The Africa Climate Summit & Africa Climate Week 2023 are taking place this week in Kenya, hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission. The summit aims to address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs, both globally and particularly in Africa. With the expectation of escalating climate crises in terms of frequency and intensity, urgent action is required to mitigate these challenges. The Summit will serve as a platform to inform, frame, and influence commitments, pledges, and outcomes, ultimately leading to the development of the Nairobi Declaration.
WIOMSA is fully engaged in the summit and climate week through various elements, including participation in dialogues, contributions to the Nairobi Declaration and co-organising and attending side events and specials sessions.
Some of the activities WIOMSA is involved in include:
Elevating the role of Ocean Governance and Blue Economy in Africa: 04th September 2023
The session emphasized the blue economy’s pivotal role, as recognized by both the African and European Unions, in achieving sustainable growth. Amidst the global focus on oceans in climate and biodiversity contexts, there’s a pressing opportunity for Africa-Europe collaboration in ocean governance. Drawing insights from COP27 and the Moroni Declaration, the discussion sought to harness Africa’s ocean-based opportunities, shaping future cross-continental endeavors including High-Level Panel’s initiatives, the Great Blue Wall project. The WIOMSA Executive Director Dr. Arthur Tuda was a panelist in Session 1 on “A unique opportunity to deliver at scale Nature, Climate and People positive outcomes. The panel moderated by Denise Nicolau from IUCN also involved
Hon. Salim Mvurya, the Cabinet Secretary, Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs, Kenya, Carmen Sacramento Neto, Minister of Fishing and Marine Resources, Angola, António Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Sea, Portugal, Antonio Pedro, Executive Secretary, UNECA and Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy, IPLC Ambassador, Madagascar.
Sustainable blue economy transformation agenda for Africa : 5th September 2023,
Kenya Pavilion House at Kenyatta International Convention Centre. 9 am-10 am
The State Department for the Blue Economy and Fisheries is hosting a side event themed ” Sustainable Blue Economy Transformation Agenda for Africa”. The side event aims to provide a platform to stakeholders from the region to discuss the critical role of the ocean and the Blue Economy in driving Africa’s socio-economic transformation agenda. It will also provide a forum to discuss the issues that are unique to the region pertaining to fisheries, climate change and ocean health, wealth, finance and governance that need to be incorporated into the wider sustainable development discussions.