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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Underlines Need for Africa to be Tied Into the International Response to Climate Change

African Conference of Ministers in Charge of<br /> Environment on Climate Change For Post 2012 19 November 2008: In a speech to the African Conference of

Ministers in Charge of Environment on Climate Change for Post-2012, which

convened in Algiers, Algeria, from 19-20 November 2008, UNFCCC Executive

Secretary Yvo de Boer said an agreed outcome at Copenhagen must be more

Africa-friendly and spur enabling support for the continent.

He stated that

Africa's Road Map from Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen is a key

contribution to the negotiating process under the Bali Road Map negotiations.

He underlined that although Africa is the continent hardest hit by the impacts

of climate change, while it has benefited the least from the current

international climate regime, highlighting insufficient: funds;

capacity-building and technology arrangements; and participation in the Kyoto

Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism. He stressed the need for Africa to be

“tied into the international response to climate change, both with regard to

adaptation, as well as mitigation.” He added that, in light of the encouraging

economic outlook for Africa, the continent needs help to “leapfrog the

emissions-intensive stage of economic development.” In addition, de Boer

underscored that the financial crisis should not delay mitigation action,

saying that procrastination “would only increase the human and economic cost of

climate change and the need for adaptation.” He added that the financial

turmoil should rather be considered as an opportunity to make the transition to

a climate-friendly economy and that moving towards a self-financing climate

compact would help address its negative impacts.

In this regard, he stated that

the carbon market is “an important starting point towards a self-financing

climate compact,” but should be complemented by a “clever financial architecture”

to mobilize financial resources for both adaptation and mitigation. On the road

to Copenhagen, he called on parties to “go into full negotiating mode at and

after Poznan,” underlining that many issues haven't reached the stage at which

they could be presented in initial negotiating texts.

In concluding, he

underscored that the road from Bali via Johannesburg and Algiers to Copenhagen

presents African countries with “a golden opportunity” to “nurture and push

creative solutions” that will help Africa adapt and design a new climate deal

that works for Africa. [The

Speech]