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Africa Day: Moving from commitment to action with NDCs in Africa

Event date: 
16-Nov-2016 00:00 to 23:45
Event location: 
COP22, Marrakech, Morocco

Africa Day at COP22 will be commemorated on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Africa Pavilion and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) side event. The day provides a platform that brings together African leaders and policy-makers into a dialogue to chart a course regarding implementation of the Paris Agreement. Africa Day will therefore serve as an opportunity for the continent to discuss and showcase how it plans to sensitize, advocate for the ratification and roll out the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition, it will present a platform for supporting and coordinating the African initiatives for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Where: Africa Pavilion and UNFCCC Side Event, Blue Zone, COP22, Marrakech.


  • H.E. Idriss Deby Itno, President of Chad and Chair of the African Union
  • H.E. Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, President of Arab Republic of Egypt and Coordinator, Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change CAHOSCC)
  • H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • H.E. Professor Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea and Africa Union Coordinator on Renewable Energy for the African continent


Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture (Moderator)

Why: The main objective of the Africa Day is to provide opportunity to critically examine the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted by African countries as part of the Paris Agreement, as well as the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and their implications for Africa's development. More specifically, the Africa Day seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Emphasize Africa's priorities for the means of implementation of the INDCs in the context of the Paris Agreement;
  • Review the implications and prospects for the implementation of the INDCs for Africa, including associated challenges and opportunities;
  • Discuss the alignment of the INDCs with national development strategies that are inclusive and aligned to climate-resilient and low carbon transition;
  • Have an open conversation on the rollout of the African Renewable Energy Initiative

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