Beirut-Cairo, 8 November 2019 (ESCWA)--Today, ESCWA concluded several meetings in Cairo on climate change, in preparation for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid next month.
On 4 November, ESCWA participated in the thirty-fifth Meeting of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Ministerial Council of Electricity, which was held in order to prepare for the Thirteenth Regional Training Workshop on Capacity Development for Climate Change Negotiations for the Arab Countries. The Training Workshop, co-organized by ESCWA, the League of Arab States (LAS), UN Environment (UNEP) and the UNESCO/Cairo Office (UCO), then took place on 5 November.
The workshop covered several topics, such as the linkages between climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in view of the outcomes of the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and Climate Change Summit.
On 6 November, ESCWA signed an exchange of letters with LAS and the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on collaboration for the implementation of a climate finance project in the Arab region, aimed at assessing the finance needs of member States for climate action.
The signing ceremony followed the opening of the 2-day "Technical Workshop on Climate Finance in the Arab Region-An inception workshop for the Needs-based Climate Finance Project" organized by ESCWA, LAS, UNFCCC and the UNFCCC - World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) based in Dubai.
The workshop was aimed at initiating preparations for the design of an Arab climate finance mobilization and access strategy, in the context of the Needs-based Finance Project (NBF). Participants exchanged information on climate finance needs at the regional and country levels, and discussed an engagement strategy on climate finance.
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