The African continent will be seeking to achieve funding for the adaptation among other several other priorities on climate change as conference for climate negotiation begins in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday, just three days after the historic Paris Agreement came into force.
Funding for adaptation, which was not given due attention during the Paris climate negotiation last year, will now form part of top priorities for the continent in the ongoing United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference . Water will also be at the center stage of the conference as it’s estimated that 663 million people worldwide still use unimproved water sources in 2015.
The Conference in Marrakesh officially elected Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar as president of the COP22.
He underscored his country’s willingness to host the conference as a demonstration of Africa’s commitment as a whole to contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change. “It emphasises Africa’s desire to take its destiny in hand, to reduce its vulnerability and strengthen its resilience,” he said.
He said to government delegates: “I would like to invite you over the coming eleven days to be more ambitious than ever in your commitments. All over the world, public opinion must perceive change. It has to be a change at all levels, from local projects through to those that cross international borders and it must create genuine win-win partnerships.”
Ms Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said that whilst early entry into force of the Paris Agreement is a clear cause for celebration, it is also a timely reminder of the high expectations that are now placed on governments:
“Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement is not a given. We have embarked on an effort to change the course of two centuries of carbon-intense development. The peaking of global emissions is urgent, as is attaining far more climate-resilient societies.”
by Bekai Njie