The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) presented on Monday its National Climate Plan (INDC), in which it calls for “full participation” in international mechanisms on climate change, denouncing the “climate colonialism” facing occupied Western Sahara.
“From one of the most difficult places in the world – the liberated zones and refugee camps – the government of the Sahrawi Republic has prepared a Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for Western Sahara, resisting climate injustice and colonialism and outlining a vision for action in this region,” said a statement of the office of the Sahrawi Prime Minister, Bouchraya Hamoudi Beyoun.
The INDC will be launched to coincide with the COP26 negotiations, from which the Sahrawi people and its government are excluded due to the conflict, occupation and realpolitik, the statement said.
“Not only is our people subjected to brutal occupation, but it is also at the forefront of the climate crisis,” lamented Adda Brahim, Minister of Environment and Water Resources of the Saharawi government. “We have no time to waste,” he added.
“Our INDC identifies the actions that can be taken into account in the current circumstances, and the actions that can be taken once the UN decolonization process is completed,” said the Minister. Above all, he added, “it underlines our need to be able to access climate finance and participate in climate governance mechanisms, including negotiations, in accordance with the principles of climate justice set out in the Paris Agreement”.
“We call for full participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes including the submission of formal NDCs, the development of which should be supported by the same financial and technical assistance mechanisms that are open to other vulnerable developing countries “.
The INDC was developed by a team of Sahrawi and international experts, coordinated by Garama 3C Ltd. All parties contributed to the development of the NDC on a voluntary basis.