Our Organization Approach
Africa has special climate circumstances and special climate action needs:

The international community explicitly recognizes that Africa has special needs and circumstances in terms of addressing climate change. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), all States or parties to the UNFCCC, “taking into account their common but differentiated responsibilities and their specific national and regional development priorities, objectives and circumstances, shall cooperate in preparing for adaptation to the impacts of climate change; develop and elaborate appropriate and integrated plans for coastal zone management, water resources and agriculture, and for the protection and rehabilitation of areas, particularly in Africa, affected by drought and desertification, as well as floods [Art. 4(1)(e)]. And in the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, one of the outcomes was the acknowledgement of the special status of Africa for the promotion of renewable energy access. The fact Africa is recognised under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement as such, is sign of a special differentiation recognised in treaty instruments, despite the eminent climate crisis that is experienced in the continent in different disastrous effects. Against the background of future population growth, poverty eradication and economic development, specific circumstances and needs of Africa arise across crucial issue areas, including enhanced adaptation, food security, displacement or migration, eradication of poverty, access to energy and mitigation ambition.

Our Thematic Priorities

Climate Change & Human Rights

Human rights-based approaches address adverse impacts of climate change that threaten the human rights of climate vulnerable people. They call on duty bearers such as states to ensure the fulfillment of their obligations with regard to the respect for and protection of human rights standards and human rights principles.

Climate Justice

Climate justice is a term used for framing climate change as an ethical and political issue. It links climate policies to human rights and sustainable development, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable people and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and climate policies equally and fairly. It refers to striving for environmental justice, justice to nature, gender equality and the protection and promotion of human rights for all. It is also encompassing of the voices of indigenous peoples, access to sustainable energy for all, and a just transition for those whose jobs or livelihoods are threatened by ambitious climate policies

Gender Justice

It must be recognized that women are disproportionately affected by long-term climate change, particularly in contexts where gender inequality is more pronounced. The specific competences and vulnerable conditions of women are often overlooked and women still have much less economic, political and legal power. Gender justice in the context of climate change is an approach to address and close these gaps by ensuring that gender equality and the full, equal and meaningful participation of women is at the heart of all climate discussions and actions, at all levels of decision making.

Climate Resilience

Climate resilience is defined as the capacity of a socio-ecological system; to absorb stresses and maintain function in the face of external stresses imposed upon by climate change; and to adapt, re-organize, and evolve into more desirable configurations that improve the sustainability of the system, leaving it better prepared for future climate change impacts.

Intergenerational Equity

Intergenerational equity refers to the full, equal and meaningful participation of youth in all activities, processes and platforms for climate action. Intergenerational equity is an integrated approach, concerning the well being and equity of current and future generations, who most likely will face difficult living conditions in a changing climate, but who are not responsible for causing them.

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Faith and Hope Can Inspire a Just and Sustainable Recovery

"Faith communities have a significant role in being innovators, influencers, connectors and implementers of climate actions, and we can play a more active role in ambitious climate action by serving as a moral compass for implementing climate policies and strategies, and that is what we offer as faith communities."

PACJA Urges Biden to Keep Promise to Return America to the Paris Agreement

African civil society organisations are cautiously hopeful that the Biden administration and American leadership will rekindle dwindling global enthusiasm in addressing the climate crisis and will hold it accountable for inaction that keeps the world on a path to catastrophic climate change, Dr Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director of PACJA, said following Biden’s election.

Open Letter from Climate and Environmental Civil Society Organizations to the President of the African Development Bank

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, call on the leadership of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to immediately put in place and publish on the AfDB website a fossil fuel finance exclusion policy that the bank will not fund, provide financial services or capacity support to any coal, gas, and oil project on the African continent; and to reflect this policy through a revision of the Bank’s High 5’s.