26th to 27th February 2023
About African ClimTalk
The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in partnership with the Climate Change and Desertification Unit (CCDU) of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will host the 4th Africa Climate Talks (ACT!) as part of the buildup to the tenth conference on climate change and development in Africa (CCDA-X) and the 27th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP28). This year’s ACT! will consist of two rounds of regional dialogues organized in hybrid format. The first event will be convened in Mozambique for the Eastern and Southern Africa subregions and the second in Niger for Central, Western and Northern Africa subregions.
The ACT! webinar series brings together different perspectives and stakeholders to stimulate a pan-African discourse aimed at contributing to the emergence of an African narrative on climate change and development, drawing on lessons and experiences of civil society groups, academics, researchers, youth, the private sector and climate change negotiators.
ACT! articulates opportunities that could be translated into policy options by African decision makers to build more resilient societies and economies, while enhancing environmental
The ClimDev-Africa partners have convened three past ACT! sessions, which aimed at stimulating a wide-ranging discourse informed by emerging African common positions on a range of pertinent issues in the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, and at creating platforms for the discussion of African perspectives on key issues in the linkages between climate change and Africa’s transformative development trajectories.
The specific objective of the 4th ACT! is to interpret the science emerging from the IPCC reports and the resulting implications for climate action, energy transition, human insecurity, food security and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) in Africa. The discourse will be guided by the theme of the talks i.e. “Science driven climate action for a just transition and human security”, which will contribute to the tenth CCDA deliberations and shape Africa’s priorities at COP28.
Specific objectives – Key issues
To ensure there is adequate discourse and engagement on the foregoing regional climate
change challenges, the event deliberations will be organized into the following topics:
• Implications of IPCC AR6 on Africa’s development aspirations with emphasis on resilient infrastructure and free trade;
• Milestones and imperatives of climate action and a energy transition;
• Unpack the regional perspectives of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) in Africa;
• Implications of IPCC AR6 on disasters and Multihazards Early Warning and action Systems in Africa;
• State of discourse on loss and damage, and article 6 of the Paris agreement;
• Challenges and strategies for addressing disaster displacement and climate induced food and human insecurity;
• Riding the climate change, recovery from Covid-19 and economic storm;
• Perspectives and key messages to shape Africa’s priorities at COP28.
EXPECTED OUTPUTS :
• Broadening of the climate change debate to include critical linkages between climate change and underlying economic, human security and political dynamics;
• Contribution to a more comprehensive climate response, to complement regional strategies and global frameworks;
• Robust interrogation of the science behind the inter-connected crisis i.e. escalating climate change, COVID-19 recovery and the resulting economic challenges.
• Side events titles, summaries and Key messages for common position of Africa’s priorities for COP28
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