Welcome to the Africa Climate Summit 2023

4th to 6th Sept
KICC, Nairobi 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.

Africa's Assets and Contribution

It is crucial to shift the narrative away from a division between the Global North and the Global South in addressing the climate crisis. Collaboration and collective action are vital for all nations to combat climate change effectively. Africa is ready to contribute to global decarbonization efforts by leveraging its abundant resources, including renewable energy, critical minerals, agricultural potential, and natural capital. By harnessing these assets, Africa can drive its own green growth and support global renewable energy needs. The continent also offers a range of investment opportunities for global capital to promote decarbonization and local economic development.

Call for Global Taxes and Funding Mechanisms

To achieve the necessary emissions reduction targets and ensure adequate funding for climate action, a comprehensive global funding mechanism is required. HE President Ruto advocates for targeted taxes on sectors like aviation and maritime, the removal of fossil fuel subsidies worldwide, and the implementation of a global fossil fuel tax. Additionally, the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAM) can be deployed as a tax for targeted mitigation and adaptation efforts. Exploring a Financial Transactions Tax on a global scale is another potential avenue for generating significant revenue. These global taxes should be collected and pooled in a single global fund, with allocation based on achieving the highest climate impact and supporting technological innovation. Furthermore, a global governance body, independent of national interests, should oversee the fair distribution of funds.

Partnerships and Roles

Delivering on climate action requires the active involvement of various stakeholders. While governments and multilateral institutions play a central role, the private sector, civil society, philanthropic institutions, and local communities all have vital contributions to make. The private sector's investment is crucial in mobilizing the necessary capital, while philanthropies can de-risk projects and drive innovation. Civil society, especially women and youth, ensures accountability, efficiency, and a science-based focus in climate action. Local and indigenous communities provide invaluable perspectives, ensuring sustainable and just development pathways align with their needs.

Commitments and Pledges

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.

Theme & Focus Areas

Africa Climate Summit 2023 will focus on delivering climate-positive growth and finance solutions for Africa and the world
Climate Action Financing
As a global community, we should commit to achieving three climate finance goals: More financing, targeted financing, and cheaper higher risk appetite financing.
Green Growth Agenda for Africa
We as LMIC countries have a lot to contribute to the global climate agenda and we need to commit to playing our part. We cannot keep growing in a high-carbon intensive manner.
Climate Action and Economic Development
Both are not in conflict but interdependent; they need to happen together or neither will happen.
Global Capital optimization
As opposed to local optimization– many of the lowest cost sources of reducing global emissions are typically found in the Global South compared with industrialized countries.

Summit calendar

The summit will be a 3 day event during the Africa Climate Week.

4th September

Ministerial day
Building momentum around the summit, anchoring the discussion on the notion of Climate Positive Growth, highlighting an overall opportunity-based framing, the specifics of different pathways for economic growth through climate action, and the unique role of global south countries.

5th September

Spotlight on opportunities
Deep dive into opportunity areas, creating a spotlight on individual opportunities, their business models, financial viability, and tangible progress towards each opportunity area to date.

6th September

Nairobi declaration
Private and livestreamed adoption of the Nairobi Declaration, Call-to-Action by Youth and Nairobi Declaration signatory and adoptation by Heads of State

Join us at the Africa Climate Summit

Together, we can turn the tide on climate change and create a world where both people and the planet thrive. Get involved, share your ideas, and be part of the movement driving real change.