PAP stresses the urgency for climate finance and legislation at COP24




The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has reiterated the need for finance support from developed countries and adequate legislation as critical cornerstones for a successful implementation of the Paris Agreement in Africa.

This was the subject of the side event organized by the PAP on the margins of the COP24 in Katowice, Poland, where Parties are meeting to finalise the Paris Agreement rulebook. Moderated by Hon. Kone Dognon, Chairperson of the PAP Committee of Rural Economy, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, the High Level Panel Discussion event focused on “climate finance and status of climate change legislation in Africa.”

In his opening address, Hon. Stephen Julius Masele, 1st Vice-President of the PAP and leader of the delegation to the COP24, reminded that MPs act as a bridge between constituencies and Governments and they hold the key for the implementation of the Paris Agreement given their ability to adopt or reject any outcome from COP processes.

“The PAP is the voice of the African people, a voice that expresses the legitimate concerns and rights of the citizens. As African legislators and as Pan African Parliamentarians, we have an opportunity to pass recommendations and resolutions at the continental level. It is therefore paramount that the COP24 Summit results in a fair and balanced outcome for African countries, especially in the area financial commitments towards developing countries in order for policy makers to create frameworks to facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement at national level,” says Hon. Masele.

Under the Paris Agreement, developed countries committed to availing 100 billion dollars by 2020 to finance implementation of the accord through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). African negotiators are pushing for fair deals on mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology and capacity building support as part of the Paris Agreement.

The Panel Discussion provided the platform for an intervention by Hon. Mboni Mohammed Mhita, Chairperson of the PAP Youth Caucus, on the mobilization of the PAP Caucuses (Women and Youth) to build momentum on climate action; Hon. Charity Chepkwony, Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change and Renewable Energy and member of the Kenya National Assembly, presented on how African Climate Legislation Initiative (ACLI) can contribute to building capacity of Parliamentarians in the area of legislation. Hon. Chepkwony informed the audience that Kenya is one of the first African countries to adopt a climate change law; and Prof. Seth Osafo, member of African Group of Negotiators (AGN) at COP24 provided an update on the state of negotiations and what’s at stake for Africa at this Summit.

The programme of the event also included remarks from Mr. Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director of the  Pan African Climate Justice Alliance  (PACJA); Dr. Antony Nyong, Director, Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank; and Dr. James Murombedzi, Officer-in-Charge, African Climate Policy Centre at UNECA.

“We urge African countries to put in place necessary legal frameworks and legislations to address the issue of climate change, and we salute Kenya for playing a leading role in this area. The PAP is ready to play its role by formulating model laws that can serve as a guideline for national legislatures. In the meantime, we expect the COP24 to deliver an outcome that takes into account the special needs of Africa.” Concludes Hon. Masele.

Mandated by the President of the PAP, H.E. Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG, and led by the 1st Vice-President of the institution, the delegation of the PAP to the COP24 comprises of more than 20 Parliamentarians drawn from all the PAP organs and representing the five regions of the African continent.