Tuesday 14 September in Brazzaville - Arlette Soudan-Nonault, Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin, Technical Coordinator of the Congo Basin Climate Commission (CBCC), chaired a technical meeting to call on all stakeholders to adopt a transversal approach in view of the final preparations for COP 26.
The Commission has been working for several months on the preparation of the COP261 with its technical and financial partners, including the Brazzaville Foundation and its Founding Chairman Jean-Yves Ollivier, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Blue Fund, in order to advocate for the African and global issue of the preservation of the Congo Basin.
During this meeting in hybrid format, the technical teams of the CBCC, the focal points of the CBCC member states, and the Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation, Richard Amalvy, were present. Madam Minister transmitted the guidelines of H.E. Denis Sassou N'Guesso, President of the Republic of Congo, including the importance of transversality in the various preparatory works of the member states of the Commission. In this case, the thematic pleas that will animate the different parallel workshops of the pavilion must be developed by the ministries in question, and must result in solutions based on nature and the notions of sustainability.
Finally, based on the guidelines given by the Minister in terms of advocacy, Richard Amalvy outlined the technical details of the CBCC pavilion at COP 26, such as the surface area acquired from the organising committee, the visual and verbal concepts that will form this space, and the various administrative and budgetary aspects for which the Foundation is responsible. Within the pavilion, an important space will be dedicated to the presentation of the Congo Basin Blue Fund as a programmatic and financial instrument of the CBCC, and another to the latter, to enhance the mode of African governance desired by the seventeen member states. The final concept will be presented to the summit of heads of state at the end of September.
The CBCC pavilion at COP26 will have a central position in the exhibition space.
The Minister concluded the meeting by calling on the members and partners of the CBCC to cooperate. The African and global challenge of preserving the Congo Basin, the second ecological lung of the planet, and the economic and social development of its populations based on green and blue economy models must be among the priorities of the international community.
1The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place in Glasgow in 46 days. The stakes for the conference have been raised by the publication in August of the report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of this first working group, said, "this report brings us face to face with reality".