Ministers, UN and African Officials Set for Africa Climate Week
Action on climate change will receive a high-level boost when ministers from eight countries in Africa and senior United Nations and other officials converge on Nairobi, Kenya, for Africa Climate Week, 9-13 April.
Countries made an historic agreement in Paris in 2015. The work now is on implementation, to limit warming this century as close to 1.5°C as possible, foster climate resilience, and align global finance flows with a pathway towards low-emission, sustainable development. The current level of ambition is insufficient.
“Africa sees the dangers of climate change as well as the opportunities that can come from cooperation and investment in ambitious climate action. That’s what Africa Climate Week is all about and why it has attracted high-level interest and participation,”Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, said.
An important feature of this Africa Climate Week is its harvesting of views for consideration in the official climate negotiations, through the Talanoa Dialogue process, launched in December at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn.
Africa Climate Week will comprise workshops, panel discussions, exhibits, meetings, and high-level segments to capture regional concerns and feed them back into the formal negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, through the Talanoa Dialogue.
Africa Climate Week will have as its cornerstone the well-established, long-running Africa Carbon Forum, with its programme of plenary sessions, side events and exhibition focused on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action.