The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations from diverse backgrounds in Africa. Founded in 2008, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has emerged as the most vibrant and largest Civil Society platform in climate change and sustainable development, with a membership of more than 1000 organizations and networks. The Alliance brings together Faith-based Organizations, Community-based organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, Trusts, Foundations, Farmers and Pastoralist Groups among other sectors.
The Coalition has gained recognition in African and international levels and has forged strong partnerships with key stakeholders such as the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa, among other UN Agencies, Regional Economic Integration Communities and National Governments to enhance the continent’s voice in the international dialogue process, as well as driving climate-related policies in Africa.
The Alliance has an observer status with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and represents African Civil Society in the Participants Committee of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) as well as the Steering Committee of ClimDev Africa, a programme of the African Development Bank, Africa Union Commission and UN Economic Commission for Africa.
PACJA members represent the Alliance and affiliate networks in different capacities both at national and regional levels. For the last seven years since 2010, PACJA has coordinated and hosted the African CSOs in the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum.
PACJA’s strategic plan for the period 2016-2020 reflects the growing mandate of the Alliance, which is seeking to conduct interventions across the environment sector to promote stronger people-centered, pro-poor perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.
PACJA’s missionis … to develop and promote pro-poor development and equity based positions relevant for Africa in the International climate change dialogue and related processes.