Kenya hosts maiden Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi

Kenya will for the first time host the African Heads of States Summit for Climate.

Leaders and other delegates from all over the globe are expected to attend the event to be held in Nairobi City between September 4 and 6, 2023.

Heads of State will be addressing issues of climate change and related policies formulation and come up with the anticipated Nairobi Declaration.

Germany is among the international communities sponsoring the ACS23 summit.

Germany’s envoy to Kenya, Ambassador Sebastian Groth admits this will be the first time that Africa looks at the Climate Change Development nexus.

“Africa will be bringing to the World its resources that include the vast untapped arable Agricultural land, its critical minerals, its renewable Energy potential as well as its Carbon sinks,” Ambassador Groth added.

The envoy is also the climate advisor to the president and international development partners.

During the launch of the official website to the event, it was revealed that so far more than 300,000 delegates had registered for the African Climate Summit.

Organizers say the forum will create awareness on the carbon market and the role of every state on the Decarbonisation of the globe by ensuring zero or less carbon emissions.

Chief Executive Officer for the Africa Climate Summit Secretariat Joseph Ng’ang’a, expressed his vision for the summit during a recent interview, shedding light on the significance of this global discussion on climate change.

“The summit is intended to design and be a catalyst for actions and solutions for climate change. It is intended to converge on common priorities for global discussion,” he said.

As it happens, the Africa Climate Summit is also going to be closely linked to the African Climate Week, scheduled to take place from September 4, to 6, 2023.

Ng’ang’a outlined the key priorities and expected outcomes of the summit. “Climate action and development must be thought about together,” he stressed.

He also emphasized the significant contributions of low and middle-income countries to the climate agenda.

In terms of financing, Ng’ang’a said there was the need for optimized capital flows in substantial amounts and with the right risk appetite to unlock climate-related initiatives.

Ng’ang’a also provided a glimpse into the summit’s schedule, revealing a ministerial day followed by high-level presidential sessions. The summit will culminate in the signing of the African Leaders’ Declaration.

The inaugural Africa Climate Summit, championed by Kenya’s President WIlliam Ruto, aims to address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs, both globally and particularly in Africa.

With the expectation of escalating climate crises in terms of frequency and intensity, urgent action is required to mitigate these challenges.

The Summit will serve as a platform to inform, frame, and influence commitments, pledges, and outcomes, ultimately leading to the development of the Nairobi Declaration.

The President of Kenya, William Ruto had been previously quoted as saying; “Climate action is not a Global North issue or a Global South issue. It is our collective challenge, and it affects all of us. We need to come together to find common, global solutions.”

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