The Municipality, in partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Africa, will be hosting the first technical workshop for cities and local governments in Southern Africa on the Durban Adaptation Charter. The workshop, convened under the auspices of ICLEI’s Local Climate solutions for Africa initiative, will take place from 14-16 October 2015.
The Charter is a commitment by local governments around the world, to do all within its power to assist their communities to respond to and cope with climate change risks thereby reducing vulnerability. It was launched at the Local Government Convention held during the COP 17 conference held in Durban in December 2011, with Mayor James Nxumalo as the first signatory of the charter.
Climate change is said to have the greatest impact upon nations in the global south and eThekwini Municipality is taking a lead to address climate change issues with the Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo being appointed as First Vice President of the ICLEI in April this year.
“Local governments need to take action as it is at the local level where the impacts of climate change are felt the most. Livelihoods are lost, water and food security threatened and infrastructure is destroyed. However, local government is also most equipped to take rapid action and prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said Cllr Nxumalo.
The workshop aims to strengthen understanding of the Durban Adaptation Charter and provides a platform for learning, and sharing of knowledge, expertise and best practise on how cities are dealing with the impacts of climate change. All sessions are designed in a way that is highly interactive to promote networking and sharing of the latest information between top technical experts on climate change in Africa and municipality level officials.
Special features of the workshop will include the launch of the USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development Programme and capacity building and technical training sessions facilitated by former USA Vice President, Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project focussed on climate change communication and messaging in an African context.
The Durban Adaptation Charter has 331 signatories representing over 1000 local governments.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.