Africa Lights The Way To Climate Action As Marrakech Talks Begin

 

Prince Goodluck Obi , the Founder and CEO of Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP), NGO in Special Consultative Status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as Observer Status with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Senior Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Rep.of Nigeria on Civil Society and Related Matters,Barrister Emmanuel Umohinyang.Prince Obi is also the Designated Contact Point of United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY) in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Barrister Emmanuel Umohinyang serves as the CO -Legal Adviser to United Nations of Youth (UNOY) and Global Alert For Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP)Both Leaders are delegates to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change otherwise known as COP 22/CMP 12 currently taking place in Marrakech,Morocco.
Prince Goodluck Obi , the Founder and CEO of Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP), NGO in Special Consultative Status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as Observer Status with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Co-Legal Adviser UNOY/GADYLP, Barrister Emmanuel Umohinyang. Prince Obi is also the Designated Contact Point of United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY) in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Barrister Emmanuel Umohinyang serves as the CO -Legal Adviser to United Nations of Youth (UNOY) and Global Alert For Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP) Both Leaders are delegates to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change otherwise known as COP 22/CMP 12 currently taking place in Marrakech,Morocco.

Delegates from 196 countries held up solar lanterns in a show of solidarity symbolising the transformation to clean technology which is essential to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

This took place as the 22nd Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Framwork Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began in Marrakech, Morocco.

The solidarity show was at the behest of Morocco’s Foreign Minister and newly-elected COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar who underscored his country’s willingness to host the conference as a demonstration of Africa’s commitment to contributing to global efforts at tackling climate change.

“It emphasizes Africa’s desire to take its destiny in hand, to reduce its vulnerability and strengthen its resilience,” he said.

Together with Ségolène Royal, French Environment Minister and President of last year’s Paris UN Climate Change Conference, Salaheddine Mezouar handed out solar lanterns to all delegates at the opening ceremony.

Ratifying Paris Agreement

Acknowledging that the fact that the Paris Agreement is yet to put the world on track towards the goal of a maximum global average temperature of 1.5 to 2 degrees, as agreed by the international community in Paris last year, COP President Mezouar urged government delegates “to be more ambitious than ever in your commitments.”

“All over the world, public opinion must perceive change. It has to be a change at all levels, from local projects through to those that cross international borders and it must create genuine win-win partnerships,” he added.

In her last address before handing over the stewardship of the climate forum to her Moroccan counterpart, Ségolène Royal announced that 100 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement, which entered into force last Friday, a record time for an international treaty.

“We have made possible what everyone said was impossible, I therefore call on other nations to ratify the Paris agreement by the end of the year,” said French environment minister.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa reasoned that whilst the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement is a clear cause for celebration, it is also a timely reminder of the high expectations that are now placed on governments:

“Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement is not a given. We have embarked on an effort to change the course of two centuries of carbon-intense development. The peaking of global emissions is urgent, as is attaining far more climate-resilient societies.”

Ms. Espinosa further underlined 5 key areas in which work needs to be taken forward and they are Nationally determined contributions, support for adaptation, capacity building, full engagement of non-party stakeholders from north and south, and the finance to allow developing countries to green their economies and build resilience.

From Right to left Prince Goodluck Obi, UNOY and GADYLP Head, Lynn Wilson PhD, Executive Director/CEO Sea Trust Institute,Washington State,USA,UNOY partner in COP 22,,Barrister Emmanuel Umohinyang Co Legal Adviser UNOY/GADYLP,Miss Hajar Koulder,UNOY/GADYL Focal Person in Morocco/North Africa and Comrade Akele Executive Director Labour Health ,and Human Rights Development Centre .This photo was taken in UNOY Exhibition Booth/Mini Officer in COP 22,Marrakech, Morocco.
From Right to left Prince Goodluck Obi, UNOY and GADYLP Head, Lynn Wilson PhD, Executive Director/CEO Sea Trust Institute,Washington State,USA,UNOY partner in COP 22,,Barrister Emmanuel Umohinyang Co-Legal Adviser UNOY/GADYLP, Miss Hajar Koulder,UNOY/GADYL Focal Person in Morocco/North Africa and Comrade Akele Executive Director Labour Health ,and Human Rights Development Centre .This photo was taken in UNOY Exhibition Booth/Mini Officer in COP 22,Marrakech, Morocco.
From left to right Bar.Emmanuel, Prince Goodluck and Mr Tosin, delegates of COP 22,Marrakech,Morocco exchanging views on combating Climate Change in United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY) Exhibition Booth.
From Left to Right: Bar.Emmanuel, Prince Goodluck and Mr Tosin, delegates of COP 22,Marrakech,Morocco exchanging views on combating Climate Change in United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY) Exhibition Booth.
Prince OBI,the Head of UNOY Delegation to COP 22,in Morocco with His Excellency,Moses KIWE SEBUNYA,,the Ugandan Ambassador to Morocco, Tunisia,Libya,Mauritania and Algeria.
Prince OBI,the Head of UNOY Delegation to COP 22,in Morocco with His Excellency,Moses KIWE SEBUNYA,,the Ugandan Ambassador to Morocco, Tunisia,Libya,Mauritania and Algeria.
Prince Goodluck Obi with the delegation of Brama Kumaris,the Spiritual University in COP 22,Morocco..Brahma Kumaris and our NGOs, United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY)& Global Alert For Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP)have been in partnership in presenting Side Events in previous COPS!
Prince Goodluck Obi with the delegation of Brama Kumaris,the Spiritual University in COP 22,Morocco..Brahma Kumaris and our NGOs, United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria (UNOY)& Global Alert For Defence of Youth and the Less Privileged (GADYLP)have been in partnership in presenting Side Events in previous COPS!
 Prince Goodluck, Delegates of UNOY and Barrister Emmanuel, Delegates of GADYLP at the COP22, Marrakech, Morocco.
Prince Goodluck, Delegates of UNOY and Barrister Emmanuel, Delegates of GADYLP at the COP22, Marrakech, Morocco.
Prince Goodluck Obi in his Office at COP 22, Marrakech, Morocco, reflecting on COP 18/CMP 8 as the steam besides him reviews his interviews with United Nations Television in 2012.
Prince Goodluck Obi in his Office at COP 22, Marrakech, Morocco, reflecting on COP 18/CMP 8 as the steam besides him reviews his interviews with United Nations Television in 2012.