4 September 2016
Dr Jonathan Pershing, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, will begin a five-day mission to Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa beginning from September 4 to hold talks with their leaders on climate change.
A statement issued by the U.S. state Department on Sunday said the mission would serve as an important opportunity to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
It said that the visit would advance climate and clean energy efforts with leaders across Africa ahead of the 2016 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change annual conference, COP-22, in Marrakesh, Morocco, which would hold from November 7 to November 18.
According to the statement, it will address climate change and how it impacts coastal communities, food security, power production and inclusive economic growth.
It said that the American special envoy would visit Dakar, Senegal, on September 4 for meetings with government officials and the civil society “to highlight our strong partnership’’.
The statement also said that on September 6, Pershing would travel to Abuja for meetings with government officials and civil society to discuss climate finance and investment.
In Nigeria, he would equally discuss youth engagement in climate change, and the importance of joining and implementing the Paris Agreement.
It noted that the envoy would travel to Johannesburg and Pretoria on September 8 for meetings with South African government officials, the private sector and the civil society.
In South Africa, the statement said, he would discuss climate negotiations, leadership on renewable energy and priorities going into COP-22 in Marrakesh.
The U.S. and China on Saturday in Hangzhou, China, deposited their official instruments to formally join the Paris Agreement, which demonstrated their continued and shared commitment to climate leadership.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon recently invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on September 21 at the UN headquarters to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The event will also provide an opportunity for other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016.