Over 600 climate change experts from governments across Africa and beyond are expected to gather at this year’s Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) scheduled for next week in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
The high-level meeting that will run from June 28 to 30, will deliberate Africa’s roadmap to sustainable development and shared prosperity.
Participants at this year’s forum will also highlight the continent’s readiness and requirement for accelerated private and public financing of low-carbon development.
Vincent Biruta, Rwanda minister of natural resources, said that the country was ready to host the meeting that will address climate change challenges across Africa.
“The Africa Carbon Forum is an ideal venue for climate change experts to weigh options, policies and pathways that can promote low carbon emissions on the continent,” he noted.
“Our continent is fast-rising in industrial development, hence an increased carbon emissions which greatly affect our environment. We needed an ideal platform to address to share knowledge and solutions to climate change impacts that impede Africa’s development.”
ACF supports Africa’s participation in global carbon markets and its access to green investment with a range of conference sessions, side events and networking opportunities.
The forum is organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Programme, along with World Bank, African Development Bank and International Emissions Trading Association.
It is organised under the umbrella of the Nairobi Framework, which was launched in 2006 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with the aim to assist developing countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa, to improve their level of participation in the low carbon emissions.
The participants are expected to consult on their contributions to the agreement via their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) while exploring and encouraging greater opportunities for low-carbon development.