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South-south cooperation praised at COP22

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCC

There is an opportunity to forage a south-south partnership models on sustainable development and climate resilience, participants at the high level forum in Marrakech on Monday, November 14th, 2016 said. The forum that is co-hosted by Morocco, China and the UN focused on the opportunities that are there to cooperate in climate resilience activities.

Speaking at the event, XieZhenhua, Chinese Special Representative on Climate Change Affairs, highlighted the initiatives led by China to help developing countries strengthen capacity on low carbon adaptation and mitigation plans.

He said China has signed 27 Memorandums of Understanding with developing countries including material donations to counter climate change, adding that his country has been offering training in the field of fighting climate change, notably in terms of sharing technology on solar energy and using satellites to set up early warning systems to help developing countries fight climate change. He further more stressed on China’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with UN agencies to facilitate a global climate governance.

David Nabarro, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, emphasized that promoting south-south cooperation is part of the collective responsibility to unlock the full potential of the Paris Agreement.

Nabarro, who was representing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saluted developing countries for their sustained voice in favor of climate justice and commended China for its flagship program: The South-South Cooperation Fund for Climate Change, which aims at helping developing countries tackle climate change effects.

He said UN agencies are adding to the momentum of south-south cooperation on climate change, citing in particular the launch by the UN Secretary General of the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator (SCPI), an initiative that aims at fostering partnerships among the Global South in the areas of renewable energy, climate resilience, smart cities and big data application.

“SCPI is leveraging the UN system to match the needs of developing countries with counterparts willing and able to meeting them, “he said, stressing the close link between sustainable development and climate resilience. “All development has to be low carbon,” Nabarro affirmed.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCC, underscored that south-south cooperation is complementary to north-south cooperation in the field of fighting climate change.