UNDP Organizes Information Session in preparation for CoP 21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development H.E. Hassan Abdel Gadir Hilal and UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran addressed today the Sudanese Government delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris.

The travelling delegation was invited by UNDP Sudan to attend an information session in preparation of   CoP 21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that is to take place on 23rd November –11th of December 2015.

The purpose for this information session was to provide an opportunity for the delegate members to share key information and messages before the COP21 that would enable them to meaningfully participate in the negotiations to ensure that any global deal to address climate change will be just, enabling African countries to achieve, poverty reduction, food security and sustainable development.

UNDP Country Director Mr. Selva Ramachandran acknowledged the strong national commitment of the Sudanese government towards the environment and energy issues and reiterated UNDP’s commitment to continue its engagement and support to the government of Sudan to achieve the Sustainable Goals and to implement Climate Change mitigation and Adaption interventions in Sudan.

H.E. Minster of Environment Hassan Abdel Gadir Hilal stated that “The Conference in Paris is a historic one. We remain committed to fighting climate change as this is interlinked with our fight against poverty, drought and deforestation. This also links to our overarching involvement with partners promoting peace in Sudan given that the fight over natural resources is a main trigger to conflict in many parts of Sudan. We are indeed very pleased with the collaboration between us and UNDP in supporting pro-poor policies to help those affected by climate change.”

Representing the French Embassy, Ms. Genevieve Ichard , Cooperation Attaché at the French Embassy welcomed the Sudanese delegation and expressed hope that the conference’s deliberations will focus on reaching a consensus on a universally binding agreement amongst all parties present with equal emphasis  on supporting mitigation as well as adaption measures in  least Developed Countries.

Academia and Representatives from the Sudanese civil Society organizations have also participated in the information session, further calling on UNDP to continue its leading role in financing adaptation and mitigation interventions in Sudan in particular with regards to technology transfer and capacity building.

The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The UNFCCC which entered into force on 21 March 1994, now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation. The first COP took place in Berlin in 1995 and significant meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen where an agreement to success Kyoto Protocol was unfortunately not realised and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created.

In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. To visit the official COP21 website for more information, click here.

UNDP Sudan Energy, Environment and Climate Change unit focuses on strengthening capacities at local, regional and national level to manage and utilize natural resources in a sustainable way, to enhance resilience and adaptive capacity to long-term climate change including variability impacts and to reduce the associated risk of natural disasters.