Gabon to Host 2022 Africa Climate Week From Aug. 29 To Sept.1
Libreville – This year’s Africa Climate Week (ACW 2022) will be held from 29 August to 1 September in Libreville, Gabon, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced.
The meeting will bring together stakeholders for regional collaboration, opening space to address shared risks and seize shared opportunities. By working together, governments, private sector leaders, development organizations, youth and civil society can find common ground and act with common purpose. The Climate Week will also feature an Action Hub to share action happening now to reduce climate impacts and build resilient communities, the UNFCCC said in a statement.
Africa Climate Week is a platform for stakeholders to discuss regional climate action solutions and forge regional partnerships. It is also an important step on the road to the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in Egypt in November.
“Last year, over 12,000 stakeholders collaborated at three virtual Regional Climate Weeks. Together, we forged partnerships, strengthened national climate action plans and built momentum towards strong outcomes at COP26. This put the powerful potential of regional collaboration squarely in the spotlight,” the UN Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary Ovais Sarmad was quoted as saying.
The call for regional collaboration was reiterated by Tanguy Gahouma, Special Advisor to the President of Gabon and Permanent Secretary of the National Climate Council.
“Climate change remains for all of us a global emergency affecting every nation and constituent. It is our greatest collective challenge. For Gabon, this Africa Climate Week is an opportunity to further advance the implementation of the Glasgow Climate Pact and Paris Agreement and position African countries as leaders in the global response to climate change. This Africa Climate Week can emerge as a catalyst for global climate action as governments and stakeholders address climate issues together,” he said.
ACW 2022 is hosted by the Government of Gabon and organized by UN Climate Change in collaboration with global partners UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme and the World Bank Group. Partners in the region include the Africa Union, the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).