UNODC strategic approach with the Private Sector can serve to offer market infrastructure solutions for the African Great Green Wall Carbon Credits and combat crimes that affect the environment

Climate change has become a major issue with serious implications for states and communities. Rising temperatures, heavy rainfall, rising sea levels with their corollaries in terms of flooding, drought, coastal erosion, landslides, etc. are manifesting themselves in various ways around the world with definite repercussions on the way of life of populations, especially among the most vulnerable. The manifestation of these climate stressors and shocks, as well as the adaptive capacity of states and communities varies considerably across the African continent depending on the various governance, socio-economic, security and other realities on the ground. One of the consequences is the establishment of the link between climate change and peace, security and stability. Although such a link is not direct, it is now clear that climate change exacerbates existing socio-economic, political and security vulnerabilities. Climate security is therefore an unavoidable geopolitical issue of the 21st century. Thus, UNODC is increasing its work with the private sector on African market infrastructure solutions for carbon markets and at the same time contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the framework of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) 2022 Expert meeting, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office in West and Central Africa hosted a side event on 16 February on crimes that affect the environment in collaboration with UN Forum on Forests and the Private Company Xange.com. A panel of experts from UNODC, Xange.com and the Secretariat UNFF underlined the joint work being done in this domain in an interactive event.

Dr. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat highlighted the importance of innovative finance as a beneficial tool for African countries and the need to build a data warehouse related to the environmental degradation and criminal activities.

The side event underlined that market infrastructure can be a credible solution in the African Great Green Wall Carbon Credits and in combatting crimes that affect the environment. It also laid the groundwork for Public-Private Partnership and South-South Cooperation to build a governance and technology framework and promote good governance, integrity and anti-corruption. Finally, the event allowed to develop practical proposals on integrating technology framework within the context of climate change and peace, security and stability.

According to Dr Amado Philip de Andrés, Regional Representative of UNODC in West and Central Africa  “the cooperation between the United Nations and Xange.com will promote good governance, integrity and anti-corruption and contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. This innovative solution will ensure that the highest levels of scalability can be achieved”.

To watch the side event: UNODC West and Central Africa (ROSEN) - CCPCJ Expert meeting on crimes that affect the environment - YouTube

More information: UNODC will increase its partnership with Xange.com with a view to offering market infrastructure solutions for African Great Green Wall Carbon Credits