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September 12, 2023
The Africa Climate Summit and UN Africa Climate Week took place from September 4-8, 2023, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenyan President William Ruto opened the summit by stating, "The future is not just something to hope for, neither is it something to merely wish and wait for. The future is for us to conceptualize and actualize starting now".
The Nairobi Declaration, which received unanimous support from the African leaders present at the summit, put forth Africa's shared positioning on key climate debates in the run-up to COP28 this November. Overall, the declaration garnered a mixed reception, with some observers noting that the summit could have advanced more ambitious goals and demands from the international community. The absence of leaders from South Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda also called into question the strength of Africa’s common positioning going into COP28.
The SEEK Climate Team highlighted some key topics from both the climate and the resultant Nairobi Declaration.
The declaration called for a new era of partnership, where partner countries align and coordinate their technical and financial resources to achieve climate goals.
COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber, who attended the Summit, described the Nairobi Declaration as a clear statement of Africa's focus on climate leadership, aligning with the ambitions and priorities of the UAE COP28 Presidency.
As attention turns to the UAE as hosts for the upcoming COP28, advocates should focus on:
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