Reinforcing the Africa-Europe climate alliance: looking ahead to COP26 and onto COP27

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Reinforcing the Africa-Europe climate alliance: looking ahead to COP26 and onto COP27

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The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, the Africa-Europe Foundation is engaging with a host of diverse voices from youth leaders, its network, partners, and key stakeholder from both continents on the long-term vision to shape a common pathway by 2030. Looking at the diverging and converging issues at the heart of this established cooperation, the Africa Europe Foundation’s goal is to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue, catalyse partnerships and unlock new opportunities that can transform Africa-Europe relations into action.

As part of COP 26, the Africa-Europe Foundation in partnership with the African Climate Foundation and Sustainable Energy for All will be hosted by the South-African and SDG 7 Pavilions. Our side events will focus on strategically positioning the two continents on the international stage, hearing from an intergenerational panel of key voices to share their views on how to empower and accelerate the impact and reach of this partnership in the lead up to the Africa-Europe Summit, crucially looking ahead to COP 27 in Africa. These high-level debates will offer a platform to civil society, business, governments, and emerging young leaders to exchange ideas and start working together to drive climate action and ensure human and economic development are encompassed on our road to COP 27 in Africa.

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COP 26 is a make-or-break milestone for global climate action and cooperation. Europe will use its influence to push partners towards net-zero emissions and the provision of climate positive investments. Africa will ensure that long standing issues such as the gap in climate finance, loss and damage and adaptation are debated and addressed. As we move from COP 26 in the UK to COP 27 in Egypt and the continent of Africa, the focus must shift from climate alone to encompass human and economic development. Both continents have a unique opportunity to reinforce their presence on the international scene and act as unique partners to solve their respective challenges. Addressing each other needs means re-calibrating the partnership and ensuring both voices are listened to and counting in the context of present and future climate negotiations, and beyond.

Questions will include:

  • How can Africa and Europe strengthen their partnership in the context of COP 26 in the UK and towards COP 27 in Egypt?
  • What are the biggest bottlenecks between the two continents and can they be addressed?
  • What forms of ‘radical collaboration’, opportunities and hopes can revitalise the partnership and contribute to solving the climate, human and economic challenges of the two continents?

Confirmed speakers include

Kandeh Yumkella

Co-Chair of the Africa-Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy, Member of Parliament in Sierra Leone, and former CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) and Director-General of UNIDO

Saliem Fakir

Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation

Dymphna van der Lans

CEO of the Clean Cooking Alliance

Glenn Pierce-Oroz (TBD)

Director of International Relations and Special Projects at Sustainable Energy for All

Ayakha Melithafa

Youth Commissioner for the Presidential Climate Change Committee, South Africa (TBD)

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