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May 17, 2016

Les gouvernements entrent dans une nouvelle ère de collaboration sur le climat

WaterSan Perspective
May 17, 2016

En lançant le coup d’envoi de la conférence sur le changement climatique de l’ONU à Bonn (du 16 au 26 mai), la Secrétaire exécutive de la Convention climat de l’ONU, Christiana Figueres, a déclaré que, suite à la conclusion de l’accord historique de Paris l’année dernière, les gouvernements laissent maintenant derrière eux la phase des négociations et en entrent dans une nouvelle ère de collaboration.

La réunion intervient quelques semaines après que 176 pays et l’UE ont signé l’accord historique sur les changements climatiques de Paris conclu l’année dernière en France, et est un événement clé de la planification de la prochaine conférence climat à Marrakech en novembre.

Protestors during COP21 in Paris

Protestors during COP21 in Paris

En s’adressant aux délégués lors de la séance plénière d’ouverture de la réunion, la Secrétaire exécutive de la Convention-Cadre des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques, Christiana Figueres, a déclaré: « Le monde entier est uni dans son engagement envers les objectifs mondiaux énoncés dans l’Accord de Paris, ainsi que les moyens permettant de les atteindre.

Mais plus important encore, avec l’adoption des objectifs de développement durable, vous avez déverrouillé la possibilité de relever le défi du changement climatique en grande partie par l’accomplissement de l’Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable ».

Dans ses remarques liminaires, la ministre de l’Environnement française et Présidente de la COP21 (le nom officiel de la Conférence sur le changement climatique de l’ONU à Paris l’an dernier), Ségolène Royal, a déclaré que le 12 décembre 2015 (le dernier jour de la conférence de Paris, lorsque l’accord a été conclu) avait montré au monde que la communauté internationale est capable de s’unir pour répondre au défi mondial du climat et de s’embarquer sur la voie du développement durable.

« Depuis l’accord de Paris, il s’agit désormais de bâtir sur les compromis ambitieux, équilibrés et justes qui ont été trouvés en décembre dernier, pour renforcer l’action sur le terrain. Les fondations sont posées, à nous maintenant de construire notre maison commune. Je vous appelle à être des constructeurs et des facilitateurs », a-t-elle dit.

Dans ses remarques, Salaheddine Mezouar, président désigné de la conférence sur le changement climatique de l’ONU à Marrakech (COP22) et ministre des Affaires étrangères du Maroc, a présenté les principaux objectifs de la réunion qui aura lieu en novembre.

« Notre ambition pour la COP22 est de contribuer à l’adoption des procédures et mécanismes d’opérationnalisation de l’Accord de Paris, et l’adoption d’un plan d’action pour la période pré-2020 en termes d’atténuation, d’adaptation, de financement, de renforcement des capacités, de transfert de technologie et de transparence », a-t-il dit.

En soulignant l’importance du financement climatique, M. Mezouar a ajouté que la COP22 serait également l’occasion de convenir d’une feuille de route prévisible et concrète en vue de mobiliser les 100 milliards de dollars que les gouvernements ont convenu de mobiliser pour aider les pays en développement à verdir leurs économies et à s’adapter au changement climatique.

Paris hosted the COP21 in December 2015

Paris hosted the COP21 in December 2015

À cette fin, il a suggéré que les gouvernements, ainsi que les institutions financières publiques et privées, envisagent la création d’un “mécanisme accéléré” pour le financement du climat.

Après l’ouverture de la conférence climat de l’ONU à Bonn, Mme Figueres et les présidents de la COP, actuel et désigné, ont planté un arbre sur le terrain de l’ONU, pour commémorer la signature de l’Accord de Paris et marquer la Journée de la Terre 2016.

May 17, 2016

Governments Enter New Era of Collaboration on Climate Change

WaterSan Perspective Reporter
May 17, 2016

The UN’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres has said that following the successful conclusion of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement in Paris last year, governments are leaving behind the phase of negotiations and entering a new era of collaboration.

She was speaking at the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn yesterday.

Officials, including the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres (second from left) at the opening plenary of the meeting.

Officials, including the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres (second from left) at the opening plenary of the meeting.

The meeting comes weeks after 176 countries and the EU signed the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement clinched last year in France, and is a key planning event for the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Marrakech in November.

Addressing delegates in the opening plenary of the meeting, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres said: “The whole world is united in its commitment to the global goals embodied in the Paris Agreement, as well as to the means by which to achieve them.

Most importantly, with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, you have opened the opportunity to meet the climate change challenge to a great extent by fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

In her opening remarks, French Environment Minister and President of COP 21 (the official name of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last year), Ségolène Royal said the 12 of December 2015 (the final day of the Paris conference, when the agreement was concluded) had shown the world that the international community is capable of unifying to respond to the global challenge of climate and to embark on the path of sustainable development.

“Since the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, our priority is to build on the ambitious, balanced and fair compromises which were reached last December, in order to reinforce action on the ground. The foundations have been laid, it is now up to us build our common house. I call on you to be builders and facilitators,” she said.

Following the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Ms. Figueres and the present and incoming COP Presidents planted a tree on the premises of the UN, to commemorate the signing of the Paris Agreement and to mark Earth Day 2016.

The present and incoming COP Presidents planting a tree on the premises of the UN in Bonn

The present and incoming COP Presidents planting a tree on the premises of the UN in Bonn

In his remarks, Salaheddine Mezouar, incoming President of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22) and Morocco’s Foreign Minister, outlined the key objectives of the meeting this November.

