Staff of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) engaged in a four-day training workshop on the impact of the climate change and the on-going negotiations for a post-Kyoto deal, as part of the Commissions efforts to mainstream climate change in its entire work programme.
The training course which addressed topics such as the science of climate change; legal aspects of negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts; and the overall development implications for Africa, was delivered by UNITAR and resource persons from the UNFCCC Secretariat, the United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme, the 17 to 20 November 2009.
Isatou Gaye UNECA’s Chief of Environment and Sustainable Development section, while opening the training said: “it is important for all staff to be aware of climate change issues because of the dangers it poses for Africa’s development. It is for this reason that ECA, which is at the forefront of promoting the economic and social development of African countries, should be adequately prepared to support member states in addressing the climate change phenomenon.”
Staff of UNECA who participated in the training course expressed satisfaction with the training and could each identify how the training would benefit their work.