Climate Chance Summit Africa 2019

Debate Plenary

Objective of the plenary

The objective of this plenary is to better understand how decentralization promotes the implementation of climate & development policies and actions at the local level, with the need for better articulation between the different roles of local and non-state actors working on the ground.

Themes to be discussed during the debate

  • How does decentralization promote climate policy and action in Africa?
  • What are the necessary means for implementing the processes of decentralization in the context of Africa? 
  • Which role for the national authorities and subnational authorities with the local non-state actors in terms of climate policies and action?
  • Why is local authorities’ action legitimate in combating climate change?
  • How can the implementation of climate mitigation and adaptation actions be amplified effectively at the local level in Africa through decentralization? More finance, cooperation, training, building capacity, etc.
  • What is the role of local authorities in fighting climate change; bringing together local actors like NGOs, businesses, researchers, youth, women’s organizations, indigenous people’s organizations, etc.
  • How do we develop a culture of reporting and evaluating implemented actions to better monitor local climate action?
  • How can the availability of quality climate data improve the process of sharing information on climate action?
  • How can local climate action enhance the implementation of the NDCs ? Are Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs) the solution for accelerating climate action?

Speakers during the Debate

    • A representative of C40: Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra, Ghana.
    • A representative of Covenant of Mayors for Sub Saharan Africa: Abdoulaye Thimbo, Mayor of Pekine, Senegal.A representative of UCLG-A:. Léandre Nzue, President of UCLG Africa, Mayor of Libreville, Gabon. 
    • A representative of UCLG-A:  Dao Macoura COULIBALY, President of REFELA, Mayor of Foumbolo, Côte d’Ivoire.
    • A representative of ICLEI Africa: Kayanja Vincent de Paul, Mayor of Entebbe, Ouganda. 
    • A representative of C40: Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra, Ghana.
    • A representative of Covenant of Mayors for Sub Saharan Africa: Soham El Wardini, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal.
    • A representative of the private sector: Zoomlion, Ghana. TBC
    • A representative of the private sector: Christophe Maquet, Executive Vice President Africa and Middle East, Veolia.
    • An NGO representative: Samuel Dotse, HATOF Foundation, representative of CAN-I in Ghana. 
    • A representative from a Women and Gender organization: Faustina Boakye, ACCESS, Ghana. 
    • A representative of Chiefs: Chief of Osu.
    • A representative of the researchers: Professor Jeffrey David Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the SDGs and Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. VIDEO

Institutional panel in reaction to the debate

  • Tomasz Chruszczow, High-level Champion, UNFCCC.
  • Seyni Nafo, Chief Negotiator of the African Group. TBC
  • Honorable Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister of the Local Governments and Rural Development in Ghana.
  • Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana.
  • Honorable Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister for Food and Agriculture, Ghana.
  • Bismark Baisie Nkum, President of NALAG.
  • Senator Ronan Dantec, President of the Climate Chance Association, UCLG Spokesperson on Climate.


  • Dominique Pialot, Director of Climate Chance Association.
  • Mohammed Nbou, Climate Task Force UCLG Africa
  • Antwi-Boasiako Amoah (Ph.D), EPA