20 May, Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) - As the last stage in the operationalisation of the Congo Basin Climate Commission (CBCC), the ministers of its member countries met on 19 May in a hybrid format to adopt the statutes previously drawn up during the experts' session on 17 and 18 May. The Brazzaville Foundation was an observer in its capacity as a technical partner.
The meeting was officially opened by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, Mr Anatole Collinet Makosso, who took stock of "the undeniable progress made in the implementation of CBCC activities, thanks to the unconditional support of its member countries and the support of its financial and technical partners".
Opening speech by Mr. Anatole Collinet Makosso, Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo
Ahead of COP27 in Egypt next November, the two main objectives of this meeting were (1) to review and adopt the draft statutes of the CCBC and (2) to present the progress in the implementation of its activities, including the issue of the $1.5 billion funding announced at COP26 in Glasgow last November.
The draft statutes were first drawn up at the experts' session held on 17 and 18 May by the focal points of the CBCC member countries and regional and sub-regional organisations (ECCAS, CCRS); representatives of international and regional organisations, as well as public institutions (EU, AU, FAO, COMIFAC, WFP, BDEAC, RECERIAC, Banque Postale du Congo, OIF, World Bank, Climate Commission of the Sahel Region, ECA, ICO, ROSCEVAC); and representatives of technical and financial partners (4C Morocco, UNDP, UNESCO, Brazzaville Foundation) These statutes aim to define not only the remit of the commission but also its organisation and mode of operation.
Family photo taken at the Experts' Session
This new milestone is necessary for the proper functioning of the African Union body to carry out its mission: preserving the second lung of the planet. The UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Congo, Mr Maleye Diop, stressed the essential nature of the partnership with the UN bodies and called on stakeholders to develop their efforts to combat climate change: "I am delighted with our partnership to support the efforts already undertaken at the country level on climate preservation in a coordinated and concerted manner, transcending borders, and to help the member countries of the Congo Basin Climate Commission to implement the Paris agreements."
Mr. Maleye Diop, UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Congo, at the Experts' Session
After welcoming the latest step in the operationalisation of the CBCC, the Director General of 4C Morocco, Ms. Rajae Chafil, announced the forthcoming launch of a study of potential funding for projects referenced in the Congo Basin Blue Fund, in cooperation with the technical coordination of the CBCC.
Ms. Rajae Chafil, Director General of 4C Morocco, at the Experts' Session
In a second stage, the progress of the CBCC's activities, including the funding announced at COP26 in Scotland*, was also discussed by the experts. The Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, Mr. Chouaibou Nchoutpouen, announced the establishment of a working group to mobilise these funds. Terms of reference have already been drawn up and correspondence has been sent to the countries for the designation of their representatives within the group.
Held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Congo and the President of the CBCC, Mr. Denis Sassou N'Guesso, the meeting ended with a speech by the Minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin of the Republic of Congo, Ms. Arlette Soudan-Nonault, who is also the Technical Coordinator of the CBCC: "The Congo Basin now has a tool for financial and technical cooperation: a decisive step forward in the construction of climate finance in Africa in order to conciliate the fight against climate change and economic development", she advocated.
Ms. Arlette Soudan-Nonault, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin of the Republic of Congo and Technical Coordinator of the CBCC, at the meeting of Ministers
The Brazzaville Foundation and its Founding Chairman, Mr. Jean-Yves Ollivier, who is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the CBCC and the Congo Basin Blue Fund, congratulates all the stakeholders for this new step and reiterates its support in the framework of its technical partnership.
Opening of the meeting of Ministers, in the presence of Richard Amalvy, Chief Executive of the Brazzaville Foundation
* Several funding announcements have been made at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, including :
- the 141 leaders' declaration on forests and land use on 2 November 2021 to work collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while ensuring sustainable development and promoting inclusive rural transformation ;
- the joint declaration to support the protection and sustainable management of the Congo Basin forests, on Tuesday 2 November 2021, by ten donor countries and two organisations (European Union and Bezos Earth Fund) which constitutes a collective contribution of at least 1.5 billion dollars between 2021 and 2025.