COP 22: Tunisia takes action to combat climate change

Despite political and economic changes since January 2011, Tunisia placed emphasis on challenges of climate change by the ratification last October of the Paris Agreement.

The Tunisian approach for the fight against climate change lays in the Tunisian conviction of the need to achieve sustainable development on the basis of a model that allows for maximised natural resources and economic resilience to climate change.

As part of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed shed light on the political and economic initiatives in line with the UN Framework Convention and the Paris Agreement, notably the new Constitution adopted in 2014 enshrining environmental provisions and the five-year development plan (2016-2020) featuring a chapter on the promotion of green economy.

The Investment Code is of major importance insofar as it sets out mechanisms and measures that take account of climate change, Chahed highlighted. He also reminded of the programme of energy and renewable optimisation by 2030 and the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement that provides for a 41% reduction in carbon intensity.

A real sustainable development, particularly in developing countries, calls for solidarity, cooperation and funding to face up to climate change, the PM indicated. Tunisia is determined to help secure the success of this conference as part of an African joint action, he stressed.

Tunisia is likewise willing to join the South-South Cooperation programme in addition to the North-South programme, Chahed said.

He urged in this vein participants to take part in the International Investment Conference, due on November 29-30 in Tunis, to have a better view of Tunisia as an investment site and the reforms undertaken to boost foreign trade.

Works of the “Africa Action Summit”, scheduled on the sidelines of COP 22, held in Marrakech on November 7 -18, started Wednesday afternoon with the participation of some 30 African Heads of State and government including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

This summit aims to look at opportunities to achieve a strategy of common influence to the countries of the continent and to counteract the threat of climate change on the planet. Carbon emissions forecasts for all African countries are, however, reassuring.

In fact, the figures reflect an emission rate of no more than 0.2 % in 2016 compared to 2015, a rate that remained unchanged for the third consecutive year, and the lower in the first decade of this century 3%.

This summit comes a few weeks after the reintegration of Morocco into the African Union after decades of rupture due to the accession of the Polisario Front.




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