By Mayowa Adeniran, @mayowalive
Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria, Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance and Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change have held a National Consultative Workshop in Abuja on Nigeria’s Road to Paris/ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Presentations were made with topics such as “From Lima To Paris: Pathway To A Sustainable Future” by Atayi Babs; “The State Of West Africa’s Preparations For Paris COP21” by Bougonou Djeri-Alassani, Head Division (PPO) Environmental Policies and Regulations, ECOWAS; “Road to Paris: Are Nigerian Women on Board” by Priscilla Achakpa, Executive Director, Women Environment Programme (WEP); “Road to Paris: Building Consensus Around Campaigns” by Mithika Mwenda, PACJA Secretary General and “The Media and COP21: COP 21 Expectations” by Michael Simire, CEO, EnviroNews.
The keynote address was supposed to be delivered by the representative of the Federal Ministry of Environment but he was conspicuously absent as the Ministry has not shown seriousness towards the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and has been avoiding working with the Civil Society Organizations.
With a membership of over 300 organisations cutting across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, Climate & Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) brings together organizations, comprising grassroots community practitioners, trusts, federations of slum dwellers and pastoralists, home based caregivers, youth, media, women and faith-based organizations, including those working on child welfare, the elderly, disabled and those focusing on livestock and animal welfare, to commonly promote and advocate pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change.
CSDevNet aspires to unify and coordinate isolated civil society efforts on climate change advocacy in Nigeria to ensure that people-centred response mechanisms are accorded desirable attention and relevance as climate change is increasingly mainstreamed in national and global poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies and actions.
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations from diverse backgrounds in Africa. Founded in 2008, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has emerged as the most vibrant and largest Civil Society platform in climate change and sustainable development, with a membership of more than 1000 organizations and networks. The Alliance brings together Faith-based Organizations, Community-based organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, Trusts, Foundations, Farmers and Pastoralists’ Groups among other sectors.
The Coalition has gained recognition in African and international levels and has forged strong partnerships with key stakeholders such as the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa, among other UN Agencies, Regional Economic Integration Communities and National Governments to enhance the Continent’s voice in the international dialogue process, as well as driving climate-related policies in Africa. The Alliance also works with partners from both North and South; in recognition of the intricate challenge of climate change crisis brought to the planet and humanity, and in appreciation of the global call for collective action against the biggest challenge facing humanity in the 21st century.
The Alliance has an observer status with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and represents African Civil Society in the Participants Committee of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) as well as the Steering Committee of ClimDev Africa, a programme of the African Development bank, Africa Union Commission and UN Economic Commission for Africa. PACJA members represent the Alliance and affiliate networks in different capacities both at national and regional levels. For the last three years since 2010, PACJA has coordinated and hosted the African CSOs in the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum.
The Pan African Media Alliance for Climate Change (PAMACC) is an association of African Journalists who report on climate change.
The alliance was formed on on the eve of the World Environment Day (June 4, 2013) in Nairobi during a media training workshop that was attended by more than 50 participants from Africa.
Currently, PAMACC activities are facilitated by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).