Africa Climate Summit to Showcase Continent’s Climate Action Potential

Nairobi — Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya has said the September 4th to 6th Africa Climate Summit (ACS) in Nairobi will be a platform for the continent to showcase its climate action potential.

She pointed out that niche sectors such as renewable energy, carbon sinks, sustainable agriculture and critical minerals will be highlighted.

“His Excellency the President of Kenya, Dr William Samoei Ruto and The Africa Union Commission leadership will lead the continent at the summit in showcasing Africa’s green energy potentials, which range from solar, wind and hydro. Energy that if tapped, would power the world and minimise Green house gas emissions,” she stated.

“At the summit, we will ask African countries to come and display their critical minerals potential. We will make a case for the processing of Lithium, Cobalt and other critical minerals in Africa, to not only create jobs for our youthful population but also to reduce the carbon footprints that are due to processing elsewhere.”

The CS who spoke in Nairobi Wednesday during a diplomatic briefing of African Ambassadors on ACS preparations organised by the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, said the continent will use the high-level Heads of State and Government meeting to pitch for and attract new development partners to support its green growth agenda.

“Africa is bringing its resources to the world and Africa is requesting the world to bring its capital to Africa. We are hosting a climate change trade and investment summit as opposed to an aid for Climate change summit,” CS Tuya underscored.

Out of the first ever ACS, the CS said Kenya looks forward to the adoption of a Nairobi African leaders declaration that will address the continent’s climate financing gaps including reform of global multilateral financial institutions.

“The declaration will also make proposals for reform of multilateral development banks, in a way that make the banks support low middle income countries to avoid debt distress, freeing their capital for climate change interventions.

“The declaration will make an invitation for capital from across the globe, to exploit Africa’s assets and resources in ways that support sustainable development and enable green growth as we decarbonize the world,” she said.

The CS, who was accompanied to the meeting by Environment and Climate Change PS Eng Festus Ng’eno, Kenya’s Climate Envoy Mr Ali Mohamed and ACS CEO Mr Joseph Ng’ang’a, also spoke about Wednesday afternoon’s African Heads of State and Government meeting on Africa Climate Summit.

“This afternoon, we will have an online meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), chaired by His Excellency President Dr William Ruto.