After Kenya, Ghana and Uganda, it is in Gabon that the African Climate Week (ACW) will open on 29 August 2022. The event, which will bring together several international institutions, aims to rethink climate finance in Africa, with a view to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The meeting is timely as forest fires and floods are increasing across the continent.
“How to scale up climate action through climate technology and innovation by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa”. This is one of the themes on the menu of the African Climate Week (ACW) which takes place from 29 August to 2 September 2022 in Libreville, the capital of Gabon.
Several regional institutions will participate in the work, such as the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). During these four days, the financial institution based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, will host several debates, including one on the harmonization of the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the resilience of the African continent to climate hazards. The workshop will be led by Al Hamndou Dorsouma, the AfDB’s Head of Green Growth Division.
ACW 2022 is organized by the United Nations Climate Change Organization (UN Climate) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank Group, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and the Global Centre for Adaptation (GCA).
Combining action and climate finance
“Climate change remains our greatest collective challenge. For Gabon, the African Climate Week is an opportunity to advance the implementation of the Glasgow Climate Pact (COP 26) in order to position Africa as a leader in global climate action ahead of several other countries in the world,” says Tanguy Gahouma, Permanent Secretary of the National Climate Council in Gabon.
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The African Climate Week will also address the financing of climate adaptation on the continent. This will be done by mobilising funds from the private sector. The operation will be jointly coordinated by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
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