change Talks Enter Decisive Week as Lead Negotiators and High Level Experts Gather to Refine Climate Platform and Position towards Copenhagen




Africa Climate Change Talks Enter Decisive Week as Lead Negotiators and High Level Experts Gather to Refine Climate Platform and Position towards Copenhagen



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 21, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — About 150 African lead negotiators and high level experts on climate change from all African countries gather for their Second Technical Meeting in Addis Ababa to map out the region’s climate platform, barely 44 days before the crucial negotiations in Copenhagen.

The week-long meeting is at the initiative of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and the African Union, (AU), in collaboration with the United Nations                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Second Technical Meeting of the African high-level expert panel and negotiators on climate change is the last major preparatory meeting in Africa before the fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled for December 2009 in Copenhagen.


The negotiators and high level experts will update the African common negotiating position; deliberate on the framework of African climate change programmes and its associated frameworks of sub regional climate change programmes; and deepen the understanding of African experts on the issues being negotiated in connection with the international climate change regime beyond 2012.


Africa’s expectation of the outcome of Copenhagen is an inclusive, fair and effective outcome that prioritizes both adaptation and mitigation, and recognizes that Africa has an urgent need for support in the implementation of adaptation. The Copenhagen outcome must recognize that solving the climate problem will only be possible if it is undertaken in the context of Africa’s need for development.


Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change with limited capacity for adaptation. The region’s major economic sectors are vulnerable to current climate sensitivity, with huge economic impacts, and this vulnerability is exacerbated by existing developmental challenges such as endemic poverty, complex governance and institutional dimensions; limited access to capital, including markets, infrastructure and technology; ecosystem degradation; and multifaceted disasters and conflicts.


Copenhagen offers African countries a vital opportunity to secure the means to address the adverse effects of climate change from stepped up climate change action. It is essential that Africa participates actively and strategically in the negotiations to ensure that its needs, interests and requirements are met. Failure to reach a fair and equitable outcome will have dire consequences for Africa.


To harness the synergies between mitigation and adaptation Africa needs significant international support to address adaptation and mitigation through financing (including public finance); capacity building; and technology development and transfer.

Increased support to Africa under the future climate regime should therefore be based on the priorities determined by Africa: adaptation, capacity building, research, financing and technology development and transfer, including support for South-South transfer of knowledge.


Establishment of a compliance mechanism is necessary to ensure a more effective delivery of commitments made with regard to greenhouse gas reduction, finance, technology and capacity-building.



United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


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