African Partnership Forum co-chairs meet to prepare for the Special Session on Climate Change

August 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Africa | Leave a comment
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Representatives of The African Union Commission, the NEPAD Secretariat, the Economic Commission for Africa and the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation gathered today in Addis Ababa to finalize the preparations for the African Partnership Forum (APF) special session on climate change which is scheduled on 3 September 2009 in Addis Ababa.

The APF is a AU/NEPAD Secretariat/OECD led initiative, aiming at strengthening partnership efforts towards Africa’s development. Its upcoming special session will focus on Africa’s concerns and expectations in the negotiations on a new post-Kyoto agreement on climate change.

In his welcoming remarks, the UN Under Secretary General and ECA’s Executive Secretary Mr. Abdoulie Janneh stressed the need for Africa to address Climate change as a development priority and to strongly advocate its positions in the post-Kyoto agreement negotiations process.

Although Africa is the least responsible for climate change, the continent is being hit hard by its impact on all sectors including agriculture, water, energy and health. Discussions highlighted the fact that climate change affects economic growth and poverty reduction and therefore diminishes the prospects for achieving sustainable development in countries that are already constrained by a serious lack of adequate resources to address their development needs.

The objective of the special session is to mobilize a broad support for Africa’s position on climate change to ensure that its concerns are reflected in the outcomes of the fifteenth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change to take in December this year in Copenhagen.

Adapting to climate change and mitigating its impact as well as financing are key challenges to be addressed by African countries. The African Partnership Forum special session is expected to generate a joint statement reflecting these concerns in the international agenda.

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