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UAE, Africa Join Forces to Drive Just Energy Transition Ahead COP 28

The United Arab Emirates and Kenya have stressed the importance of strengthening their close cooperation during the upcoming African Climate Summit in Nairobi and the 28th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP28) in UAE.

The two nations believe that these events provide an opportunity for the international community to agree on a future path that focuses on practical solutions to climate change.

In a joint statement by COP28 President-designate, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, and the President of Kenya, William Ruto, the two leaders, said the summits underpinned by real action including the tripling of renewables and mobilising the partnerships and finance to deliver on the transition.

The two leaders said that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today and that it requires “continued work” to reach the “highest aspirations” of the African Climate Summit in Nairobi and COP28.

According to the statement, “We are determined to work hand in hand to ensure COP28 and the Africa Climate Action Summit will deliver real and tangible results for the climate and for the people of Africa and the world.

“To underscore our commitment to results we have today launched a joint working group between the Africa Climate Action Summit and COP28 with a focus on the just energy transition and unlocking climate finance to accelerate green growth in Africa in the lead-up to the respective summits,” they said in the statement.

Both the Africa Climate Action Summit and COP28 will be critical milestones in the year of the Global Stocktake for the international community to come together and provide a solutions-oriented path forward.

A critical element will be a plan to fundamentally transition the world’s energy systems and vastly scale investments in clean energy.

Africa has the potential to lead this transition and deliver enormous benefits for the region and globally.

In addition to being home to one of the planet’s most important carbon sinks, it is endowed with significant untapped hydro potential along the Congo and Nile rivers, geothermal potential along the Rift Valley, and solar and wind potential across the Continent.

It is also home to the current and next generation of climate leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, and civil society that will help unlock the solutions to transformative action.

On a continent where almost half of the population still lacks electricity, clean energy provides an opportunity to supercharge economic growth and improve lives and livelihoods.

Realizing this potential will require a step change. Clean energy investment in Africa represents only 2% of the global total and less than 10% of the $120 billion a year that is required.

“We must transform the way we deploy public, concessional, and philanthropic capital to drive the private investment that is needed for climate action in Africa.

“We need to fundamentally rethink the way financiers, governments, global institutions, and technology providers engage with each other. We must all play our collective part,” said the statement.

The leaders say they are committed to realizing Africa’s potential in the energy transition beginning with the participation at the Africa Energy Forum in Nairobi on June 20.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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