Conclusion of the first African Climate Week

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As climate change continues to wreak havoc globally, Africa is the biggest victim and millions of people continue to be hit by climate-driven disasters. With Africa home to 17% of the world’s population and emitting less than 4% of emissions, the continent is disproportionately affected. In East, Central and Southern Africa, lives have been lost, livelihoods destroyed and millions displaced as the climate crisis exacerbates hunger. With projections indicating that more than 100 million people will fall into poverty by 2030, the climate crisis is an issue that must be urgently addressed.

To highlight these issues with the aim of learning and finding sustainable solutions for the continent, the African Climate Summit was held in Nairobi from September 4 to 6, 2023 in parallel with African Climate Week. Under the theme “Fostering green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world”, the African Climate Summit brought together heads of state, thought leaders, industry experts, climate specialists, government officials and local and non-governmental organizations to share their experiences and solutions for a sustainable and resilient Africa and champion a positive and climate-compatible vision for Africa. In preparing for the event, CARE called on African leaders to put the interests of affected communities first when listening to presentations and appeals from affected communities. At the same time, CARE recognized that developed countries have contributed most to causing and exacerbating the climate crisis which negatively affects vulnerable countries, particularly those on the African continent, and should therefore play a greater role in supporting recovery efforts and do their fair share. towards the fight against climate change in accordance with the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

During the Climate Summit, CARE organized a side event under the title “Locally Led Adaptation” (LLA) on September 5, 2023. The panel comprising CARE staff from Malawi, Uganda and Zambia discussed the Lessons learned on how community initiatives can be implemented to address climate change issues. Chikondi Chabvuta, CARE Regional Advocacy Advisor for Southern Africa and moderator of the event, said: “Locally led adaptation recognizes the value of local knowledge and expertise in addressing climate risks and ensures that local actors on the front lines of climate change have equitable access to energy. and resources to build resilience. Locally led adaptation is also a growing priority, as we all recognize the responsibility to ensure that adaptation solutions are designed and implemented equitably, informed by local priorities and integrating knowledge and local expertise.

Lemekeza Hamilton, Senior Technical Officer, Livelihoods and Climate Justice, CARE Malawi, provided an overview of how gender and social inclusion works in LLA in Malawi. “The principles of LLA address structural inequalities because they adhere to the philosophy of “Leave No One Behind.” Through in-depth analysis and evaluation, we seek to understand the barriers that may hinder women’s meaningful participation in the process.

CARE and the World Wide Fund for Nature co-hosted a side event on “Unlocking nature-based solutions for transformative climate adaptation in Africa”. Discussions focused on how nature-based solutions have contributed to community adaptation in Africa. In his opening remarks as a panelist, Chikondi described how CARE works with communities around the world.

the region to modify the underlying factors of vulnerability to climate change. She added: “Through participatory frameworks, including community-based adaptation, our approach to nature conservation helps small-scale farmers, indigenous peoples and other vulnerable communities adapt to climate change and manage their water resources for the benefit of all those who depend on the preservation of healthy ecosystems. .”

At the end of the Climate Summit, despite numerous calls from donors, policymakers, climate change stakeholders and civil society organizations for a strong declaration, the outcome was disappointing. Obed Koringo, CARE climate policy advisor, said: “The summit missed a golden opportunity to call for improved, flexible, new and additional financing for adaptation, and lacked the commitment to put in place what is needed to channel adaptation finance at the local level. , where it is most needed.

It was the first African climate summit and the first in a series of preparatory events for COP28, which will be held in Dubai in November. The Nairobi Declaration adopted by African leaders will serve as the basis of Africa’s common position and as a springboard to go further. amplify Africa’s demands in global climate change processes up to COP28 and beyond. According to COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber, the declaration is aligned with several objectives of the COP28 Presidency’s “4-Point Action Plan”, including a call to scale up emissions reduction efforts in line with the COP28 targets. the Paris Agreement and honor the commitment to provide $100 billion in annual climate finance.

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