Africa: EAC, BDEAC, Collaborate to fast track Congo Basin climate commission, others


The Republic Congo in collaboration with the Development Bank of the Central Africa States (BDEAC) and the East Africa Community will be holding an extraordinary conference in Brazzaville in bid to adopt a common position and fast track the implementation of the Declaration of the African Heads of States on COP23 held in Marrakech in 2016.

The conference which will be headed by the President of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso will have in attendance Heads of States, President of the Climate Commission of the Congo Basin of the African Union and Minister from the region.

According to a press release the conference taking place at Radisson Blu Hotel in the capital of the country from the 3rd to 5th of October will also seek to address other political impediments of the region such as the Paris Agreement, the Decision of ECCAS Heads of States about the Green Business and the Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin.

This conference is part of the preparatory activities for the participation of Central and East African States in the 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 23) and the implementation of several policy tools, including: the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063; the Paris Agreement and the Marrakech Plan; the Declaration of the African Heads of State in Marrakech; and the decisions of the ECCAS heads of state on the green economy and the Memorandum for the creation of the Congo Basin Blue Fund.

The work will take place in three days, structured around two segments: the experts segment and the ministers segment. The results will feed the report of the Climate Commission for the Congo Basin, which is chaired by the Republic of Congo. The conference will be attended by: Ministers in charge of the Environment and Finance of the Member States of ECCAS and the East African Community; the Chief Executives of the two RECs, the Representatives of the sub-regional organizations belonging to the two communities, the Development Banks of the two RECs, the African Union, the Technical and Financial Partners, NGOs, experts, media and resource persons.

According to the release: it will be a question of adopting, inter alia:
• The Declaration of the Ministers of ECCAS and the East African Community on accelerating the operationalization of the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Common Position of States in the face of COP 23;
• Draft text on structuring, organization and functioning of the Climate Commission for the Congo Basin; • The Congo Basin Commission’s Action Plan 2017-2018
• The Draft Decision on the institutionalization of the Conference of Ministers of Environment and Finance of ECCAS and the Community of West Africa East ;
• The 2017 and 2018 roadmap for the operationalization of the F2BC;
• Sectoral projects and programs for the development and promotion of the blue economy;
• The agenda for the joint activities of the countries of ECCAS and the East African Community at COP23;
• Terms of Reference for the Congo Basin Blue Fund Joint Starting Unit and the Green Economy Fund for Central Africa (UD-F2BC and FEVAC); and
• The draft budget for the UD-F2BC and FEVAC).

by Friday Nwosu



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