Heading To Marrakech: Civil Society Organisations’ Statement on COP22

31 OCTOBER 2016

As the Paris Agreement enters into force on 4 November, the South African Civil Society notes and commends the leadership role the South African government has played in the process leading up to COP22.

Welcoming the recent outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, COP17 Cites, and Habitat III,

Civil Society further notes South Africa’s is ambitious aim to ratify the agreement before it enters into force,

We urge the South Africa to contemplate the following when consideration for its position to COP22;

  1. APA-CMA impasse
  • Civil Society encourages South Africa to seek a resolution concerning decision-making and participation in CMA-1. Civil Society recommends inclusive and participatory rules making process, civil society would, therefore, regard the suspension of CMA-1 and the reconvening of APA as an appropriate response to early entry into force of the Paris Agreement whilst adhering to the Paris Agreement core spirit of inclusive participation and universal application.
  1. Conditionality
  • South Africa should continue to show leadership by specifying conditional and unconditional features of its contribution under the Paris Agreement and not preventing INDC rules from encouraging other countries to provide this clarity.
  1. Pre-2020 agenda
    • Civil Society encourages South Africa to ensure progress on the technical examination process on mitigation, the view of civil society is that successful scaled up pre-2020 action is necessary for post-2020 success and closing the emissions gap. We encourage South Africa to continue to champion pre-2020 adaptation action.
  2. Mitigation
  • On synchronization of timeframes and the on the establishment of common timeframes, civil society is supportive of the 5-year timeframes
  • Civil society believes that long-term ambition can be increased through the development of the mid-century low greenhouse gas emission development strategies and would like urge South Africa to start preparation for the development of the mid-century low greenhouse gas emission development strategies.
  1. Adaptation
  • South Africa is duty-bound to continue championing adaptation as a priority and seek further elaboration of adaptation and mitigation parity funding
  • Being inspired by the leadership of African Group on adaptation how is South Africa contributing/participating in the African Adaptation Initiative?
  1. Means of Implementation: Finance
  • Civil Society unreservedly supports the South African position on finance and would like further state the importance of climate finance to come from public finances.
  • South Africa should ensure that progressive and administrative (reporting) sensitive decisions are made on developing a robust transparency framework. As there is a greater need for the lessening of reporting obligations for developing countries should reporting obligations remain unsynchronized.
  1. Capacity Building

Civil Society urges South Africa to emphasize the need to finalize the mandate of the Paris Committee on Capacity Building and its 2016-2020 work plan, especially as it relates to the role of local governments and non-state actors

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