Since 2009, the EAC Secretariat has been facilitating National Climate Change Roundtables in the Partner States. The roundtables play a critical role in identifying climate change priorities at the national level towards the development of national climate change positions as well as capture national interests for consolidation in the African Common Position on Climate Change.
The EAC was also officially admitted as an observer organization to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by the 18th Conference of Parties (COP) in December 2012 in Doha.
As part of preparations for 19th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, EAC facilitated National Climate Change Multi-Sectoral Consultative meetings from 9th – 24th September 2013 where national climate change priorities were identified. In 2014, national roundtables were held in September and October 2014. Participants were able to prepare for effective national and regional participation at the 20th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, also the 10th Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP20/CMP10) in Peru in December 2014.
The EAC Secretariat supported five delegates from the Partner States to participate in the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. At the conference the African Group of Negotiators highlighted adaptation as Africa’s priority. The group also called for predictable climate change financing and removal of obstacles to accessing finance.