8-17 November: Marrackech Climate Change Conference COP22

Four regional side events at COP22

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Date: 8-17 November

Location: Marrakech, Morocco

The Marrakech Climate Change Conference convenes from 7-18 November 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco. At this session the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 12th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12), and the 1st Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) is taking place.  

UNDP is organizing four regional side-events focusing on climate change and renewable energy.

UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Arab Climate Resilience Initiative (ACRI) –a project of the Regional Bureau for Arab States—are jointly hosting the following events at COP22:

Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Impacts of Climate Change in Hyper-Arid Environments
In partnership with the Qatar Foundation
While much attention has been placed on climate impacts on the Earth’s polar regions and forested areas, less attention has been placed on drylands, which represent 41.3% of the Earth’s land surface and host most of the world’s poor communities and crisis contexts. The focus on climate change impacts on food insecurity and dwindling groundwater resources, key challenges in most Arab countries, makes this session key for future discussion and potential new opportunities in the region.

Friday, 11 November 2016
Climate Justice – Marking the second annual Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD)
In partnership with the Qatar Foundation

Effective action to implement the Paris Agreement will hinge on national legal, policy and governance mechanisms. The event discusses the law and policy reform elements of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); the role of legislatures in taking climate action; civil society access to decision-making process on the climate agenda; and opportunities for expanding access to remedy for climate impacts. This event marks the

UNDP and the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDBG) are also co-hosting two side events in line with their recently-launched global Memorandum of Understanding, which includes a focus on climate resilience and sustainable energy.

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Climate Change, Peace and Security
In partnership with the IDBG & other partners
This session focuses on a topic that particularly timely and relevant to the Arab region. Discussions will explore three central areas critical for addressing the nexus of climate change and security, namely food, water and resource insecurity; climate-induced migration and displacement; and climate-resilient recovery. Other partners in this session include the League of Arab States, the Institute for Climate and Society, and representatives from Governments of Iraq, Germany, Sweden and Canada.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016
Carbon Shift - Arab Future Energy 2030
In partnership with the IDBG & RCREEE
This session will launch the 2016 Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) report. Developed by the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)—a League of Arab States-affiliated institution, with support from UNDP’s ACRI project, AFEX utilizes over 20 indicators to rank progress by countries in the region on scaling up renewable energy solutions. While the Arab region hosts the world’s largest levels of solar radiation, only 6% of energy supply in the region comes from renewable sources. Top performers in AFEX include Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and the UAE.


UNDP will also support a number of country events at COP22, led by national partners including Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan and UAE.

The Paris agreement was successfully negotiated in December 2015 and will enter into force on 4 November 2016, setting a clear way forward to combat climate change and adapt to its effects in line with the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). COP22 will be critical in promoting the successful implementation of the Agreement and is expected to provide political leadership and guidance for delivering actions to achieve national climate change targets.

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