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