European Climate Diplomacy Day (June, 17th 2015)
In the context of the European Climate Diplomacy Day, the French and German Embassies and the Delegation of the European Union organized in partnership with the Centre for Climate Change Studies of the University of Dar es Salaam, an afternoon of exchanges on the challenges linked to the 21st Conference of Parties to be held in Paris in December 2015, and on the participation of Tanzania.
After the introductory remarks by Professor Rwekaza S. Mukandala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Her Excellency Mrs Malika Berak, Ambassador of France, reminded the audience the importance of reaching an ambitious and legally binding agreement in Paris because of the emergency situation we are facing because of climate change and environmental degradation...
H.E. Mrs Malika Berak: «To face the development challenge, we need to face the global warming challenge »
The Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Doctor Mohammed Gharib Bilal, called upon all stakeholders in African societies to make commitments for a transition towards a green economy, not only to set an example but first and foremost because Africa is going to be particularly affected by the impact climate change, already perceived by the people...
H.E. Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania
A high level panel discussion took place after the opening remarks, on the topic: “The Road to COP21 for Europe and Africa: addressing challenges, harnessing opportunities”. Participants were:
- Mr. Filiberto Ceriani Sebregondi, Head of the European Delegation to Tanzania
- Mr. Richard Muyungi, Representative of the Vice-President Office, Lead Negotiator for Tanzania under UNFCCC
- Prof. Pius Z. Yanda, Director of the Centre for Climate Change Studies, UDSM
- Mrs Rahima Njaidi, Executive Director, Community Forest Conservation Network of Tanzania (MJUMITA)
- Hon. Lawrence K. Masha, former Deputy Minister of Energy and Minerals, former Minister of Home Affairs and international lawyer
The debate was moderated by Philippe Boncour, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy.
The German Ambassador provided the audience with his concluding remarks on the panel and some recommendations...
H.E. Mr Egon Kochanke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Tanzania
The panel was followed by the official signing of 5 grants under the GCCA - EU Global Climate Change Alliance to civil society organizations for a total of EUR 8 million.