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November 20, 2013

COP19/CMP9: Africa Faces Financial Shortage to Adapt To Climate Change

VIOLET MENGO
20 November 2013

Africa faces huge financial challenges in adapting to climate change, according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report launched yesterday.

The report spells out the costs that will be faced if governments fail to close the greenhouse gas “emissions gap” between current 2020 emissions reduction pledges and what’s needed to keep warming below 2°C.

Due to current climate change caused by past emissions, Africa is already committed to adaptation costs in the range of US$7 to 15 billion per year by 2020.

These costs will rise rapidly after 2020, since higher levels of warming result in higher costs and damages.

While addressing the Conference of Parties this morning at COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw, Zambia’s Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba highlighted among other things the need for a clear pathway on long term finance, institutional mechanism to address loss and damage, adaptation, mitigation technology and capacity building.

Zambia’s Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba addressing the Conference of Parties this morning at COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw. Picture by VIOLET MENGO.

Zambia’s Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba addressing the Conference of Parties this morning at COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw. Picture by VIOLET MENGO.

Meanwhile, tomorrow 21 November is an important day for cities and regions as they gather for the first ever “Cities Day” at the on-going UN Warsaw Climate Conference (COP19/CMP9).

A joint initiative of the COP Presidency, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the City of Warsaw, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and partners, the “Cities Day” bundles a series of city-focused events that will showcase and spark local climate action.

The Cities Day will kick off with a dialogue between Mayors and Ministers on how cities can contribute to global efforts on scaling up climate actions.

This will be followed by ICLEI’s session on raising the level of ambition through local climate action and UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change Urban Poor Pillar Lighthouse Activities.

November 20, 2013

COP19/CMP9: Somalia Must Not Be Forgotten

Atayi Babs
November 20, 2013

Negotiators at the ongoing Climate conference in Warsaw, Poland have been urged not to relegate the severity of the tropical cyclone that killed over 100 people in Somali region of Puntland last week.

Leaders of African civil society organisations under the umbrella of Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) made this declaration today as the climate conference enters its final week.

Map of Puntland

Map of Puntland

In the wake of the typhoon Haiyan tragedy that killed thousands in Philippines, a tropical cyclone hit the north-eastern Somali region of Puntland and killed up to 100 people, displacing thousands. The strong winds, heavy rains and flash floods that hit the semi-autonomous region destroyed homes, buildings, boats and entire villages were lost with over 100,000 livestock missing, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people.

While commiserating with the Somalis as well as the Philippines, the Alliance urged Negotiators at the conference to ensure that the Somalian tragedy receives the deserved attention as well as fire negotiations on immediate and deep emission cuts and changes to the development pathways, Climate Finance and Technology Transfer commitments, global emissions budget and equity, and institutionalized compensatory framework for impacted people should be addressed without further delay.

Flag of Puntland

Flag of Puntland

PACJA’s Mithika Mwenda warned that “we must not forget the 10,000 lives affected by the storm in Somalia. One more death due to climate disasters is unacceptable to Africans and we must all commit to more ambitious, bolder and bigger greenhouse gas reduction targets in Warsaw!”

The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations from diverse backgrounds in Africa, has emerged as the most vibrant and largest Civil Society platform on climate change and sustainable development.

With a membership of more than 500 organizations and networks, 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.

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