The PACJA Secretariat team is in Accra to provide support to its members, civil society and partners in the series of events organized under the auspices of the Africa climate week (ACW) 2019, hosted by the Government of Ghana between 18th and 22nd March. The event, organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other partners including PACJA, seeks to broaden stakeholder engagement and will be instrumental in demonstrating that there is genuine international support for stepping-up climate action.
The event brings together diverse actors from the public and private sectors and builds on the success of last year’s event especially key outcomes of COP 24 and the just-concluded UNEA4. Katowice Climate talks operationalized the climate change regime contained in the Paris Agreement as it includes guidelines that will implement the framework by setting out how countries will provide information about their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which includes mitigation and adaptation measures as well as details of financial support for climate action in developing countries. Nairobi talks on the other hand (UNEA4) laid the groundwork for a radical shift to a more sustainable future, where innovation will be harnessed to tackle environmental challenges, the use of throwaway plastics will be significantly reduced, and development will no longer cost the earth.
In an effort to strengthen and build on the two outcomes, ACW 2019 becomes a wholly inclusive, “go-to” hub for showcasing groundbreaking action in the region, the event provides encouragement to the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and climate action to deliver on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030.
As a partner co-hosting the event, and bringing the climate justice perspectives, PACJA views ACW as a critical moment to interact and articulate the aspirations of civil society and local communities that constitute the bulk of its membership. The Alliance will seize this momentum to mobilise its vast constituency and to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable – smallholder farmers, grassroots women, indigenous people, fisherfolk, youth, pastoralists, trade unions and small-scale social enterprises – are not only heard, but also influence and inform the outcomes of the ACW .
PACJA and partners have organized several sectoral and thematic convenings and side-events under the theme of the ACW; energy transition, nature-based solutions and cities and local actions. In addition to self-organised events, the Alliance will seek intervention in the official sessions organized to articulate the perspectives of various constituencies represented in the international climate dialogue processes. One key event during the ACW is the youth led side event which will provide African youth with an opportunity to interrogate their role in relation to intergenerational justice and equity. Furthermore, the youth will share ideas on how to enhance their engagement and clearly define their space in climate change discourse; through national positions on loss and damage or their stories and experiences from their own accounts of direct adverse impacts of climate change
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