PACJA actively participates at UN Conference on Climate Change
The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has joined other civil society groups takig part in the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
The conference that has included the fiftieth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body (SB 50) for Implementation started on June 17th, and ends on June 27th 2019 at the World Conference Centre in Bonn.
It has brought together environmental experts and stakeholders around the topic on global warming.
The objective of the meeting is to present climate action in the context of developed and developing countries, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The African civil society has taken advantage of this framework of reflection to recall its expectations in the implementation of the international mechanism of the Warsaw Agreement on Losses and damages that until then did not have favorable consequences. "Loss and damage remain a big problem in these negotiations, because civil society asked for a specific, appropriate and independent mechanism to address the issue of loss and damage,” said Augustine B Njamnishi, the Technical and Political Affairs Chair at PACJA.
He added: "Despite the fact that developing nations, especially African countries, are already experiencing floods due to climate change, as was recently witnessed in Southern Africa, and which require prompt and adequate responses, the responses are not necessarily guaranteed in existing climate finance mechanisms".
In addition, several key points were raised by Civil Society groups in their advocacy, in particular the thorny issue of financing the fight against climate change, given the vulnerability of African countries to the consequences of global warming at the social, political and economic levels.
Attendants of the meeting are, therefore, calling for the adoption of the commitment of $100 billion a year, in the fight against climate change, which funding will eventually be the green background for climate. It also gives priority to the Adaptation component, which is one of the fundamental principles of the Paris Agreement that is respectful of equity and justice, and serves as an anchor for the implementation of this Agreement.
As African countries cope with the effects of climate change, the need to increase aid flows to climate change adaptation and mitigation actions is becoming an urgent issue in light of the huge numbers of natural disasters some countries in sub-Saharan Africa are now facing. Civil society welcomed the breakthrough progress made in the UNFCCC agriculture negotiations to make recommendations on strengthening the resilience of agriculture and food systems. As agriculture is a key driver of development in Africa, the new challenges that climate change exposes therefore require the provision of technology transfer and access to adequate means.
In addition, civil society suggests strengthening the capacity of institutions to fight global warming through favorable legislation to facilitate the exercise of their missions.
Among other topics discussed, Gender Equality through Effective Representation of Women in all aspects of the Convention, have been the main expectations of African countries through the African civil society present at the international meeting.
PACJA is a non-governmental organisation created in 2008, and which brings together more than 1,600 African civil society organisations. The Alliance is present in 48 countries in Africa, and champions justice and equity for local people in climate change and sustainable development.