AfricaInteract fosters linkage between Prominent African Scientists and the African Group of Negotiators to bolster Africa’s Position on Climate Change negotiations

scienticAfricaInteract in collaboration with key partner institutions including the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the CGIAR program on climate change, agriculture and food security (CCAFS) brought together a total of  35 African scientists and negotiators at the Eka hotel in Nairobi from 8-10th April 2015 to prepare technical submissions on issues related to agriculture gender, and land use sector for consideration by the UNFCCC  - Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the forthcoming  session scheduled for June 1 -11 2015.

Following the two day meeting, two submissions, one on gender and climate change; and another on issues related to agriculture under SBSTA have been formally submitted to UNFCCC secretariat.

Furthermore, scientists at the meeting resolved to establish a network dubbed the “African Group of Negotiators Expert Support” (AGNES) which will facilitate provision of scientific evidence and exchange between researchers and negotiators including policy makers on issues of climate change in Africa. This has established a solid framework for science to inform African negotiators, African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) and the Committee of African Heads of States and Governments on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), currently the most influential African channels in the UNFCCC process.