The Ministry of Green Economy and Environment convened a workshop at the Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka to review the outcomes of COP 27 and initiate preparations for COP-28. The workshop brought together government officials, civil society representatives, cooperating partners, and members of the COP-27 Local Organizing Committee.
During the workshop, the Honourable Minister expressed appreciation for the attendees’ presence and apologized for the delayed scheduling of the workshop. The Ministry has been engaged in formulating and reviewing policy documents and legislation, which required substantial time and attention. However, a media briefing was held last year immediately after the COP 27 conference to report on its outcomes.
The Minister highlighted Zambia’s participation in COP 27, where the country performed well and accounted for the expectations of both Zambians and the entire African continent. As the current chair of the African Group of Negotiators, Zambia demonstrated leadership by negotiating funding arrangements for loss and damage, which had been elusive for over three decades. The conference also resulted in a work program on just transition pathways, providing a roadmap for countries to transition to net-zero emissions.
The workshop served as an opportunity to reflect on Zambia’s participation at COP 27 and work towards improving achievements. The Minister emphasized the importance of adequate preparations for COP-28, scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023. Zambia will be represented at the highest level, and efforts will be made to ensure effective participation and coordination, including the establishment of a country pavilion and office.
The Minister acknowledged the presence of various stakeholders, including the private sector, faith-based organizations, NGOs, civil society, and the youth. While government resources are limited, the Ministry will facilitate accreditation and coordinate the delegation’s participation in the conference.
Furthermore, the Minister announced that Zambia would be handing over the chairmanship of the African Group of Negotiators during COP-28. The country has made significant achievements during its tenure, including strengthening the group’s governance, training young female negotiators, and enhancing coordination between national focal points and lead coordinators.
The workshop marked the first preparatory meeting for the COP-28 Local Organizing Committee. Participants were urged to take the meeting seriously and provide their inputs and recommendations. The Minister officially declared the workshop open and wished everyone fruitful deliberations.
The workshop signifies Zambia’s commitment to actively engage in climate change negotiations and contribute to the development of sustainable solutions.