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