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COMESA Organises post-Kyoto Meeting on Climate Change
2 February 2009
Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges isria.info as the source of this article: http://www.isria.info/


The COMESA Secretariat organized a consultative meeting on Post-Kyoto Climate Change negotiations. The meeting took place at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on 5th to 6th February 2009. The meeting was attended by Climate Change negotiators from member States, representatives of EAC, SADC, IGAD, AU, Cooperating Partners and Technical Experts from Africa and beyond.

The COMESA Secretary General Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya said that the objective was to explore together with other RECs and Partners ways in which our interest in Bio-Carbon can be part of the Post-Kyoto arrangement, as our contribution to the African Union Agenda through the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). He emphasized the need to glean the submissions of other parties so as to build on commonalities so that our submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Copenhagen Summit reflects and takes into account the interests of all.

Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission also addressed the meeting, reaffirming the Commission's commitment to work with and support RECs in areas of common interest. She called on the political leadership to increase investment in agriculture within the framework of CAADP. She further emphasized the need for Africa as a whole to evolve a common position for the Copenhagen Summit. She commended the efforts of COMESA to coordinate member States programmes and projects on Climate Change.

During the meeting, the delegates discussed options and strategies for partnering with others for shared success, the economic and ecological context for African Bio- Carbon and how to forge agreement on key negotiating objectives. The meeting explored the processes and actions to get an African position accepted and incorporated into the Copenhagen Agreement and identified the areas requiring engagement at the political, strategic and technical levels.

Out of the extensive deliberations, the delegates produced a list of priorities to be considered for the unified African position, and elaborated strategies for engaging broad-based support to build and sustain African momentum.

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