As part of our PARE project (Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy) with the United Nations Development Programme, we've established parliamentary networks in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, and Tanzania. We've also been active at the Pan-African Parliament, based in Midrand, South Africa. Our work in the region concentrates mainly on issues of energy access, sustainable development, and off-grid renewable energy policy. In the past, we have also worked closely with MPs from Uganda, and achieved some notable successes for renewable energy investment in that country.
Over the past three years we have organised over two dozen legislative workshops and parliamentary events for MPs from Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, Tanzania, and the Pan-African Parliament, as well as holding our International Parliamentary Forum for members of the Climate Parliament from around the world in Kunduchi, Tanzania, in December 2014. These events have led to a number of important parliamentary initiatives, including the drafting of a Statement of Recommendations by 25 MPs from the Pan-African Parliament, calling for increased government support for renewables, which was subsequently adopted by the PAP in plenary, submitted to the African Union, and issued to the governments of all 54 member states in early 2014.
Climate Parliament MPs from the region have been hard at work in their respective legislatures, questioning ministers, raising climate issues onto the agendas of relevant parliamentary committees, and publicly calling for greater government commitment to environmental issues.