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22 November 2017
This week’s post will start with a thank-you note for every support that our last Sunday’s Development Day received.
The Development Day provided us the opportunity and moment to re-engage with and re-communicate our message against poverty in all its forms and everywhere for women and children.
We shall continue to advocate for progress on the development of resilience and policies to protect poor and vulnerable people, especially women and children in conditions of poverty.
Many thanks for your support!
The week is as well the furtherance of A la Une (Autumn Leaves of Action to Upkeep the Nature in Existence) campaign with the sub-theme of Climate Finance and Insurance.
We have added to this communication, our summary regarding the climate talks we are following under CPSAC (Climate Protection and Stake for African Children) – Phase 2 project; the current and last climate talks follow up being named as What Bonn Say.
Finally, we are starting a new fundraising campaign for three of our eleven initiatives of Autumn programme, which include: TRIACONTADI, MISATU and P-REI (Post-Regional Economic Integration) TRANSITIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME as of 22 November 2017. This is the last fundraising campaign of Autumn 2017 before we start the Lights Season.
We hope that this week’s contents will be interesting and engaging.
• Climate finance and insurance
The last episode of A la Une campaign this year will be devoted to Climate Finance and Insurance for the Poor and Vulnerable Children, the Victims of the Adverse Effects and Impacts of Climate Change.
Briefly the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Standing Committee on Finance argues that
“Climate finance aims at reducing emissions, and enhancing sinks of greenhouse gases and aims at reducing vulnerability of, and maintaining and increasing the resilience of, human and ecological systems to negative climate change impacts.” (http://unfccc.int/focus/climate_finance)
From their perspective, Climate Change refers to local, national or transnational financing, which may be drawn from public, private and alternative sources of financing. These funds are meant to cut carbon emissions and adapt to climate change.
To raise these funds and allocate them to the victims of the adverse effects and impacts of climate change pose some issues. With regard to children victims of the climate change, we would like to deal with the following selected issues during our two weeks campaign:
- Mobilisation of climate finance for child protection
- Tracking progress on commitments made for the climate finance budget
- Sustainability of share in the climate finance flows to child protection
- Reporting mechanisms and rules of engagement for climate finance needed and received for children
- The allocation of fair share between adaptation finance and mitigation finance for children’s needs
Raising the funds for climate finance is not enough unless climate risk insurance for the poor and vulnerable children is also taken into account.
The chosen campaigning points for climate insurance for child protection are as follows:
- Affordability and accessibility for poor children to any climate insurance policy
- Sustainability in the climate insurance schemes
- Reliability of climate insurance coverage for children victims of the adverse effects and impacts of climate change
- Policy responsive based on needs not on ideologies
- Rights-based approach to climate finance and insurance
The above issues have been around in the climate change negotiations for some years, but they have never been properly addressed throughout these various Climate Change talks. Some of them have been talked about in the previous finance and insurance meetings to make up the agenda.
As far as children are concerned, they are not a specific attention/focus of global climate talks/gatherings. Attention is much devoted to the BIG issue of reducing the carbon emissions rather than on dealing with the issues of the adverse impacts of climate change on children.
We hope this campaign will help not only to raise awareness but to take some concrete actions. Especially as A la Une campaign is about action not only talks.
To support and or find out more about CENFACS’ Climate Finance and Insurance Advocacy Initiative, contact CENFACS.
• What Bonn Say: More or Less?
Although there have been climate action pledges and initiatives to get on track towards the objectives of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and to ultimately achieve the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals at the COP23 in Bonn, there is still a number of pending issues.
The good news is that some pledges were made by delegates. These pleadges include funding to coordinate climate action, corporate emission cuts, an agreed 12-month engagement, a G20 (the world’s 20 leading industrialised and emerging economies) and V20 (group of 20 vulnerable nations) partnership initiative, insurance funds to support poor and vulnerable people, clean energy transitions, financial support to curb deforestation, steps to meet pre-2020 ambition and the long-term goals of the two-year old Paris Agreement etc.
The bad news is it was not possible to do better together to drive climate action further and faster ahead as participants initially thought.
However, beyond the BIG issue/picture of the ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development; there has been no progress for our demand to protect children the victims of the adverse impacts of climate change. There was no much say and action on children’s climate stake.
Additionally, the facts that some of the issues have been delayed until the next Paris talks in December 2017, this suggests that the opportunity was missed. Therefore, our climate protection continues by looking forward the December 2017 Paris Meeting and the next round of climate talks (COP24) in 2018 in Poland.
To support CPSAC – Phase 2 and or follow up Climate Talks with CENFACS, contact CENFACS.
• November-December 2017 Fundraising Campaign
This November-December 2017 fundraising campaign concerns three of our new projects: TRIACONTADI project (Project 32), project MISATU (Project M) and Post-REI (Regional Economic Integration) Transitional Capacity Building and Development programme.
TRIACONTADI stands for Together for Renewal of Infrastructures in Africa to Create Opportunities and Needed Transformations for Alternative Development Intergeneration.
TRIACONTADI is project that helps to both create inexistent infrastructures and develop basic infrastructures destroyed by wars, armed conflicts and environmental disasters in order to relieve poverty.
Project MISATU (Project M) means Making Impactful Support to Africa Together with Users. As an impact analysis project, MISATU helps to capture and communicate in effective way the impact of support to Africa by involving users.
Post-REI (Regional Economic Integration) Transitional Capacity Building and Development is a two-year empowerment programme aiming at reducing poverty during and after the transitional period when countries leaving and/or remaining in the Regional Economic Integration through the building and development of poor people’s skills, knowledge, power and ability.
This fundraising campaign, which starts today the 22nd of November 2017, will end on the 23rd of December 2017. However, CENFACS will accept any donations, gifts and stories given after the closing date of this campaign.
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With many thanks!