“Africa's Climate Roadmap, from Johannesburg through Africa to Copenhagen” was adopted at the twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12), which took place from 7-12 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa. In our climate change discussions we highlighted the urgency for Africa to articulate a common position during the ongoing climate change negotiations for a strengthened international agreement beyond 2012, and to exploit the opportunity to build consensus on the complex issues of climate change and sustainable development for the benefit of the continent. Africa agreed to put forward a shared vision based on scientific evidence and broad political consensus. That shared vision would have several key elements: the future climate change regime should accommodate the priorities for Africa of sustainable development, poverty reduction and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); increased support should be provided under the regime for capacity-building, financing and technology development and transfer for adaptation and mitigation in Africa (the means of implementation); and the agreement should result in the stabilization of emissions in the atmosphere. A deal on climate change requires a deal on development, including Africa.
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4 September 2008: In its review of EU energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that the regional grouping is a leader in climate change mitigation through its “bold and innovative” energy policies, and welcomes the European Commission's “climate and energy package” proposed in January 2008.
3 September 2008: A new World Bank report estimates that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in sub-Saharan Africa could potentially amount to 740 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.
28 August 2008: A conference on “Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review
of Science, Policies and Practices” convened from 25-28 August 2008, in Umeå,
September 2008: In a contribution to the September 2008 special issue of the ISO Focus magazine, Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), notes the lack of capacity of most developing countries to participate in the global trade of manufactured goods.
3 September 2008: In an address to the Africa Carbon Forum, currently taking place in Dakar, Senegal, until 5 September 2008, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary noted that, despite being the hardest hit by climate change, Africa is the continent that has benefited the least from the current international climate change regime, including the Clean Development Mechanism
2 September 2008: During the 29th plenary session of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), being held in Geneva,
Switzerland, from 31 August to 4 September 2008, Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC
Chairman, was re-elected by acclamation.
2 September 2008: The second meeting of the third World
Climate Conference's International Organizing Committee (WIOC) is taking place
in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3-5 September 2008.
2 September 2008: Reacting to Hurricane Gustav and recent
flooding in India, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive
Director and UN Under-Secretary-General, released a statement underscoring the
human and economic costs caused by weather events linked to climate change.