Taking place in Brussels on 6 and 7 July 2017, the EU Partnership forum will bring together over 500 Civil Society Organisations, Local Authorities and other Development and Human Rights actors along with European Institutions and Member States. It aims at generating constructive dialogue and gathering feedback on best practices to help the EU institutions further develop their Partnerships.
A specific session will be devoted to present the GCCA+ EU flagship initiative and initiate discussion on the current and desired roles, further to the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the new European Consensus on Development (e.g. articles 71), that CSOs can play to promote climate change resilience (especially adaptation) at all stages of development processes, from local practices to integration into sustainable development planning and policy-making processes.
In its efforts to do more and better, the GCCA+ initiative promotes multi-stakeholders engagement aiming at broadening the range of stakeholders involved in its activities and interventions and, is currently engaged in exploring how to enhance its cooperation with CSOs, proposed mechanism of cooperation in targeted vulnerable countries, mainly SIDS and LDCs.
This specific GCCA+ session will be facilitated by Ms Tanith Bello, GCCA+ Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy, Climate Change (C6) Unit of the European Commission DG Development and Cooperation (DEVCO). After introductory remarks by Mr. Etienne Coyette, Head of Climate Change Sector, DEVCO Unit C6, the following keynote speakers will present their views on the engagement of CSOs in the climate change resilience agenda:
- Mr. Marcus Oxley, Executive Director GNDR, Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction
- Mrs. Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron, Co-chair, CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness;
- Mrs. Catherine Kanabahita, Executive Director, Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA)
- Mr. Wouter Boesman, Director, PLATFORMA
Mrs. Helen Jeans, Resilience and Climate Adaptation Unit Manager, Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Adviser, Oxfam GB
The session will be in the form of panel discussion with dedicated time for Q&A to engage with the audience and enable reactions and interventions: