By Our Reporter
The Africa Climate Week (ACW 2022) will be held in Libreville, Gabon from August 29 to September 1, UN Climate Change reveals.
The event is a platform for stakeholders to discuss regional climate action solutions and forge regional partnerships.
According to the United Nations Climate Change, the meeting will bring together stakeholders for regional collaboration, opening space to address shared risks and seize shared opportunities.
It states that by working together, governments, private sector leaders, development organizations, youth and civil society can find common ground and act with common purpose.
Ovais Sarmad, UN Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary says that last year’s event was used to forged partnerships, strengthening national climate action plans and building momentum towards strong outcomes at COP26.
The official adds that over 12,000 stakeholders collaborated at three virtual regional climate weeks and they put the powerful potential of regional collaboration squarely in the spotlight.
Tanguy Gahouma, Special Advisor to the President of Gabon and Permanent Secretary of the National Climate Council notes that climate change remains a global emergency affecting every nation and constituent and therefore requires collective approach.
Gahouma notes that the event 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,” the official adds.
The Climate Week will also feature an Action Hub to share action happening now to reduce climate impacts and build resilient communities.
It is also an important step on the road to the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 in Egypt in November.
ACW 2022 is organized by UN Climate Change in collaboration with the UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme and the World Bank Group.
Others are regional partners such as the Africa Union (AU), the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).