The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced that its executive secretary, Patricia Espinosa, will grace the 9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF), which is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, June 28 to Friday, June 30, 2017 in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The UN body, which made the disclosure in a tweet on Sunday, June 25, 2017, is one of the several organisers of the much publicised event. Others include: the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Development Bank (AfDB), World Bank Group, UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), and Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP).
According to the organisers, the 2017 ACF will focus on how engagement between State and non‐State actors can be further strengthened in the key sectors for Africa (energy, agriculture and human settlements), including the role of future carbon markets to achieve enhanced climate action, towards the goals of sustainable development.
Themed: “Collaborative climate action for sustainable development in Africa”, the event will cover:
- Practical examples of policies, initiatives and actions in Africa;
- Barriers and enabling measures for engaging climate action in key sectors;
- Financial instruments and regulatory frameworks;
- Advancing the implementation of climate action.
The forum will provide an opportunity and platform for African policymakers and practitioners to:
- discuss the latest developments related to climate change policy, carbon markets and finance;
- share knowledge on innovative solutions in the context of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and other strategies; and,
- explore possibilities for collaboration on regional and global climate change initiatives.