In the year 2023, Kenya made significant strides on the global stage by addressing two major issues that have far-reaching implications for Africa and the world. These developments not only demonstrated Kenya’s commitment to global challenges but also showcased its role as a progressive leader on the continent.

Inaugural Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi:

In September, Kenya had the honour of hosting the inaugural Africa Climate Summit in its capital city, Nairobi. This historic event brought together leaders, experts, and stakeholders from across Africa to confront the continent’s pressing climate change challenges head-on. Africa, despite contributing the least to global warming, bears the brunt of its devastating effects, ranging from extreme weather events to ecological disruptions.

One of the primary concerns highlighted during the summit was the limited capacity of African governments to effectively respond to the climate crisis. Factors such as debt distress and economic shocks have further constrained their ability to combat climate change effectively. Urgent action was deemed essential, including the provision of debt relief and increased liquidity to bolster climate resilience efforts.

The summit marked a turning point in Africa’s fight against climate change. African countries made significant progress by securing climate financing deals totaling an impressive $23 billion. These commitments came from a variety of countries and institutions, including the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, the Global Center on Adaptation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Climate Asset Management. These substantial financial commitments will play a pivotal role in supporting climate adaptation and mitigation projects across the continent.