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Climate Change and Development in Africa conference (CCDA)

An annual Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA) conference is the flagship event of ClimDev-Africa. It provides a forum where stakeholders such as policy makers, climate researchers, civil society, women and youth from across the continent engage on climate change issues. The event is in recognition that the end users of ClimDev-Africa results are rural and urban communities whose livelihoods, health and security are impacted by climate change.

Since the original proposals put forward in Addis Ababa in April 2006, discussions have taken place with a variety of stakeholders around the functioning of ClimDev-Africa.  In order to ensure that linkages with all relevant stakeholders are maintained, the annual conference takes place to:

  • Act as a forum for consultations around the operation of ClimDev-Africa;
  • Provide opportunities to exchange information and learning in relation to the operation of ClimDev-Africa and similar or related activities;
  • Build coherence of ClimDev-Africa with other activities; and,
  • Enable stakeholders to make representations to the CDSC as required. 
  • Participants from the following broad categories are invited to the Conference:
  • National public/state/governmental institutions from across Africa;
  • RECs, RBOs and Regional Climate Institutions;
  • Civil Society Organisations and Non-governmental Organisations from across Africa;
  • Bilateral donors;
  • Multilateral organisations;
  • International NGOs;
  • Private sector organisations;
  • Researchers and technical experts;
  • Farmer, herder and fisherman representatives; and,
  • Any others they see fit.

CCDA has grown in its reach and influence across the continent. The first CCDA event in 2011 attracted over 600 participants. Subsequent CCDA conferences have been organized in different countries that include Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, in partnership with Member states and sub-regional institutions. 

CCDA has been a unique forum that convenes researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Participants have deliberated on sub-themes that include climate science, policy formulation, sustainable energy, climate finance, climate change negotiations as well as delving into the gender perspective and climate change solutions.

The CCDA events organized so far are enumerated below:

Event, Date and Venue

Theme

Subthemes

CCDA-VIII

28-30 August 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Stepping up climate action for a resilient Africa: a race we can and must win

1.  

Climate finance and carbon pricing

2.  

Energy transition

3.  

Industry transition

4.  

Nature-based solutions

5.  

Infrastructure, cities and local action

6.  

Resilience and adaptation

7.  

Mitigation

8.  

Youth engagement and public mobilization

9.  

Social and political drivers

CCDA-VII

10-12 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

 

Climate change and development in Africa: policies and actions for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement for resilient economies in Africa

1.  

Advancing the implementation of nationally determined contributions in Africa

2.  

Climate information and services in support of the nationally determined contributions

3.  

Climate finance for the implementation of nationally determined contributions

CCDA-VI

17-20, October 2016

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Paris Agreement: What next for Africa?

1.  

Unpacking the Paris Agreement and emerging challenges and opportunities for Africa

2.  

Integration of the Paris Agreement into Africa’s Development agenda and other global governance frameworks

3.  

African initiatives in support of the implantation of the agreement

4.  

Linkages between climate change and migration

CCDA-V

28-30, October 2015

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Africa, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: What is at stake at Paris and beyond?

1.  

Global governance of Climate Change

2.  

Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa

3.  

The State and Africa’s Prospects for Sustainable Development under Climate Change

CCDA-IV

8-10, October 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

Africa Can Feed Africa now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action

1.  

Climate data for food security

2.  

Agriculture opportunities for renewable energy development

3.  

Climate finance and investment for agricultural transformation

4.  

Innovation, technology transfer and deployment to enhance agriculture transformation in a changing climate.

5.  

Transformation towards a green economy and low-carbon development as Africa feeds itself

CCDA-III

21-23, October 2013

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa on the Rise: Can the Opportunities from Climate Change Spring the Continent to Transformative Development?

1.  

Climate science, data and service for Africa’s adaptation and mitigation

2.  

The role of policy in building Africa’s resilience to climate change impacts

3.  

Climate Finance: What are the unexplored options?

4.  

Green economy: Which way for Africa?

5.  

Is the global climate change framework working for Africa?

CCDA-II

19-20, October 2012

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Advancing Knowledge, Policy and Practice on Climate Change and Development

1.  

The CCDA-II had four sub-themes:

2.  

Climate Service Delivery for Development

3.  

Sustainable Energy Access for All Africans by 2030

4.  

Outstanding Issues in Climate Negotiations: Relevance for Africa

CCDA-I

17-19, October 2011.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Development First: Addressing Climate Change in Africa

5.  

Climate Science, Data Information and Service Delivery

6.  

Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation

7.  

Climate Resilient and Low Carbon Development in Africa

8.  

Economics and Finance of Climate Change