The Climate Race: From Marrakech to Bulawayo

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    The Morocco Network on Climate Change (MNCC) was launched at Marrakech on October 7, 2014 while the Zimbabwe Climate Change Coalition (ZCCC) on October 29, 2014, becoming the two latest national chapters of PACJA, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

    What did the two nations have in common besides being African countries- THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE!

    It is no longer news that Africa remains a vulnerable hotspot to climate change and its adverse impacts continues to derail the development gains made by the continent in the past, present and even in the near future if urgent actions are not taken. These actions have to be local and global, and every stakeholder has a part to play.

    African civil society organizations are not taking this challenge lightly. The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has over the years initiated the formation of national networks of CSOs across Africa to champion the fight against climate change. It is against this backdrop that the Alliance which operates in 45 African countries with over 1000 CSOs recently launched the Moroccan and Zimbabwean chapters of PACJA.

    This is what the Ministers in charge of the environment of the two countries say about this initiative:

    “…the Moroccan government will continue to support climate civil society through effective collaborations with CSOs using the credible platform already provided by the new PACJA chapter in Morocco” –H.E. Ms. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment , Morocco.

    “Today, we launch the Zimbabwe Climate Change Coalition and we hope they will carry the country’s interests at heart, to ensure sustainable development and moving towards low carbon growth and climate resilient Pathway for the nation” –Hon. Saviour Kasukuwere, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe.

    PACJA congratulates MNCC and ZCCC and welcome the two chapters to the ONE BIG FAMILY.

    By Samson, Samuel Ogallah.

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