In view of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6 to 18 November 2022 , West African regional integration institutions are actively preparing for joint participation.
The first milestone of this joint participation is the regional workshop on the preparation of the climate negotiations.
This strengthened regional cooperation is the result of several years of partnership, especially in preparation for the international climate negotiations.
Historically, the regional institutions (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS and BOAD) have been joining forces and organizing a regional workshop every year to prepare the COP with negotiators from the member states to discuss the priorities and challenges of the region.
As usual, this year’s discussions will be facilitated by the ECOWAS Regional Support Group for International Climate Negotiations (GRANIC) and will be the subject of a common regional position to be published at the opening of COP27.
The workshop will take place from September 27 to 29 in Lomé, Togo, with a new scientific component coordinated by CILSS.
Work on carbon measurement and monitoring in West Africa will be presented, especially to deepen negotiators’ understanding of the carbon storage potential of the various ecosystems found in their countries.
West Africa, a region united to counter climate change To symbolize this regional collaboration, a West African pavilion, the African COP, will be erected at COP27.
Co-piloted by the ECOWAS Commission and BOAD in collaboration with UEMOA and CILSS, this pavilion will be equipped with a conference room and will be a perfect platform to promote climate action by regional institutions and their member states, thus strengthening Africa’s voice.
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The pavilion, which is more than a symbol, shows the will of regional institutions to strengthen their cooperation to face the common challenge of climate change.
This approach aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the response for the benefit of the population of the region.
The basis of this cooperation is the complementarity between the respective regional mandates and the action of the Member States.
It is the coordinated intervention of the various levers of regional institutions (financing, capacity development, normative and regulatory framework, scientific resources) that will allow efficient and effective support to Member States in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Climate Agreement.
This cooperation thus responds to a principle of regional solidarity and embodies the adage that says “If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together”.
2022, a symbolic year for the climate commitment of West African regional institutions The year 2022 marks the culmination of the process of developing the ECOWAS Regional Climate Strategy and its action plan established for 2030, adopted by the 88th Session Ordinary of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers held from June 30 to July 1, 2022 in Accra, Ghana.
Led by the ECOWAS Commission, the Regional Strategy incorporates collaboration between West African regional institutions.
BOAD, UEMOA and CILSS were stakeholders in the development process and will be partners in implementation.
By adopting this strategy, ECOWAS is working together with its fifteen (15) Member States to make climate a priority for political action in the region, in line with its Vision 2050.
This Vision is based on the observation that the effects of climate change transcends borders.
and that only together the ECOWAS Member States can address this challenge.
It is also an opportunity to raise the region’s voice on the international stage by advocating for a united and supportive region in climate negotiations.