Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Côte d’Ivoire holds national forum of civil society actors on climate change – “From Paris to Glasgow: contributions and commitments from civil society organizations”

A few weeks before CoP26, it appears important to take stock of the preparations and equip the key actors to advocate for more ambitious climate action during the upcoming COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

On September 30 in Abidjan, the Global Green Growth Institute and the Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA), in partnership with the British and Italy embassies in Abidjan, organized a national forum under the theme: “From Paris to Glasgow: contributions and commitments from civil society organizations,” in alliance with the project: “Empowering Local Non-State Actors and vulnerable communities for climate actions and resilience in Cote D’Ivoire”. With over 150 participants from various sectors (ministries, the private sector, and NGOs). This High-Level Forum was therefore an opportunity to take stock of the preparations to COP26, to ensure the commitment of various stakeholders, in particular civil society in its entire component and play the role that is guaranteed by the mechanisms of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The objectives of this Forum were first, to exchange with stakeholders on the challenges of COP26; secondly,  to address the issues of energy, agriculture, forestry as well as cross-cutting issues under discussion at the COP, also organize the participation and contributions of CSOs to COP26 and lastly make a CSO declaration within the framework of CoP26.

The ceremony was opened with welcoming words from GGGI Country Representative in Cote D’Ivoire followed with allocutions from the British ambassador in Cote D’Ivoire and the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development.

First Presentation were made by panelists from the British embassy Mrs. Carine Jean-Pierre, Mr. Jean Luc Assi Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mrs. Carol Flore UNDP’s Country Representative in Cote D’Ivoire and M. Emmanuel Debroise AFD Country Director who discussed about  the major global climate issues  on the national and international scale also about the development opportunities of COP26.

Second panel composed of AFDB representant, IFAD Sud Regional Directeur, M.Claude Koutoua President of the E-QHSE Commission of CGECI and Dr. Assamoi Eric Focal Point of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stressed out the key role play by the technical and investment partners in supporting CSO’s during COP26 and the challenges and opportunities faced by the Ivorian Economy. And lastly the third panel constituted of four CSO’s representative who talked about organizing CSO’s participation to COP26, their expectation and strategic decision.

The ceremony ended with a shared CSO’s declaration within COP26framework. In this declaration, the Ivorian civil society organizations engaged in issues of the fight against climate change.

Dr. Mallé Fofana GGGI Country Representative gave the closing speech and thanked participants for their engagement and general collaboration for making green growth a reality also reassured CSO’s of GGGI support in offering Technical Assistance while working alongside for the success of this process for a national transition to inclusive sustainable green growth.

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