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CLIMATE WEEK: Calls to strengthen climate action by promoting gender equality intensifies at Africa Climate Week

With women being the majority of the poor in developing countries and communities highly dependent on natural resources, experts participating in the Africa Climate Week (ACW) have argued that practical solutions hinge on women’s participation in all aspects of the climate change debate.

In her presentation at the Africa Consultative Workshop on the sidelines of ACW, Salina Sanou, with the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said there is need to continue supporting indigenous women led organisations to empower them as role models.

She added that gender disintegrated data is a good way of identifying and rectifying gaps in monitoring progress in the climate change discussion.

“Women and men are experiencing climate change differently, as gender inequalities persist around the world, recognising the important contributions of women as decision makers, stakeholders, and experts across sectors and at all levels can lead to successful, long-term solutions to climate change. Indigenous women are an important part of the REDD+ process and the climate change discussion and cannot be ignored.”

Find attached the Africa Climate week Newsletter.


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PACJA leads African CSOs to demand climate action

Accra, Ghana—As the devastation left behind by Cyclone Idai continued to shock the world, dozens of civil society activists broke from the Africa Climate Week here and took to the streets Thursday to demand just, fair and equitable climate action from continental and world leaders.

Failures by world leaders to match words in international climate change negotiations and agreements with commensurate action has left Africa ever so vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and incapacitated to do much about it.

The global community has failed Africa, “especially when it comes to issues to do with finance to support African adapt to climate change and undertake mitigation actions,” said Charles Mwangi of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), which lead Thursday’s march.

“Africa is the least contributor to climate change, but we are the [worst] victims. But we do not want to be the victims, we want to be part and passel of the solution and need support to be able to do that.”

Cyclone Idai, now widely considered one of the worst natural disasters registered in the southern hemisphere, has killed at least 350 and displaced thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Disease outbreaks and starvation are now feared as the impact of the storm lingers.

“The cyclone is a stark reminder of the moral imperative to act on climate change, which experts say is exacerbating such storms,” and official Africa Climate Week statement read.
Activists marched for more than a kilometer for about an hour. “Climate action, now! Climate justice, now!” they chanted through the Ghanaian Capital.

“We want to be heard by the people who are in charge of making policies,” Mwangi said. “We are being told that temperature rise will reach 1.5 degrees by 2030-2050. We must make sure that temperature rise stays below 1.5 degrees. So, we need to march. We need to speak. We need to give the message that we want action now.”

Youth activists joined the march, which culminated at the Accra Conference Center, where continental leaders and global actors had gathered for the African Climate Week.


“Inaction today puts our future as young people and that of future generations at risk,” said youth climate activist Rejoice Adzo Sosou Keteku, the Continental Coordinator for Africa of Earth Guardians. “That is why we demand action now.”


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Une justice climatique pour la femme rurale ?


Une justice climatique pour la femme rurale ? 

L'Alliance Panafricaine pour la Justice Climatique (PACJA) caresse doucement l’idée de la nécessité de mettre sur pied une justice climatique pour la femme rurale, première victime des changements climatiques. Salina SANOU

Mais avant cela, le concept genre et le changement climatique défendu par l’Alliance fait déjà du chemin.

"C’est un concept très important parce qu’il faut prendre en compte le fait que le changement climatique touche beaucoup plus aux femmes qu'aux hommes. La plupart des femmes en milieu rural ont pour activité principale, l’agriculture. Et quand survient l’effet du changement climatique sur le terrain, elles sont les premières à en être victime", révèle Salina SANOU, Chargée des Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD) au sein du PACJA. 

"Cette manque de participation des femmes dans les négociations est à tous les niveaux. Au plan national et régional, voire même global, cette participation est estimée à près de 20%. Et là où elles participent on ne leur donne pas suffisamment d’espace pour s’exprimer et agir sur la décision", dénonce-t-elle.

Pour changer la donne, Mme SANOU préconise la sensibilisation auprès des femmes pour leur faire comprendre davantage le changement climatique et leur démontrer qu’elles en sont les premières victimes.

Parallèlement à la semaine africaine du climat ouverte lundi à Accra(Ghana), le PACJA a réuni en atelier mardi, une centaine d’acteurs de la société civile venue de différents pays d’Afrique. 

Il était notamment question d’inventorier les besoins des communautés pour venir à bout du changement climatique.

"En tant que porte-parole de la société civile, nous nous sommes réunis pour trouver les meilleures pistes de solutions à soumettre à nos dirigeants", a lancé Mithika Mwenda, Directeur exécutif du PACJA


Financement climatique au centre des débats

Mithika Mwenda

La réunion de l'Alliance Panafricaine pour la Justice Climatique a planché sur la REDD+ (mécanisme) de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et de la dégradation des forêts dans les pays en développement) et sur le financement climatique.

