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Strengthening the capacity of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN) to represent member states in the climate change negotiations and inform the decisions of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)

As of: July 2020

Objective and activities

The goal of the project is to enhance the capacity of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) on climate change to actively and effectively engage in the implementation of the Paris Agreement (PA) and participate in UN climate change negotiations on the outstanding issues while taking into account the needs of Africa. The project primarily focuses on providing negotiation support to the AGN by focusing on key areas of the work emanating from the PA. It provides research and policy analysis to support the negotiators with substantive backstopping in their decisionmaking, offers training and capacity building, supports strategy development, develops guidance materials on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and engages in communication and outreach. Workshops and meetings of relevant stakeholders and engagement with civil society and media will enhance the understanding of the implications of the PA implementation and expand the understanding of climate change in general.

State of implementation/results

  • 30 written submissions as well as 14 Conference room papers (CRP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) developed with contribution from this project
  • 11 lead coordinator strategy meetings and 1 African Group of Negotiators (AGN) plenary meeting, as well as on average 30 AGN Lead Coordinators covering the different thematic issues per meeting
  • 2 African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) political declarations adopted and 5 key messages, as well as 5 technical briefings provided by AGN for AMCEN
  • 9 junior negotiators mentored and supported to participate in the climate change negotiations
  • Active participation of the AGN & African countries in 21 UNFCCC committees & bodies
  • Communication and outreach undertaken using AGN website, Facebook and Twitter

Project data

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) - Kenya

Partner institution(s):
  • African Group of Negotiators (AGN)
  • SouthSouthNorth

BMU grant:
4.907.723,00 €

08/2016  till  12/2020

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