Press Release on Tripartite Agreement on Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE
BY DR. TOMAZ AUGUSTO SALOMÃO
THE CHAIRPERSON
OF THE COMESA-EAC-SADC TRIPARTITE
ON THE
SIGNING OF THE COMESA-EAC-SADC TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT
FOR THE JOINT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME ON
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION IN
EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

16 TH JULY 2012, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed the Tripartite Agreement for the Implementation of the Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa on 15th July 2012 on the margins of the ongoing 19th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Heads of the three Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya, Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera and Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomão signed the Agreement on behalf of COMESA, EAC and SADC respectively.

Following the piloting of the Climate Change Initiative, the three RECs agreed to address the threatening challenge of climate change in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Region. To this effect, the three RECs have jointly developed a five year Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC) Region. The overall objective of the Programme is to address the impacts of climate change through successful adaptation and mitigation actions aimed at building socio-economic resilience of communities through Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).