Gov’t Representatives Host African Negotiators

EPA National Climate Change Focal Point Benjamin S. Karmorh, Jr. (left), said that African Negotiators are all working towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

-At Climate Change Conference in Poland

Liberia is part a global delegation attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, an EPA release said.

At the ongoing COP24, the Liberian government in collaboration with Conservation International hosted an informal workshop for African negotiators that are discussing Article 6 of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement establishes a broad framework for voluntary cooperation among parties in delivering climate action. The article sets out three approaches through which parties may interact: “bottom up,” bilateral or regional cooperative approaches via internationally transferred mitigation outcomes; a centrally-governed mechanism to contribute to mitigation and support sustainable development, and non-market approaches.

Under the Paris Agreement, parties have agreed for the first time that all countries must push forward with legally binding climate change actions.

According to the release, all countries are required to draw up national emission reduction targets that will contribute to their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) – which they must regularly submit to the UN Climate Change Secretariat.

EPA National Climate Change Focal Point Benjamin S. Karmorh, Jr., said that African Negotiators are all working towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Karmorh added, “We need to understand what the challenges are and opportunities that will help us in fulfilling our obligations under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.”

El Hadji Mbaye Diagne, a Senegalese who is the Lead Coordinator for Article 6 of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, thanked Liberia for giving African negotiators the opportunity to discuss issues that are important in an effort to refine Africa’s positions.

Diagne said that the goal of the workshop was to discuss the status of negotiations on Article 6 and refine African group positions on priority topics, including the inclusion of forests, how countries can handle emissions transfers from sectors not included in the scope of a country’s nationally determined contribution, and issues of governance.

He said that Africans are on the same pitch with many issues, adding, “There are still many issues African countries need to further discuss and see how they can strategize during these negotiations.”

He said that international transferred mitigation outcomes under Article 6 can facilitate financial support for emission reductions beyond a country’s Nationally Determined Contribution, which is essential to the guidelines agreed at COP 24, in order to support environmental integrity, while ensuring strong benefits and incentives for African countries.

The workshop brought together delegates from Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Republic of Sudan, The Gambia and La Cote d’ Ivoire, the release said.


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