The Government of Mali has launched the review process of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to address the harmful effects of climate change. In order to honor the Government’s commitment to reduce the causes of climate change, Mali’s NDC will be more ambitious, realistic, and ultimately reflect the country’s common vision.

The launch took place on Monday, 16 March 2020 at the National Park of Mali through a consultation workshop organized by the Ministry of Environment, Sanitation and Sustainable Development through the Agency for Environment and Sustainable Development (AEDD).

“Climate change is nowadays one of the major challenges to the socio-economic development of all countries. Mali, a Sahelian country whose economy is largely reliant on agriculture, remains deeply concerned about the scarcity of water resources, desertification, water and air pollution - all of which undermine our development efforts and worsen every day the burden of poverty that we are trying to combat," said Mamadou Gakou, Secretary General of the Ministry of the Environment, Sanitation and Sustainable Development.

To address and fight against the harmful effects of climate change, Mali has developed a number of tools including a roadmap for the implementation of the NDC. "With the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, the implementation of the nationally determined contribution becomes a necessity. Mali is strongly determined to honor its commitments and has taken several actions including, the establishment of a committee to monitor the implementation of the NDC; the development of a roadmap containing a series of measures to strengthen institutions in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the NDC; the development of an investment plan to achieve the mitigation objectives; the development of a strategy for private sector involvement; the organization of awareness-raising workshops on the NDC with civil society actors, the private sector, communities and parliamentarians.” Continues Mr. Gakou.

According to him, this type of consultation will continue at the regional level and will provide a good opportunity for regional actors to propose, according to their specificities, concrete actions that will be included in Mali's new NDC before it is submitted to the UNFCCC in time for COP26.

M. Alfredo Teixera, Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) speaking on behalf of UNDP and the Environment Technical Working Group of development partners in Mali drew attention to the lessons learned from the first NDC, and invited the Malian government to pay particular attention to certain aspects essential to the success of the process such as: 1) use appropriate level of anchoring of climate change, environmental and sustainable development issues; 2) ensure the participation of all stakeholders in climate negotiations; and 3) develop a communication strategy for the new NDC. He reassured the government that the doors of UNDP will remain open and that UNDP and other development partners are committed to supporting Mali in its fight against the harmful effects of climate change.

This article was originally published in French in the Malian’s newspaper “Le Republicain” on March 17, 2020. It has been translated and posted here with permission from the author.
 

Cover Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

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