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Senegalese government hailed the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance for its excellent tool of environmental protection and urged them to continue the struggle for climate justice.

February 26th, 2014 Posted in Campaigns, Climate Change, GROW Campaign, Senegal

Ms. Penda Kante Thiam who represented the Senegalese minister for environment urged the African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the auspices of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) to keep the faith and to be positive in the struggle for climate justice.

While officiating at the opening of the 5day PACJA meeting on Monday at Pullman Dakar Teranga hotel, Ms. Penda Kante said, “We need you as much as you need us. I believe change starts now and starts with us. We definitely need to lead by example.”

PACJA Secretary General, Mr. Mithika Mwenda called on Civil Society Organizations in Africa to be visible at the national level, to be consistence with national aspirations and to work together with their governments to achieve their objectives, “It remains the mandate of PACJA to provide an enabling environment for African Civil Societies to share experiences and networks so as to effectively contribute into the national and international climate change debates” he added.

Mr. Mouhamet Lamine Ndiaye who represented Oxfam at the meeting said “Oxfam will be focusing on the linkages between climate change and its impact on agricultural production and productivity”.

“We are at Oxfam are hopeful that this meeting will conclude with a clear strategy on climate change in relations to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” He charged.

The meeting which has drawn 80 participants from 40 African countries started on Sunday February 9th and will be ending on February 13th 2014. The meeting is mandated to construct a unified regional campaign strategy on climate justice.

Mr. Augustine Njamnshi, the PACJA Technical and Political Affairs Chairperson and Ms. Azeb Girmai of the Least Developed Countries Watch – Ethiopia while deliberating at this event said “Africa CSOs on climate justice needs massive and innovative mobilization strategy for advocacy and lobbying towards 2015”.

Notes to the Editor:

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a coalition of more than 500 civil society organizations and networks from 45 countries in Africa, bringing together Faith-based Organizations, Farmers and Pastoralists` Groups, Community-based organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, Trusts, Foundations, among other sectors with a common goal of promoting and advocating for Pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change. Arguably the largest environmental and development civil society network in Africa, PACJA collaborates and encourages strategic alliances with international partners, national governments, regional governmental bodies as well as individuals sharing its aspirations, to build an enhanced African profile that assures the continent’s visibility in international climate change dialogue processes.

During the UN Climate Change Conference held in Warsaw, Poland on 11 – 22 November 2013, around 800 civil society observers walked out of negotiations protesting what they termed as Governments’ failure to agree on various issues such as mitigation goals, adaptation, loss and damage and finance, seen as the best deal for poor and vulnerable people. The unprecedented action, which threw the entire negotiations into crisis, precipitated a series of discussions and reflections among CSOs, among them the “next actions after the walk-out.” The Civil Society promised to mobilize communities in subsequent period and return into negotiations in Lima with more voices from the people across the world. The meeting in Dakar is part of this mobilization.

Source: www.pacja.org

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