AFRICA: Sustainable Mobility and Climate Week postponed to September 2022

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AFRICA: Sustainable Mobility and Climate Week postponed to September 2022

Due to the unstable health situation, linked to the Corona virus, the Sustainable Mobility and Climate Week, initially scheduled for 13 to 17 September 2021 in Dakar, is postponed to 2022.

Ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26), scheduled for 1-12 November 2021, Sustainable Mobility and Climate Week (SMDC2021), which was to be held this month, has been postponed to September 2022. According to the organisers, the unstable Covid variant does not guarantee the safety of participants. The Cooperation for the Development and Improvement of Urban and Peri-urban Transport ( CODATU), the Executive Council of Urban Transport of Dakar (Cetud) and the Climate Chance organisation have decided to set up a virtual programme that will allow professionals to exchange information online, by organising a plenary session at the opening of the 3rd Climate Chance Africa Summit.

Several major events and other highlights are expected, including: ten workshops and focuses covering all the key issues of climate action, two plenary sessions, two progress updates on major initiatives underway in Africa, 70 projects and best practices of actors in the field, presented during pitch corners and a day for the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA).

Prospects for the SMDC2022

This will be a meeting between African actors in climate change and sustainable mobility. During this week, the Climate Chance Africa summit will be organised remotely. It aims to bring together the largest community of non-state actors in Africa: local authorities, businesses, NGOs, trade unions, youth movements, indigenous peoples, women’s organisations, scientists, representatives of the agricultural world. Organisations that are committed to the fight against climate change in relation to national authorities. The aim is to put together concrete proposals on crucial climate issues, particularly in urban areas. According to the Climate Chance, nearly 20% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) come from motorised activities in Africa. This observation should help us understand the need to put more resources into reducing our carbon footprint.

Habib Tizi

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