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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

The challenges of climate change and the responses to be provided for the benefit of African population

Civil society organization
    The overall objective of this project is to promote an ecological transition transforming the challenge of climate change into an opportunity for mobilization and convergence of efforts for sustainable economic and social development at the service of African citizens.\r\n\r\n\r\nMore specifically, the project consists of building, with African citizens, taking into account the specificities of different countries, common positions and recommendations for action on the following dimensions:\r\n• Effective climate justice\r\no For Africa vis-à-vis the rest of the world, given the glaring disproportion between limited historical responsibility and excessive vulnerability\r\no Within Africa with regard to issues of social and territorial inequalities, as well as gender inequalities\r\n• Inclusive green growth\r\no The transition to a sustainable economic and social model with and for the benefit of the African citizen, taking into account intangible capital and identifying new opportunities\r\no Citizen climate action for the benefit of the emergence of a common African narrative\r\n• An African green movement\r\no The mobilization of African experts, citizens, civil society, governments and pan-African institutions to make the climate transition a success for the benefit of African citizens.\r\no The creation of a space for discussion and multi-stakeholder consultation.\r\n\r\nThe proposed working method is organized as follows:\r\n1. Component 1: Inventory and diagnosis\r\nThe purpose of this component is to present a general inventory of the progress made in the implementation of the NDCs and the constraints in terms of planning and financing.\r\n2. Component 2: construction of the recommended solutions\r\nThe purpose of this component is to identify solutions to the problems caused by climate change.\r\nThis will involve identifying the priorities for action by States, civil society and pan-African organizations to strengthen common African climate action. Priorities can be given to the governance process, as a key function in the implementation of an inclusive citizen-centered strategy and the strengthening of the necessary cooperation mechanism. This will serve in particular to feed into the UCESA roadmap. This action will be carried out in particular with the support of the IPCC, the ECA and the ADB.\r\nThe purpose of this work will be to develop an advocacy document that could take the form of a citizen manifesto highlighting a common African vision for inclusive climate action. This deliverable will be based on the priorities and solutions identified and articulated with the main African initiatives.\r\n\r\n3. Component 3: presentation and adoption\r\nThe third component consists of presenting the draft recommendations of the final deliverable to the UCSA authorities.\r\nThe working group will make a presentation to the Bureau in order to collect the observations and its validation. Subsequently, the project will be presented to the General Assembly for adoption.\r\nThe validated deliverable will be the key advocacy instrument of UCESA, and through it African organized civil society, for the implementation, through active cooperation, of measures likely to change the paradigm of climate action by placing the citizen back at his center.\r\n\r\n4. Component 4: advocacy and sensitization\r\nThis last phase would make it possible to bring the action to life beyond the Moroccan presidency of the UCESAA. African civil society, but not only, could use this manifesto to sensitize the various actors on climate action beyond the framework of the UCESA.
    Expected Impact

    • Effective climate justice\r\n\r\n• Inclusive green growth\r\n\r\n• An African green movement

    The Union of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions of Africa (UCESA) brings together the consultative assemblies of African countries, each country being represented by an institution, and ensures the representation of African councils before national and international institutions and organizations. UCESA is made of 19 Economic and social organizations.\r\nActually, the regional organization is chaired by CESE of Morocco.

    Goal 13

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Goal 13


    Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries


    Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population


    Number of countries that adopt and implement national disaster risk reduction strategies in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030


    Proportion of local governments that adopt and implement local disaster risk reduction strategies in line with national disaster risk reduction strategies


    Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning


    Number of countries with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


    Total greenhouse gas emissions per year


    Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible


    Amounts provided and mobilized in United States dollars per year in relation to the continued existing collective mobilization goal of the $100 billion commitment through to 2025


    Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities



    Number of least developed countries and small island developing States with nationally determined contributions, long-term strategies, national adaptation plans and adaptation communications, as reported to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    Goal 14

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    Goal 14


    By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution


    (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density


    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans


    Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas


    Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

    Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations


    By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

    Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels


    By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

    Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas


    By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation


    Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing


    By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism


    Sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP in small island developing States, least developed countries and all countries


    Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries

    Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology


    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets


    Degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small‐scale fisheries


    Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"


    Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources

    diagnosis report
    summary report presenting the recommendations
    final report intended to serve as a basis for advocacy (manifesto, white paper, etc.).
    "Agenda for action" which includes the main recommendations
    Staff / Technical expertise
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    Action Network
    SDG Acceleration Actions
    07 April 2020 (start date)
    01 January 1970 (date of completion)
    1. Africa
    Geographical coverage
    Rabat, Morocco
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    Contact Information

    Hachim El Ayoubi, Senior Expert