LIBREVILLE FROM 25 TO 28 AUGUST 2015
Special session of the conference of heads of state and government of the economic community of Central African states on climate change.
Statement by the Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on the common position at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) on climate change.
We Ministers of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), meeting in Libreville on August 27, 2015 on the occasion of the Extraordinary Council of Ministers of the CEEC on climate change in order to adopt a common position of Central Africa for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) on climate change to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015:
- Considering the decisions of the XVIth ordinary session of the conference of the heads of state and government of ECCAS held on May 25, 2015 N’Djamena in Chad;
Welcoming the decision of the President of the Gabonese Republic, His Excellency ALI BONGO ONDIMBA, President in office of the ECCAS, to convene the present extraordinary assistants of the ECCAS preparatory to COP 21 in Libreville;
- Recalling the decisions of the 15th Conference of African Ministers of the Environment (AMCEN) as well as the orientations of the Committee of Heads of State and Government of the African Union on climate change:
- Welcoming the decision of the countries party to the convention at the 17th COP in Durban to commit to a legally binding agreement to be adopted at the 21st COP¨
- Reaffirming our support for the Addis Ababa declaration of July 16, 2015 on financing for development;
- Recognizing that these natural phenomena are amplified by human action, which contributes to the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG);
- Considering the role of the Congo Basin forests, the second largest forest in the world, in the fight against climate change, in particular its contribution to carbon sequestration and storage;
Recalling the need for developed countries to meet their financial commitments since Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun in 2010, to create confidence in the implementation of obligations in the fight against climate change;
- Noting with concern and concern the conclusions of the 5th report of the intergovernmental group on climate change (IPCC) and the acknowledgments as being the best scientific assessment of the state of the climate, in particular the role of anthropogenic activities on the climate ;
- Recognizing that for several decades, humanity as a whole has been suffering the consequences of increasing climate change illustrated by the rise in sea level, drought, hurricanes, floods and that faced with the gravity of this threat the modes of production and sustainable consumption must be considered;
- Recognizing that the response to climate change must be multidimensional (political, diplomatic, economic, technological, scientific and financial);