One Planet Summit Nairobi: Africa pledge
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
On March 14, 2019, in Nairobi (Kenya), the first regional edition of the One Planet Summit sought to build momentum ahead of the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Summit with new commitments, initiatives and coalitions, such as the Global Alliance for Smart Cities in Africa, to develop renewable energy and protect biodiversity in Africa.
Convened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, French President Emmanuel Macron, Interim WBG President Kristalina Georgieva and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the One Planet Summit in Nairobi highlighted the unique role of Africa as a global partner facing both challenges and opportunities from climate disruptions and ecosystem resilience. With a focus on renewable energy access and the protection of African ecosystems, this first regional edition of the One Planet Summit brought together representatives from government, the private sector, civil society, financial institutions and academia to showcase concrete achievements and successes, and to spark new coalitions. A series of new commitments – the Africa Pledge – and a call for action – the Nairobi Call for Action on the conservation and preservation of forests in Africa – were made by the participants.
“The only way to scale-up renewable energy in Africa is through a multistakeholder approach and innovative financing”