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Africa has a huge opportunity to continue developing sustainably, improve human well-being, and protect nature by investing in solutions to fight climate change and air pollution together. A new report  – Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa – by the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and developed through a process led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), shows how African leaders can act quickly across five key sectors — transport, residential, energy, agriculture, and waste — to fight climate change, prevent air pollution, and protect human health.

The report presents 37 clean air measures, which can achieve cost-effective results, and whose implementation can enable individual countries to pursue their development goals while improving air quality, as well as meeting their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets under the Paris Agreement. The measures also contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa and set the continent on a cleaner development pathway towards meeting the goals of the African Union Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want – as well as the objectives of the African Union Climate Change and Resilient Development Strategy and Action Plan (2022-2032).

The key recommendations and plans for implementation of the Assessment findings were presented and adopted at the 18th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) which noted in its AMCEN decisions 18/1 (c) and 18/4, the completion of the integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa and its report, in response to AMCEN decision 17/2, and urged  African countries to support further development and implementation of the 37 recommended measures as a continent-wide Africa Clean Air Program, coordinated by strong country-led initiatives, cascaded to the Regional Economic Communities and higher levels of policy.

This side event will present to stakeholders the key messages and recommendations from the Assessment and mark the launch of the Summary for Decision Makers (SDM) of the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa. It will also enable discussions across the key areas of actions – agriculture, energy, residential, transport, and waste – on how to fast track implementation of the recommended measures. Key interventions on finances, technology and legal frameworks that are required to facilitate the development of the Africa Clean air Program will be discussed.

Objectives
  • Present the process and key findings from the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa.
  • Launch the Summary for Decision Makers (SDM) of the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa.

Programme

 

Moderator:

Dr. Harsen NYAMBE, Director of Sustainable Environment and Blue Economy, African Union Commission (AUC)

Time Activity
1430-1440

Opening and welcoming remarks (10min)

• Martina OTTO, Head of Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

• Prof. Youba SOKONA, Coordinating Co-Chair, the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa

1440-1445

Special Message (5min)

• H. E. Rachel Chebet RUTO, First Lady of Kenya

1445-1455

Presentation: Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa (10min)

• Andriannah MBANDI, Air Quality Expert, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

1455-1505

Country level perspectives

• Dr. Thuli N. KHUMALO, Chief Operations Officer, Presidential Climate Commission, South Africa

• Dr. Pacifica Ogolla, Director, Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya

1505-1510

Statement of the African Development Bank (AfDB)

• Dr. Al Hamndou DORSOUMA, OIC, Director, Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Africa Development Bank (AfDB)

1510-1515

Statement of the African Union Commission (AUC)

• H.E. Amb. Josefa Leonel Correia SACKO, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, African Union

1515-1525

Ministerial Statements and Official Launch of the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa – Summary for Decision Makers (SDM)

• Hon. Alioune NDOYE, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, Senegal

1525-1530

Closing Statement

• Dr. Philip OSANO, Center Director Africa, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

• Kevin HICKS, Coordinator, the Integrated Assessment of Air Pollution and Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)