Oct 31

Climate Change: At the core of 21st Century Diplomacy

Speaker :

Oct 31, 2016

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) jointly organised a training workshop on the upcoming UN climate change negotiations and the COP 22 process at the Academy, building on the leadership position the UAE has been taking on global climate change issues. The full-day event, which featured presentations delivered by experts from EDA and the Ministry, attracted close to 30 student participants and a dozen government stakeholders, all of which will be attending the next UN Climate Conference taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco, this November.

The workshop was aimed at addressing the learning needs of UAE stakeholders who are involved in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of climate change negotiations, with particular emphasis on the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22). Student and youth delegates received special attention during the workshop, as this year the UAE will be sending a record number of youth to the annual UN Climate Change Conference.

While the workshop’s morning session was intended for the UAE youth delegation, and covered UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) milestones, an introduction to the dynamics of the negotiating process, and an interactive discussion on the role of UAE youth at COP 22 also took place. The afternoon part of the training workshop was open to all UAE COP 22 stakeholders and provided participants with more insights on the COP 22 agenda items important to the UAE.

This year, parties to the UNFCCC will meet from 7–18 November in Marrakesh to continue work on enabling the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which started in the intersessional meetings in May 2016 in Bonn. Owing to the unprecedented speed at which the Agreement was signed and ratified by a large number of countries, it will enter into force on 4 November. Marrakesh will therefore mark the first time when the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) will meet.

The UAE was the first country in the GCC region to ratify the Paris Agreement in September and is well-positioned to participate in conversations ranging from review processes for countries’ climate action, capacity building, technology development and transfer, to financing.