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Dakar-Sénégal- Avant la rédaction du livre de règles de Paris et les préparatifs du Dialogue de facilitation de 2018, les grands groupes présents aux sessions de la pré-AMCEN de cette année ont demandé aux gouvernements africains de faire le point sur l'état actuel de la mise en œuvre des contributions nationales déterminées (NDC) et d'identifier les barrières Cela doit être abordé en vue d'améliorer l'ambition au-delà de ce qui existe actuellement en tant que NDC.  


S'exprimant lors de l'atelier de la société civile africaine qui a annoncé la 16e session de la Conférence ministérielle africaine sur l'environnement à Libreville, au Gabon, Sam Ogallah, de l'Alliance panafricaine de la justice (PACJA), a insisté sur le besoin du Dialogue facilitant 2018 (FD2018) Les opportunités où les pays peuvent accroître leur ambition.  

PACJA, CSOs have issued petition against interference with African Renewable Energy Initiative

Civil Society Organisations led by the Pan African Justice Alliance (PACJA) have issued a petition against the derailing of the African Renewable Energy Initiative’s mandate. The petition which was signed by over 100 civil society organizations was released April 2017.

Speaking during a side event organized by PACJA and Christian Aid (CA), PACJA Secretary General Mithika Mwenda noted that they had high hopes that the African Renewable Energy Initiative would help alleviate energy poverty in the continent but their hopes seem to be hanging in the balance.

“The civil society drove and celebrated the African Renewable Energy Initiative which we thought would alleviate energy poverty in Africa but recent developments make us worried about commitment in addressing climate change and renewable energy poverty in Africa,” he said.

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is pessimistic of the involvement of some of the Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in climate actions, Secretary General Mithika Mwenda has said.

Speaking during a side event organised by Christian Aid (CA) and PACJA on The role of the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in delivering the Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, Mr Mithika said investment in climate change action do not have a return on investment required by such institutions.

“Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) are profit driven and as such will not invest in a place where they are not going to get a profit,” he remarked.


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African Parliamentarians have committed to engage with African Civil Society in translating the Paris Agreement into actions in a side event organized by pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) on the role of Parliamentarians in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Hon. Bendette Lahai, Vice chair of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) said that, “Parliamentarians role is crucial in climate change policy and most of the issues African had called for ahead of the Paris Climate Change Negotiations were considered.  She stressed the need for Parliamentarians to be engaged in the climate change dialogue process by saying that “Most of the Parliamentarians are hardly part of the country negotiations and this hampers their engagement in the climate change dialogue processes. There is need for an integrated approach in addressing climate change”

Hon. Awudu, Chair of the Parliamentary Network on climate change commended PACJA for the initiating the African Legislators Climate Initiative (ALCI) and stressed that, “There is need to ensuring there is synergy between African Parliamentarians initiatives in facilitating the implementation of the Agreement”.

Hon. Kamssouloum, Member of Parliament from Cameroon noted that, “To avoid disparity in climate change negotiations, there is need to develop a model legislation that can be voluntarily adopted by African Parliaments to be used as a basis for Climate Change Negotiations”.Hon. Rodger Nkodo, the President of PAP, expressed his support African Parliamentarians and Civil society engagement under the ACLI and stressed the critical role Parliamentarians have in the ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement. He recommended that “There is need for Africa to have one African Position and for African Parliamentarians to converge and chart a way forward in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General, PACJA said that “There is need to strengthen ALCI as an African initiative that brings together all the actors including Civil Society, PAP and PAPNCC”. He called on Parliamentarians to be champions of climate justice in policy decisions at the local level as they represent grassroots communities.

The meeting resolved the need for a continued engagement beween PACJA, PAP and PAPNCC in engaging Parliamentarians and other actors in facilitating the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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.

For more information: Visit: www.pacja.org

Recommendations to the committee of African heads if states and government on climate change ( CAHOSCC) Taking place on the argins of the 28th ordinary sesssion of the assembly of the heads of state and government of the African Union ( AU)

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The 2nd and 3rd March 2017 went down as two historical days in the journey of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)! A Pan African Parliamentary roundtable meeting on climate legislation organized by both PACJA and Pan African Parliament was held in Midrand, South Africa.

It was attended by PACJA representatives and more than 40 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across Africa.

The main objective of the meeting was to sensitize Parliamentarians on the key provisions of the Paris Agreement, implementation frameworks, and tools, and to explore possible long-term inter-governmental and cross-border cooperation on climate change interventions. This is because responsibilities of Honorable MPs include considering and voting on legislation and they can use their positions to ask Government.

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