Africa Pavilion @ COP 21

Africa Pavilion @ COP 21

30 November to 12 December 2015. Paris. ClimDev-Africa partners – the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) – hosted the African Pavilion during COP21/CMP11.

Side events and exhibitions
The Africa Pavilion’s side events addressed critical themes and fundamental questions central to the climate change negotiation process, as well as the most pressing climate-related issues in relation to Africa’s development agenda.

Covering diverse themes from climate-smart agriculture to energy access, REDD+ to climate finance, the side events provided a platform to share knowledge and experience from a uniquely African perspective. By providing a unique networking hub for researchers and policymakers, scientists and civil society, the Africa Pavilion added important momentum to the official negotiations.

Side events included the Africa Day, Energy Day as well as sessions hosted by representatives from ClimDev-Africa initiatives including the Young African Lawyers Programme and the ClimDev-Africa Youth Platform. The pavilion also hosted a number of exhibitions in the form of posters, videos and slide presentations.

Side events day by day
Monday 30 November 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

L-R: President Thomas Boni Yayi, Benin; Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency; Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, AUC; Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB); Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, AUC; Mohamed A.S Abdel Monem, Advisor to the Minister on African Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Egypt

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015
Friday, 4 December 2015

L-R: Martin Frick, Director, Climate Energy and Tenure Division, FAO; Martin Bwalya, Co-chair, Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA); David Nabarro, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR; Anette Friis, Knowledge Action Group (KAG), GACSA
Saturday, 5 December 2015

L-R: Youba Sonaka, Advisor, South Centre, University of Surrey; Shri Prakash, Distinguished Fellow, TERI; Fatima Denton, Director, Special Initiatives Division, UNECA; Muawia Shaddad, President, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC); Abel Musumali, Executive Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Youth Climate Alliance

Monday, 7 December 2015

L-R: Kurt Lonsway, Manager, Environment and Climate Change, African Development Bank (AfDB); Nicholas Stern, Co-chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Hela Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF); Fatima Denton, Director, Special Initiatives Division, UNECA; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Commissioner, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Andrew Norton, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, US Agency for International Development (USAID); Nick Hurd, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DFID

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

L-R: Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UNECA; Olushola Olayide, Head, Division of Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management, African Union Commission (AUC); Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East African Community (EAC); Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, Egypt, and President, African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN); Shiferaw Teklemariam, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ethiopia; Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, AUC; Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC; Anthony Nyong, Manager, Compliance and Safeguards Division, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Wednesday, 9 December 2015:

L-R: Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE); Shiferaw Teklemariam, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ethiopia; Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya; Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport, South Africa; Jabulane Mabuza, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Swaziland; Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, AUC; Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UNECA; Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General, East African Community
Thursday, 10 December 2015:
L-R: Axel Olearius, Director, Climate Policy Support Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Phyllis Ombonyo, Director of Business Development, NETFUND, Kenya; Kurt Lonsway, Manager, Environment and Climate Change, AfDB; Rose Mukankomeje, Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority; Anthony Nyong, Manager, Compliance and Safeguards Division, AfDB; David Craig, Senior Advisor, Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Friday, 11 December 2015:

Scaling-up debate from CCDA-V and ACTS.
ClimDev-Africa’s flagship events held in the lead-up to COP21 – The Fifth Climate Change for Development in Africa (CCDA-V) and Africa Climate Talks (ACTs) – provided unique platforms for reviewing the progress of past negotiations, anticipating the outcomes of COP21 and exploring approaches for how Africa can be most effective in influencing the Paris agreement. The Africa Pavilion provided an essential space to scale-up these solution-focused debates on the biggest climate change issues facing Africa. Related links: AfDB COP21 ; African Union COP21

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