High-Level Opening of the Africa Climate Summit…

High-Level Opening of the Africa Climate Summit 2023 (Nairobi, Kenya)

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Driving green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world.
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MC: Zain Verjee

Welcome Statement: Hon. Soipan Tuya, Cabinet Secretary, Environment, Climate Change & Forestry, Government of Kenya

High-level Statements:

  • H.E. Azali Assoumani, President, Comoros
  • H.E Moussa Faki, Chairperson, African Union Commission
  • António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
  • H.E. Mostafa Madbouly, COP27 and Prime Minister, Egypt
  • Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, COP 28 President
  • H.E Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission
  • H.E William Ruto, President, Kenya


Climate change poses significant risks to the global community, with physical effects causing substantial economic losses. Over the past decade, storms, wildfires, and floods have resulted in substantial GDP losses. Africa, in particular, faces severe climate-related challenges, including drought, desertification, and increasing cyclones, leading to displacement, migration, and food crises. The continent is also disproportionately affected by the global temperature rise and is projected to experience escalating physical climate risks. Additionally, African governments' limited ability to respond to the climate crisis due to debt-distress and economic shocks necessitates urgent action to provide debt relief and increased liquidity.

At the Africa Climate Summit, leaders will be called upon to make ambitious pledges and commitments. A comprehensive "Pledging and Commitment Framework" will be developed to guide these actions. By embracing ambitious ideas and making bold commitments, we have the opportunity to turn the tide on climate change, not only in Africa but also globally.

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