With the curtains falling for the UN climate change conference in Marrakech, the African Civil Society has called on leaders to accelerate momentum on climate action with the coming into force of the Paris Agreement.
“The coming into force of the Paris Agreement on 4th November 2016, earlier than expected is indeed a major milestone for the global community”, said Mithika Mwenda, the Secretary general of the Civil Society Coalition Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, “WMO has warned that the year 2016 broke the record of being the hottest year with the temperature rising to about 1.20C above the pre-industrial levels and thus there is no time to waste thus rich countries should honour their Paris Agreement without delay.”
The African civil society further calls for an outcome from Marrakech that will be ambitious enough to protect the rights of poor and vulnerable in the continent most impacted by climate change and provide adequate climate finance to address the impacts.
“A big shift towards a clean and renewable energy is what is most urgently needed to salvage what is now left of the mother earth and protect our climate. Stakes are certainly high on the implementation of Paris Agreement and Marrakech provides the opportunity to define the path towards achieving the 1.50C target,” Benson Ireri, Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer, Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture – Africa Division, Christian Aid, said during the Press Conference organized by PACJA.
The group also use the conference to affirm their determination to act in solidarity with the rest of the global movement, both in the North and South, to defend the rights and secure justice for the most vulnerable communities at the frontline of climate change impacts.
“ We reaffirm that our belief that responsible and professional dialogue with all actors and decision makers for a united Africa is the only way to overcome the obstacles of attaining a sustainable, just development that preserves rights, equality and dignity”, said Nisreen Abdelrahaman Hassan Elsaim from Youth and Environment Sudan, “this way we will collectively put pressure on developed countries to provide sufficient finance as provided for under the Convention and the Paris Agreement.“
“Developing countries having identified technological needs within the Technology Needs Assessments now require financial support to implement results of the assessments and their Technology Action Plans. Financial support for the CTCN should be provided by developed country Parties to meet the call by the developing countries to undertake TNAs and implement results of the assessments”, Aissatou Diouf, from Enda Energy said, adding, “Sustainable financing of the CTCN should therefore be agreed upon under the technology mechanism to facilitate identification of technology priorities of developing countries and enable technology transfer.”
“Adaptation Fund should also serve the Paris Agreement. This should be made clear while the next COP looks at technical and legal framework of the Fund. Learning from the Fund, we have seen most NIEs accredited have used fast track and direct access to implement projects under the Fund. Adaptation Funds should remain since its sources of funding support agreed 15 years ago is not limited to only CDM but also with other sources, including finance provided by Annex 1 Parties.”, said Samson Samuel Ogallah from PACJA.
“On the rush to convene the CMA; the CMA should be suspended to give Parties enough time to ratify the Paris Agreement and allow Parties time to prepare ‘rule book’ on the Agreement. The agenda should be revisited in next COP and have the complete agenda discussed in 2018,” Fazal Issa of ForumCC, Tanzania and PACJA member, said.
“Provision of adaptation and climate finance is not a gift from developed countries to developing countries but a matter of correcting historical environmental injustices. Support to developing countries by developed countries in the spirit of justice and equity in terms of capacity building and technology development and transfer is key to achieving African countries’ commitments in the Convention and Paris Agreement,” Aissatou Diouf, ENDA, Energy, Senegal and a member of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, added.
The CSOs representatives reminded the international community to take note of the challenges facing the African continent, which have evidently been exacerbated by climate change. “ Africa, the host of COP22 is also host of wars, terrorism and exclusion, and is experiencing the most dramatic and brutal effects of global warming, degradation of environment and natural resources, food insecurity, water stress, increased poverty levels, health risks, massive waves of population displacement and conflicts,” said Mithika Mwenda, PACJA Secretary General, “ we will thus continue our mobilization to accelerate African sustainable development and reject the model of development based on the exploitation of natural resources for the benefit of a privileged minority, mobilise social movements against all social injustices, ensure just transition towards a future that is 100% renewable energy, defend African peoples against all forms of domination, oppression, based on genddr, origin, language, religion or culture.”
Note to the Editor:
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations from diverse backgrounds in Africa. The Alliance has emerged as the most vibrant and largest Civil Society platform on climate change and sustainable development. With a membership of more than 1500+ organizations and networks in 45 countries in Africa, the Alliance brings together Faith-based Organizations, Farmers and Pastoralists` Groups, Community-based organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, Trusts, Foundations, among other sectors with a common goal of promoting and advocating for Pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change.
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