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PACJA, Ban Ki-moon Centre sign pact to support climate change adaptation in Africa

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (BKMC) have signed a collaborative pact to support climate change adaptation efforts by women, the youth and the smallholder farmers around Africa.

Mithika Mwenda
Mithika Mwenda, executive Director of PACJA, signing the MoU in Nairobi

Signed simultaneously in Nairobi (Kenya) and Vienna (Austria), the agreement entailed the two parties committing to focus on bettering the lives of vulnerable groups who suffer the most from the climate crisis through designing sustainable development programmes in adaptation and agriculture.

“The objective of this MoU is to formalise a non-exclusive framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between the Parties. We intend to promote projects that foster cooperation and create and share knowledge in sustainable development and climate change,” said Mithika Mwenda, the executive Director of PACJA.

Monika Froehler, CEO, the Ban K-moon Centre for Global Citizen, described the signing of the MoU as a milestone.

“I am very happy with this formal launch of the partnership with PACJA. The leadership of the BKMC is on the same page and hopes to see this move benefit both parties in our common areas of mutual interest. Our common areas are adaptation and agriculture under the framework of sustainable development goals and the Paris Agreement, the two major achievements that Ban Ki-moon achieved under his tenure as the UN Secretary General between 2007 and 2016,” she said.

Monica added that the two parties have already started engaging earlier and have held several joint activities such as the COP26 in Glasgow, UK, the Bonn meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and at the just concluded COP27 held in Sharma El-Sheikh, Egypt. The MoU is therefore the formalisation of these engagements.

Mwenda said the two would further explore the option to participate and collaborate in the development of joint initiatives and events.

Both parties have also agreed to endeavour working together towards evidence gathering and create joint publications through research, and advance advocacy work and identify policy gaps in the areas of climate change adaptation.

At the initial meeting the parties agreed to exchange information and identify additional areas of collaboration within the framework of this MoU. This may include but is not limited to PACJA’s Nairobi Summer Schools.

BKMC is a quasi-international organisation under Austrian law, which uses its expertise and network to work for peace, empowerment of youth and women, climate action, justice, and human rights worldwide.

Founded by the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and Heinz Fischer, the 11th President of the Republic of Austria, the Centre is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

On its part, the PACJA is a consortium of more than 1,000 organisations from 51 African countries that brings together a diverse membership with a shared vision to advance a people-centered, right-based, just and inclusive approach to address climate and environmental challenges.

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