As Africa Climate Week wraps up in Ghana comes news that two climate champions from the continent – climate change director Anthony Nyong at African Development Bank and African Union agronomist Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko of Angola, above – were named in the top tier of the “Climate 100.”
This inaugural list of the world’s most influential people in climate policy is launched by Apolitical, a good governance organization based in London. Sacko and Nyong are listed in the Top 20, with a number of other Africans whose leadership on climate is critical to making change.
Others include Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah of Accra, which hosted the climate week events. “He is steering a plan, announced by the President of Ghana in May 2017, to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa,” said Apolitical.
Opha Pauline Dube from the University of Botswana also made the list. She leads the Botswana Global Environmental Change Committee at the university, and Dube is a coordinating lead author in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Others with IPCC connections include Debra Roberts of South Africa, and Nyong, a Nigerian who shared in the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize Award in 2007.
“The 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy list was curated from nominations from hundreds of public servants as well as experts at UNDP, Harvard, Oxford, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Climate Action Network and more,” the IPCC said in its announcement.
Also on the list: Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda, a former government minister and president of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; Mahama Kappiah, executive director for renewable energy at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and Kenyan Mithika Mwenda of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance.