ADD organises a colloquium on climate change

 

Association pour le Developpement Durable (ADD)

ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES
(Municipality of Port Louis, Mauritius, 5 to 8 October 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

Climate change and sustainable development goals
2015 is a crucial year as the ongoing in view of the on-going negotiations for the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in November/December. The negotiations will culminate in a binding instrument that will determine the socio-economic and environmental models for a low-carbon and climate-resilient society of the future.

 This year is pivotal for sustainability as the global agreement on climate change is inextricably linked to the successful implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda which will be adopted by the United Nations this year.

The new legal instrument
The new legal instrument that will enter into force no later than 2020 will require governments, the private sector and funding agencies to focus investment and development alternatives in low carbon activities so that global temperature increase is capped at 2°C or less. To achieve these goals, a key player is the private sector that leads innovation and technology transfer. These will allow adaptation or re-engineering of existing systems and re-imagining new lifestyles and production and consumption patterns. These are essential for sustainably protecting the atmosphere, human health and Earth’s finite resources.

 

Responsibility of Mauritius and other countries of the region
The Republic of Mauritius, together with its private sector, will be invariably called upon to implement its commitments under the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for improved quality of life and contribute towards the effective implementation of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda. The citizens will have a major role in the process.
The countries of the region share similar concerns and are also invited to participate in the colloquium. The colloquium offers a platform to address many of the common issues together.
 

The special role of the private sector
The UNFCCC recognises the important of the private sector in climate change mitigation and adaptation. It has launched the Private Sector Initiative (PSI) that aims to catalyze the involvement of the private sector in the wider adaptation community. The unique expertise of the private sector, its capacity to innovate and produce new technologies for adaptation, and its financial leverage can form an important part of the multi-sectoral partnership that is required between governmental, private and non-governmental actors. 

The colloquium recognises the role of the private sector and thus provides a platform for businesses to showcase their contributions in contributing in a sustainable and profitable manner to a strong and effective response, both in their own adaptation efforts and, importantly, in those of the most vulnerable communities in the Republic of Mauritius and adjoining countries. Therefore, the private sector has a special role not only in contributing to the implementation of the legal instrument but also in shaping it.


Why the colloquium?

In preparation for the final round of negotiations and in view of the need to develop suitable strategies for the implementation of the legal instrument, it is necessary to bring together the stakeholders to discuss the climate change evolution in the region and the socio-economic and environmental issues that the countries will face in the near future.
In view of the potential impacts of the Paris legal binding agreement on development alternatives, the Association pour le Développement Durable (ADD), a non-governmental organization that has the necessary expertise, is organizing a stakeholders’ colloquium from 8 to 10 October 2015 in collaboration with the public and private sectors, academic, research institutions and NGOs of the region to bring about greater awareness of the related issues.

Expressions of support so far
The Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster & Beach Management and several other Ministries, Departments and institutions as well as the private sector have expressed their full support. The UNFCCC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are supportive.

Overall theme of the colloquium
The theme of the colloquium is: Engaging stakeholders in climate change issues
The new legal instrument on climate change offers challenges and opportunities to the Republic of Mauritius and countries in the region. Their contributions and legitimate developmental aspirations should be taken into consideration in the Paris negotiations and their interests duly reflected and safeguarded in any legal instrument on climate change. A joint effort on a common platform at the negotiations will be required.

Who are the stakeholders?
Stakeholders are meant to refer to the public sector, the private sector, NGOs and concerned groups, organisations or individuals that will be affected by climate change. The colloquium will bring together decision makers, scientists, researchers, representatives from public/private sectors, NGOs, academic institutions, and highly knowledgeable resource persons from different disciplines as well as eminent personalities from national and regional institutions. In particular, the colloquium places emphasis on the contributions of the private sector which will have a major role to play in the implementation of the legal instrument, once adopted.

The three thematic areas
·         The challenges posed by climate change and the adequacy of current and planned actions and existing mechanisms to ensure sustainability
·         National commitments and expectations - incorporating these in the framing of a new legal instrument
·         Opportunities and challenges that a new instrument may offer and strengthening mechanisms for implementation

 

The objectives of the colloquium are to provide a platform, at national and regional levels, and engage stakeholders in:
·         Exchanging experience on climate change issues and identify areas that need to be addressed for long-term sustainability.
·         Discussing issues of concern that have to be included in the new legal framework that is expected to be adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference (PCCC).
·         Proposing ways of optimising benefits from such an instrument and addressing challenges in the implementation and discuss suitable mechanisms for follow-up.
The forum will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, discuss the most recent findings relating to climate change and propose strategies in several fields to address corresponding issues. Several participants, especially from within the Indian Ocean and SADC region are expected to attend.

The Colloquium Topics
The programme of the Colloquium includes, but is not limited to:
1.      Climate scenarios - Implication of limiting global warming to 1.5 or 2°C
2.      Mitigation - Low carbon emission mechanisms
3.      Adaptation - Impacts and Carbon sequestration systems
4.      Economic and Funding - Costs and Benefits
5.      Institutional arrangements
6.      Cooperation among public and private sectors at national and regional levels
7.     
Cooperation among Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention.

Important dates for abstracts, extended abstracts and full papers

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Submission Deadline

Abstract

29 June 2015

Extended Abstract Final Paper

10 August 2015

Final Paper

17 August 2015

Registration for authors

7 September 2015

Early Bird Registration

Open on 1st July 2015until 15 August 2015

 Standard Registration

16 August 2015 until 5 September 2015

Late Registration

From 6 September 2015

 

How to register?

For the modalities of registration and the payment of registration fees, please go to ADD News on the front page.


What is ADD?
The Association pour le Développement Durable (ADD) is an NGO established in 2007 and registered with the Registrar of Associations and the CSR Committee. It has special consultative status with UN/ECOSOC and is affiliated to UNFCCC, MACOSS and the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management. Please visit the website: http://addmauritius.orgfor further information on the Association and its activities. Information is also posted on facebook and twitter pages of ADD:http://facebook.com/addMauritius; http:// twitter.com/addmu

An invitation
We are pleased to invite participation as an individual or as a sponsor and submit a topical paper at the colloquium. Information on registration, payment of registration fees, the colloquium programme and topics and submission of abstract and papers are posted on ADD’s website: http://addmauritius.org
For further information, please Contact the organising committee at:
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Organising Committee
25 May 2015