African heads of state and government marked Africa Day at the UNFCCC 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) with focused and strategic discussion on the ratification and roll-out of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the key continental initiatives to support member states’ efforts.
As climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world, with Africa already experiencing some of the most severe impacts, the continent’s leaders have proactively responded with the establishment of the Committee of Africa Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) and the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) on Climate that have thus far influenced global negotiations.
Beyond COP22, a critical issue is the alignment of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) with existing national development priorities and initiatives. Implementation will be enhanced and supported by Pan-African initiatives and programmes operating through a range of partnerships, two of which are the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) and the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). The latter, supported by the governments of France and Germany, seeks to achieve at least 300GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020.