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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Climate Change Summit - Africa 2021

 15 - 17 September 2021. Climate Change Summit - Africa 2021

The Climate Chance Africa 2021 Summit aimed to bring together the largest community of non-state actors in Africa: local authorities, businesses, NGOs, trade unions, youth organisations, indigenous peoples, women’s organisations, scientists, and representatives of the agricultural community. These are the nine major groups recognised by the UNFCCC that are committed to the fight against climate change and their networks, in relation with national authorities.


This 3rd edition was held virtually, as the current health context unfortunately does not allow for an event in Africa.

15/09 - Demystifying SEACAPs: hear from experts and African cities on their experiences


The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa organised a CoM SSA Day.  A technical session was held on demystifying Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) for cities. 
  • During this session speakers explored what makes a good SEACAP and provide an opportunity for cities to share on their approaches to developing their SEACAPs. 
  • A second technical session on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) demonstrated the benefits of incorporating NbS into cities and how adopting green infrastructure can also increase biodiversity and have further positive impacts on climate change adaptation. 
  • The technical sessions were designed to promote knowledge sharing and exchanges between CoM SSA signatories in order for local governments to learn from other pioneering sub-Saharan local governments, and reflect on the needs and the way forward to overcome climate challenges at the local level.
CoM SSA’s 250+ mayors and partners shared their knowledge and success stories, focusing on overcoming the challenges that local governments face together with business sectors, financers, NGOs and research institutions.
This High-level online Plenary in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow, launched a working year for the preparation of the SMDC (Week for Sustainable Mobility and Climate), in September 2022 in Dakar and identified key priorities for climate action and sustainable mobility in Africa.
  • François Durovray, President of CODATU
  • Ronan Dantec, President of Climate Chance Association
  • Thierno Birahim Aw, Director of CETUD
  • Nigel Topping, High-level Climate Champion, UNFCCC
  • Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank

➡️ Roundtable #1 Mobility: “How can we make mobility part of a sustainable system and contribute to a better environment and climate?”
  • Moderator: by Françoise Rossignol, Vice-president in charge of mobility and transport, Urban Community of Arras, France. Vice-president of GART, International Cooperation delegate. Member of the CODATU board
  • Jean Todt, Ambassador of the United Nations organisation for Road Safety
  • Lise Breuil, Head of Transport and Mobility at the French Development Agency
  • Armand Pierre Roland Béouindé, Mayor of the City of Ouagadougou
  • Charlène Kouassi, Director of the African Observatory for Mobility
  • Khadim Cissé, Director of Studies and Strategy, CETUD
➡️ Roundtable #2 Local Action. Thread: “How can effective decentralisation and vertical integration accelerate the implementation of climate and local development policies and actions?
  • Moderator: Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.
  • Aliou Sall, President of the Association of Mayors of Senegal, Mayor of Guédiawaye
  • El Hadji Ndiaye, PCTI & COMSSA referent City of Dakar
  • Baba Dramé, Ministry of Environment, DEEC
  • Tunji Bello, Honorable Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources at the State of Lagos
  • Gilles Vermot-Desroches, Corporate Citizenship Senior Vice President de Schneider Electric
  • Secou Sarr, Director of Enda Energie
  • Zenabou Segda, Women Environmental Programme, Burkina Faso
➡️ Roundtable #3 Access to finance. “What needs for increased mobilisation of climate finance for development and climate action at the local level?
  • Moderator by Emilie Maehara, Deputy Executive Director-Director of Programmes of the FMDV
  • Aurélio Menendez, Manager of the Senegalese, World Bank
  • Al Hamdou Dorsouma, Acting Director Climate Change and Green Growth Department, African Development Bank
  • Neil Valentine, European Investment Bank
  • Alexandre Pointier, Director of the French Development Agency in Senegal, Gambia, Cape Verde and the Guinea-Bissau
  • Sébastien Soleille, Head of the Energy and Environmental Transition, BNP Paribas

16/09 - Access to Climate Finance and the Green Climate Fund.

This session provided an update on the state of international financial flows to Africa, including its non-state actors. It also provided an update on the status of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), who the beneficiaries are, what their feedback is after receiving funding, and what important developments are in store for the GCF.

