Ahead of the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) slated for 6 to 18 November 2022, in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, ECOWAS West
African regional institutions of integration are holding a preparatory regional workshop for climate
negotiations from 27 to 29 September 2022 in Lomé, Togo.

The workshop is aimed at preparing member states on issues of international climate negotiations for joint participation.
A statement signed by the ECOWAS commission’s communication officer Salett Nogueira reviewed that the workshop is the first milestone for joint participation that is geared towards strengthening regional cooperation for result driven.

The essence is to deepen the knowledge of the negotiators on the carbon storage potential of the different ecosystems in their respective countries.
“Historically, the regional institutions (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS, and BOAD) have joined forces and organized a regional workshop each year to prepare for the COPs with negotiators from the Member States to discuss the region’s priorities and challenges.
“As usual, this year’s discussions will be facilitated by the ECOWAS Regional Advisory Group for Climate
International Negotiations (RAG-CLIN) and will lead to a common regional position to be published before the opening of COP27.
“The workshop is being held with a new scientific component coordinated by the CILSS. Carbon measurement and monitoring work in West Africa will be presented to deepen the knowledge of the negotiators on the carbon storage potential of the different ecosystems in their countries.
“To symbolize this regional collaboration, a West African pavilion will be erected this year at COP27, the
African COP. Co-piloted by the ECOWAS Commission and BOAD in partnership with UEMOA and CILSS, this pavilion will be equipped with a conference room and will be a platform of choice to promote the climate action of regional institutions and one of their Member States, thus strengthening the
voice of West Africa on the international climate scene.
“More than a symbol, this pavilion shows the willingness of regional institutions to strengthen their cooperation around the common challenge of climate change.

“This approach aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the collective responsibility for the benefit of the region’s populations.
“The key word in this cooperation is complementarity between the respective regional mandates and with the action of the Member States.

“It is the coordinated intervention of the different levers specific to
each regional institution (financing, capacity building, policy and regulatory framework, scientific
resources) that will enable efficient and effective support to the Member States in the implementation of
their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement. “This cooperation
thus responds to a principle of regional solidarity and embodies the adage “Alone we go faster, together
we go further” 2022, a symbolic year for the climate commitment of West African regional institutions.

“The year 2022 marks the culmination of the process of developing the ECOWAS Regional Climate
Strategy and its action plan to 2030, adopted by the 88th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of
Ministers held from 30 June to 1 July 2022 in Accra, Ghana. Led by the ECOWAS Commission, the
regional strategy embodies the collaboration between West African regional institutions. BOAD, UEMOA, and CILSS were stakeholders in the development process and will be partners in the implementation.”

It is expected that with the adoption of this strategy, Member States will make
climates a priority, aimed at building the region’s political action plan in line with its Vision 2050 while canvassing for the support of climate negotiations in the region.

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