PUBLISHED ON September 8th, 2023

At Africa Climate Week, climate justice was front and center

Climate finance, loss and damage and climate justice were the big themes emerging from Africa Climate Week and the Africa Climate Summit 2023 held in Nairobi, Kenya.

African heads of state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen all spoke of the need for climate finance for Africa that is commensurate with the scale of the crisis facing the continent

Policymakers, business leaders and environmental campaigners came to Nairobi to find solutions for mitigation, adaptation and finance for Africa – the continent least responsible for carbon emissions but suffering its impact the most. Temperatures are rising faster there than in many other parts of the world, causing more frequent extreme weather events and prolonged droughts, leading to food shortages and loss of lives.

Africa Climate Week is one of four regional weeks held this year that will build momentum ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai.

The Week is organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Development Programme, the UNEP and the World Bank, with the support of regional partners.

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