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4 weeks
Web Based E-Learning

Climate change negotiations for young african negotiators

Announcement in Brief

Type : Online Course
Programme Area : Climate Change
Date : 27th November – 22nd December 2023
Duration : 4 Weeks
Language : English
Location : Web Based E-Learning
Fee : Free
Application Deadline : 24th November 2023
Specific target audience : No
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The international political response to climate change began with the 1992 adoption of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which sets out the basic legal framework and principles for international climate change cooperation with the aim of “stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system”. It also states that “such a level should be achieved within a time frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner”. The Convention entered into force on 21 March 1994 and commands an almost universal participation.

The Convention puts the onus on developed countries to lead the way. As they are the source of most past and current GHG emissions. Industrialized countries are expected to do the most to reduce emissions, that is, to implement measures to mitigate climate change and to provide needed support to developing countries’ climate action. The convention also acknowledges that the global nature of climate change calls for the widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response shall be in accordance with their Common but Differentiated Responsibility and Respective Capability (CBDR-RC), and their social and economic conditions.

Two additional treaties have been negotiated under the UNFCCC, building upon the Convention, but remaining distinct and separate international treaties with their own governing bodies and membership, although closely related.


The ultimate objective of this work is to build the capacity of African youth in the UNFCCC climate change negotiations to conceptualize the status UNFCCC negotiations for ambitious climate actions, building adaptive capacity and support for climate actions and implementation, including loss and damage. This e-tutorial will focus on the following broad themes: 1) Current status of the UNFCCC negotiations, 2) The Global Goal on Adaptation, 3) Operationalizing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, including carbon trading, nature-based solutions (NbS), carbon capture and 4) Requirements for implementation, including policies and nance.

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