Seychelles and AOSIS co-hosts the ‘AIS’ regional workshop

The Paris Agreement is a landmark in the climate change process because, for the first time, a binding agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its adverse effects. The goal of the treaty is to limit global warming well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.

To allow the full implementation mode of the Paris Agreement, this year, it is imperative that countries land an agreement to finalize the outstanding items under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP). The work programme aims to deliver the package of rules needed to put into operation and implement the Paris treaty.

The Government of the Seychelles (GoS) through the Department of Climate Change and Energy (DCCE) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment (MACCE) with the support of Antigua and Barbuda, in its capacity as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a coalition of small island states and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges, concerns about the environment, and climate change organized an ‘AIS’ Coordination Workshop for climate negotiators in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS) region. Seychelles is part of this region.

The objectives of the regional workshop are to review the technical papers developed by AOSIS and advance the negotiating positions on key climate change issues, to identify the high level “champions” from each country of the region for key climate change topics and lastly to prepare for the full implementation mode under the Paris Agreement before COP 26.

In his opening statement the Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Mr Flavien Joubert commended the AOSIS Climate Change Coordinators for their outspoken advocacy on the subject of Climate Change which poses continuing and growing threats which requires immediate action, to ensure a sustainable future for our members, our region, our communities and for our families.

“How can we operationalize the Paris Agreement so that the issues that are of significance to our region, such as pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels through ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and supporting adaptation through upscaled and accessible Long-Term Finance, as well as ensuring the

contentious issue of Loss and Damage are more than adequately addressed? The key underlining principle of the Paris Agreement is that no-one should be left behind and that everyone counts.”

“I strongly urge all of you to make the most of the three days that you are here and to take advantage of the expertise that this workshop has brought together to facilitate and support your participation and leadership in UNFCCC negotiations. I believe that we can all work together as a region to continue to build on the positive momentum and help AOSIS move forward with its positions so that we can lead the way to achieve a just transition as we switch to the full implementation mode of the global Paris Agreement treaty.” Said Minister Joubert

The workshop started on 31st of August until 2nd of September 2021. Due to the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was held virtually, with the participation of the technical staff from the Department of Climate Change including the Technical Advisor for Climate Change Department, Mr Wills Agricole

The participating countries from the region comes from Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Sao Tomé and Principe, Singapore and Guinea Bissau. As countries around the world including Seychelles prepare for the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 26), every country’s contribution on climate action will be vital.