Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Interest groups in Kenya unite to map out the Road to Paris on climate change

240x_mg_u85cs21rrm_pacja_kenyaStakeholders from Civil society organisations, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR) and members from the private sector have come together and combined their approach to COP21 in Paris at the end of the year.

Among the issues discussed in this mobilization were the Post-Lima context and implications for Africa, climate finance, adaptation and how African countries can plan and submit their INDCS.

The National Dialogue on the Road to Paris and the Post 2015 Development Agenda took place at the Panafric Hotel, Nairobi – organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and the Kenya Climate Change Working Group.

Dr Charles Mutai from MEWNR kicked off the day’s proceedings by outlining the global context of Climate finance and that pledges to the Green Climate Fund had now exceeded target of US$10 Billion.

He also announced the government’s establishment of two-year work programme to advance gender balance and promote gender sensitivity in climate policy.

A recurring theme throughout the day was the need to balance climate funding to account for adaptation action as well as mitigation.

Fatuma Hussein from the Kenya Climate Change Secretariat stressed the importance of a united voice on climate change in the lead up to COP21.

He also raised the status of Africa as integral within the G77, particularly with the general president being Ugandan.
With all countries currently in the process of submitting their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, members of the meeting agreed that Kenya would be judged on the basis of its INDC contribution.

In light of this, the members focused on the INDCs and the importance of a unified position on the process. PACJA has just published a handbook for practitioners on developing their INDCs pledges, which can be accessed here: http://www.pacja.org/index.php/en/media-information-centre/pacja-news/792-indcs-a-handbook-for-practitioners

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