Japan-UNDP Joint Framework for Building Partnership to Address Climate Change in Africa

December 11, 2008


  1. Under the framework of “Japan-UNDP Joint Framework for Building Partnership to Address Climate Change in Africa,” established by Japan together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the occasion of the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) in May, Japan and UNDP decided to implement the program for climate change adaptation in 21 African countries which amounts to US$92.1 million.
      (From this total, US$11 million will be allocated to the joint programs with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
  2. This Joint Framework is based on the “Cool Earth Partnership” announced by the then Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in January this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Preparations for the actual implementation of the program are underway through UNDP, in coordination with the governments of Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroon, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mozambique, Morocco and Lesotho, the countries which established the “Cool Earth Partnership” with Japan. The establishment of the “Cool Earth Partnership” with other six countries is also under consultation.
  3. The Joint Framework will include: introduction of long-term planning mechanisms to manage the impacts of climate change; building leadership capacities and institutional frameworks to manage climate change risks across line ministries and at the local and national levels; implementation of climate-resilient policies and measures in priority sectors; and provision of guidance on financing framework to meet national adaptation costs. Japan hopes that this will help African countries overcome their vulnerability to climate change and promote their active engagement towards developing an effective post-2012 framework on climate change.

(Reference)   Cool Earth Partnership

      Assistance to developing countries that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve economic growth in a compatible way is provided on the scale of US$10 billion. Japan conducts policy consultations with developing countries, and after they share views regarding climate change with Japan, Japan considers concrete program and project assistance to these countries based upon this partnership.