Ivorian stakeholders debrief COP26 and discuss CoP27 perspectives

COTE D’IVOIRE; January 20, 2022 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Côte d’Ivoire, in collaboration with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), held a workshop on COP26 achievements and perspectives towards COP27.

As part of the “Empowering Local Non-State Actors and vulnerable communities for climate action and resilience in Côte d’Ivoire” project implemented in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, the workshop informed more than 60 participants from various government representatives, civil society organizations, private sector companies, and development partners institutions on the key outcomes of the climate negotiations held in Glasgow last November.

The workshop started with opening remarks from Mallé FOFANA, newly appointed Director and Head of Programs for GGGI in Africa who acknowledged the commitments made by the negotiating parties and encouraged them to go beyond. UK Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Catherine Brooker, further underlined the importance of implementing these commitments and operationalizing the agreed upon mechanisms.

On behalf of the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development (MINEDD), Mr. GNAHORE, Deputy Chief of Cabinet, thanked all the participants as well as the GGGI for organizing this meeting and highlighted the commitments made by the government through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

During the second part of the workshop, an expert panel composed of Mrs. Angèle LUH, Head of Office of UN Environment, Mr. Claude KOUTOUA of the CGECI for the private sector, Mr. Amadou Lamine FALL of the GGGI, and Doctor TOURE Kany Abiba of the NGO APFNP, representing civil society, provided key assessments and takeaways from the negotiation results such as 1) providing support to countries to implement the measures agreed in Glasgow, in particular phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies; 2) implementing financing and carbon market mechanisms, in particular Article 6.4; 3) leveraging long-term finance for concrete bankable program development; and 4) further strengthening the capacities of key stakeholders in particular the youth and private sector.

On the way forward towards COP27 preparation, Mr. Mohamed Hamdy, representing the Embassy of Egypt in Côte d’Ivoire, affirmed the will of his country to work fully for the success of the next negotiations and the intention to follow the line of the Glasgow pact and continue to work on key themes for greater ambitions.