Warsaw climate conference: Africa urged to agree on adaptation funds
28 October 2013
The Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III), meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended Wednesday with a strong appeal for Africa to agree before next month´s UN Climate Change Conference in Poland on how much money is needed, realistically, for urgent adaptation in Africa.
The conference which supports African negotiators at the UN climate talks, said Africa must state before Warsaw, how much money is needed, step by step for urgent adaptation and also what sort of adaptive frameworks Africa can bring to the table.
The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place next month in Poland.
The three-day conference here in Addis Ababa which also looked at whether the global climate change framework is working for Africa, said the global framework on climate change is not working on the continent.
"Africa´s participation in the UNFCCC process needs strengthening through robust preparation, supported by science-based evidence on each negotiation track," the statement, read at the end of the conference, said.
The meeting also stated that industrialised countries have the responsibility and an obligation to address the causes of climate change and support interventions to address its impacts on Africa.
On the issue of climate finance and the unexplored options, the conference urged governments to provide enabling policies and regulations to attract investments from the private sector to support greener devel opment pathway.
Delegates said there is the need to tap into the knowledge of African farmers, who are the nearest to the reality of green growth and efficient technology systems.
The CCDA-III, which brought together over 700 participants, was jointly organised by the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) partners, the African Union Commission and the United nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank.
The conference was held to stimulate debate among experts and stakeholders on how opportunities in climate change can enhance Africa´s transformative and inclusive economic growth and development agenda.