The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) have resolved to jointly initiate a process that will pave way for African Union member states to adopt a unified climate related legislation as one critical solution to averting effects of climate change across the continent.
PAP and PACJA made the resolution on Friday at the PAP Headquarters in Midrand, South Africa, at the end of a two-day roundtable discussion for African Parliamentarians on Climate Policy and Legislation that was jointly organized by the two institutions.
The roundtable meeting on climate change was to sensitize African parliamentarians on the key provisions of the of the Paris Agreement implementation frameworks and tools, and explore possible long-term inter-governmental and cross border cooperation on climate change interventions, among other objectives.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted in 2015 and it came into force in November 2016 following its ratification by 55 United Nations member states.
PAP and PACJA resolved to expedite efforts towards adopting a unified climate related policy and legislation for Africa by among other initiatives formalising the interaction between various bodies that were working on the initiative such as PAP, PACJA and the Pan-African Parliamentarians’ Network on Climate Change (PAPNCC).
Speaking at the end of the roundtable meeting, PAP Fourth Vice-President Honourable Dr. Bernadette Lahai, expressed optimism that the collaboration that had been initiated between PAP and PACJA would bear required fruits that will assist African countries to come up with initiatives to lessen the impact of climate change among Africans.
“There is no better place to initiate and launch this important process than the Pan-African Parliament and I can see determined parliamentarians and civil society members that are ready to take this initiative forward,” she observed.
The PAP Fourth Vice President therefore emphasised the need for formalising the partnership between PAP and PACJA in ensuring that climate related policy and legislation efforts across Africa take off expeditiously.
The meeting also resolved to seek the intervention of the African Union Commission to urge African Governments to expeditiously ratify domesticate and implement the Paris Agreement, and impress upon African Parliaments to appropriate domestic resources for averting the effects of climate change at national level.
The delegates pledged to encourage African Government to take appropriate and adequate measures for enhancing climate change education, public participation and transparency in the implementation of the Paris Agreement at national, regional and continental levels.