Accra will in October this year host the Climate Chance Summit Africa 2019, a major annual international conference that discusses how the world should tackle climate change.
The summit being organised jointly by the National Association of Local Authorities Ghana (NALAG) and the Climate Chance Association which is based in France, will bring together representatives of more than 1,000 non-state actors working in the climate change space.
“There will be representatives from local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental NGOs, researches, among others. The discussion will highlight the engagement of African actors in fighting climate change,” President of NALAG Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La said at a media launch.
“Different key actors in climate change space including agriculture and businesses will discuss working to reinforce mobilization of local government and non-state actors in the fight against climate change in Africa,” Nii Annang-La who is also Chief Executive of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly added.
The first ever Climate Change Summit held in Abidjan last year brought together 600 participants from 41 countries including 27 African countries to make specific recommendations on how to tackle the problem of climate change.
During the summit in Abidjan, the President of NALAG proposed Accra as candidate city to host the second edition of the Climate Chance Summit- Africa and now plans are being rolled out to make that possible.
He says climate change is a serious issue that despite other countries taking it seriously, Ghana has been lacking behind. He hopes the upcoming event will help ensure Ghanaians prioritise issues of the environment.
NALAG is an association of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, as well as assembly men. Nii Annang-La is assuring there is the commitment on their part as local authorities to act and ensure the impact of climate change on agriculture and life generally is mitigated.
“We want the public to get involved in the discussion on climate change so that we can also help achieve something substantive for the environment,” he explained.
Various topics to be addressed will include access to climate finance in Africa, sustainable African cities development, agriculture, food, re-afforestation, renewable energy, and sustainable mobility in Africa, adaptation in Africa, education, and training among others.
It is expected that various participating African countries will use the opportunity to come to a consensus on major climate change topics so that they can attend international conferences on climate change like the Conference of Parties to the Paris Agreement Summit with a common position.
Roman Dantec who is President of the International Association Climate Chance and a senator in France said he is happy Africa is taking the climate change conversation a lot more seriously and hoped this will result in pragmatic efforts on the continent to mitigate the impact of the menace.
“Africa is a priority for our world association because Africa has shown that it is part of the solution to climate change. And we must develop some strategies in the areas of finance to keep the issues high on the agenda in Africa,” he said.
He said the summit will also agree on some thematic conditions and specifically map out roles that various non-state actors can play in helping deal with climate change.
“This will be the most important summit of non-state actors in Africa on climate change…I think it will be a very, very important event,” he said.
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