CES-MED participates in the Climate Chance Summit 2017

It was in Agadir that the second edition of the Climate Chance Summit opened on Monday 11 September; the three-days event is the most important pre-COP23 gathering for non-state actors to spur climate action.
 
Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI and co-organized jointly by the Souss Massa Regional Council and the Climate Chance Association, this Summit brought together all the stakeholders in the international climate community, with 400 speakers and over 5,000 participants from 80 countries around the world.
 
The opening plenary provided welcome speeches by the COP22 President – Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch Minister of Agriculture in Morocco and Mr. Aziz Rebbah Minister of Energy, the President of the Souss-Massa Region, Brahim Hafidi, Morocco’s High-Level Climate Champion and Ms. Hakima El Haite, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary; 
 
It was particularly marked by the message of Ms. Patricia Espinosa to the summit participants, in which the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, recalled the crucial role of non-state actors in combating climate change climate. 
 
Special attention was given to priority issues such as the flow of funding for local climate action through a suitable environment for financing local and international climate action, which involves the identification, structuring and planning of investment needs and the design of suitable climate-compatible projects; the issue of migration and development in the context of climate change, under the theme "Migration, climate change and development: between challenges and opportunities"; and climate change transformations in production systems.
 
CES-MED’s Team Leader Mr. Naguib Amin took part in the "FOCUS" Session panel, dedicated to the Global Covenant of Mayors: Sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean Regions on 12th of September. Mr. Amin gave a presentation with an overview of CES-MED’s support to municipalities in the region, in view of preparing their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) to respond more actively to global sustainable policy challenges. He also highlighted the similarity between the challenges in the Mediterranean region and the ones in the rest of Africa. CES-MED supports Local Authorities in the process of preparing and implementing sustainable development policies and assists them in joining the Covenant of Mayors
 
At the end of the summit, a signing ceremony of the Agadir declaration of local and regional elected representatives of the African continent took place, confirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement.
 
(Picture credits: Cimate Chance facebook page)