Impacts and risks associated with climate change are felt at regional and local levels. To enable effective action to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change and extreme weather, governments and individuals must have access to science-based knowledge that is regularly updated and derived from robust data. The State of the Climate in Africa 2019 report is the first report of its kind.
It is a multiagency effort led by WMO in partnership with key international and continental organizations. It provides a snapshot of climate trends, extreme weather, and associated risks and impacts in key sensitive sectors. The report highlights lessons for climate action in Africa and identifies pathways for addressing critical gaps and challenges.
The high-level launch will bring together scientific organizations, policy- and decisions-makers, development partners and practitioners to reflect on the urgency of climate action in Africa and the current state of capacity to achieve this.
It will start with interventions of Prof. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, H.E. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC) and Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the three co-hosting institutions, followed by the high-level panel discussion. The event will conclude with a Q&A session. Dr James Murombedzi in charge of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of UNECA will moderate the event.
-Prof. Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary General
-H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC
-H.E .Vera Songwe is Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
-Prof. Anthony Nyong, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank
-H.E. Mohamed Manar Enabah, Minister of Civil Aviation, Egypt, Chair AMCOMET Bureau
-H.E. Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa (in representation of the Chair of the AU)
-H.E. Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment of Cape Verde
-Ms Maria Elena M. Q. Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO
-Mr. Amjad Abbashar, Chief Regional Office for Africa, UNDRR
-Mr Muhammed Mukhair, Regional Director, IFRC
-High level representatives of IMO, UNDRR