Central role of non-State actors reaffirmed at Climate Chance Summit 2017
The second edition of the Climate Chance Summit was held in Agadir, Morocco between 11-13 September 2017. Organized by the Climate Chance Association, the Summit was the most extensive gathering non-State actors engaged in climate action before the COP23. The summit reviewed the status of climate negotiations with key actors involved in the implementation of the Paris agreement. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), recalled the crucial role of non-state actors in combating climate change. One of critical issues debated was the flow of funding for local climate action and the investment needs for the design of suitable climate-compatible projects. The relationship between climate and migration was also examined in order to develop policy responses, adaptation plans and effective investments. The Agadir declaration, reaffirming non-state actors’ commitment to the Paris Agreement was adopted at the end of the summit.
ClimaSouth participation in the summit. Team members from ClimaSouth participating in the summit were able to liaise with several key partners in the region about ongoing activities, as well as briefly discuss the project’s main achievements with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ms. Patricia Espinosa. The ClimaSouth climate finance support activity was presented at a dedicated side-event organized by the General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco (CGEM), showcasing its Initiative Entreprises Climat Maroc (IECEM) being launched to support companies with new ideas for climate projects.
Enhancing capacity to access climate finance. The ClimaSouth approach, focuses on supporting the development of concrete project proposals ready for implementation. Write-shops are preceded by a remote assistance phase provided by ClimaSouth experts over several weeks, and followed by further coaching on the preparation of the project concepts and the mobilization of support from interested financiers and donors. A key tool supporting the approach is a step-by-step e-handbook for practitioners, produced by the ClimaSouth project in collaboration with the EU-funded Facility for Regional Policy Dialogue on Integrated Maritime Policy and Climate Change (FacIMP/BE CC).