Scaling heights at the Africa Carbon Forum

We are at the Africa Carbon Forum taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-13 April, 2018. This forum is a collaboration of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP). This year, the Africa Carbon Forum is celebrating its tenth gathering under the theme Creating Action For Sustainable Development - Driving Change In Africa.

The Africa Carbon Forum, is an annual event with participants from all countries in Africa. The goal of the forum is to unify members from the public, private, and non-state sectors in climate change dialogue in reference to the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in accordance with the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, the forum aims to open a dialogue on how to mobilize investment in the implementation of NDCs, and achieve enhanced climate resilience through achieving a low level of carbon emissions through sustainable development. The workshops will focus on practical examples of policies, initiatives, and actions supporting NDCs, barriers to engaging key sectors in implementation, and financial frameworks to support these actions.

Stakeholders from all African countries in several sectors have attended this forum to join the discussion in achieving climate resilience. Members from the private sector, CSOs, international organizations, National Governments, academia, and technology were all present, the Director of Climate Change & Green Growth division of the African Development Bank, Director of the County Programming Division of the Green Climate Fund, and the Manager of Sustainable Development Mechanism from the UNFCCC.

This three-day event allows professionals from all over Africa with an opportunity to hear about the achievements made in climate adaptation and the barriers that are still faced. Furthermore, participants are given tools and advise on how to proceed with current climate adaptation projects, such as legal framework and policy formation. The most common challenge that has been addresses is climate finance, engagement of private sector investment, and the mobilization of funds to fulfill adaptation measures.

Through this forum, stakeholders in Africa will be provided information about current climate adaptation measures and tools in order to enhance adaptation actions in future development plans. Participation of the private sector and civil society is essential in achieving progress in enhanced climate resilience and all sector engagement.

Within the African Carbon Forum, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) represents Civil Society Organizations' perspectives on how climate resilience can be enhanced across Africa and in a bid to play a complementary role to actions undertaken by the private and public sectors

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