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Day1: 5th “#ClimateChange and #SusDev: What Is At Stake at Paris and Beyond?”

Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe; Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe;Cain Mathema, Minister of the State of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe; Alieu Jammeh, Minister of Youth and Sports, the Gambia; and 
Mathias Tongofa, Deputy Minister of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment, Zimbabwe, stand to sing the 
Zimbabwe National Anthem to officially open the meeting

ZIMBABWE -29TH OCTOBER, 2015 - The 5th Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-V) opened on Wednesday, 28 October 2015, at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on the theme “Africa, climate change and sustainable development: What is at stake at Paris and beyond?” In the morning, close to 400 delegates attended the high-level session addressed by, among others: Cabinet Ministers from Zimbabwe and the Gambia; the representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe; the representative of the Chair of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and representatives of the three partner organizations involved in the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme − the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Outlining the path since CCDA-I, Fatima Denton, Director, Special Initiatives Division, ECA, described CCDA-V as a “dress rehearsal” for Africa’s participation at COP 21. In a keynote presentation on the interface between climate science and policy in Africa, Frederick Semazzi, North Carolina State University, stressed the need for home-grown research contributing to climate research capacity and expertise for better climate policy and legislation in Africa.
Traditional performers welcome delegates to the 5th Conference on Climate Change 
and Development in Africa (CCDA-V)
In her address, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe, highlighted the importance of renewable energy, agriculture, and youth and women, in building a climate change-resilient Africa. Welcoming participants, the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, described COP 21 as a unique chance for Africa to assert itself in global climate governance.

In the afternoon, delegates convened in two rounds of parallel discussions, addressing seven CCDA-V thematic strands of: Governance; Climate Science; Sustainable Development; Climate Finance; Gender; Climate Change and Energy; and Climate Change and Agriculture.

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Day1: 5th “#ClimateChange and #SusDev: What Is At Stake at Paris and Beyond?” Reviewed by Olumide Idowu on Thursday, October 29, 2015 Rating: 5
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