16/09 - The Role of Women in Climate Action. 

The objective of this session was to illustrate with the AgriFED programme (Projet d’Appui aux Femmes dans l’Agriculture et le Développement Durable -PAF/AgriFeD) how and at what levels women have a decisive role in climate action, to highlight the impact of this type of programme and to identify potential perspectives for replication of the programme.
This urban campus reported on the knowledge derived from the experiences of metropolises in Africa and to identify specific issues based on existing differences such as the different responses to climate change, adaptation to technological and environmental transition, resilience in complex organizational systems, etc.

16/09 - Workshop: Education and Training on Climate Change

The objective of this workshop was to mobilize the whole Education coalition around a climate change education project in partnership with the NGO Aide et Action.

16/09 - Decentralised Cooperation for Climate Action 

The objective of this Focus was to gather the views of practitioners of external action of local authorities in Africa in order to identify how decentralised cooperation can be an important source of inspiration and transfer of experience for public policies in favour of the climate. In particular, this focus discussed the new dynamics of decentralised cooperation for the climate in Senegal, and then to question the role of decentralised cooperation between local authorities in the international effort towards carbon neutrality.

This session defined strong Key messages for COP26 in November 2021 (Glasgow) and World Water Forum in March 2022 (Dakar).

Two selected projects from Climate Chance’s Call for Contributions:
  1. Le projet de développement durable de l’agriculture de mangrove en Guinée Bissau (DEDURAM)Il vise l’amélioration des conditions de vie des populations des zones de mangrove. Par le transfert de compétences et renforcement des capacités des partenaires locaux, il contribue au développement des filières saliculture et riziculture de mangrove.
  2. Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau - SfN Ouémé - Bénin. L’ONG CREDEL a mené beaucoup d’actions de sensibilisation et de renforcement des capacités des communautés sur les thématiques liées à l’adaptation et à l’atténuation du changement climatique. Sa vision première est la promotion des initiatives de développement intégré et durable pour les communautés rurales et urbaines très vulnérables.

17/09 - Access to Climate Data for African Non-State Actors. 

This session provided an update on the state of international financial flows to Africa, including its non-state actors. It also provided an update on the status of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), who the beneficiaries are, what their feedback is after receiving funding, and what important developments are in store for the GCF.

In the presence of French and Senegalese speakers who are strongly committed to the success of the Great Green Wall, this workshop was an opportunity to discuss concrete projects or achievements linked to the initiative (eco-villages, biodiversity corridors, etc.)
  • Moderator: Anne Raimat, Biodiversity department of Climate Chance Association 
  • Ronan Dantec, President of Climate Chance Association 
  • Sarah Toumi, Programme management officer – Great Green Wall Accelerator - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 
  • Karine Fakhoury, Managing Director of the Eco-Villages and Green Sectors, ASERGMV 
  • Moussa Diouf, Secretary general of the Senegalese Agency for Reforestation and Great Green Wall
This workshop dedicated to energy access and efficiency in Africa brought together the sector’s actors and build strong, priority messages to take on behalf of the Coalition to the next major international climate events.

This session set the pace and the priorities for the events to come in the following months, for the entire community of non-state actors engaged in Climate Action, with the overarching aim of furthering climate change mitigation and adaptation on the African continent.
  • Thibault de Lambert Secretary General of CODATU 
  • Thierno Birahim Aw Director General of CETUD 
  • Marianne Malez Director of Sustainable Cities and International Initiatives, FNAU 
  • Ronan Dantec President of the Climate Chance Association 
  • Léonore Moncond’huy Mayor of Poitiers, Vice President of Cités Unies France, and President in charge of climate dynamics of Cités Unies France 
  • Abdoulaye Sene Executive secretary of the World Water Forum Dakar 2022 
  • Soham El Wardini Mayor of Dakar Fiona Napier Africa Engagement Lead, Climate Champions Team, UNFCCC Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale, President of the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change, TBC

Upcoming event:
26-29 September 2021Africa Climate Week 2021
ACW 2021 is accelerating collaboration and integrating climate action into global pandemic recovery. Building forward opens an opportunity to address social inequalities and invest in economic development that is good for humanity and nature.

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