Parliamentarians’ role is key in Climate Change Agenda
As part of the events to commemorate the Africa Day, PAP President, Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang moderated a high level dialogue on the role of African Parliamentarians in advocacy for the ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The event was meant to highlight key challenges that African countries need to address in order to realize and harness the full potential that governments and the continent could derive from efficiently engaging parliamentarians.
The president emphasized that Parliamentarians had a delicate role to play in this matter.
“Not only in ratification but in implementation do we become more relevant as the PAP. Africa must have the same position. This can be achieved not only by devoting more resources to enable our parliaments to participate and engage more effectively and efficiently, as well as by allowing our national parliaments to work together to develop a common understanding and working together to develop a common understanding and position,” said the President in his opening remarks.
Discussions were led by the Forth Vice-President Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai and Chairperson of the Committee on Rural Economy, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon Jacqueline Amongin.
Unpacking the subject to participants, the Hon. Dr Bernadette Lahai reiterated that parliamentarians’ role was more comprehensive than the manner in which different countries appreciate and engage their own legislators.
“Let parliamentarians participate in all steps for them to fully understand the climate change subject. It cuts across a wide spectrum of developmental and economic issues. Parliamentarians are an essential and important link between governance and the populace. I therefore implore governments to ensure more extensive involvement of legislators in activities, seminars, trainings and negotiations around climate change,” the Vice-President emphasized, also highlighting that more remained to be done beyond the Paris agreement and COP 22.
Hon. Jacqueline Amongin impressed on and highlighted the impact that could be brought by availing funds to improve financing that would also cover and cater for women, the majority of whom rely on environment related livelihoods. “It is vital for our parliaments to appreciate the role of women in agricultural production, environment and economic development of our respective countries. Without a clear understanding at this stage, ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement would be faced with challenges.
Discussions were also fortified by panelists from the African Group of Negotiators (AGN); Mr. Yaw B. Osafo, the Coordinator of the Global Stocktake and Ms. Kulthoum Omari, the Principle Coordinator of the AGN.
The high level dialogue was attended by the PAP parliamentarians, legislators from various national parliamentarians and representatives of African governments amongst others.