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									       AFRICAN UNION                                                     UNION AFRICAINE

                                                                          UNIÃO AFRICANA
      Addis Ababa, Ethiopia P. O. Box 3243 Téléphone : 5517 700 Fax : 5511299
                           website : www. africa-union.org
                    DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION


                                      MEDIA ADVISORY


  FIRST MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF AFRICAN HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
   ON CLIMATE CHANGE (CAHOSCC) AND AFRICAN LEAD EXPERTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE



                INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA


WHEN               24 August 2009

WHERE             African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

WHO               Organized by the African Union Commission (AUC)

WHY               The AU Assembly has in the recent past adopted major decisions on
                  Africa’s negotiation structure on climate change. The rationale of
                  these decisions is premised on the fact that there had been major
                  limitations on the African negotiating structure thus hindering its ability
                  to achieve optimal results for the continent. One key gap has been the
                  lack of a visible continent wide political leadership on climate change
                  negotiations. The technical competence of the negotiators needs to
                  be backed with the political weight at the highest level in the continent
                  to have the desired impacts at the global level. Secondly, the
                  positions taken by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and
                  Government need to be interpreted technically by the negotiators and
                  translated into negotiating positions and texts. This will be one way of
                  ensuring that the African voice on climate change negotiations is
                  taken with the seriousness it deserves.


OBJECTIVES: -     The Summit on Climate Change is aimed at briefing the Conference
                  of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change
                  (CAHOSCC) on both the global and the African climate change
                  processes as overseen by the AUC; Updating the CAHOSCC on the
                  key positions being taken by African negotiators in the run up to the
                  global climate change conference ( COP 15) in Copenhagen,
                  Denmark in December 2009; and endorsing the key political
                  messages on climate change to be carried forward by CAHOSCC and


                  Division of Communication and Information. African Union Commission
                            E mail: dinfo@africa-union.org Fax 251 11 5511299
                   the AU Ambassadors to all relevant meetings that will precede the
                   Copenhagen climate change conference.

BACKGROUND:        The AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government has made key
                   decisions on climate change on the continent in recent times. The 8 th
                   Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly (January 2007) called upon
                   Member States to integrate climate change into their respective
                   development programmes. The 12th Session of the Assembly
                   (February 2009), emphasized the need for international climate
                   change negotiations to give Africa an opportunity to demand for
                   compensation for damages caused by global warming. Further, the
                   AU February 2009 Summit made a landmark decision for building a
                   common Africa position in preparations for the global climate change
                   conference in Denmark, Copenhagen in December 2009, and for
                   Africa to be represented by one delegation that is empowered to
                   negotiate on behalf of Member States. The Assembly mandated the
                   AU Commission to work out modalities of how such representation
                   could be achieved.

                   Accordingly, the AU Commission carried out the necessary follow up
                   and submitted its Report to the 13th AU Assembly of Heads of State
                   and Government, in Sirte, Libya (July 2009) where key decisions were
                   made by the Assembly, in which it:

                   •        approved the Conference of African Heads of State and
                            Governments on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) comprising:
                            Algeria; the Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; Kenya; Mauritius;
                            Mozambique; Nigeria; Uganda; Chairperson of the AU;
                            Chairperson of AUC; and Chairperson of AMCEN.
                   •        approved the updated Algiers Declaration (May 2009) on
                            “African Common Platform to Copenhagen” to serve as a
                            platform for the Common African Position on Climate change.
                   •        urged the Conference of African Heads of State on Climate
                            Change (CAHOSCC), all AU Ambassadors and the negotiators
                            to make use of the approved African Common Position on
                            Climate Change.
                   •        authorized AU accession to the United Nations Framework
                            Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto
                            Protocol.
                   •        directed the AUC to follow up the implementation of the
                            Decision and report back to the AU Summit.

STRUCTURE OF THE MEETING:

Opening Ceremony

Session 1:   Briefing on the AUC’s engagement in Climate Change activities and
             updating CAHOSCC on the Climate Change negotiation process – AU
             Chairperson.




                   Division of Communication and Information. African Union Commission
                             E mail: dinfo@africa-union.org Fax 251 11 5511299
Session 2:   Updating CAHOSCC on key positions being taken by the African group of
             negotiators; and presenting to CAHOSCC the key areas of support needed,
             at political level, to drive African positions optimally, through the UNFCCC
             process– by Lead Technical Negotiator for the African Group.

Session 3:   Adoption of the common key political messages and CAHOSCC
             organization issues including division of responsibilities on leadership in key
             thematic areas; and way forward – Facilitated by AUC Chairperson (Closed
             session).

Closing Ceremony

Press Conference

EXPECTED OUTCOME:

             The key outcome of the conference is expected to be a Declaration by
             Heads of State and Government on issues that will be discussed.

PARTICIPANTS:
                   -   African Heads of State and Government (Algeria; the Republic of
                       Congo; Ethiopia; Kenya; Mauritius; Mozambique; Nigeria; Uganda;
                       Chairperson of AU (Libya); and Chairperson of AMCEN (South
                       Africa);
                   -   Chairperson of AUC
                   -   African Lead Experts on Climate Change;
                   -   African Union Officials;
                   -   Heads of African Institutions



CONTACTS:


Acting Director
Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture
African Union Commission
P.O. Box 3243, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. Off. (+251) 11 551 7700 Ext. 6 1827
Fax: (+251) 11 5525835.
E-mail: AbebeHG@africa-union.org


Division of Communication and Information (DCI)
African Union Commission
P.O. Box 3243, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. Off. (+251) 11 551 7700 Ext. 236
Fax: (+251) 11 551 1299
Miss. Yaye Nabo Sene
E-mail: epsilone10@gmail.com



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