EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma today addressed a meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York where he said Developing countries should be provided with adequate support for their climate mitigation and adaptation.
“Climate change is a global challenge that requires no one to be left behind. The whole world affirmed this in Paris and Marrakech when the Paris Agreement entered into force on the 4th November last year,” President Zuma said at the conclusion of the session.
He urged the Africa Group to work closely together to ensure that implementation of the Paris Agreement was a success.
“In this regard, negotiations on the Paris rule-book must remain on track and ensure that there is sufficient clarity on Parties’ commitments under their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation.”
He alsi said progress should be made on a post-2020 finance goal that should be significant more than the 2020 goal 100 billion US dollars per year in climate finance.
Speaking about the Bonn Climate Change Conference in Germany, President Zuma said: “We should make progress on the Global Stocktake at the upcoming Bonn Climate Change Conference. The Global Stocktake, which has the objective of tracking commitments and progress in implementation, must inform Parties’ future Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). “It should, therefore, take account of all the elements of climate action, namely mitigation, adaptation and the means of implementation.”
The President said it was important for the Africa Group, particularly in the time of global uncertainty, to emphasise adherence to the principles of the Convention, in particular the common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities, equity and the need for developed countries to take the lead in combatting climate change. Those principles, he said, remained applicable to the Paris Agreement.
“The Africa Group should not allow any renegotiation of the Paris Agreement. It was a landmark achievement of the international community. It presents us with the best vehicle to address climate change, which is a monumental challenge of our time, in a manner that is fair and that takes into account countries’ national circumstances,”
He said climate change posed both a threat and an opportunity to development, saying the pursuit of a low-carbon and climate resilient development opens up opportunities for not only achieving development goals, but also achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the goals set out in Agenda 2063.
“We need to ensure that Africa’s key sectors are prioritized in the Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). We are confident that international solidarity will prevail at the UNFCCC COP23. We should also ensure that the implementation of the NDCs also enhances efforts towards poverty alleviation.”