AGNES stands for the ‘African Group on Negotiators Experts Support’. The AGNES was created in 2015 to provide scientific expertise and evidence to inform a common African position in climate change negotiations. The AGNES seeks to facilitate the exchange of ideas between experts and negotiators at the international level especially within the framework of the UNFCCC.
The AGNES utilizes scientific evidence as a major tool that can be employed to inform the unified common Africa position on matters climate change. Since, its inception AGNES has informed the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) regarding the development and defending of positions on agriculture and gender based on scientific evidence.
AGNES focuses on:
- Capacity building – strengthening the technical capacities of African experts, institutions and governments to enhance their effective participation and influence in national, regional and global policy processes and decision making.
- Sharing – building partnerships and community of practice to enhance cross-regional sharing of experiences, best practices and expertise to stimulate climate policy and actions across the continent.
- Communication – generating, collating and disseminating new knowledge on the interface between climate change and African economies and societies to enhance evidence-based climate response.
- Knowledge – enhancing generation and collation of scientific evidence and its use to inform climate change policy and decision making at global, regional, national and subnational levels.