The Global Stocktake (GST) process has attracted significant attention internationally and enabled interesting progress in the way global climate talks are conducted. For African countries, there has been a very limited number of submissions and engagement in the process.
Secondly, international cooperation, despite being a central aspect of the GST outcomes in Article 14.3 of the Paris Agreement towards enhanced action and support, the topic has not received much attention in submissions – not just by African countries – but also in overall GST discussions.
Addressing these two issues could be key to enhance the outcomes of the GST, especially for African countries. This is because African countries generally face particular challenges, such as limited resources, including technical and institutional capacities to act and engage.
Structuring international collaborations that target specific transformational needs relevant to African countries is an invaluable potential of the GST. Only then can the GST play its role of revitalizing the collective political process on climate ambition and pave the way for significant improvement of targets for action and support required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
This project seeks to understand and present African perspectives on the GST. This will be done with a view of enhancing the ability to engage in the process and updating commitments to enhanced action and support in 2024. Perspectives on national consultation processes, as well as the necessary transition in the context of sustainable development are also examined.
More specifically, the project will seek to understand the status quo of engagement in the GST by African countries and further identifies some focus areas in respect of enhanced participation, international cooperation, domestic consultation processes towards enhanced action, and sustainable development considerations going to CoP28 and beyond.
Building on this status quo analysis, further consultations with African actors on climate change, and lastly from the Factual Synthesis Report to be published by the co-facilitators of the Technical Dialogue in September 2023, the project will then seek to advance the focus areas and recommendations for African country engagement in the GST.
This project is coordinated by Xolisa Ngwadla and the DDP team at IDDRI, with financial support by KAS and ClimateWorks. The project steering committee is composed of Henri Waisman & Marta Torres-Gunfaus (DDP/IDDRI), Anja Berretta & Erick Omollo (KAS), Mamadou Gueye (International Attorney-Consultant), Phillip Osano (SEI) and Youba Sokona (GRAIN).
This project receives financial support by Konrad Adenauer Shiftung and Climate Works Foundation