UNDP and partners host Africa talks on climate targets

Sep 5, 2016

Tunis, 5 September – Hosted by the Government of Tunisia, the Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Africa runs from 5-7 September in Tunis. The dialogue is an opportunity for African countries to address key commitments to the Paris Agreement ahead of the next climate conference, COP22, set for Marrakech in November.

“Before the Paris Agreement last year, our focus was on working with partners to identify appropriate climate targets based on national development priorities,” notes Yamil Bonduki, UNDP’s lead on the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. “With the Agreement adopted, signed and, hopefully, soon to be ratified, all attention is on implementation and turning the Agreement into action.”

The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015 and signed in April 2016 included the climate contributions of 189 countries. Targets are country and context specific and range from reducing greenhouse gases in energy use to reforestation to community adaptation. UNDP and partners are now working with governments to support national efforts in establishing the mechanisms, processes and institutional arrangements needed for implementation.

Countries will next meet in New York on 21 September where the UN Secretary General has requested that they present their instruments of ratification for the Paris deal. China and the United States have already ratified the Agreement and have encouraged other countries to do the same. A quick ratification will allow for the Agreement to enter into force sooner.

The Africa Dialogue is co-organized with-the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).  UNDP and the UNFCCC are leading a series of Regional Technical Dialogues on NDCs, with financial contributions from many donors. 

For more Information, please contact:

 

Noeman Elsayyad, UNDP's Regional Hub for Arab States: email noeman.alsayyad@undp.org

Jihene Touil, UNDP Tunisia: Tel. +216 58449135; e-mail jihene.touil@undp.org

Nadia Khammari, UNDP Tunisia: Tel.+216 31379110; email nadia.khammari@undp.org

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