Climate change is one of the main areas for action the Africa Progress Panel has identified. There is much to be done not only by Africa’s leaders but also by the rest of the world.
In 2009, the Africa Progress Panel worked on producing policy recommendations to help deal with climate change and support African leaders in developing a common African position on these issues in the run-up to and at the Copenhagen Conference in December 2009. Such a common position was considered necessary to ensure that Africa’s special needs -in terms of financing, technology transfer and technical support required to adapt to climate change and seize mitigation opportunities- are acknowledged and met.
In that context, the APP prepared a policy brief in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as input to meetings of African Ministers of Finance, of Environment, and of AU Heads of State.
Following up to the success of the previous policy brief, the Africa Progress Panel has moved on to make the case for climate-resilient development and calls for climate-proofing strategies to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
On another front, the Africa Progress Panel has also aimed to draw attention to the potential of carbon markets in Africa. In late 2009 it organized a workshop and published an information note on Kick-Starting Africa’s Carbon Markets.