Frontline community activists, local and international civil society groups, development experts and government representatives will converge on Abuja from September 29 to 30, 2022, for the National Conference on Climate Change, COP27 and Beyond, organised by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA).
The conference, coming a month away from the UN Climate Change Conference scheduled for Egypt in November, will also draw on the expertise of participants who will interrogate Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions and Nigeria’s Climate Change Act 2021 and build consensus on the need for adequate climate financing for the implementation of adaptation and mitigation plans in Nigeria and Africa.
In a statement issued in Abuja by Philip Jakpor, CAPPA Director of Programmes, the conference is intended to enrich the existing pool of information and resources needed to upscale inclusive climate change programming in Nigeria and by extension Africa.
Jakpor explained that the discussions will be robust as the conference participants are drawn from the diverse spectrum that is relevant to articulating a common climate change agenda for COP 27 with emphasis on just energy transition.
Special guest at the conference is Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, while the keynote address on “Nigeria, COP27 and The Quest for Real Solutions” will be delivered by Dr. Nnimmo Bassey, former chair of Friends of the Earth International, and current Executive Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF).
The paneldiscussion session will include topics such as “Highlights of Nigeria’s Climate Response Policy Environment”, “Nigeria 2021 NDC, the Facts and the Fallouts”, “Pushing Back Fossil Fuels and False Solutions: Pathway to a Just Transition for Africa”, “Ukraine, Russia War and Renewed Scramble for Oil in Africa”, and “Unmasking Carbon Politics and Carbon Economy”, among others.
Civil society participants will also issue a communique at the end of the conference.