The Embassy of France supports ICLEI/LOCS regional workshop
In the run-up to COP21, the Embassy of France in South Africa supports the participation of francophone African countries in the first technical Southern Africa regional workshop for cities and local governments on the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC). This milestone event is being organised and hosted by the eThekwini Municipality in partnership with ICLEI Africa and is convened under the auspices of the Local Climate Change for Africa Initiative (LOCS4Africa). It is taking place at the International Convention Center/ICC in Durban from the 14th to the 16th of October 2015.
Through the support of the Embassy of France, five delegates from the National Association of Communes of Benin (ANBC), the Ouagadougou City Council (Burkina Faso), the Bafut City Council (Cameroon), the Dakar City Council (Senegal) and Ivory Coast Assembly of Regions and Districts (ARDCI) are attending the conference.
During the opening ceremony on 14 October, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier, delivered a message of goodwill. She reminded the participants that in the run up to COP21, the biggest event ever organized in the environmental field, more and more non State actors are involved to ensure that the entire world is ready to engage in the necessary transition towards a low carbon type of development, resilient to climate change. Among those non State actors, local authorities have a particularly important role to play. In this context, Ambassador Barbier stressed the importance of the “Durban Adaptation Charter” that was adopted at COP17, in December 2011, and has gained increasing support and commitments over the last 4 years.
HE Elisabeth Barbier thanked ICLEI and the eThekwini Municipality for organizing the first technical Southern Africa Regional Workshop for cities and local governments on the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) and explained that the Embassy of France in South Africa had decided to support the participation of French-speaking African countries because opening this milestone event to francophone African countries was a great opportunity to bring expertise and capacity-building to a broader audience. It is also a good way to help preparing the continent for COP21 , where the voice of local governments has to be heard.”
On 16 October, Ms Charlotte Montel, Deputy Head of mission and Chargée d’affaires a.i. spoke during the plenary on “Global commitments, partnerships and initiatives for local climate leadership in Africa”.
The French Development Agency AFD participated in the round table on “Climate financing” on 16 October.
Primarily aimed at accelerating local climate action, the regional workshop will focus on capacity building for officials involved in planning for, implementing, reporting on, designing programmes, or accessing financing to mainstream and address climate change through the implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC). Each day consists of a number of plenary and parallel interactive sessions around key steps of the DAC and technical training sessions which focus on climate change communication and messaging in the African context, in anticipation of a legally binding global climate agreement to be signed at COP21 in Paris in December 2015.
For more information on the LOCS4Africa regional workshop, please visit http://locs4africa.iclei.org.
Download the conference programme here.
What is the Durban Adaptation Charter?
The Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) was launched at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 17 held in the City of Durban (eThekwini Municipality), South Africa in December 2011. Through the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), South African Cities Network (SACN), eThekwini Municipality and the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African government partnered with ICLEI in hosting the Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate - towards COP17/CMP7 and beyond.
With over 1000 signatories, the Durban Adaptation Charter commits local governments to climate action in their jurisdiction that will assist their communities to respond to and cope with climate change risks, thus reducing vulnerability. For more information on the Durban Adaptation Charter please visit the following website: http://www.durbanadaptationcharter.org/home
What is ICLEI?
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, founded in 1990, is an association of over 1200 local governments that represents the interests of local authorities within the United Nations and at international policy forums. It acts as a resource centre offering information, tools, networking, training and consulting services to local governments. More information on ICLEI is available on the website www.iclei.org.
The regional office ICLEI Africa is based in Cape Town, South Africa. It collaborates closely with the ICLEI network and other regional offices around the world in sharing tools, strategies and good practices specifically designed and implemented at the local level. ICLEI-Africa’s work focuses on energy and climate change, water and sanitation, urban biodiversity and integrated environmental management. Further information on ICLEI’s Africa Secretariat is available here: http://africa.iclei.org/.
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