Nairobi on Monday hosted the first session of the inaugural Africa Climate Summit presided over by President William Ruto alongside dozens of African Heads of States and other delegates.
The Summit is expected to run until September 6th, 2023 and coincides with African Climate Week.
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It seeks to, among other things, address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs, both in Africa and across the globe.
The summit is expected to provide a space for heads of government, leaders and delegates to address and forge consensus on the modalities of unlocking Africa’s vast potential to positively impact the climate agenda.
It will also serve as a platform to showcase global solutions, innovations, and projects aimed at mitigating climate change challenges through the Africa Climate Exhibition.
Exhibitors from around the world are set to participate by showcasing their innovations and climate-related solutions in what is also set to provide an opportunity for attendees of the Africa Climate Summit and Africa Climate Week to interact, learn, and adopt practical solutions to climate change.
Key to note during the three-day Summit will be the Parliamentarians Dialogue which will provide a platform for discussing the role and potential contribution of Parliaments to climate action.
Additionally, it will interrogate the implementation pathways from the perspective of legislatures for the delivery of the commitments made during the Summit.
Members of Parliament will deliberate on how they can collaborate with relevant stakeholders among them local communities, industry representatives, and Civil Society Organisations to foster an inclusive and participatory energy transition and to better understand the concrete benefits that renewable energy would have for communities in rural and urban settings.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula said, it will be a great honour for Kenya to host the Summit that will bring together thousands of delegates from across Africa.
“Parliaments across Africa have a key role to play in the fight against climate change and issues on how to involve the Parliamentarians should be among the agenda if Africa is to make progress in mitigation of climate change effects,” said Wetang’ula.