Negotiators from Burkina Faso have strengthened their capacities on climate mechanisms and international diplomacy

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; September 06-10, 2021 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in collaboration with the Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (SP/CNDD), organized a five-day training on climate mechanisms, international negotiation techniques, and climate diplomacy.

As the national development policies and strategies are now informed by environmental and sustainable development concerns in Burkina Faso, the country actively participates in international meetings on environment. To this end, there is a need to strengthen the capacity of government officials on climate negotiation issues in order for them to efficiently defend the country’s interests during international climate forums.

In this regard, GGGI, in its process of national MRV system strengthening, provided support to the Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for Sustainable Development (SP-CNDD) to train about 40 government officials and CSOs representatives on several modules related to climate diplomacy and mechanisms. At the end of this 5-day training workshop, participants improved their knowledge on the following topics:

  • climate change with a national specificity;
  • international legal framework for climate change;
  • the climate change financial instruments working system;
  • negotiation techniques during international climate meetings;
  • transparency framework and the national MRV system;
  • financial resource mobilization techniques for climate project implementation.

According to Do Etienne TRAORE, the National Focal Point of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from SP/CNDD: “This training aims at building the capacity of the delegates from Burkina Faso who will be part of the annual Conference of the Parties on Climate Change”.

The participants gave positive feedback on the quality and the relevance of this training which will help leverage substantial climate funding to implement projects at national level.