Ambassadors Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hold their annual meeting on climate change on Monday and Tuesday in Seychelles, chaired by Morocco.
This meeting, which is part of Morocco’s presidency of the Bureau of the 52nd Session of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Economic Development, will look at the key messages and results of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, regional efforts and opportunities to accelerate Africa’s response to climate change and the evolving development context of the continent, including key priorities and emerging opportunities, particularly with respect to climate change. concerning the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Ambassadors will also need to reflect on the modalities and mechanisms for Permanent Representatives to continue working with the Commission and its Secretariat, to open a dialogue with Member States on the work of the Commission, progress made and challenges to be addressed, as well as how to consolidate progress and support efforts to accelerate action on hemispheric priorities and review progress made in repositioning the United Nations development system and its implications for annual and medium-term targets term of the Commission, the organizers say.
This session will also promote peer-to-peer exchanges, best practices and opportunities that will contribute to collective leadership and ownership in an open and near-formal environment.
According to UNECA, climate change is causing more frequent and intense heat waves, droughts and floods. Africa is already suffering from these impacts as well as other climate-induced impacts, including accelerated desertification, coastal erosion, species extinction and habitat loss.
Small island developing States face an even greater challenge because they are at the forefront of exposure to long-term acute risks associated with extreme weather events, including torrential rains, flash floods, storms floods, and the imminent risks associated with water and food-borne infectious diseases.
The Africa Summit of Action, held on the sidelines of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) held in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2016 set three priorities for climate action in Africa: the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Blue Basin Congo Basin, the Sahel Climate Commission and the Small Island States Climate Commission, remind the organizers.