Countries on track to reaching climate change agreement

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Another key step towards a new, universal climate change deal has just been taken as the negotiating text for the agreement was officially issued by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The text was agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Geneva earlier this month, and covers the substantive content of the new agreement.

A copy of the text which Afrika Reporter has obtained covers areas around mitigation, adaptation to climate change. It also emphasizes the need for adequate financing, better technologies and capacity building in response to effects of climate change.

Christiana Figueres, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary in a statement said she is delighted the negotiating text from which the Paris agreement will be constructed has now been officially published.

“The negotiating text will be formally communicated to all governments that are party to the Convention in all six official languages of the United Nations,” Figueres said.

All the governments including African are expected to discuss the text later this month in order to fulfill procedural requirements for adoption of the agreement at the end of the year.

Another meeting according to Figueres is expected to be held mid this year to further scrutinize the new text.
She stressed the new agreement will not only be of relevance to ministers of environment, but will be of key relevance across all government ministries and departments committed to achieving the 2015 agenda aspects.
2015 agenda items include climate action, the realization of a set of sustainable development goals and progressing on disaster risk reduction.

The adoption of the text kick-starts a year of intense negotiations and political efforts focused on completing the new agreement and lasting response to the challenge of climate change.


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All 195 countries party to the convention including African countries are currently negotiating a new global climate change agreement; the first of its kind is expected to explicitly commit all countries to specific climate change mitigation plans.