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Climate Change and the Road to Rio

Preparatory Workshop for Delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-17) and the UNCSD Rio+20
Algiers, Algeria 11-13 October 2011




[Government of Morocco]Since the adoption of the Bali Road Map in 2007, movement towards an agreed international framework on climate change has been bumpy, but not without progress. COP16 at Cancun renewed confidence in the UNFCCC processes as governments almost unilaterally agreed to set in motion a broad number of new mechanisms that will define both the operational potential and the institutional shape of the post-Kyoto regime beyond 2012. The upcoming COP17 will provide an integral opportunity for the Arab region to articulate its priorities in all four pillars of negotiation: mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer and development, and climate-related finance.
Though Arab countries are diverse in terms of climate change impacts, economic conditions and developmental concerns, it was clear at the COP16 that the region’s political leaders, policy makers, private sector players and civil society advocates shared a commitment to addressing the region’s high vulnerability to climate change and have collaboratively built momentum to pursue new opportunities for climate resilient development. In 2010, UNDP supported these efforts with the launch of the Arab Climate Resilience Initiative (ACRI). The series of consultative events organized under this initiative assisted Arab countries in identifying and agreeing upon priority areas of action for tackling the region’s key climate challenges.

To build upon this momentum, UNDP and the Government of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria organized a workshop for negotiators on 11-13 October 2011. As in the past, the objective of this event was to create a space for delegates from the region to review progress and strategize on some of the key themes and evolving mechanisms, by receiving information on political and scientific developments and the range of international viewpoints that frame the upcoming negotiations in Durban. The following issues came under discussion at the event:

-the broader strategies available in navigating the different negotiating tracks at the COP-17  
- the design, implementation, andassessment of mitigation mechanisms;
-opportunities for developing and furthering sustainable energy  options within and between countries of the region;
- approaches to planning around adaptation and potential outcomes on the Adaptation Fund;
- the future of food security across the Arab region;
- the structure and operationalization of the Technology Mechanisms;
- the design and role of the Green Climate Fund and other climate finance mechanisms
-the development of a ‘green economy’ concept that is in line with the needs and priorites of the Arab region

This event also provided an opportunity to link climate change knowledge, experiences, practices, and negotiation points, to the broader themes under discussion at next year’s milestone Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. The concept and practice of sustainable development has changed considerably since the Earth Summit in 1992, particularly in light of expanded awareness of the multifaceted impacts of climate change, and in the face of successive food crises and major changes in the global financial system. It is becoming increasingly clear to governments across the globe that to achieve the MDGs, pursue long-term economic growth and continue supporting the overall well-being of their populations, they must consider how best to integrate low-carbon approaches and resource efficiency into developmental planning and into all sectors of the economy. The third day of the event thus focused around the key priorities and most appropriate focus areas for the Arab region in terms of promoting ‘green growth’ and structuring ‘green economies’.

 

 


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