President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo are expected to attend the inaugural edition of the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi Kenya from today, September 4-6.
Tinubu is expected on Tuesday to feature alongside other African leaders at a plenary session tagged; “Chatting a Vision: Investment Opportunities for Green Growth.”
The session which is expected to be moderated by United Nations Representative of the Secretary-General/CEO of the Energy for All, Damilola Ogunbiyi, is expected to feature other panellists including the host, the President of Kenya, William Ruto who doubles as the Chairman of the Committee of Heads of State of the African Union on Climate Change, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed and the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.
Meanwhile, on his part, Osinbajo is expected on Monday to be part of a panel discussion on the topic: “Carbon Markets in the Global South.”
The Summit has been designed to address key issues around climate change including green growth, carbon pricing, climate financing, climate adaptation, and renewable and clean energy among others.
The summit also aims to address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs with a focus on Africa.
It would serve as a platform to inform, frame, and influence commitments, pledges and outcomes, ultimately leading to the development of the Nairobi Declaration.
Apart from Ruto, other invited speakers to the opening session are the President of Comoros, Azali Assoumani and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Simon Stiell.
Organisers said the Summit’s objective is to deliver green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa.
The event will bring together 24 Heads of State and Government from Africa and beyond to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Part of the highlight of Monday’s event is the opening session themed “The Power of the Potential.”
This session sets the stage for ACS and African Climate Week and would showcase Africa’s potential in addressing climate challenges.
It also emphasises the need for a fairer financial system and highlights Africa’s position as it heads to the Conference of Parties 28, in the last week of November until the early days of December.