"Les discussions ont porté sur la manière dont la réglementation et la préservation de la forêt peuvent être utilisées dans les pays africains", explique Mithika Mwenda. 

Au sujet du financement climatique, il fait noter que "toutes les actions, qu’il s’agisse d’adaptation, d’atténuation ou de la technologie nécessaire pour lutter contre le climat, requièrent un financement suffisant". 

Il cite en exemple la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies pour le Changement Climatique (CCNUCC) qui a institué le Fonds vert pour le climat, un mécanisme qui finance le climat.

Le PACJA est lancé depuis 11 ans et est aujourd’hui la plus grande organisation de la société civile avec plus de 1000 membres dans plus de 45 pays d’Afrique. Il incarne la voix africaine sur la justice climatique et environnementale. 


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PACJA’s Mithika Mwenda named in ‘100 most influential people in Climate Change Policy 2019’

Accra, Ghana (20th March 2019) — Mithika Mwenda, the Executive Director of the African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), was today named among the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Change Policy 2019”. It is the first time such a list, which will become an annual tradition, has been compiled.

Apolitical, the global network for government, curated the list after screening hundreds of nominations by public servants from around the world, including experts at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Harvard University, Oxford University, Bloomberg Philanthropies, NGOs and more.

“The list highlights people currently making the biggest impact on climate change policy… Those recognized include high-profile advocates whose work is indispensable to raising awareness and demanding change. Others are rising stars who are making their mark in local communities and are a driving force behind governmental progress,” Apoliticalsaid in a statement.

Mr. Mwenda said in Accra, Ghana, where his organisation is co-hosting the Africa Climate Week with the UNFCCC: “This is a great honour and not only to me as an individual. It is more than anything else a recognition of the work PACJA has put in for more than a decade to shape just, fair and equitable climate policies and action in Africa and globally. I wish to extend my gratitude to all our members, affiliates and partners who have believed in our vision and assure them of our continued commitments to pursue our shared vision in the ensuing transition to a low-emission, climate-resilient future.” 

The climate policy and action community in Africa has welcomed the distinction.

Jame Murombedzi, Chief, Climate Change Unit and Coordinator of Addis Ababa-based Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) said: “It has been evident for some years that effective climate policy and action requires more than state actors. During the build up to COP21 in 2015, there was incredible expectation that the world would deliver a framework capable of regulating climate actions and ensuring that we achieve a stable climate system. This process also recognised that there was a need to engage CSOs and other non-state actors in ensuring a global governance regime and also in holding state actors accountable.

“On the African continent, PACJA emerged as the leader in convening African CSOs and mobilising the participation of the civil society in national and global processes. PACJA played a significant role in linking CSOs with Pan-African institutions, such as the Pan-African Parliament, the African Union Commission, NEPAD, the African Development Bank and UNECA. PACJA ensured that the civil society became an important component of continental climate change initiatives, such as the Climate for Development in Africa program (CLIMDEV AFRICA). All of this was achieved under the leadership of Mr. Mwenda, who is indeed recognised in African climate change circles as representing a disciplined and consistent position on climate change and development in our continent.”

Kwame Ababio, Senior Program Officer, Environmental Governance and Climate Change at the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD said: “The role that PACJA has played to bring together CSOs and other stakeholders has galvanised Africa's overall approach to climate change and its related issues on the continent. As a leading voice on climate change issues, PACJA has also played a strong advocacy role in ensuring that issues that affect the ordinary citizens in the most remote parts of the continent are highlight at national, regional and global levels.

Mr. Mwenda has played a key role in making all of this happen. He has been a very strong voice on climate action issues. Evidently, the support he has provided to CSOs in championing climate issues has led to a better coordination of non-state actors with the climate  change arena.”

Seth Osafo, Legal Adviser at the Africa Group of Negotiators to the UNFCCC processes, said: “I have been involved with PACJA for more than five years now and I think PACJA, under Mr. Mwenda, has been very effective as an advocacy group in bringing to the fore the challenges that Africa faces with regards to climate  change. One thing that I have found very effective from PACJA is the statements and documents they produce on specific climate change issues, particularly during negotiations. These have been particularly useful to the African Group of Negotiator. We see PACJA as a good collaborator with respect to the support they give the African Broup of Negotiators.”

About Mr. Mwenda

Before founding PACJA ten years ago with a couple of other individuals, Mr. Mwenda, a public policy analyst, worked as a Program Officer with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC)from 2009 to 2010. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Wits School of Governance in South Africa. He also chairs the institutional Collaboration Platform of ECA-based Climate Research for Development in Africa (CR4D)as well as represents the African civil society in the participants’ committee of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility  (FCPF).


PACJAis a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations with a goal to mobilize and empower African civil society to ensure the realization of environmental and climate justice for all people in Africa. It is the largest consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) with over 1000 members in over 48 countries in Africa, embodying one African voice on climate and environmental justice.

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