“Our ambition for COP 22 is to contribute to the adoption of the procedures and mechanisms to allow the Paris Agreement to be operationalized, and the adoption of an action plan for the pre-2020 period, covering mitigation, adaptation and finance, and to step up capacity building, technology transfer and transparency,” he said.

Stressing the importance of climate finance, Mr. Mezouar said COP22 would also be an occasion to draw up a road map for concrete and predictable provision of the USD 100 billion governments have agreed will be mobilized for developing countries to green their economies and adapt to climate change.

To this end, he suggested that governments, along with public and private financial institutions, consider the creation of a “Fast Track Facility” for climate finance.

 

April 20, 2016

Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

WaterSan Perspective Reporter
April 20, 2016

The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York onApril 22 signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s dictum that our generation is the first that can end poverty but the last that can act to avoid the worst climate change speaks to the fact that cutting greenhouse gas emissions in time to prevent unmanageable rises in temperature is the one assurance of keeping those hopes on track.

“More carbon in the atmosphere equals more poverty. We cannot deliver sustainable development without tackling climate change, and we cannot tackle climate change without addressing the root causes of poverty, inequality and unsustainable development patterns,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Ms Figueres will moderate a debate with Segolene Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and President of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN climate convention in front of an invited audience, on the margins of the General Assembly meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Thursday, April 21.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The realisation that climate change and development are solvable only when seen as inseperable is articulated in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, agreed by nations last September at the UN in New York.

Achievement of the Paris Agreement’s climate goals calls for unprecedented rates of decarbonisation. The short 15 years to 2030 will need to deliver unprecedented outcomes in terms of global well-being and poverty eradication.

Nothing less will do than a massive global transformation to clean energy, restored lands and societies pre-proofed against existing climate change.

“Key actors across government, the private sector and civil society are shaping their vision on how they can best contribute to that objective. We have a short window of opportunity to align strategies and to sharpen the focus on the urgency of implementation. Strategic approaches developed this year will shape the overall path for years to come,” said Ms Figueres.

The SDGs not only contain a distinct climate change goal (#13), but climate action is also integral to the successful implementation of most of the other SDGs under the agenda.

This works in three fundamental ways that underpin the relation between the nature of the climate change threat and aspirations for a better, safer, fairer future.

Climate and development are locked together through basic cause and effect, by the need for an unprecedented transformation to a low-carbon economy and through the demanding timetable of action necessary to stay well below a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise, with 1.5 degrees identified in the Paris Agreement as an even safer line of defence.

February 15, 2013

UNFCCC Expands Efforts to Increase Regional Distribution of Clean Development Mechanism Projects

Charlotte Agume Asiimwe and
Vera Nshemeire
February 15, 2013

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the East African Development Bank (EADB) have signed a partnership agreement to establish a regional collaboration centre in Kampala, Uganda in an effort to increase participation in clean development mechanism (CDM) projects.

The partnership agreement was signed by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and the Director General of EADB, Vivienne Yeda.

UNFCCC boss Christiana Figueres speaks during the function for awarding awards to winners of the UNFCCC/CDM African Radio Contest 2012 at Qatar Convention Center. By Fredrick Mugira

UNFCCC boss Christiana Figueres speaks during the function for awarding awards to winners of the UNFCCC/CDM African Radio Contest 2012 at Qatar Convention Center. By Fredrick Mugira

This is the second regional collaboration centre established by the UNFCCC and a regional development bank in Africa with the aim to bring the benefits of the CDM to currently under-represented regions. The first centre, which was established a few months ago in Lomé, Togo in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), provides assistance in the development of CDM projects in Francophone Africa.

“The two regional collaboration centres in Lomé and Kampala are designed to help Africa increase its attractiveness and potential for CDM. Our goal is to build capacity, reduce the risk for investors in such projects and help make the continent an increasingly attractive destination for CDM projects,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres.

The office in Kampala will be operational as of 1 May 2013. Besides hosting the office, the EADB is also expected to provide personnel, as well as administrative and logistical support. Commenting on the collaboration, EADB Director General Vivienne Yeda lauded the partnership between the two organizations, saying it will help bring sustainable development in the region.

“This partnership with UNFCCC is key for us at EADB as we invest in sustainable development and seek to ensure sustainability in all our operations. We hope that the new office will help increase the regional distribution of CDM projects in East Africa where there is an acute need for sustainable development,” said Ms Yeda.

The new office in Kampala is expected to enhance capacity-building and provide hands-on support to governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses interested in developing CDM projects in more than 20 countries in the region. Among the countries that can seek support from the new office are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Members of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change holding a press conference in Doha. By Fredrick Mugira

Members of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change holding a press conference in Doha. By Fredrick Mugira

“There is a great deal of untapped potential for CDM in Africa. The regional collaboration centres aim to tap the potential of carbon offset projects on the continent,” said Peer Stiansen, Chair of the CDM Executive Board.

Uganda, where the new office will be established, is one of the Least Developed Countries that is leading by example as it has already reaped sustainable development and other benefits from the CDM. There are currently 12 projects and four programmes of activities (PoAs) registered under the CDM in the country.

The regional collaboration centres are intended to support the identification of CDM projects, provide assistance for the design of such projects, address issues identified by validators, and offer opportunities to reduce transaction costs.

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation

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