Meeting of the ClimDev Africa Steering Committee

Africa and Europe in Partnership The meeting of the Program Steering Committee for ClimDev-Africa took place on May 23 in Addis Ababa. ClimDev Africa is a joint programme between the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The African Climate Policy Centre is the Secretariat for the Programme.

ClimDev aims to guide the effective integration of climate information and services into development planning and to ensure the mainstreaming of climate considerations into policies and programmes directed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development in Africa. ClimDev Africa will bring to bear the collective efforts of these three key African institutions to foster a common and coordinated response to climate change throughout the continent. Eight million euro has been pledged by EU to support the programme, and is only one of many ways EU assists developing countries in fighting climate change.

Participation was strong at the Steering Committee, that was opened by AU Commissioner Tumusiime. Besides the three institutions the members present were AMCEN, UNEP Director Regional Representative for Africa as well as UNEP liaison office to AU, UNDP Country Representative to Ethiopia, GCOS, WMO and partners (UK, SE, NO, EU).

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