Nairobi hosts Africa Climate Week with focus on solutions

By Laureen Fagan - 3 September 2023 at 8:39 pm
Nairobi hosts Africa Climate Week with focus on solutions

Africa Climate Week begins in Nairobi on Monday, with leaders from across the continent arriving in Kenya to discuss ways to meet climate targets while expanding access to energy and ensuring that economic development remains sustainable.

“It comes as temperatures in Africa are rising faster than many other parts of the world, causing more frequent extreme weather events and prolonged droughts, leading to food shortages and loss of lives,” said the United Nations Environment Program.

The talks also come ahead of COP28, to be held in December in the United Arab Emirates.

The emphasis on Africa’s limited historic role in generating greenhouse gases, along with the calls for climate justice through loss and damage funding, is balanced with the consensus among leaders that Africa also offers the world climate solutions.

A session on Thursday focuses on the global demand for copper, lithium, and cobalt to achieve the transition away from fossil fuels. The minerals market could surpass $400 billion by 2050, according to Dr. Richard Munang, a UNEP associate who will moderate the discussion on Africa’s mineral resources.

It will highlight “how we can strategically place ourselves in green tech value chains and foster sustainable development,” Munang said.

The Africa Youth Climate Assembly, with its own focus on “African-Led Solutions to Global Challenges,” was held ahead of the main event and wrapped up on Sunday. Speaking to the group, Kenyan President William Ruto urged African youth to press for climate action.

Image: UNEP

Laureen Fagan

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Laureen is a freelance journalist creating high-quality, informed content on international affairs, politics and technology. She has worked both in and out of newsrooms since 2000. She is a former paramedic with significant experience in community resilience and nonprofit community development initiatives, and maintains "a passion for action" on sustainability and climate change. She also is trained in conflict resolution and diversity, and has special interests in science and medical reporting, and culture and religion issues. Laureen received her MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the United States, and completed additional graduate study in theology at University of Notre Dame. Follow Laureen on Mastodon at

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