Photo : Locals look on after Cyclone Idai in Buzi district outside Beira, Mozambique, March 22, 2019. By Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

 

16 members of the Pan-African Parliament, the Legislative Organ of the African Union will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as COP25 in Madrid, Spain, from 2 to 13 December 2019. Held under the Presidency of the Chilean government, COP 25 is an event of global importance, seeking practical implementation of the Paris Agreement concluded in 2015.

The President of the continental Parliament has expressed continued worry over the slow approval of adaptation projects and the lack of parity in the provision of finance between adaptation and mitigation. The Rt. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG says the era of effective implementation of the Paris Agreement has come and parliaments must take stronger and more concerted actions.

“To be credible, effective and legally enforceable; the commitments made under the Paris Agreement need to be translated into national legislation, supported by appropriate budget allocation and robust oversight of government performance. Hence, during the Conference, Pan-African Parliament; through the African Climate Legislation Initiative (ACLI), will also host a side-event to reinforce capacity of African Legislators. I am extremely pleased that this event has already attracted support of key stakeholders such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PAJCA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie as well as the Africa Group of Negotiators,” says Rt. Hon. Nkodo DANG.

The Pan-African Parliament President says his team will also be attending diverse sessions where they will strongly emphasize key messages to main stakeholders.

PAP continues to call for the global community, in particular; developed country parties to continue highlighting their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; intensify efforts to limit the temperature increase to well below 2°C and to provide resources for loss and damage, as well as any related actions to address such losses.