Africa Climate Summit (ACS) and Africa Climate Week (ACW) have kicked off in Nairobi on Monday.
The climate summit and climate week will run concurrently, with ACS running from September 4 to September 6 and ACW running from September 4 to September 8.
The African Climate Change events taking place in Kenya are themed is: “Driving green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world.”
Day one of the gathering is branded ministerial day, where presidents can have time to attend various side events and the show is run by the ministers.
What is the difference between ACS and ACW?
While ACS is a high level Climate Change meeting for presidents, ACW brings together state actors and other Climate Change stakeholders and professionals to deliberate on Climate Change crisis topics.
ACS brings together all the African presidents representing all countries which are members of African Union (AU) and subscribe to Global climate change treaties.
The summit is the first one ever in the history of climate change deliberations; where African presidents meet to put their heads together with climate change impacts and solutions being the main agenda.
Ministers in various ministries are the focus as they lead various side events in relation to climate change discussions.
President Ruto has officially opened the continental meetings and specific presidents and key guests are set to also address the gatherings. The day is dubbed presidential day.
Day one’s Agenda was to set stage for the ACS and ACW, showcasing Africa’s potential in addressing climate challenges, emphasizing the need to for fairer financial systems and highlighting the road to the 28th Global conference on climate change set to take place from November to December in Dubai.
On the first day the youth and indigenous people, Civil Societies and local communities will presented their statements. Dignitaries attending the summit held bilateral talks on day one.