The Interim Inter-Ministerial Climate Change Secretariat (ICCS) under the Ministry of National Development Planning was established by the Government of the Republic of Zambia as a mechanism for a coordinated approach to adaptation and mitigation against the effects of climate. It's main purpose is to facilitate the coordination of all climate change activities being undertaken by the government, the private sector, civil society and cooperating partners in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the National Climate Change Response Strategy.
The Secretariat is the brainchild of several stakeholders who came together during consultations on the National Climate Change Response Strategy, and it is also an endorsement by two meetings of Permanent Secretaries that were held on June 2, 2011 and January 27, 2012.
The Interim Inter-Ministerial Climate Change Secretariat, which is housed under the Ministry of National Development Planning, is Zambia’s national coordinating body for all climate change related activities in the country. Its establishment was recommended by stakeholders during consultations of the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS), and endorsed by two meetings of Permanent Secretaries on June 2, 2011 and January 27, 2012.
"Promoting Climate Resilience"
It must be noted that the then Ministry of Tourism, Natural Resources and Environment played a pivotal role in the development of the NCCRS.
The Secretariat was established in 2012 under the then Ministry of Finance and National Planning for the purpose of creating a focal point for all climate change related activities in Zambia, including coordination across sectors and projects and to facilitate information sharing and dialogue between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
The umbrella body will coordinate and provide strategic and policy oversight for all climate change activities.
It was established to execute the following functions:
- Establish long term institutional arrangement for climate change in Zambia
- Coordinate climate change activities in Zambia
Currently, the Secretariat is an interim structure which will become an independent and permanent institution in the future, once its mandate has been approved through the passing of a new Climate Change Policy.
The Secretariat was established by a committee of Permanent Secretaries in March 2012, and endorsed by directive of the Secretary to the Cabinet on 16 October 2012. It has the mandate to coordinate all climate change activities across sectors in Zambia.
The Secretariat’s governance structure is as outlined below:
Functions Of The Secretariat
The following are the functions of the Zambia National Climate Change Secretariat:
- To Facilitate activities leading to the Government’s decision on the long-term institutional arrangement for climate change coordination in Zambia.
- To coordinate, in the interim, the implementation of climate change activities across sectors and projects
- To facilitate and coordinate mainstreaming, analytical works, communication and knowledge management related to climate change and disaster risk reduction.
- To facilitate access to climate funds (both domestic and global) and ensure their efficient utilization
Important to note is that under the long-term arrangements, the Secretariat will be managed by a multi-stakeholder Board; the National Climate Change and Development Council.
- Ministry of National Development Planning
- Ministry of Finance
- Office of the Vice President – Disaster Mitigation Management Unit
- Ministry of Lands Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
- Ministry of Tourism and Arts
- Ministry of Transport Works Supply and Communication
- Ministry of Mines Energy and Water Development
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Local Government and Housing
- Ministry Community Development and Social Services
- Academia Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations