Maendeleo Policy Forum: Paris Climate Change Agreement and Africa – What next?

Feb 29, 2016

Maendeleo Policy Forum panellist (left to right) Xolisa Ngwadla, Jessica Megill, Seyni Nafo, Emilie Bruckmann and Yonas Tekelemichael. Photo: UNDP Africa

Following the historic global climate pact agreed in Paris last December, the Regional Service Centre for Africa hosted a Maendeleo Policy Forum on 29 February 2016 titled: Paris Climate Change Agreement and Africa – What next?

Panellists included the Chair of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) Mr. Seyni Nafo and AGN Lead Coordinator Mr. Xolisa Ngwadla, United States’ Regional Environment Officer for East Africa Ms. Jessica Megill, France’s Second Counsellor for Ethiopia Ms. Emilie Bruckmann and Ethiopia’s Advisor to the State Minister of Environment Mr. Yonas Tekelemichael. Civil society, members of the diplomatic corps in Ethiopia, UN partners and think tanks also participated.

The discussions focused on the details of the Paris Agreement, its implications for Africa and issues of implementation. Among the key takeaways were the need to: maintain the political momentum both in Africa and globally, including beyond the world leaders’ Agreement signing ceremony scheduled for 22 April in New York; continue coordinated support to the AGN; create a pipeline of bankable projects to receive climate financing; engage further with private sector and civil society organisations; support the realization of countries’ national plans and linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and review climate expenditure to enable tracking.

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