31 Aug 2022

ACW 2022 Side-Event: Human Mobility and Green Economy Development in a Changing Climate in West and East Africa

  • Date
    31 Aug 2022, 14:15pm
  • Location
    Libreville, Gabon
  • Organizer

    IOM, UNFCCC, EADB, BOAD's Regional Collaboration Centres in Kampala and Lomé


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The International Organization for Migration (IOM); the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s, East African Development Bank (EADB)’s and the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD)’s Regional Collaboration Centres (RCC) in Kampala and Lomé are organizing a side event during the Africa Climate Week 2022 on “Human Mobility and Green Economy Development in a Changing Climate in West and East Africa”, to be held on 31 August at 14:15 WAT.

The side-event seeks to advance our understanding on the links between climate change, inclusivity in climate action and enablers for a green economy. Specific attention is given to how climate resilient economic development and green economy opportunities could both reduce the need to migrate, as well as provide opportunities for migrants and how this can be achieved. The side event is organized to enhance dialogue and action among stakeholders addressing the challenges and opportunities arising from climate-related migration and the regional green economy transition. The event aims to accelerate the development of regular migration pathways, promote sustainable development and improve the inclusion of vulnerable groups in the green economy transition in the context of a changing climate by offering information for data-driven policy development and facilitating knowledge exchange between different actors.

Opening Remarks and Welcome: Ambassador Caroline Dumas, Director General’s Special Envoy for Migration and Climate Change, International Organization for Migration

Setting the Scene: Integration of human mobility in NDCs/NAPs and Green Economy related policies: Noora Makela, Programme Coordinator, East and Horn of Africa Regional Office, International Organization for Migration

Panel Discussion: Road map to inclusive Green Economy development and climate action:

  • Hind Aissaoui Bennani, Regional Migration, Environment and Climate Change Thematic Specialist, IOM West and North Africa Regional office 
  • Sylviabay Kijangwa, Youth Climate Activist, Africa Youth Transformation Tanzania 
  • Dr. Olufunso Somorin, PhD, Regional Principal Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Program, African Development Bank
  • Dr Mao Amis, Executive Director, African Centre for a Green Economy

Concluding Remarks: Alejandro Kilpatrick, Manager, Capacity Building Subdivision, United Nations Climate Change

Further information regarding the Africa Climate Week 2022 can be found on the United Nations Climate Change website.

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