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Cablegate: Climate Change Next Steps: Drc

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DE RUEHKI #0178 0420813
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 110811Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0157
INFO RWANDA COLLECTIVE
SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KINSHASA 000178

SIPDIS
DEPT FOR OES/EGC (DREW NELSON AND KATE LARSEN)
DEPT FOR OES/S/SECC (RACHEL KASTENBERG)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG KGHG SENV CG
SUBJECT: CLIMATE CHANGE NEXT STEPS: DRC

REF: STATE 3079; KINSHASA 58

1. (U) Summary: As mentioned ref A, DCM met January 19 with
Louise Mayuma Kasende, President Kabila's deputy chief of staff,
who promised to convey our request to appropriate GDRC authorities
(ref B). On January 31, the DRC formally adhered to the Copenhagen
Accord (CA). This action was taken in the belief that half of its
financial resources associated with Copenhagen would be allocated
to Africa. The DRC plans to play an active role in promoting
environmental conservation. End summary.

DRC formally associates with Copenhagen Accord

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2. (U) On January 31, during a meeting with the DRC Council of
Ministers, Minister of Environment, Conservation of Nature and
Tourism Jose Endundo signed off on the Copenhagen Accord and sent
the signed document to Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexis Thambwe
Mwamba for transmission to the DRC Ambassador to the United
Nations. The DRC has, thus, decided to formally associate with the
Copenhagen Accord. (Note: As of February 10, the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs had still not forwarded the letter of association
to New York. End note.)

3. (U) Endundo opined that the GDRC was very interested in
participating at the Copenhagen Summit as demonstrated by its large
delegation whose membership included officials from different
ministries, public administration offices, NGO's, universities and
think-tanks. He stated that the GDRC considered the financial
mechanism established by the Copenhagen Summit was a key milestone
in global climate change efforts. According to Endundo, the GDRC
believes that at least fifty percent of financial resources
allocated to implementation of the Copenhagen Accord would be
earmarked for Africa in order to protect its ecosystem. (Note:
The Congo Basin contains the world's second largest rainforest
after the Amazon. End note.)

4. (U) Comment: The DRC has the potential to play a pivotal role
in protecting the environment in Africa. According to Minister
Endundu, the DRC will soon take over the Presidency of the
Ministerial Commission on Forests of Central Africa (known under
its French acronym of COMIFAC), oversee the climate change issue
for the continent of Africa during the next two years, and has been
named by other African states to negotiate for them regarding
follow-up of the Copenhagen Accord. After formal support of the
Copenhagen Summit, the GDRC has listed the following priorities:
preservation of ecosystems through human investment; dedication of
resources to fight against poverty; research and development of
"green" or environmentally friendly technologies, and promoting
greater economic growth/financial returns for African countries.
End comment.
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