A year after the Paris Agreement was signed, it is coming into force on November 4, 2016.
Hivos welcomes the Paris Agreement, the first universal and binding climate agreement. But governments still have a long way to go to ensure that their own Nationally Determined Contributions are in line with “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels” and with the Sustainable Development Goals, including clean and affordable energy for all. To achieve this, countries need to have clear and ambitious climate finance commitments up to and after 2020 and ensure that these finance flows do not leave the most vulnerable behind. Transparency of climate finance flows together with civil society engagement will be key to realising the commitments governments have made.
The 2016 Climate Summit hosts the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) from 7 to18 November in Marrakesh. It will focus on further hatching out the details of the Paris Agreement related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.
With the recently launched Climate Finance Roadmap, a major focus will be on climate finance and the modalities of accounting. The Moroccan presidency is however also keen to present COP22 as solution provider, especially around renewable energy. Therefore, this year’s COP is an opportunity to bring the discussion on Sustainable Development Goal 7, countries’ climate commitments and climate finance together.
Hivos at COP22
Hivos will organise and participate in a number of side-events. Together with our partner organisations from Malawi, Nepal, Indonesia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and El Salvador, we will actively seek to influence the climate finance debate and highlight the need for decentralised renewable energy investments to achieve green and inclusive energy for all (Sustainable Development Goal 7). Our partners’ expertise and evidence is vital to influence the various discussions at COP22.
An equally important element of our attendance at the COP is a capacity development track for our partners and Hivos staff. Building our understanding on how the international negotiations are linked to the energy access work on national level and strengthening individual competencies and networks enables us to take a stronger position in this and future negotiations.