AGN-AMCEN: Preparing for Africa's participation at COP 26 in Glasgow

Africa's priorities - Preparing for COP 26

Africa's priorities within the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN) were set out in July 2021 just after the Bonn Climate Conference (UNFCCC inter-sessional). These priorities are as follows:


"In summary, Africa's priorities for COP26 include adaptation, climate finance, a market mechanism (Article 6), ambitious NDCs, a transparency mechanism, meeting mitigation commitments by 2020 and recognizing the unique needs and circumstances of Africa".



At this stage, the "Fair Deal" of the Declaration of the Central African countries of the Congo Basin appears at all levels of the African position, but this should be even more explicit.


The COMIFAC Climate Working Group meeting to be held this October will be a major opportunity to accelerate the articulation of the Central African Declaration on the Fair Deal in the African Common Position.

Regarding AMCEN (African Ministerial Conference on the Environment) whose 18th Meeting was held virtually on September 16 and 17, 2021, three major axes of African demand are as follows (1) the COVID 19 recovery, (2)the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) and (3) the African Adaptation Initiative (AAI).


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Africa's Focus on COVID 19 Recovery. AMCEN reports that COVID 19 has affected Africa's already volatile markets, contracting the continent's GDP by up to 3.4% with an estimated loss of between $173.1 and $236.7 billion for the years 2020-2021. To this end, AMCEN has launched a "Continental Action Plan for Green Recovery"...


African heads of state have launched the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), a transformative, African-owned and -led initiative to accelerate and scale up the exploitation of the continent's enormous renewable energy potential.... The initiative plans to develop at least 10GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2020 and mobilize Africa's potential to generate at least 300 GW by 2030.


African heads of state have launched the Africa Adaptation Initiative to urgently adapt the continent to the adverse effects of climate change in the immediate, short, medium and long term.  The launch event for the Africa Adaptation Initiative took place in Paris at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in December 2015. Over the past decade, African economies have grown at a rate of 4.7%, but the challenge of climate change threatens continued economic growth and hinders progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...


Cost for adaptation is estimated at $70 billion, rising to $300 billion by 2030 and $500 billion by 2050).  African countries spend between 2 - 9% of their GDP to finance adaptation programs. That is why all the talk is about adaptation.


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Some information on the conclusions of the AMCEN Council of Ministers of September 17, 2021...


The triple global crisis and the green recovery are on the agenda of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment...

Africa is focused on the "African Union Launches" a continental green recovery action plan...

Africa is thus focused on adaptation and not on mitigation which is much more interesting for the Congo Basin countries.


African Group of Negotiators - News

Tanguy Gahouma of Gabonese Republic is the chair of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) 2020-2021.

The AGN meeting took place within the framework of the first segment of the expert group meeting of the 18th Ordinary Session of the AMCEN General Assembly, under the theme "ensuring the well-being of populations and guaranteeing environmental sustainability in Africa and the preparation of the COP26".


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Tropical Timber Market Report november 2023

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Mongabay launches Africa news bureau - Mongabay

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Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform – NEPAD

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Canada – African Development Bank Climate Fund approves $36.3 million in support to climate adaptation on the continent –AFDB

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Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security: Zambian Vice President underscores role of grey matter infrastructure development – AFDB

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Congo Basin, a neglected world heritage - Nature

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Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa – AU

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19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) - IISD

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ATIBT: Feedback on the three basins Summit in Brazzaville

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CAFI Launches Call for Expressions of Interest for Regional Private Sector Facility - CAFI

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Second International Conference of Ministers on Transboundary Transhumance of Yaoundé: the report is now available!

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Forest elephants are known to form small groups, generally a mother and her dependent offspring. Males can leave their birth group as early as at the age of 7 years, and females around the age of 15-20, or when they have their own first offspring. However, exceptions can be seen at Dzanga Bai such as the Alvah family. Alvah was first seen in 2006 and estimated to have been born in 1962. Alvah has most probably sired more than seven offspring in her life, and she is often seen at the clearing with up to 12 family members, including her daughters Alvah II, Alvah III, Alvah IV, Alvah V and Alvah VI.

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