Addis Ababa, 29 January 2018 —The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Achim Steiner, attended the second meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), which was held alongside the 30th African Union summit.
The CAHOSCC, a high-level African Union committee that promotes issues relating to climate change, was created in 2009 to consolidate achievements, reinforce the continent's climate initiatives, set up an effective financing and resource mobilization strategy, and ensure coherence between the main African bodies in the fight against climate change.
During the meeting NDP Administrator welcomed the commitment of African states in the fight against climate change. "Africa was the first continent in the world to bring climate change to the attention of heads of state and government", he pointed out before adding that "... this fight has not remained hypothetical – it is hands-on and relevant today. Your budgets and expenditure already support the struggle."
Chaired by the Gabonese head of state, Ali Bongo Ondimba, the meeting came a few days after Gabon pledged 500,000 USD to the UNDP to support the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI).
UNDP Administrator said that Gabon's contribution is timely and vital to start implementing the initiative, acting as a catalyst to support integrated efforts to mobilize additional resources. Mr. Steiner therefore said that "the UNDP is ready to play a leading role in this effort, especially by temporarily hosting a small technical support team required for implementation over the coming twelve months."
During the event, the Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Noël Nelson Messone, presented a cheque to the Administrator, while pointing out that "even though Africa's share of global greenhouse gas emissions is only 4%, the continent is the most severely affected by climate change."
The meeting also provided a chance to acknowledge the strategic partnership between the United Nations, the UNDP, and African states to implement the African Adaptation Initiative.
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