While fragile states’ CO2 emissions are historically low, many of these countries have already taken bold steps to embed climate and environment action in their national development plans, reflecting their commitment to join the world on a low-carbon sustainable development pathway and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and other internationally-agreed environmental treaties.
Developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, these plans usually envisage clear roles not just for governments but also for communities at large, including women, youth, civil society, and the private sector. However, they also often represent ambitious targets given these countries’ challenging circumstances and limited resources.
With the theme for World Environment Day 2021 being “Ecosystem Restoration”, this virtual dialogue will explore how to further encourage and support investments in ecosystems and forest protection, integrating nature and climate dimensions in national economic policymaking processes and global socio-economic dialogues in fragile contexts.
With partners and international support, fragile states can notably further promote multi-sectoral approaches and promote the “Leave no-one Behind” principle in their policies. In this regard, despite the dramatic impacts on the pandemic on human lives, COVID-19 recovery plans could also be used as a tailwind for green growth and to meet their climate goals, supporting people who lost their jobs while building resilience, further protecting the environment and decarbonizing their economy.
The event will put a spotlight on how to promote the climate and environment agendas in West and Central Africa region, home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, but facing major challenges such as poverty, inequality, food insecurity, weaknesses in governance, institutions and infrastructure.
Concrete experiences and solutions to promote proactive and cohesive approach despite difficult circumstances will be shared by high-level panellists from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, France, UNDP and the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI).
Note: This event will be held on Zoom. The panel will be conducted in French with real-time English translations.