Preparations are underway for Africa Climate Week 2020, which will be convened in Kampala, Uganda, from March 9 to 13, 2020.
Holding at the Speke Conference Centre, the event will be the first Regional Climate Week to be hosted this year and will be followed by Climate Weeks in the Asia-Pacific (AP), Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.
The world is in a climate emergency. 2020 is a key year in which the international community must complete the unfinished tasks from 2019 at a government level and mobilise far more action from non-state actors.
The climate emergency is a growing threat particularly to the most vulnerable, and a threat to the long-term health, safety and prosperity of people in Africa.
Africa Climate Week will bring together diverse actors from the public and private sectors and will be instrumental in building support for increased regional climate action, helping to put Africa on a path to low-carbon and resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
The central objective of Africa Climate Week is to share ways for governments to implement the Paris Agreement in Africa, making use of all the planning tools and support available, and to serve as a platform for national governments and non-Party stakeholders to engage, build partnerships and explore solutions that can deliver climate action and support at scale.
In addition to discussions on how to regionally implement the Paris Agreement and related climate strategies and plans, a special focus will be on the sectors of energy security and access; food and water security; and urban infrastructure and mobility.
According to the organisers, Africa Climate Week 2020 will be wholly inclusive and open to all stakeholders, as a “go-to” hub to build partnerships and to showcase ground-breaking action in the region.
Key partners to the summit are the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, the World Bank Group, the UN Development Programme, UN Environment, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union and the African Development Bank.