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The National CSO Consultative Workshop on Preparation for UNFCCC-COP23 is currently ongoing at the Ngong Hills Hotel in Nairobi.
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Food Security and Climate Change Workshop in the Context of Pastoralism
Engagement in climate change processes requires an understanding of climate change and its impact on pastoralism as a key food source in Kenya. A process that ensures enhancing of capacity to adapt and mitigate climate change at
A process that ensures enhancing of capacity to adapt and mitigate climate change at the pastoral community level and as well integration of community climate actions in government policies and plans is one that aims at achieving sustainability. Therefore, this training intervention sets out to build momentum to achieve sustained pastoralist climate actions with the aim of:
Therefore, this training intervention sets out to build momentum to achieve sustained pastoralist climate actions with the aim of:
influencing climate change policies, plans, and programmes at national, regional and international level
facilitating the adoption of climate-resilient approaches by local communities.
2015 was a critical year in the global policy debate particularly around climate change and sustainable development.
In September 2015, UN member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose 7th goal focuses on affordable and clean energy while in December of the same year, member states unanimously adopted the COP21 Paris agreement, committing themselves to pursue development pathway that would reduce global emissions to a level well below 2°C as articulated under their respective Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Policy makers around the world are exploring strategies that will promote access to clean, sustainable and affordable energy.
The continent of African has received considerable attention from the international community especially due to the immense Renewable Energy Potential it has, coupled with the significant amount of energy the continent needs to light up and power the region.
In the run-up to COP21 in Paris, Christian Aid and its partner organizations, key amongst them the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)1 started a global campaign dubbed Big Shift International.
The campaign’s main aim is to influence a shift of investments away from Fossil Fuel to Renewable Energy (RE), while at the same time demanding for the delivery of clean, sustainable, affordable and reliable energy to the millions of energy poor populations.
Initial activities for this campaign in Africa involved pilot research on energy policies from 3 countries (Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia) in order to provide the necessary evidence for policy and advocacy work.
This was later followed by validation exercise for the research findings, then consolidation of an action plan to influence energy policies at the local, national, regional and international level. From these exercise, one thing that was evident was that although the demand for access to clean energy in the country is high, appreciation of the government’s policies and strategies for the energy sector is still low, both at the national, as well as the sub-national level.
This thus complicates the public’s level of engagement with the policy makers, both in terms of playing their crucial part in the realization of this agenda, as well as demanding for access of the same from the government. Recognizing this, Christian2 , PACJA & ACSEA3 (African Coalition for Sustainable Energy & Access) have organized a series of activities between June & July to mobilize and educate the public and popularize the energy agenda.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established in accordance with Article 11 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as an operating entity of the financial mechanism under the Convention towards addressing the challenges of climate change. To become the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance and to achieve its successful paradigm shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway, it is important that the GCF focuses on delivering transformational projects and
To become the most important multilateral instrument in climate finance and to achieve its successful paradigm shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway, it is important that the GCF focuses on delivering transformational projects and programmes especially in developing countries. This ambition could only be achieved if a wide societal consensus and
This ambition could only be achieved if a wide societal consensus and proactive, critical but constructive role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) is enabled within the Fund processes. Strengthening the engagement of civil society actors and organisations from Africa in the GCF processes at the national level is an important step to scale-up existing CSOs capacities to advocate for ambitious proposals, bring on-the-ground expertise to the table and ensure accountability of GCF-funded activities by national authorities through a broader societal mobilisation for transformation and better impacts.
Furthermore, African CSOs can as well play a relevant role in the international aspects of the GCF, such as during Board meetings discussions, given that just few African civil society representatives are currently engaged at that level.
African Ministers of Environment from across Africa will be converging in Libreville, Gabon, from 12th – 16th June, 2017 for the 16th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) on the theme "Investing in Innovative Environmental Solutions to accelerate implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 in Africa" The Conference, coming after the 15th Session of AMCEN held in Cairo, Egypt, March 2nd -6th, 2016; UNFCCC –COP22 held Marrakech, Morocco in November 7th- 18th , 2016 and UNFCCC- Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB46) held in Bonn, May 8th -18th , 2017. This meeting will not only provide an opportunity for African Governments to discuss on challenges of the implementation of SDGs and Africa Agenda 2063 for the continent but also take stock of their performance at UNFCCC-COP22 and Bonn SB46 on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Other key focus at this meeting will be on the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) among others. All these issues are also closely linked with the Paris Agreement which came into force on the 4th of November 2016.
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