August 13, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- The COP22 Civil Society Pole is departing this weekend on a mission to 12 African countries with the goal of strengthening the mobilization of non-state actors on the continent and encouraging their participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled in Marrakech, November 7-18.
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The mission will include a series of meetings in each country with NGOs, coalitions and networks active in the climate change and sustainable development space.
The first phase of this mission, prepared in collaboration with and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, will include South Africa, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland and Tanzania.
“The participation of African civil society at COP22 is essential for several reasons: Firstly, because international civil society played a key role among researchers and experts in the process that ultimately led to the Paris Agreement. Also, COP22 in Marrakech seeks to address the issues of the “South”, notably the African continent and Small Island Developing States. Finally, the resistance to climate change requires that we act on the international, regional and local levels,” declared Mr. Driss El Yazami, COP22 Head of Civil Society Activities.
One of the main focuses of the COP22 Civil Society Pole is to increase awareness and action among non-state actors in Morocco on environmental issues and also to establish strong partnerships with international civil society. Their work is built on a long-term plan to structurally support the development of an engaged and committed civil society sector to address environmental issues and in particular the fight against climate change well beyond COP22.