COP 26, African Negotiations and East African priorities

Ended
location_icon Type:
Webinar
Location:
Zoom
Date:
Oct. 21, 2021, 2 p.m. (GMT+03:00 Africa/Nairobi)

Africa accounts for less than 4% of global emissions. Yet, its populations are facing the worst consequences of the climate crisis. With this webinar, we want to shed light on the regional and continental position during COP 26, a historical moment in time.

The need for a unified African voice and a common African position has been recognized sing the African Common Platform to Copenhagen in 2009. This webinar focuses on the Eastern African position in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties Conference of Parties (COP).

Panelists

Hana Hamadalla Mohamed (Ph.D)

Hana Hamadalla Mohamed (Ph.D)

Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Specialist Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources - Climate Change Unit

Topic: Adaptation Perspectives from Sudan

Hana Hamadalla is the Senior Researcher and Climate Change expert at the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources, of the Government of Sudan. She holds a Ph.D. on Improving Adaptive Capacities to Climate Extremes and Changes through dissemination and use of seasonal rainfall forecasts, as a means for reducing the vulnerability of the rural community in a drought-prone area of Sudan from the University of Khartoum - Institute of Environmental Studies, an M.Sc. on Assessment of Anti-desertification projects from the University of Khartoum, Faculty of Forestry. For more than 30 years Hana Hamadalla has developed experience in Natural Resources, Environment, and Development issues, including; 15years in Climate Change issues and environmental aspects in Sudan and other countries. Her areas of expertise are vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation. She was the Project manager for Low Carbon Development Strategy in Sudan, Member of the National Team of Experts on Technology Need Assessment for Climate change – Mitigation /Adaptation UNEP 2013, She was also a facilitator for forestry working groups in the national assessment of the forest sector for establishment of key baseline information necessary to support the assessment and preparation of the REDD+ process in Sudan, member of the Team Authors for preparation of RPP for REDD+, Climate Change Policy & Measures 2015 and Sudan NDCs 2015.,updated NDCs 2021. She is also the technical Reviewer Expert – UNFCCC for the Report of the National Communications of Parties included in Annex I to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Biennial Reports of developed country Parties, Chair of LEG –UNFCCC Constitute body 2018-2021.


Payai Manyok John

Payai Manyok John

Deputy Director for Climate Change and UNFCCC National Focal Point for South Sudan Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Topic: Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Priorities, Perspectives from South Sudan


Fekadu Beyene Aleka

Fekadu Beyene Aleka

Commissioner Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission

Topic: Net Zero, Perspectives on Mitigation from Ethiopia

Professor Fekadu Beyene Aleka holds a Ph.D. in Dairy Technology (Food Sciences and Technology) from Agricultural University of Norway (UMB), Norway (in 1994); MSc in Animal Production (Agriculture) from Alemaya University (in 1987), BSc in Animal Sciences (Agriculture), Addis Ababa University (in 1982). As of October 2018, Professor Fekadu Beyene has been appointed as Commissioner, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). He had been Minister of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries from October 2017 to May 2018, and State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources of the FDRE from May to October 2018. He served in different capacities at Hawassa (Debub) University, as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Dairy Sciences, and Dean of Students, Academic Vice-Dean, Academic Programs Officer of the same University (1982 to 2008). Furthermore, he was a founding President of Wollega University, 2009- 2016), and also served as President of Ethiopian Civil Service University (2016).

Prof. Fekadu Beyene also served as President of the Consortium of Ethiopian Public Universities (2014 – 2016), and Chairperson of the Consortium of Universities and Colleges in Oromia (CUCO). He was a Visiting Scholar at Langston University, (USA) in 2002/3), and Visiting Scientist at Saskatchewan University (Canada) in 2008). He is a member of professional societies and alumni associations such as ESAP, EBS, UNiStaff, REAL, etc. He served as chairperson and member of national steering committees, task forces, and managing and advisory Boards of Institutes and Universities, and also served as coordinator of national and international bilateral and multilateral projects.


George Wamukoya

George Wamukoya

Team Leader The African Group of Negotiators Expert Support

Topic: Examining Africa’s Priorities at COP26

George has over 30 years of experience and expertise in the formulation of international, regional, and national policies. He is the Team Leader, African Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES), and also serving as the Leadership Program Director. George was among the 11 Co-Facilitators that facilitated negations that resulted in the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He is currently co-facilitating UNFCCC negotiations on Nationally Determined Contributions Common Time Frames and lead negotiator on issues related to agriculture. George has served as Climate Change Advisor to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), GIZ-CAADP Support Programme of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and DFID funded Regional Programme on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. For many years George was part of the legal experts that implemented UNEP’s Training Programme of Judges, Magistrates, and Prosecutors on the implementation of environmental laws in Africa. George was the Joint Secretary to the National Committee on the Implementation of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) which established the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA-Kenya). George holds a doctorate degree in law and is a recipient of the Presidential Award of the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) for outstanding work in environmental conservation.

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