At least 17 COMESA member states and development partners are expected to participate at the two-day workshop in Harare  with a view to come up with a lasting and sustainable solution to the challenge of climate change.

In a statement, COMESA said the workshop will run from this Tuesday to Wednesday in Harare and will bring together experts from across the globe to build capacity for member states in the fight against climate change.

“The two day training workshop is meant to build capacity for member states in relation to climate change. All COMESA member states are fully engaged in the ongoing discussions and negotiations to find a lasting and sustainable solution to the challenge of climate change. They have ratified the Paris Agreement of 2015 and submitted very ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) given their circumstances,” said COMESA.

The statement also notes that “In view of the foregoing, COMESA is supporting its member states to enhance their capacity in NDC implementation. It is envisaged that with adequate capacity, COMESA member states will effectively monitor track and report the progress achieved in implementing their NDC. This is essential in meeting their requirement of Article 13 of the Paris Agreement.”

The NDC target indicator training will specifically focus on transparency of the actions and reporting on the Paris Agreement, unpacking and interpreting the implications of the specific reporting guidelines from the preparation for the implementation of the Paris Agreement,

At least 17 member states Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Dr Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will participate.

They will be joined by NDC focal experts representatives of the African Union Commission, African regional economic communities, continental bodies such  as AFDB relevant United Nations Agencies development partners including EU delegation in harare and other actors that support African efforts in tackling climate change