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CAAF24 Reinforces Africa’s Urgency for Climate Change with Event Held in Lagos, Nigeria

Held at the prestigious Landmark Center, CAAF24 gathered a diverse array of participants with the theme, “Green Economies, Brighter Futures.

On June 19th, we had the privilege of attending the Climate Action Africa Forum 2024 (CAAF24) in Lagos, Nigeria. Organized by Climate Action Africa (CAA), this landmark event brought together leading environmental advocates and stakeholders with a shared mission: to galvanize action and underscore the urgent need for climate action across industries and communities in Africa.

Held at the prestigious Landmark Center, CAAF24 gathered a diverse array of participants, including government officials, business leaders, academics, civil society representatives, and the media. The theme of this year’s forum, “Green Economies, Brighter Futures,” resonated deeply, highlighting the imperative for immediate and collective action to mitigate the effects of climate change in Africa and achieve global sustainability goals.

“CAAF24 serves as a critical platform for dialogue and collaboration,” said Grace Oluchi Mbah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CAA. “With this event, we aim to increase education and awareness on climate change, showcase innovations and projects driving Africa to a sustainable future, and more actively contribute to the expansion of Africa’s green economy.”

About the event- CAAF24

The program was rich with insightful addresses and dynamic discussions. One of the highlights was the keynote speech by Her Excellency, Madame Ramatoulaye Diallo Ndiaye, Former Minister of Culture of Mali and Founder and CEO of the Great Green Wall of Africa (GGWoA) Foundation. Her inspiring words set the tone for a day filled with purposeful dialogue and collaboration.

Breakout sessions featured panel discussions and workshops on critical topics such as the potential of forests and carbon credits, climate financing, Nigeria’s carbon market activation, mobilizing private capital for climate-positive investments in Africa, and building resilient and livable African cities. These sessions were designed to encourage interactive participation and the exchange of ideas among participants from diverse backgrounds and sectors, making the event a true melting pot of innovative thoughts and solutions.

Networking opportunities abounded, and the Deal Room was a standout feature, showcasing a selection of outstanding innovations from over 800 registrations. This platform connected high-impact climate innovators in Africa with potential investors, aiming to accelerate sustainable solutions. It was inspiring to see so many bright minds and dedicated individuals come together to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

Another highlight was the launch of the Billion Trees for Africa Initiative, part of CAA’s community programs, and the unveiling of the Pan-African Green Economy Program (PAGE). This partnership with IDEA AFRICA and the Founder Institute seeks to nurture a new generation of 5,000 green innovators across Africa by 2035. Witnessing this ambitious initiative was a powerful reminder of the potential we have to make a lasting impact.

The Climate Champion Quest, organized by STEAM Funfest, recognized Omoniyi Praise (1st position), Treasure Nwosu (2nd position), and Alabi Abimbola (3rd position) for their outstanding contributions. Their achievements were a testament to the incredible talent and dedication of young climate advocates across the continent.

As Africa faces increasingly severe climate impacts, forums like CAAF24 are essential. They unify the participation of diverse stakeholders in advancing and achieving climate action in Africa. By reinforcing the urgency of climate change through meaningful dialogue and collaboration, CAAF24 inspires concrete steps towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

Reflecting on our experience at CAAF24, we are filled with hope and determination. The collective energy and commitment of all participants were palpable, and I am confident that the seeds of change planted at this forum will grow into significant advancements in Africa’s green economy. Together, we can create a brighter, more sustainable future.

For more information on CAAF24 and future events, please visit Climate Action Africa’s website.

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