CES-MED at the 4th Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions for Africa

The EU-funded CES-MED project participated in the 4th Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Africa, held in Rabat, Morocco from 26-28 September 2017 (agenda).

The 3-day event was organised by the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, the UNFCCC Secretariat, GIZ and the Government of Morocco whereby the support to countries in Africa (including the ones affiliated to CES-MED) on moving toward implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), submitted in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change was lengthily discussed.  
Government representatives from across 50 African countries, as well as international organisations and experts in the field of climate change took part in the sessions to share the planning status of NDC implementation, best practices, and associated challenges in the region. 
CES-MED’s Team Leader Naguib Amin was invited as a speaker in the technical session ‘Multilateral financial support opportunities for NDC implementation’. He presented Examples of Climate Change Actions launched at the Local and Regional Level in the Mediterranean region and particularly, in the eight countries covered by the project (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan). 

Mr. Amin was also a panellist in two subsequent sessions entitled: “Country Priorities for Implementing NDCs and Identification of the Capacity Building needs for NDC Implementation: requirements to bridge the gap from planning to implementation activities on the ground “ and “Requirements to engage local and regional actors effectively and how their engagement can advance NDC”. 

Throughout all his interventions, the CES-MED Team leader reiterated that the successful implementation of nationally appropriate climate actions requires establishing mechanisms whereby the interests, concerns, and priorities of local authorities are appropriately reflected. This includes dedicating efforts to improved coordination and communication across levels of government and non-governmental agencies, promoting local authority values and building on their capacities, and emphasizing broader networks and partnerships. Mr Amin also met and concerted with representatives of key actors towards synergy and to transmit CES-MED experience.

CES-MED started its activities in January 2013. It was initially set to last three years, but later was extended for 18 months to June 2017 and again for 9 months until April 2018. The project has been advancing towards its main objective to “develop the capacities of local authorities in the ENP-South region to formulate and implement more sustainable local policies, such as those implied by joining the Covenant of Mayors (CoM), and support them in developing the related Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs)”. 

CES- MED’s Partner Cities total 21 cities in seven countries and two Governorates in Egypt.

picture credits: the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (CGLU Afrique - UCLG Africa) and the official website of COP22